Studio Lab (universal) by Sara Canducci is a simple, useful photo editor for both new photos taken within the app, and old photos stored on someone’s iOS device. With Studio Lab, users are one step away from turning a standard cellphone picture into a photograph with plenty of pop they’ll be proud to show off.
Studio Lab allows users to select different photo filters – black and white, vintage, old lens, sunset, etc. – and add a frame to help give shots a fresh out of the darkroom feel. For advanced photographers, hitting the settings button brings up sliders to adjust settings like contrast, brightness, and red/blue/green levels.
Simply take a photo within the Studio Lab app or select one from the device’s library to get the editing started. To review this app, I went to a Little League baseball game on a sunny, hazy day to see what Studio Lab could do. I was quite impressed with how Studio Lab was able to take my original shots that were just a little too bright and turn them into something I could have published in my newspaper.
One feature that’s nice about Studio Lab is users don’t have to choose one way to edit a photo. By hitting the save button, Studio Lab creates a new copy of the photo instead of overwriting the original. This allows users to see just what filter and frame go best together side-by-side in the library rather than just having to choose from the editing screen.
While Studio Lab offers a lot of editing options, it doesn’t offer everything and neglects one important tool: cropping. With no zoom ability in the app, it can be difficult to get a perfectly framed shot. As seen in my photos, there’s extra noise in the shots that would need to be taken out, but Studio Lab doesn’t offer that option.
But even with no crop, Studio Lab (universal) is still a great tool that anyone who snaps photos can use in one way or another. Anyone looking for an easy-to-use photo editor to fix up photos quickly before perfecting them on a computer should definitely give Studio Lab a shot.