By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2012
iPhone photography fans, rejoice. Instagram today pushed an incremental update to its mobile app for iOS and Android, bringing a few improvements in the camera department, a brand new filter and more. The camera interface has been revamped with a nice Instagram-themed shutter button. The camera now displays a preview of the most recent photo on your camera roll and you can turn on an optional grid separately for the camera and the scale & crop screen.
You may also appreciate the enhanced Camera Roll picker as it now lets you quickly access the last photo taken, though that capability is inexplicably available only on the iPhone 5. More on other changes and the new Willow filter right after the break… Read More
By Justin Balog on Dec 8, 2012
I hope everyone had fun making abstract landscapes using the intentional camera movement (ICM) techniques from our last lesson. This week I decided to take a quick step back and return to the basics for a bit. I know many iPhone Photographers who are just starting to discover the creativity inside themselves might have never owned a camera before their iPhone. And just because your camera happens to be a phone doesn’t mean that it operates any differently than this camera. My old Shur-Shot Jr!
I don’t want to bore you details, but these ideas are important to understand as we begin to explore new concepts in future lessons. So bear with me and let’s take a quick look at the way cameras work… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2012
Lots of good news today for fans of the popular iPhone photography app Snapseed that Google acquired back in September. Snapseed 1.5 has just been released, featuring built-in sharing to the Google+ network, a huge boon for Google’s Facebook killer. By the way, the search firm in today’s blog post called Google+ “the fastest-growing network thingy ever”. Snapseed, Apple’s iPad App of the Year, also has gained an updated Frames filter with new photographic frames that can be colorized, in addition to a brand new Retrolux filter.
Basically a Hollywood style filter, Retrolux includes a bunch of different film styles souped up with a range of “different scratches and textures as well as light leaks to create a truly retro look for your photos”. And if you happen to be on Android and have been yearning for Snapseed, you can go and download it straight from Google’s Play Store right now… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2012
If a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a thousand pictures, this one’s worth gold. Taking iPhone photography to a whole new level, director Arturo Perez Jr. edited together a total of 1905 photos of San Francisco for the song “Invasión” by Mexico City-based band The Plastics Revolution. It tells a tale of a young couple finding love amid an indie-pop backdrop. The snaps were taken mostly on an iPhone and ss you can see for yourself, the results are nothing short of amazing…. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2012
Fans of iPhone photography have a field day with today’s news of the brand new 500px for iPhone app and a significantly reimagined Vimeo iOS build. So, remember hip-hop artist and the Black Eyed Peas leader Will.i.am announcing a 14-megapixel iPhone camera attachment last week?
Today, we learn that the accessory bearing his name and dubbed the i.am+ is set to launch December 6. It’s gonna be available in contemporary and vintage version for the iPhone 4/4S, with the flagship iPhone 5 unit arriving at some point next year and sporting a dedicated 14-megapixel camera sensor and flash… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2012
500px (pronounced five hundred pixels), a web-based photography community, launched in October 2009 and quickly established itself as the premium photo sharing destination. If your photo needs go beyond Instagram’s recognizable filters and low resolution snaps of people’s food and pets, you may have stumbled upon the 500px web site where people share only their best work in a manner that has nothing to do with the simplification (some would say, dumbification) of Instagram.
The Toronto-based startup has now updated its iPad app, released a year ago, with native iPhone support and boy is it gorgeous… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 28, 2012
Good news iPhoneographers, the Kickstarter project-turned-Apple-Store-favorite olloclip has just released an updated version of its multipurpose lens for the iPhone 5. Just like its predecessor, the new 3-in-1 accessory features a fisheye lens, a wide-angle lens and a macro lens to enhance your handset’s picture-taking abilities… Read More
By Justin Balog on Nov 24, 2012
I hope you have had a great couple of weeks making some HDR magic with your iPhone. Today we are going to explore a more abstract and fun approach to iPhone photography. If you remember a couple of lessons back we were using a slow shutter speed to create light trails. You probably remember having to hold your iPhone still and leave your camera shutter open for a long time. It was kind of complicated and gear intensive.
This time around, we are going to leave our shutter open for a long time but careless about holding our iPhone still. This is a technique that we in the industry call “Intentional Camera Movement” or ICM. The goal is to intentionally use blur to create something unique and beautiful! Read More
By Justin Balog on Nov 10, 2012
Welcome back to iDownloadBlog.com’s lessons in iPhone Photography. I hope you enjoyed making light trails the last couple weeks. They’re some pretty creative folks out there looking like they had a good time with it. In today’s lesson, we are going to revisit high dynamic range (HDR) photography. Actually, we are going to improve upon it using a great little app called Pro HDR.
