Never miss a photo opportunity again with 3D Touch features in Camera app

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2016

Whenever an awesome photo opportunity presents itself, I instinctively grab my iPhone, launch the Camera app and press the shutter button.

But boy, way too many times did I find myself in the wrong camera mode. One time, I would realize I was shooting video instead of taking a great picture. Other times I would snap a selfie, whereas I wanted to take a quick photo of my neighbor’s dog jumping in the air catching her frisbee.

3D Touch can help avoid such distractions when you’re in the middle of your photography moment. With a little help of 3D Touch shortcuts and gestures, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners will hopefully never miss that important shot again.

3D Touch lets you take a selfie or start shooting video from the Home screen, review the photos you’ve taken without leaving the Camera app, play Live Photos with a press and more. In this tutorial, we’ll take you through every 3D Touch-enhanced feature that’s available to iPhone photography fans in Apple’s built-in Camera app. Read More

 

Office Lens converts scanned paper documents to editable Word files

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 12, 2016

For those of you that still use hard copies for all your important documents, or have physical business cards, photographs, whiteboards, and other important information that are looking for a way to digitize it and even modify it after the fact, Microsoft’s Office Lens app will be your best friend.

Office Lens, which is a free download from the App Store, allows you to scan these kinds of information and media and can create software versions of them to make sharing and editing easier so you can get rid of the filing cabinet taking up space in your home or office.

In this tutorial, we’ll give you some background on the app and show you how you can use it to scan and then edit documents in Word. Read More

 

Get the classic iOS camera shutter animation back with this tweak

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 6, 2016

Starting with iOS 7, Apple redesigned the Camera app and it got an all-new shutter animation. Some would argue it’s a little bit boring compared to the realistic camera shutter animation we had with iOS 6 and earlier.

Fortunately, anyone who’s feeling a little nostalgic now have a way to get it back by way of a new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia’s BigBoss repository called ClassicShutterAnimation. Read More

 

How to turn any photo scene into a snowy one with Snow Daze

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Winter may be coming to an end next month, making room for the Spring season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying the snow!

Snow Daze is a wonderful app that can be had from the App Store for $1.99. The app can turn any photograph scene into a snowy wonderland. With all of the different filters, configurable snow settings, and color options, you can make even the least suspecting photograph look like it was taken in the middle of a blizzard storm.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how the app works. Read More

 

DigiTimes: Apple testing dual-lens cameras for iPhone 7 Plus from three different suppliers

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is adamant that Apple is working on a premium edition of an ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ that will come outfitted with dual-lens cameras for telephoto functions and today DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is already testing dual lenses for the handset sourced from three different suppliers.

The hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication has it on good authority, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, that Apple supplier Largan Technology and two unnamed Japan and China-based vendors have shipped dual-lens camera samples to 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California, for testing. Read More

 

Tip: turn off HDR photo duplicates to save space

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2016

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is great for making the most from your iPhone’s camera, especially in high-contrast situations.

With this feature, your iPhone takes multiple photos in rapid succession, each at a different exposure, and automatically blends them together. You get an image that has optimized highlights and really brings the shadows out of the noise, with way better detail in the bright and midtown areas.

When you enable HDR photography by taping the HDR icon in the Camera app, your iPhone will save two copies of the image in your photo library: the “normal” image (without HDR) along with its HDR counterpart.

This can put a strain on your iPhone’s storage, especially when taking a lot of HDR photos. If your iPhone’s storage is low, or you’re the type of person who likes to plan ahead, read this tutorial to learn how to turn off HDR photo duplicates and save significant amounts of storage space on your device. Read More

 

KGI: iPhone 7 Plus will have dual lenses with optical image stabilization and zoom

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2016

Reliable analyst (if there is such a thing) Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities sent an interesting report to clients, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider.

In it, he predicts that a new, premium edition of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus will be outfitted with a dual-lens system with optical image stabilization and optical zoom, realized through technology Apple obtained from last year’s acquisition of Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging. Read More

 

Review: Aukey Optic Pro wide-angle camera lens attachment for iPhone [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 26, 2016

The Aukey Optic Pro is a wide-angle lens attachment that works with the iPhone. Thanks to its clip that can accommodate a wide variety of devices, it also works with many other tablet or phone form factors.

The main benefit to using an attachment like the Optic Pro is that you can gain a wider field of view while shooting photos or videos. This means that you don’t have to move further away from your subject to capture more scenery in frame.

If you’re an avid iPhone photographer, you can immediately see the benefits that a device like this can bring to the table. Not only does it quickly lend a wider field of view, but it’s portable, and can be added and removed in mere seconds.

But the Aukey Optic Pro isn’t without its shortcomings. Is the $44.99 device worth it? Check out our full video walkthrough for the answer. Read More

 

Apple granted a patent which could help get rid of iPhone’s embarrassing camera bulge

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2016

Apple has just been granted a very cool patent that promises to solve the protruding camera lens on the back of the iPhone 6/6s series. The invention basically calls for packing a spherical photosensor and lens array in a tiny package.

The patent No. 9,244,253 for a “Small form factor high-resolution camera,” which was published Tuesday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), reduces the distance between the CMOS sensor and the lens by making the sensor curved, a technique used in astronomical telescopes and instrumentation. Read More

 

How to batch resize iPhone photos and videos

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2016

Apple tried to give users at least some photo and video editing tools for use on the mobile platform, but even those options built into the Photos app that let you fiddle with cropping, resizing, rotation, and colorization are limited and leave a lot to be desired. Not to mention, the features that Apple does give you are difficult to use with precision and are even cumbersome to use at times.

