Turn still photos into moving art with GIFx

By Lory Gil on Jan 14, 2015

I secretly love GIFs. Well, maybe it is not such a secret since my best friend regularly sends me links to funny ones. Snort-level laughter usually follows. You may not always want to create funny micro movies with your camera, though. Sometimes, you may just want to liven up a still shot.

GIFx is a photo-editing app that adds GIF backgrounds to your pictures and videos. Now, you can make moving photographs without having to actually create a GIF first. Read More

 

MultiCam almost turns your iPhone into a Lytro camera

By Lory Gil on Jan 2, 2015

I’ve been enamored by the Lytro since I first heard about it in 2012. If you don’t know about it, the Lytro is a light field camera with technology that allows users to refocus and change perspective of a digital photograph after its been taken. Unfortunately, the Lytro is way out of my price range.

MultiCam – Set Focus/Exposure After Shoot takes some of that technology and brings it to the iPhone so you can take incredible depth of field photos and change which objects are in focus. We’ve got a detailed app review of MultiCam for you today. Read More

 

Brushstroke is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

It’s Thursday and those of you who frequent iDB know what that means: Apple’s editors get to discount and highlight another app as part of the App Store’s ongoing promotion marketed under the ‘Free App of the Week’ banner.

With last week’s free app, the popular retro-futuristic 3D shooter Space Qube, soon going back up to its regular price of three bucks, we now turn our attention to Brushstroke, a photography app available to you at no cost for a week.

Created by Code Organa, the developer behind the amazing ToonCamera app which turns your video and photos into a live cartoon, Brushstroke transforms your photos into beautiful paintings in seconds. Brushstroke made its App Store debut back in March, has an average rating of 4.5 stars based on 285 reviews and was never free before. Read More

 

Shift review: randomize filter effects with precision adjustments

By Lory Gil on Dec 18, 2014

By now, you probably have your favorite go-to filter app. There are enough of them in the App Store that, no matter what your preference is, there is probably an app that suits your needs.

Shift is a photo filter app that may make you rethink whether or not you’ve found the right one. First, you shuffle premade filters in a random selection. Then, tweak the filter you like best to make it perfect. We’ve got a full app review of Shift for you today. Read More

 

Google refreshes Photo Sphere Camera with better image quality, new library organization and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2014

Following its App Store debut four months ago, Google’s Photo Sphere Camera has been bumped to version 1.1.

The useful photography software which allows anyone with an iPhone 4s or higher to create panoramic images now features enhanced image quality when creating 360-degree images on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

Additionally, the library view now separates private from public panoramas and the built-in map has been upgraded so that you can expand or contract it as needed. Read More

 

Instagram adds five new filters, Slow-Mo video uploading and more in iPhone app update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2014

Instagram, a Facebook-owned mobile photography service, today issued an update adding five new filters to its iOS and Android app.

In addition, the popular software has gained a couple handy enhancements such as the ability to upload Slo-Mo video content as well as real-time comments, photo perspective adjustments, a customizable filter tray with live previews and more.

Inspired by the photography, art, fashion and design, the five new subtle filters available in Instagram 6.4 are being marketed as the company’s best yet and include: Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua. Read More

 

The best Photo apps of 2014

By Lory Gil on Dec 14, 2014

Sometimes, I feel sorry for educated photographers that spent thousands of dollars and years of their lives studying the subject in school. Since mobile devices have advanced in camera technology, we are all taking pro-quality pictures of our cats every day.

We love iPhone photography so much around here that we have an entire section dedicated to it. So, we take new apps in the category pretty seriously. We sat down with the new releases for 2014 and decided which ones stand out for their awesome features. Then, we voted on the best. Below is a list of the winner, runner-ups, and the best all-time photography app. Read More

 

MacPhun’s Cyber Monday: 40% off Mac photography suite and a $25 gift card

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2014

Like many other companies, MacPhun, a prolific developer of Mac, iPhone and iPad photography software, is having their Cyber Monday sale today which comes with notable discounts on some of its most popular photography apps.

You can now pick up MacPhun’s Mac photography suite for $129.99 instead of $210, that’s a cool 40 percent discount on Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro, Focus Pro and Tonality Pro. Plus, they’ll treat you to a $25 iTunes/Amazon Gift Card. Read More

 

Instagram updated with caption editing, people finder, faster search and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2014

Facebook-owned Instagram on Monday received a nice feature upgrade enabling new things and elevating your experience “to help you discover more on Instagram,” as per the team’s blog post.

For starters, you can now find other accounts to follow in the People tab on Explore. If you spot a typo in captions of your uploaded snap, Instagram now at last lets you fix typos or even change photo locations after the fact.

You will also notice faster searching, refreshed explore and profile icons, subtle changes to the user interface and more.

Instagram is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Camera+ gains lossless TIFF compression format, brings back iOS 7 support

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

Camera+ by Taptaptap has received a newsworthy refresh Monday that has brought back iOS 7 support killed in the previous release while enabling a new Auto setting for the front flash feature.

More importantly, Camera+ 6.1 introduces a Pro quality setting that lets those who are serious about iPhone photography save their snaps in the TIFF image format using lossless compression.

As if that weren’t enough, the team teased “some big things coming down the pipeline” for both the latest iPhone edition of Camera+, along with “a huge, long-overdue update” for the iPad version.

Camera+ is available in the App Store for $2.99. Read More

 

Camera+ offered for free for the very first time

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2014

Camera+ by Taptaptap, the award-winning iPhone photography app and one of the longest-standing camera and image editing apps in the App Store, is available free of charge for a limited time, but only through Apple’s sleek Apple Store shopping application for the iPhone and iPad. That’s a cool $2.99 saving right off the bat over the app’s regular asking price.