Before we get going, and to celebrate the release of the iPad mini, I decided to give away a few copies of my book “Big World Little Lens – The Complete Guide to iPhone Photography.” It is specifically designed for the iPad and iPad mini. If you haven’t picked up a copy of the book yet, you can here. The cool thing about iPad books is that you will get free updates whenever I publish a new version. Speaking of the a new version, I’m in the middle of a major update that will be hitting the shelves at the beginning of the year. If you get the books now, you will automatically get the free update then. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Nov 6, 2012
If you love snapping, I guess I should say “panning,” panoramic pictures with your new iOS 6 -enabled device, there is now a dedicated social environment solely for sharing your favorite wide shot pics. PanoPerfect, launching today, is a free and simple way to post and share your photos via iPhone, without them getting lost in another long list of other comments. Overall, the app is simple and easy to use, possibly making it one of the more popular ways users will choose to curate their favorite panos… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 6, 2012
A friend of mine asked me the other day what I thought about add-on camera lenses for the iPhone. I told him the Olloclip was pretty popular, but I hadn’t ever owned any myself so I probably wasn’t the best person to ask.
You see, I’ve never really seen the point to these clip-on lenses. They just never seem to improve picture quality enough to justify the cost and hassle. But this new HiLO Lens might actually be worth taking a look at… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 28, 2012
Shortly after the iPhone 5 launched, a number of users started complaining about a “purple haze” in their photos. It’s essentially a purple flare effect that comes from a bright, out-of-scene light source while capturing an image.
Apple has already addressed the issue, and a number of other smartphones and portable cameras have been proven to have similar hazes. But if it’s still really bothering you, there’s a new app that claims it can help… Read More
By Justin Balog on Oct 27, 2012
Welcome back to our lessons in iPhone Photography. I hope you enjoyed injecting a little motion into your iPhoneography over the last couple of weeks. This week, I want to continue on the theme of motion and pushing the limits of your iPhone. As a photographer, especially an iPhone photographer, your creativity often comes to an end when the sun goes down. Even with the iPhone 5’s improved low light capabilities, making images at night isn’t where your iPhone excels. In today’s lesson, I hope to change that.
At night, there’s nothing more fun than photographing light trails. Here’s a quick example of light trails that I shot this week. The idea is simple: stabilize your iPhone and photograph cars as they drive by. If you’d like to know about using a tripod and cable release with your iPhone, check out chapter 6 of my book, ‘Big World Little Lens – The Complete Guide to iPhone Photography‘ in the iTunes Bookstore… Read More
By Justin Balog on Oct 13, 2012
Welcome back to iDownloadBlog’s lessons in iPhone Photography. Before we get into today’s lesson, iDB reader Latinpride011 left a comment last week asking for a quick video about Hueless. I can’t oblige everyone, but I try my best. So here you go. I hope it helps!
Now that we’ve got that taken care of, let’s get your iPhone photography moving! In this lesson I want to introduce you to a cool little technique we call ‘panning’. The goal of this technique it to keep your moving subject in focus and turn the background into a blur of motion. The way you achieve this look is to have your subject move past you as you ‘pan’ your iPhone in pace with your subject as you take your photo. Here’s an example of this technique in action… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 29, 2012
Welcome back to iDonwloadBlog’s lessons in iPhoneography. You can can catch up on previous lessons here. If you need a quick start, feel free to check out my free iPhone Photography tutorial.
Today I want to talk about Black & White Photography. I’m not talking about taking photos and performing black and white conversions. Nope, I’m talking about 100% pure uncut black & white iPhone Photography. The app we are going to be using is a totally cool app called Hueless. Why is it so cool, you ask? Well, because it was the first true black & white camera app for the iPhone. It’s a true camera application. There’s no editing images from your camera roll. When you fire up Hueless, you have to set your exposure, contrast, focus, and filtering at the time you take the photo. Today we will only be looking at exposure, contrast, and filters… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 25, 2012
Instagram has finally been updated for iOS 6, and more importantly, the app has been updated to take advantage of the 4 inches of screen real estate the iPhone 5 has to offer.
Besides the few bug fixes that you might not even notice, the big changes come to the photo uploader and filters. iPhone 5 users will appreciate that the filters don’t overlap on the photo anymore, leaving you plenty of space to see what your photo will actually look like… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Sep 17, 2012
First the iPhone turned the concept of mobile phones on its head, offering consumers apps as well as a dialtone. Soon, handsets became the go-to devices for taking snapshots. Now the iPod touch — a master at upending the market for music — is set to become your favorite point-and-shoot camera.
The new iPod Touch gains a 5-megapixel camera that also includes high-def images and Panoramic views. Now experts say the Touch has all the makings of a rival of the grab-and-go digital point-and-shoot camera. “I think this new Touch will appeal to many people both young and old, who are looking for a point and shoot camera that does more than just take photos,” writes Glyn Evans at the iPhoneography blog. Read More
By Justin Balog on Sep 15, 2012
We cover all sorts of things in this iPhoneography series. Everything from creativity and photographic principles to apps and gear. I had planned on carrying on with the theme of our previous two lessons about composition (the rule of thirds and the golden ratio) but then I saw this deer, and my entire lesson changed.
I have been meaning to write something like this for a while, so I figured there is no time like the present. It will be a short lesson. Read More