Trigraphy photography app picks up new effects, gains albums and document support

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 12, 2016

Trigraphy by Nixes, a beautiful app for turning your photographs into low-poly artwork, was refreshed in the App Store earlier this week with a few new tricks. Bumped to version 2.1.2, the software gained two new effects alongside an effects bundle and other perks.

For starters, it’s now possible to open images in Trigraphy from other apps because the app has gained its own Document Provider extension.

The built-in gallery now supports albums and users can change how images are saved and how 4K assets are handled, which should fix problems related to 4K download. Read More

 

How to reorganize your favorite Instagram filters and hide the ones you don’t need

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2016

With 40+ filters to choose from, Instagram’s gone a long way since its humble beginnings.

On the downside, the more filters they add the more cluttered Instagram’s interface becomes. When you think of it, it usually makes more sense to have only the filters at your disposal that you actually use regularly.

If you could tell Instagram to display only your fav filters, you’d declutter the UI and speed up postings.

Now, even though the app lacks a user-facing filter management in settings, power users who know where to look at will likely manage to locate this really useful feature.

Everyone else, welcome to today’s installment of iDownloadBlog’s tutorial series which will teach you how to quickly move your favorite Instagram filters around and hide those you don’t need from your view. Read More

 

Google’s Photos app gains support for Live Photos and other new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 8, 2016

Following its announcement that it will be shutting down the Picasa desktop app and the Picasa Web Albums online photo-sharing service, Google is doubling down on its mobile Photos app for iOS and Android.

Last night, the Google Photos app was updated in the App Store to support Apple’s Live Photos format. In Google Photos 1.8 for iOS, you can now back up your Live Photos to the Google cloud, as well as view them within the app. Read More

 

How to see how many people viewed your video post on Instagram

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

Instagram has long relied on ‘Likes’ to quantify how popular your posts are, making it easy to see if that photo or video you posted is gaining any traction at all. While likes are great, they don’t quite tell the whole story when it comes to video posts.

Liking a video clip doesn’t necessarily mean a person has watched it so this is not the best stat to measure the level of your followers’ engagement with your Instagram videos.

As of today, these worries are a thing of the past as Instagram’s newly updated iPhone app now makes it easy to see how many people viewed your videos on the service. Read More

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Moment Lens takes iPhone photography to the next level

By Lory Gil on Jan 7, 2016

We’ve introduced you to a number of different lens accessories in the past for our spotlight series. There are plenty out there to cover your iPhone photography needs, from dedicated cases specific to the iPhone 6s to clip on lenses that can be used with any device.

Some of our readers have asked about the Moment Lens. While this particular product hasn’t been around long enough to generate a solid consumer review base, we checked out the Moment Lens line and think it looks amazing. We haven’t had a chance to test these products in the wild. So, if you own the Moment Lens kit, tell us what you think of it in the comments section.

The Moment Lens kit takes iPhone photography a step further with high-quality ED glass with multi-layer anti-reflection coating that is specially designed to provide a sharp picture across the screen. Read More

 

Apple Stores to offer iPhone photography and iPad illustration workshops next year

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 30, 2015

As part of a major retail streamlining under the watchful eye of Apple’s head of online and brick-and-mortar stores, Angela Ahrendts, the company will be hosting a number of workshops next year at its stores that will take its existing and basic photography workshops to the next level.

The new workshops were designed to teach customers about the tips and tricks concerning iPhone photography, as well as drawing, painting and sketching on an iPad, with the promise of giving customers “at all skill levels” a chance to learn about more advanced image-capturing techniques, CNET said today. Read More

 

Instagram clamping down on apps that read feeds, offer auto-following, liking or commenting

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

As part of Instagram’s most recent platform update, third-party applications will be no longer allowed to present a user’s Instagram feed, a significant change in policy that’ll affect numerous mobile applications which pull Instagram feeds.

Going forward, they’ll be shutting down services and apps that offer auto-following, liking or commenting.

Photo-editing apps that show only individual Instagram photos won’t be affected by this change. All apps must comply by June 1, 2016. The new policies and reviews will go into effect for new apps starting December 3, 2015. Read More

 

This 3-in-1 lens kit turns you into an iPhone photography pro without breaking the bank

By Lory Gil on Nov 17, 2015

Getting the perfect shot using a smartphone is not easy. Even though the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have huge improvements in camera technology, there are still times when a little outside help is needed.

