Finding the RGB or Hexadecimal value of any pixel on your Mac screen

By Anthony Bouchard on May 23, 2016

RGB, otherwise known as red/green/blue, is a color identification method used by digital computer monitors. Every color gets its own RGB value, and this is because a mixture of those three colors makes up the color you’re looking at.

RGB values may be used for a variety of reasons, but mostly for those that do a lot of photo editing, or who may be tinkering with graphics or web design.

A little known feature of your Mac is that its operating system comes with a meter that can identify the RGB color of any single pixel on your screen, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you just how that’s done. Read More

 

Give your photos a vintage look with Tonality

By Jim Nix on May 21, 2016

We are back with more photo tips today, so if you missed our first two articles, be sure to go back and read them. We covered creating a stunning HDR in under 3 minutes as well as 3 tips for creating eye-popping photos.

If you are like me, you like to experiment with different looks in your photos. That’s part of the beauty of digital photography – you can quickly and easily try out new ideas and processing styles, without permanently altering your original image. While you probably have a “go-to” style, it’s always rewarding when you step outside the lines a little bit and try something new.

I tend to be drawn to bold and expressive colors, so for me, experimenting with muted colors and vintage effects is kind of like a science experiment – it’s not my natural state, but it’s sure fun to mix things up in the digital lab and see what I come up with. I’m often surprised at the results, and I always learn something new.

Today, we will explore using Tonality from Macphun to quickly and easily add a vintage effect to your photos. You can download a free trial of Tonality and follow along with us. Like all Macphun products, the interface is simple and easy to use, yet there is a lot of power underneath the hood. This means you can go as deep as you like and make some significant changes to your photo, or you can do something a little less involved and create a masterpiece in just a few clicks. It’s really up to you.

That’s what we are doing today. We will walk you through some basic edits in Tonality, but just keep in mind that the end result is always wide open, limited only by your interest in experimenting and your own creativity. You can use Tonality as a one-click solution, or you can delve a little bit deeper and customize the look of your photos.

We will start with a one-click solution, and then make a few minor changes to demonstrate how powerful this product really is. Let’s get started! Read More

 

The Roll helps you organize and find your best shots

By Sébastien Page on May 18, 2016

The Roll is a new application that aims to help you organize your photos, but also find your best shots. Using a proprietary algorithm, The Roll will sort, tag, and even score your photos in a way that will make it very easy for you to uncover your best images. Read More

 

3 simple tips for eye-popping photos

By Jim Nix on May 14, 2016

We are back with another installment in our photo education series. Today we will share an easy tip for making your photos really pop. If you missed the first in this series, you can catch up and find out how to create beautiful HDR photos in under 3 minutes.

Do you ever take a photo of something, only to show it to your friends later and have to add “Well, you had to see it for yourself. It looked better than that.” I think we have all been there. Our photos don’t always accurately represent what we saw, and certainly they can’t represent how we felt at that moment, which in my opinion is intricately tied to the final image.

While there are countless apps available that allow you to make minor adjustments to your iPhone photos, I like to adjust mine with the many tools available in the Creative Kit by Macphun. It’s super-easy to use Creative Kit on your iPhone photos by running them inside of Photos for Mac; you’ll be creating your own masterpieces in no time.

Today, I share the first of three tips you can use on your photos for quick and effective enhancements. Each can give your photo a bit more punch, or add some artistic flair, and it only takes you a couple of minutes to do it. Follow along! Read More

 

How to take a timed screenshot on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 11, 2016

Chances are, you’re probably so accustomed to taking screenshots on your Mac with the stroke of a few keyboard keys that you didn’t even know you could take a timed screenshot. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can set your Mac up to take a timed screenshot, which depending on the situation, can be very useful. Read More

 

How to create stunning HDR photos in under 3 minutes

By Jim Nix on May 7, 2016

Do you take a lot of photos with your iPhone? Yep, I do too. I am often shooting with it even as I am capturing a scene with my professional camera. I find that I capture different views on a subject when doing so. For me, shooting with my iPhone is all about the fun, ease and whimsy of mobile photography. Plus, it’s always with you, right?

