Red Bull Illume HD – iPad App Review

Red Bull Illume HD is a photo collection of 250 amazing action and adventure sports images that were submitted by photographers during the Red Bull Illume Image Quest in 2010.

During the contest, 22,764 photos were submitted by 4,773 photographers in 112 countries all around the world. An expert team of 53 editors went through the photos and chose 250 semi-finalists, along with 50 finalists. Those top 50 photographs are displayed around the world in outdoor exhibits, and the total 250 are available for you to enjoy right on your iPad.

When you open the app, you’re treated to a collage of the top 50 photos. Clicking on one opens it in full screen mode, and from there, you can flick left and right to browse the other photos.

Every photo comes with biography information about the photographer, the subjects of the photo, and where it was shot. It also includes all the technical information about the picture, such as camera type, lens, f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO. The photo descriptions can be accessed by tapping the arrow in the bottom right of each picture.

Some of the photos also include an an audio clip from the photographer, describing themselves and their pictures. This is a really neat feature, combined with all of the background information available about each photo. This app takes an in-depth look at the world of action photography and it’s fascinating to hear about they set up their shots and all of the work that went into getting some of the great ones.

I found myself spending quite a bit of time listening to the photographers describe their shots, because some of them are really amazing, such as the self-taken photograph of Maiko Mou in a barrel wave.

In addition to the top 50 photos, there are also ten categories where you can find the rest of the photographs in the app. The categories range from culture and spirit to new creativity and illumination. Every category has some exceptional photographs, though I found most of my favorites in the close up and experimental categories. The photographs beyond the top 50 do not have included information, but it’s still fun to flip through the photos.

The best part of this app is that you can save any of these amazing action shots as your desktop background, and this app is definitely worth checking out for that feature alone.

What I liked: This was a simple app that didn’t have a lot of extraneous stuff going on. It showcased all of the photos perfectly, and the photos were really a lot of fun to look at.

What I didn’t like: I would have liked to see biographies on all of the photographers included in the app.

To buy or not to buy: This app is available for free, and definitely worth downloading, even if you just to take a quick flip through all of the photographs and read a few of the stories. You can check out more information about the contest on the Red Bull Illume Website.

  • App Name: Red Bull Illume HD
  • Version Reviewed: 1.1
  • Category: Photography
  • Developer: Red Bull Media House
  • Price: Free
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