No matter if you’re only mildly into mobile photography or a seasoned photographer, you really shouldn’t miss out on this promotion because Camera+ has never gone free since its inception in August of 2011. Again, you can’t just follow the app’s iTunes URL to grab Camera+ for zero bucks because the offer is exclusive to users who have the Apple Store application installed on their devices.

Jump past the fold for the full instructions. Read More

 

Olloclip introduces 4-in-1 camera lens for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2014

Popular mobile device accessory maker Olloclip introduced a new product today for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It’s a 4-in-1 photo lens kit, designed exclusively for Apple’s two latest handsets, that includes fisheye, wide-angle, 10x and 15x lenses.

The new Olloclip brings about some new features as well. For the first time ever, all four lenses work with both the iSight and FaceTime cameras, and thanks to a new customizable pendant, it can be clipped to a backpack, lanyard or key ring. Read More

 

Instagram’s iPhone 6 refresh is out

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

One of the most popular mobile applications and the de facto leading platform for mobile photography, Facebook-owned Instagram, has at last been optimized with native display support for Apple’s latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones.Instagram 6.1.3 is now available in the App Store and lists no other changes in iTunes release notes accompanying the 15.9-megabyte download. Read More

 

Stop what you’re doing and grab Cycloramic for iPhone 6, free for a very limited time

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2014

Chances are you’ve heard about Cycloramic, a stupendously amazing iPhone photography software which allows you to capture stunning, accessory-free 360-degree video using custom vibration patterns in your device and an Apple power adapter.

If you haven’t taken the plunge yet, please don’t pass on this opportunity as Cycloramic has just gone free for the first time ever.

A $1.99 saving, only the iPhone 6 edition of the app is free, and for “a very limited time”, according to developer Egos Ventures. The iPhone 5/5s version, which hasn’t been discounted and is available for $1.99 a pop, relies on the handset’s squared base and the vibration motor to spin the device around its axis. Read More

 

Artistic photography app Fragment is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2014

Artistry in iPhone photography can now be in everyone’s hands with Fragment, Apple’s new Free App of the Week. As you know, each Thursday the App Store editorial team cherry-picks a new app to slash from its regular price to zero bucks, for a week.

Fragment by Pixite is a nifty little iPhone and iPad app that puts cool prismatic effects in your pocket, allowing you to transform your snaps into unique artworks.

It also plays nice with iOS 8 and includes a handy extension to edit your images right within the stock Photos app. Fragment is free until next Thursday, a $1.99 saving. Read More

 

Skew: a new photo app that lets you fix crooked lines and poorly aimed shots

By Lory Gil on Sep 6, 2014

I will be the first to admit that I am terrible at noticing lines and angles when I snap pictures. I even use the stock Camera app’s grid feature, but I don’t think about the Golden Ratio when trying to get a picture of my cat doing something funny.

Skew is a photo editing app that lets you fix those minor mistakes after the fact. Not only can you straighten angled lines by rotating the image, but you can also “skew” the photo so that objects in the picture are straight. Read More

 

The Incipio Focal case will turn your iPhone into a point-and-shoot camera

By Jim Gresham on Aug 27, 2014

Despite smart devices replacing point-and-shoot cameras in the mainstream, there still seems to be many people confused by the transition to an app-based camera. Every time I am out and ask someone to take a picture of my wife and me, it seems to be a shot in the dark, so to speak. People always fumble around with the screen, trying to zoom, or change the flash, or even take the picture.

I run into people that push the software button to take the picture instead of using the volume button. Either way, there always seems to still be an unfamiliarity with the way an iPhone takes pictures. Unless you were born in 2007 when the iPhone launched, there is a transition from point-and-shoot cameras to the iPhone, and it continues to be a struggle for some.

In that light, Incipio developed an app and hardware combination bringing point-and-shoot characteristics to iPhone. Focal is a camera case providing easy snap picture taking. Dedicated shutter and zoom buttons prevent screen pecking while trying to setup the perfect shot. Read More

 

New Google app: Photo Sphere Camera for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2014

Google has released a brand new iPhone photography application in the App Store. Dubbed Photo Sphere Camera, it provides functionality similar to the iOS Panorama shooting mode, and then some more.

By continuously taking images as you pan your device around, Photo Sphere Camera then stitches the individual photos together to create a nice sphere-like 360-degree image which can be published directly to Google Maps or shared with anyone on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and via email.

The app is a free download. I’ve included additional tidbits right after the jump… Read More

 

Camera+ picks up improvements ahead of ‘cool new things’ in forthcoming iOS 8 update

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2014

My favorite iPhone photography application, Camera+ by a developer called Tap tap tap, has received a few very nice additions ahead of an upcoming iOS 8 update.

Camera+ 5.2, a free update for existing users, contains several bug fixes while introducing a new adjustment to the Vignette effect, improvements to the Soft Focus and Film Grain effects and the Clarity Pro feature and more.

Oh, and this version has fixed broken Flickr sharing stemming from a recent change to the way third-party apps like Camera+ access Yahoo’s photo-sharing service… Read More

 

FX Photo Studio 6.0 for iPhone brings iOS 7 overhaul, new filters and sharing options and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2014

FX Photo Studio by MacPhun used to be my go-to iPhone photography tool, but I was forced to switch to other apps because it looked like the team had ceased further development (last update was in February of last year).

I’m glad I was wrong about that. As of today, the iPhone edition has been resurrected. Basically everything has changed and MacPhun bills it as “the biggest update in its four-year history”.

Now available in the App Store as a free update for existing users, the new FX Photo Studio 6.0 of course sports an iOS 7-friendly user interface along with a brand new engine and tons of other new features.

All of the hallmarks of FX Photo Studio have been preserved and enhanced in this update, including great filters, special editing tools and sharing features… Read More

 
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