The Camkix Universal 3 in 1 lens kit is just the help you need to get in close, or widen the shot and the universal clip makes it possible for you to carry the kit along with you to future generations of iPhones. Read More

 

Get in the shot with the Accmor Rhythm tripod/selfie stick combo

By Lory Gil on Nov 16, 2015

Selfie sticks may be getting banned all over the place these days, but they are still a useful addition to an iPhone photographer‘s accessory kit. How else are you going to make sure you are in the shot?

The Accmor Rhythm is more than just a selfie stick. It is also a tabletop tripod and comes with a Bluetooth-connected remote so you don’t even have to worry about setting a timer before getting in the picture. Read More

 

MacPhun unveils new Mac app co-developed with renowned HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2015

San Diego, California-headquartered MacPhun, the makers of some of  the finest photography and image editing applications for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, today announced what’s being billed as “the most advanced HDR software in the world,“ a brand new Mac app called Aurora HDR.

Available for pre-order today and arriving November 19, the Mac-only app contains every tool you’ll ever need to produce high-quality HDR images and includes handy one-click presets, support for layers, custom textures, native RAW file format and more. 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

 

Square Jellyfish metal tripod mount makes iPhone photography hands-free

By Lory Gil on Sep 16, 2015

Sure, your iPhone 6 has a fantastic camera that allows you to take some incredible photos and videos. As long as you have a steady hand, you can take some breathtaking panoramas of a beach sunset.

Square Jellyfish has a metal, spring-loaded tripod mount that makes photography on your iPhone 6 even better. Attach it to any tripod for quick and easy steady shots. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but strong enough to fit the largest of smartphones. Read More

 

This 3-in-1 lens kit for iPhone 6 is a low-cost beginner’s kit for iPhone photographers

By Lory Gil on Sep 12, 2015

You’ve probably contemplated getting a special wide-angle, fisheye, or macro lens for your iPhone 6, but don’t want to spend a bunch of money, only to be disappointed with the results. What if you could invest in a lens kit for the same price as a fast food lunch?

The VicTsing 3-in-1 lens kit comes with a 180 degree fisheye lens, a 0.65x wide-angle lens, and a macro lens so you can experiment with your iPhone photography hobby. The price is so low that you can invest in something new without breaking the bank. Read More

 

Mpow 3 in 1 Clip-On is a low-priced iPhone photographer’s tool kit

By Lory Gil on Aug 1, 2015

If you fancy yourself an iPhone photographer, you’ve probably got an arsenal of apps to make your images stand out. You can add even more dimensions to your raw photos using special smartphone lenses.

Mpow’s 3 in 1 Clip-On lens kit features three styles of mobile lenses and a specially designed clip that keeps your screen clear and works with a variety of devices with or without a case. Read More

 

This smartphone adapter mount lets you use any tripod you want

By Lory Gil on Jul 31, 2015

Photography hobbyist and professionals alike have their favorite tripod for taking steady shots. Even the most amateur iPhone photographer might enjoy a selfie stick every once in a while. Why limit yourself to just one tripod?

DaVoice makes a basic smartphone tripod adapter mount that stretches wide enough to be used with such devices as the iPhone 6 Plus, and is universally adaptable to both mini stands and standard tripods. Read More

 

This 3-in-1 lens kit will improve your iPhone photography without breaking the bank

By iDB Deals on Jul 10, 2015

Do your iPhone 6 or Android smartphone pictures lack focus? Bring clarity and a professional finish to your images with these 3 easy-to-use smartphone lenses. For $29.99 you’ll get three cool lenses all at a huge 56% saving.

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Apple shares a pair of slow-motion videos as part of ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ campaign

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ campaign continues with a pair of new videos shared last evening on the company’s YouTube channel. Highlighting iPhone photography skills by Apple dans Willian P. and Jirasak P., the 15-second clips focus on the capabilities of the iPhone 6 camera’s Slow-Mo video capture.

Since its March 2015 launch, ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ thus far has featured the creativity of more than 77 iPhone photographers from 70 cities across 24 countries around the world. Read More

 
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