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Lenka app review: the beauty of black and white photography



It's amazing how stunning photos can look when shot in black and white; in fact, this type of photo can take the most mundane image and turn it into pure artwork. The Lenka app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is designed to allow users to do just that and has been created by a professional French photographer by the name of Kevin Abosch. Thanks to this app you'll be able to take all of Abosch's skills and knowledge and apply it to your own photos with striking results.

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Share Stunning Photos

One of the best ways to tell a story is through photography as it can capture a special moment, feeling, and location that can then live on forever. The Lenka app allows users to take pictures and view them in real-time as black and white. This means you can see exactly how the picture will look with the effect rather than adding it in after. Your photos can be shared by Twitter, Facebook, email, Instagram, and Messenger so that all can see. The app is more than just shooting in black and white however there are also a variety of editing tools that can really add interest to your photos.

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The app is free to use and requires iOS 7.0 or later. It currently has 3.5 out of five stars from users but no customer comments at this time. In its most recent update the gallery has been made to load much faster, offering users a better experience.

Use the sliders to make manual adjustments
Use the sliders to make manual adjustments

Features and Tools

As mentioned, the Lenka app offers users a few features and tools that will help enhance your photos further. While this one isn't loaded with editing features it does offer some basic ones. Users will be able to adjust the contrast by the use of a control slider, adjust the exposure in the same way, and you can take your photo by pressing the volume button. You can take your photo in rectangular or square format, crop and rotate photos, control the tint of the photo, use manual or automatic focus, and there is a light bulb option that will illuminate the content.

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It should be noted this app does have some limitations which are the fact you won't be able to use the front-facing camera or flash photography. There are plenty of photography/editing apps out there that offer a much larger selection of editing tools so this one feels a bit light in that area.

The gallery has been made to load faster
The gallery has been made to load faster



Pros and Cons


  • The app allows you to shoot photos in black and white and view the effect in real time
  • Photos can be shared by social media and email
  • There are a handful of user-friendly editing tools
  • The app is simple to use


  • The app doesn’t allow you to use the front facing camera of your device nor does it allow for flash photography
  • There aren’t a lot of editing tools; it feels quite basic
  • There isn’t much that “stands out” and feels unique in the app

Final Thoughts

The Lenka app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone offers users a way to shoot black and white photos however this one seems much better suited to novices who don’t need to make many edits.


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