Photographer Creates Free iPhone App for His Signature Style

New York City-based photographer Alexander Richter has used the Contrast by Hornbeck app to make images of the city's architecture for his Instagram feed.

New York City-based photographer Alexander Richter has used the Contrast by Hornbeck app to make a series of images of the city’s architecture for his Instagram feed. Photo © Alexander Richter

Photographer John Hornbeck couldn’t find a camera app for his phone that came anywhere close to the high-contrast, black-and-white photographs he makes with his camera, and he wasn’t interested in “having to purchase a bunch of add-ons.” Hornbeck, who earns money from his photography but also works in the software industry, decided to collaborate with a friend to build an app that would come close to reproducing his style.

After they finished the app, Contrast by Hornbeck, the photographer used it for a few months before he and the developer decided to “push it out to the public and see if there would be any interest from others.” There has been.

Hornbeck has promoted the app—it’s available for free—via his social media channels, and others have shared it. “I know at least a couple of respected photographers who use it and have told others about it, so it’s just word of mouth and people playing around,” he says. The downloads number “in the thousands,” and several hundred images on Instagram are tagged with the #contrastbyhornbeck hashtag.

The biggest thing this app offers that others don’t, Hornbeck says, is simplicity. Photographers can use it to make high-contrast, black-and-white shots. “That’s all it does and we have no plans to really change that.”

 

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  3. David Says:

    On my side, I am using binary module of OverCam to make high contrast images. It is very easy to use and contrast is totally maximized.

  4. Mark Says:

    I did share the article on my FB wall as “iphone photographers must have update” and it’s exactly what it is to me. Great work John, thank you!
    Mark

  5. Suzanne Says:

    Thanks, for the app, however am having problems with it accessing my photo library on my iPad…I have removed it and reloaded it but still won’t work any suggestions?

  6. Jeffrey Simpson Says:

    I would really love to be able to import images from my photo library. Unless I am missing this somewhere in the app. now.
    Thanks

  7. Ben Says:

    Really a CRAP app!
    And iPhone photographers ARE NOT real photographers.

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