But do you ever capture photos that look great compositionally, but feel like they are just lacking a little something extra? You know, maybe they need a color boost to bring them up a little, or perhaps the shadows are too dark, or worse yet, there is a lot of digital noise in what should be a smooth sky?

It does happen, because despite being very convenient and a capable little camera, it can only do so much. There are many iPhone apps that people have turned to in order to make edits to their iPhone photos (myself included), but using professional software to make those adjustments can usually offer amazing results.

While we often think of making photo adjustments on the fly for a quick upload somewhere, consider how much more beautiful your shots will be if you exert a bit more fine-tuned control over the final image.

Today, we will take a look at doing just that, and help you create a stunning HDR image in just a couple of minutes, using Aurora HDR from Macphun. Read More

 

Fun with iPhone: how to swap two faces in a photo with FacePlant

By Anthony Bouchard on May 6, 2016

Sometimes there’s no greater humor than that of which you can dish out by way of photo editing.

If you’ve ever wanted to swap two faces in a photograph for the giggles you know it’s going to bring to the table between yourself and other people, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use a simple and free iPhone app to quickly swap two faces in a photograph right from your device. Read More

 

Deal: get 93% off the new MacPhun photo creativity bundle

By Christian Zibreg on May 3, 2016

After delighting iPhone photography fans with free high-quality filters for Photos for Mac, California-based developer MacPhun is back with a very tempting offer in the form of a photo creativity bundle “unlike any other”. They’re calling it the Creative Kit XXL and let me tell you something—“XXL” is used there for a very good reason.

Not only do you get six premium photo-editing applications for your Mac in this bundle, but a ton of other goodies.

Some of the bonus content ad benefits you get with Creative Kit XXL: 40+ guides from leading photographers, 1200+ creative presets, six additional Mac apps for watermarking and resizing images and deep partner discounts.

And all of these perks can be yours in exchange for just $129, a cool 93 percent discount over the combined $2,000+ price for the included apps, tools and materials. Yup, that’s a massive savings of $1,871. Read More

 

Google Photos rolls out smarter albums with text, maps and locations

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2016

Google has been rolling out new features to its Photos mobile and web app at a rapid clip. And now, the Internet giant has introduced smarter albums in Google Photos that can be customized with text, maps and locations. “After an event or trip, Google Photos will now suggest a new album curated with your best shots and the locations of where you’ve been,” said the search giant on Tuesday. Read More

 

This tweak supercharges your Instagram app with new features

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 18, 2016

Instagram lovers, if you’ve also got a jailbreak at your fingertips, then you won’t want to miss out on a chance to download a new free jailbreak tweak called Rocket for Instagram from Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

Rocket for Instagram provides Instagram users with a slew of new features that Instagram themselves have failed to provide for years. In this piece, we’ll briefly go over some of the new features with you. Read More

 

Common camera problems on iPhone and how to fix them

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 12, 2016

The iPhone’s camera may have gotten a lot of upgrades over the years, and it may be one of the most popular point-and-shoot cameras in the world, but that’s not to say it’s perfect. Just like any other camera, it can be subject to hardware issues and software bugs.

In this piece, we’ll go over some of the most common issues related to problems with the camera on your iOS device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and we’ll explain some ways to troubleshoot those problems. Read More

 

Removing duplicate pictures from the Photos app on Mac with Photos Duplicate Cleaner

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 15, 2016

Love it or hate it, the Photos app is a tool Apple includes in the stock installation of OS X on every Mac. It’s a way to view and manage your photos and videos on your desktop, and the app even makes importing photos from iCloud or your iOS devices very simple.

Unfortunately, bugs and user error can sometimes leave you with photo duplicates in your Photo Library, and if you’re one to take a whole lot of photographs, then you might not even realize you have duplicates. These duplicates easily eat up valuable space on your Mac’s storage drive, so in this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to quickly and easily examine your Photo Library for duplicate photos and remove the duplicates. 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

 

‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign is back with beautiful portraits taken on iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

Apple has rebooted its successful ‘Shot on iPhone’ advertising campaign, which now highlights photographs that users have taken on their iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

TIME reports that the new ad campaign features 53 images from 41 amateurs and professional photographers from around the world, with the major focus on portraits, many of which were photographed in “subtle, everyday moments.” 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

 

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

 

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

 
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