Vortal Testing

Unreleased Experimental HD carnivale filter.  It took some rock climbing to get up here.  One of two small unevaporated melt ponds that had water that was the color of coffee, yet they were full of tadpoles and minnows.

Vortal

The Vortal Android App is my art. It is a tool for capturing the light and bringing out its beauty. It is not an engine for generating beauty. Its user is. The filters play with the light and color, enhancing, concealing, or transforming, but they lay in slumber unless put to good use.

The tool is simple, just select a filter, crank up the resolution, point, and click. The app does the work from there and produces the image, just as it did for all of the images posted on this page. But like any tool, a more skilled user can take better advantage. The user can learn the filter’s quirks and use them to maximize the visual impact of the scene the camera sees. And so, the user is enabled to be a photographic artist.

This app can be like your paintbrush, your hammer and chisel, your make up. And it is cheaper than any of those.

The Vortal Tip

There is one Vortal tip, that I’d like to share, to help people to get the best results.  Many phones have two cameras, one facing out when you look at the screen, and one facing back towards you.  In most cases, the better camera is the camera facing out on the back side of the phone.  It’ll be the one with the best flash and focus, and the better camera produces better results with Vortal.  To worsen things, some of the selfie-side cams use a digital brightening algorithm (the ones without a selfie flash).  This destroys the depth of light in a photo that is needed for good transformation. 

I considered disabling the ability to switch to the selfie cams in the app, but I know that some top of the line phones have great selfie cams, and I wouldn’t want those to go to waste.  For the rest of us, it has to be the back camera for best results.

Vortal

The Vortal Android App is my art.  It is a tool for capturing the light and bringing out its beauty.  It is not an engine for generating beauty.  Its user is.  The filters play with the light and color, enhancing, concealing, or transforming, but they lay in slumber unless put to good use.

The tool is simple, just select a filter, crank up the resolution, point, and click.  The app does the work from there and produces the image. But like any tool, a more skilled user can take better advantage.  The user can learn the filter’s quirks and use them to maximize the visual impact of the scene the camera sees.  And so, the user is enabled to be a photographic artist. 

This app can be like your paintbrush, your hammer and chisel, your make up.  And it is cheaper than any of those.

Get Vortal Here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hyper.vortal