Prisma: Turning mundane photos into beautiful works of art
Prisma – the latest smash-hit-wonder photo filter app for iOS – is making a huge splash less than two weeks after its official release, with over a million daily users as of Thursday. That's a mighty impressive feat, considering that Prisma is pitted against a practically infinite number of filtering apps in the App Store, which have been around for much, much longer. But there is a good reason for that, a very good reason indeed.
This is my favorite shot thus far. Another version in the gallery below
We've gone through a lot of photo editing and filtering apps here at the office. We won't go so far as to say that we've seen them all, but we've tried out a heck of a lot of them on all major mobile operating systems, and we haven't found another one quite like Prisma. What's more, the app is free right now, features no in-app purchases whatsoever, is not riddled with ads, and processing photos is surprisingly fast. Well, sometimes you'll be hit with a message that Prisma is “over capacity”, due to too many users online at the same time, but that's a small price to pay for what it has to offer.
An abundance of styles
This is my second favorite shot. The stark contrast between blue and yellow is what really makes this one
Currently, Prisma doesn't offer much in way of shooting options. You are limited to a square crop and there are no options for HDR, zoom or timer. You can load photos that you've already made with your main camera app, which is great, but you are still limited to a square crop. Moiseenkov is promising more filters in the coming weeks, so we might see the app's overall functionality expand as well. Until then, we'd advise you to give Prisma a try ASAP.
A few tips:
Don't expect Prisma to magically turn any shot into a masterpiece. Pay attention to lighting and compose your shots carefully. The right composition and lighting is what really makes some photos look like paintings. I have been so impressed with Prisma, that I find myself at times – on my way home from work, or when I'm riding the bus – framing in my mind the everyday scenes that occur around me. Then I'd take my phone out, snap a picture, send it through Prisma, and be wowed yet again by how well it all works. Here are some of our best results using Prisma for your viewing pleasure: