Chicago Sun-Times fires photo staff, now training reporters in iPhoneography

By Cody Lee on Jun 1, 2013

You’ve probably noticed that we have been talking a lot about iPhoneography here on iDB lately. It’s a popular topic with a lot of folks. It seems like the better the iPhone’s camera gets, the more people are willing to ditch their standalone shooters.

And perhaps there’s no better example of that than what’s going on right now over at the Chicago Sun-Times. Just a day after it fired its entire photo staff, the newspaper has reportedly begun training its reporters in the basics of iPhone photography… Read More

 

Leading lines: powerful tools for your iPhone photography compositions

By Sébastien Page on Jun 1, 2013

In the past we have talked about ways to capture our viewer’s attention and imagination in our photographs. We’ve talked about compositional rules, focus effects and exposure techniques. One thing we haven’t talked about is “leading lines”. If your goal is to draw our viewer into your image, there’s no better way to do it than by providing them a path to follow.

A “leading line” is just that. It is line that leads the viewer’s eye from one point in the photograph to another. The age old classic is railroad tracks. Sure, it’s a bit cliche but it’s a perfect example of the concept… Read More

 

Olloclip releases companion iPhone app for popular lens accessory

By Cody Lee on May 27, 2013

In the world of iPhone photography accessories, there’s perhaps no better known name than Olloclip. The 3-in-1 clip-on lens started out as just a Kickstarter project, but it has since become a mainstay in Apple Stores and shutterbug bags alike.

Fans of the Olloclip will be happy to hear that the team released a new iPhone app this weekend, also named Olloclip, designed to work with the popular accessory. The app features a mesh editor, useful modes like Video and Macro, and more… Read More

 

Hipstamatic Oggl makes social photography fun again

By Lory Gil on May 21, 2013

As you probably already know, we love iPhone photography. If there is an app for it, we will probably try it. If there is a camera-related accessory, we will probably get our hands on it eventually. We especially love to share our snapshots in any way possible. We aren’t shy with our pictures.

Oggl is Hipstamatic’s new social networking app for the iPhone that allows users to share their hyper-filtered photo creations with others in a supercharged version of Instagram. You can only participate after you’ve been invited, but don’t worry. The cool kids at Hipstamatic are not elitist. If they let me in, they’ll let anyone in… Read More

 

Capture every moment of your life with Days

By Lory Gil on May 11, 2013

Whenever I head out on a road trip or drive into the City for a day of record shopping and urban adventuring, I take pictures. If I see a cool sign or some really fancy graffiti, I whip out my iPhone and snap a quick pick. I’m always thinking I’ll show these pictures to someone, someday. Most of the time, they never make it past my Apple TV screensaver.

Days – Your Visual Photo and GIF Diary lets you gather all of your daily antics into one collage so that you can share it with others without making them scroll through hundreds of individual shots of your pizza dinner… Read More

 

Three powerful ways to improve your landscape iPhone Photography

By Justin Balog on May 4, 2013

We have covered a whole bunch of creativity in these iPhone Photography lessons. However, one thing we haven’t touched on is something that we all love to photograph: landscapes! I recently spent a week in the Utah desert photographing several of the National Parks with my iPhone. I thought I would share three quick tips to improve your landscape iPhone Photography… Read More

 

Looking for inspiration? The iPhotography Assignment Generator app can help [review]

By Lory Gil on Apr 25, 2013

It’s not secret that we love iPhone photography. We love it so much that we even have a special guest in our midst who likes to pop in and visit every once in a while.

Learning how to take amazing pictures with your iPhone is one arduous task. However, photographers suffer another dilemma when it comes to capturing stunning images from everyday life. Getting out there and doing it can sometimes be the most difficult part of photography. Maybe 6:45 a.m. is too early in the morning for you, but nature doesn’t sleep in and the Golden Hour won’t be back until sunset.

The iPhotography Assignment Generator is a useful app for photographers that are having a hard time coming up with ideas. Sometimes, creativity just sits in a corner and waits for someone else to light the fire. This app is the spark that your creativity needs to get going… Read More

 

Make your photos pop with PopAGraph

By Lory Gil on Apr 12, 2013

Since the dawn of the camera phone, photography hobbyists have found ways to turn low-resolution, pixelated images into works of art. When Apple put a camera in the iPhone, it literally changed the photography landscape, allowing anyone to turn the most mundane images into interesting photos using a wide variety of apps.

PopAGraph is a photo-editing app for the iPhone and iPod touch that takes it one step further by allowing you to mask objects and “pop” them out. This gives the impression of a virtual three-dimensional picture that you can share immediately on social networking sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter… Read More

 

Turn ordinary photos into extraordinary iPhoneography with textures

By Justin Balog on Apr 6, 2013

Welcome back to another installment of Lessons in iPhone Photography here at iDownloadBlog. After seeing the amazing images you have been sharing on Instagram, it is clear you are all enjoying your newly discovered creativity. In today’s lesson I hope to share a new idea to fuel your own creative adventures. Today’s lesson is a bit subjective, but I hope you learn a new idea and use it to make some of your own magic.

A fun way to add interest and mystery to your iPhone imagery is the use of textures. What are textures, you ask? In short, the idea is to take an image of the texture you might find in a burlap sack, brick wall, etc. Apply it over your original image so that only the texture can be seen and not the color. That’s pretty much the idea behind it, but it might be better just to look at an example… Read More

 

Make powerful iPhone photos by focusing on what’s important

By Justin Balog on Mar 9, 2013

Welcome back to our lessons in iPhone Photography. In today’s lesson I’m going to do my best to share a fairly abstract creative tool illustrated with a few concrete examples. Last week I was in Belize working on a new iPhone Photography book. The book will feature iPhone images following the world famous Hummingbird Highway from the eastern coast of Belize to the Guatemalan border in the west. If you’d like to know when it’s published, sign up for my newsletter and you’ll be the first to know.

I shared the context of this project with you so you could see how I use the tool I’m going to present in this lesson. When you are working on a photography project with a finite time-frame and budget, you have to make images. There’s no option for returning the following day, or complaining that the muse isn’t with you.

In previous lessons I’ve shared ideas about changing perspective and compositional aids that can help in our creativity. However, this one single piece of photographic wisdom has served me better than anything else I’ve learned. One of my personal photographic heroes, Bruce Percy, says (this is a bit paraphrased) “whatever it is that initially draws you to a scene… that is what you should focus on.”

It is a simple, yet very powerful creative tool. I use this advice all the time by making whatever it is that attracted me to a scene the subject of my photograph and trying my best to reduce the other elements within the scene. As I mentioned in the beginning of this lesson, I want to illustrate how I’ve used this wisdom by sharing a few concrete examples from my recent trip to Belize… Read More

 

A dose of inspiration for your iPhone photography

By Sébastien Page on Feb 23, 2013

Those of you looking for an inspiration boost might enjoy this video by iPhoneographer Jack Hollingsworth. All photos were shot and processed with an iPhone 5 during a trip covering several thousand miles all over India.

Beautiful and inspiring to say the least.

Now go out and shoot… Or stay in and peruse our iPhone photography tutorials.

 

How to enable HDR Camera mode on iPad, and iPod touch 4G

By Mike Schnier on Feb 20, 2013

HDR is a photography mode that stitches together several pictures along a range of exposure settings. Using various algorithms, the effect creates pictures that can have fewer dark or washed out spots than a conventional digital still, which is great if you intend to capture textures and detail instead of glare or shadow.

Apple introduced HDR photography to iOS 4.1, but the feature wasn’t rolled out to every device. The devices that currently lack the option to enable HDR in the stock camera app include the iPod touch 4G, iPad mini, and the iPad 2 to the iPad 4. Lucky for us, this disabled feature is fairly easy to manually reintroduce on a jailbroken device… Read More

 

Conceptualize your compositions to improve your iPhone photography

By Justin Balog on Feb 16, 2013

In today’s lesson in iPhone photography, we will be digging a bit deeper into the mystical ideas of composition. Remember, before you consider the post processing of an image you need to expose and compose properly. In previous lessons we examined the Rule of Thirds. It is pretty straightforward and a great creative technique to have in your tool box. However, we never explored why, or how, it works. In this lesson, to better understand it, as well as other compositional guidelines, we will explore the idea of static vs. dynamic compositions.

