We don’t want to say that Reflect+ is limited, but it’s unlikely to make it to your homescreen
Reflect+ is the latest photo editing app to hit the App Store, and while it’s got a bunch of features, some pretty impressive that elevate your photos to the next level, and others that veer a limit bit more to the side of novelty. Though this was probably far from the developer’s goal, we did find that in everyday use, we did find ourselves far more entertained by the latter than the former.
The way it works is, you either take a photo, or you add a photo from your Camera Roll, and then you can edit it by adding all manner of reflections to it, based on water – including options for oceans, lakes, and beaches – ice, and metal. It also allows you to add a foggy hue to the effects, or add some light glare to the whole image. But when you boil it down, the point of the app does seem to solely be to make everything look like it’s under water for comic effect.
And in defence of childishness, we reckon the sway towards the more gimmicky is partially the fault/intention of the developer – as soon as you’ve added an image and cropped it, it automatically adds a big ol’ puddle of water to your image.
Obviously, this works great for landscapes or cityscapes, and in particular landmarks. Who doesn’t want to see the great pyramids under water? But it’s also pretty amusing adding it to daily activities, particularly ones that involve friends and family. Definite social media sharing fodder.
Reflect+ isn’t going to break down any boundaries or really improve your photography in any dramatic ways, but then it does run in a similar vein as developer BrainFeverMedia’s other apps – which largely includes plenty of lens flare and special FX apps for smart devices. You’ll not get a great deal out of it in the long run, unless you’re partial to a bit of fun. If so, definitely give it a try, as there’s plenty of amusement to be had here.
Price: $1.99 / £1.49
Size: 115 MB
Platform: iOS Universal
- Lots of settings and options
- Flooding every picture you've taken is surprisingly fun
- The novelty WILL wear off
- Lacks a bit of purpose