With an app called Desqueeze, you can resize photos and videos in bulk with ease, and not only that, the application gives you incredible precision for doing it. A step up from what Apple calls built-in editing features in iOS, Desqueeze is a great option for those looking to make their photos and/or videos smaller in file size, change their format, and more. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can use the application to resize your photos and videos. Read More

 

Grab Colorburn camera app, Apple’s latest Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2016

Following iTunes holiday freeze, Apple has now discounted Colorburn camera app to $0 as part of its regular Free App of the Week promotion in the App Store. With more than a thousand filters to choose from, an easy to use interface and advanced features like split photography, this app lets you experiment with different looks for your photos to your heart’s desire. Colorburn for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available free until next Thursday. Read More

 

How to frame and shoot photos directly from the Home screen using 3D Touch [jailbreak]

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 20, 2015

One of the perks of having a jailbroken iPhone 6s is that you can combine 3D Touch with many of the newest jailbreak tweaks to come up with unique new features. One such feature, the ability to frame and take photos directly from the iOS Home screen, is made possible using a jailbroken iPhone 6s and a recently released tweak.

The tweak is entitled Point-And-Shoot, and it is capable of enhancing the stock 3D Touch shortcuts for the Camera app with a live camera viewfinder placed right on the Home screen. You can then use the Home screen viewfinder to frame your shots and snap photos on the fly. Read More

 

iOS 9.2 lets you import photos and videos directly to iPhone via USB

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2015

The just released iOS 9.2 brings with it something that iPhone users have been wanting for quite some time now: the ability to import photos directly from a USB source via Apple’s USB Camera Adapter. Data transfer is still going to operate at USB 2.0 speeds, but having the option to work on videos and photos shot on traditional cameras is a nice new perk for iPhone users. Read More

 

Sketchy report calls for iPhone 7 with USB-C, dual cameras, Touch ID-integrated screen & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

A sketchy rumor originating from sources in China has it that Apple is currently experimenting with at least five different iPhone 7 configurations, each with its own unique hardware characteristics.

Some of the features Apple is reportedly testing out for the next iPhone include a USB Type-C connector compatible with wireless headsets, wireless charging, multi-touch-capable Force Touch technology, dual cameras and a next-generation Touch ID technology embedded within the display. Read More

 

New television commercials highlight iPhone 6s camera upgrades and hands-free Siri

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2015

Less than two weeks following its iPhone 6s commercial that focused on 3D Touch, Apple’s begun rolling some new ads for the handset.

Adopting the dynamic and to-the-point format inaugurated by the previous ad, a trio of new commercials—titled “Crush,” “The Camera” and “Flip a Coin” and all starring actor and singer Jamie Foxx—showcase other iPhone 6s capabilities, like hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and a variety of camera features. Read More

 

Get more out of your iPhone photos with the Imvio Camera Lens Kit

By Cody Lee on Oct 9, 2015

Folks in the market for an iPhone lens accessory should consider adding the Imvio Camera Lens Kit to their list of prospects. The kit includes an iPhone case, a Fisheye and Wide Angle lens, a protective carrying case, and it’s available for every late-model iPhone starting with the 5s.

I’ve been using Imvio lenses on my iPhone 6s for the past week, and I have to say that overall, it’s a solid product. The case fits well and the lenses attach and detach easily. It’s not perfect though, and I did find a few things I didn’t like during my testing. Read on for my full review. Read More

 

Logitech enters home security market with ‘Logi Circle’ portable monitoring camera

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

Accessory maker Logitech is entering the home security and automation market with a new portable camera designed for home monitoring. They’re calling it the Logi Circle and it’s both portable and rechargeable.

But don’t let its friendly appearance and small footprint fool you, the Circle is no toy. This device packs in advanced features such as 2-way audio and real-time streaming of high-definition video via a companion smartphone app, Smart Filtering technology that automatically marks events you might want to take a closer look at, a 30-second video review of the past 24 hours and more. Read More

 

Photo shootout: how the iPhone 6s compares to its predecessors

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2015

Photographer Lisa Bettany, co-founder of the popular iPhone app Camera+, on Monday posted a series of images comparing photos taken with the iPhone 6s with its predecessors. The comparison images feature identical shots taken with each of the 9 iPhone models (sans 5c).

The image you see above shows macro photos taken of colored pencils against a white backdrop. You start to notice more details with the iPhone 3GS, and furthermore with the 4s. After that it becomes harder to discern differences, but the iPhone 6s photo clearly looks the best. Read More

 

How to enable 1080p Slo-mo videos on iPhone 6s

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 27, 2015

The iPhone 6s iSight camera received several remarkable improvements this year, headlined by its ability to shoot 4K video. Another big feature is its ability to shoot slow motion videos in 1080p. Older iPhones, like the iPhone 6, were only capable of shooting “Slo-mo” videos in 720p resolution. With the new iPhone 6s, you can now enjoy slow motion videos in full HD glory. Read More

 

How to snap stills while capturing video on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2015

The ability to take a still photo while shooting video has been available on iPhones since the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus take this further thanks to the super-fast A9 microchip with its much-improved image signal processor. On these devices, you can take clearer eight-megapixel snaps during full 4K video capture (2,160-by-3,840 pixel resolution) at 30 FPS, without skipping a beat. Read More

 
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