Before we explore the ideas of composition, it’s important we understand the concept of ‘visual weight’ (or strength). Every elements in our compositions have varying weight/strength associated with them. It could be heavy, light, dark, strong, soft, etc. Obvious properties that influence a subject’s weight (or strength) are its size and position. Is the element in the background or in the foreground? Is it big or small? Read More

 

Quickly snap photos from Notification Center with Kamera

By Mike Schnier on Feb 11, 2013

Do you hate it when you’re trying to take a picture, you load up the Camera app, and the wrong camera is active? In photography, every moment counts and the delay in fiddling with camera modes could cost you that perfect shot.

Kamera is a Notification Center shortcut for the native Camera overlay in iOS 5 and 6, allowing you to take pictures from anywhere. What makes Kamera special is it allows you to start the overlay with either the front or rear camera active, depending on the button pressed… Read More

 

Instagram launches photo stream on the web with comments and likes

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2013

Good news for iPhone photography buffs who love to show off their snaps on Instagram. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service announced Tuesday that people can now view their entire feed of photos in any web browser, including Instagrams shared by the folks they follow on the service.

Commenting and liking is supported and the web app is optimized for both desktop and mobile browsers.

With these new capabilities, users can bypass the mobile app and instead interact with their followers using any device that runs a standards-compliant web browser. That’s a new territory for Instagram as it was dependent on the free iOS/Android app. There’s one thing missing from the new web app, however… Read More

 

Seven easy ways to improve your travel iPhone Photography

By Justin Balog on Feb 2, 2013

Welcome back to the lessons in iPhone photography. I hope you have enjoyed adding a little creative lens flare to your images the last couple of weeks. I have enjoyed looking at them! This week I thought we would do something a little different. I travel quite a bit with my iPhone and as you know by now, I take a lot of photos with it. I shot close to 4,000 iPhone images last year. Today I thought I would share a few tips to improve your own travel iPhoneographyRead More

 

Daylight Viewfinder: a hardware/software combo for taking photos in bright light

By Sébastien Page on Jan 30, 2013

Have you ever tried to take a photo with your iPhone on a bright and sunny day and were not even able to see what’s on your screen because of high glare? If like me you live in a sunny area, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Comes the Daylight Viewfinder, an eyepiece and app combo for taking iPhone pictures in bright or high glare areas. I had heard about it a week or so ago, but I got to go hands-on with the hardware/software combo during a preview at MacWorld today in San Francisco… Read More

 

Quipio adds artistic quotes to iPhone photos in under 60 seconds

By Mike Schnier on Jan 25, 2013

You’ve probably seen beautifully captioned photos floating around Facebook and Tumblr, and thought you’d try your hand at making some of your own. The problem with making typography look good over a photo is it takes a bit of effort and design sense, so it’s not for everybody. Or so we thought.

Quipio is a recently released app that allows users to make their own captions for their photos. If you just have some idea you’d like to share, Quipio can also take up to 400 characters of text and turn it into a simple piece of word art in less than a minute… Read More

 

Creating creative lens flare with your iPhone

By Justin Balog on Jan 19, 2013

Welcome back to iDownloadBlog’s lessons in iPhone photography. The last couple of lessons we have been exploring a the basics of photography (iPhone or otherwise). We learned about exposure, white balance, and white balance locking. Because we have covered the basics, I thought it would be fun to explore a more radical facets of iPhone photography: lens flare!

For years, photographers have come up with all sorts of ingenious ways to reduce that distracting little ball of light that appears in your photos when you point your camera at something bright. Very expensive lenses are measured by their ability to combat against this. You can easily pay $2,000 or more for glass that is lens flare resistant. Personally, it has never really bothered me. I kind of dig it. So much so, I seek it out. So in today’s lesson I thought it would be fun to show you how to achieve it as well as enhance it using the new app Light Camera App – Mark I

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Create, add, and share beautiful filters for your photos with Digiback

By Mike Schnier on Jan 18, 2013

There is an embarrassment of photography and filter apps on iTunes. If you’re not keeping track, Hipstamatic allows users to play with swappable filters disguised as virtual camera equipment, Instagram shares retro-filtered photos to a community, while Snapseed gives mobile users fine control of photo editing on the go. That barely scratches the surface of iPhoneography. In a flooded marketplace, what else can an iOS photography app allow users to do?

Digiback is a recently released photography app that allows users to not only share pictures they’ve taken, but to also share their custom filters with other users. Not only can users create impressive photography effects for their own use, you can also share these effects with others, and then benefit from effects created by Digiback’s community… Read More