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 Sebastien Page on Oct 22, 2012
It’s funny how things happen in life. A couple weeks ago, I was telling my wife that I would like to start putting together photo books of our daughter on a monthly basis, right from my iPhone, but without spending hours putting them up together. At the time, I told my wife that to my knowledge, there was no such app that would allow me to publish photo books in just a few minutes.
Then, as if they had heard me, the fine folks at Mosaic emailed me to let me know about their upcoming app and printing service, which lets you create beautiful printable photo books in a matter of minutes. I was definitely sold on the idea, but I still had to try it for myself.
I was sent an early release of the app, as well as a coupon code worth $26.50, which equals to $20 for the photo album, and $6.50 for shipping charges. With this loaded on my iPhone, I was really excited about the opportunity to try on this new service… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 18, 2012
From a quality standpoint, the iPhone’s built in camera has always been near the top of its respective class. But, admittedly, there are a few chinks in the armor when it comes to advanced camera features.
For instance, there’s no countdown timer to be found inside the camera app. Also, more advanced features like independent reticles for exposure and focus are no where to be found. And what about a built in time lapse feature? That seems like only a mere dream at this point.
That is, of course, unless you are jailbroken.
Jailbreakers have the luxury of adding additional features to stock apps, and the Camera app is no exception. CameraTweak is a new jailbreak tweak that affords the ability to add all of the previously mentioned features into the stock Camera app, and then some. Take a look at our video walkthrough inside for the full details. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2012
When Google announced last month it was acquiring Nik Software, the brains behind Snapseed, a popular Photoshop alternative on the iOS platform, Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra made a promise on Google+ that “we’re going to continue offering and improving Nik’s high-end tools and plug-ins”. The search giant has kept its word as it pushed an update to Snapseed for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store, bringing long-awaited iOS 6 and iPhone 5 compatibility… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 7, 2012
In addition to the back panel scratching and light leak complaints, early iPhone 5 purchasers have spotted another flaw in Apple’s latest handset: a purple haze or halo is appearing in some photos taken with its rear camera.
Over the past few weeks, users have been reporting that when the iPhone 5′s iSight camera is pointed at or near a bright light source, a purple flare appears in the photo. And this weekend, Apple responded to the issue… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 4, 2012
Taptaptap’s Camera+ and SmugMug’s Camera Awesome are like the two most important photography and image editing apps in my arsenal. Both have been refreshed this morning, but don’t let a minor version update fool you as each app enables major enhancements that add help add flair to iPhone photography.
Following in the footsteps of Taptaptap, SmugMug’s Camera Awesome has been updated with native iPad support. At the same time, Taptaptap (which recently released CAmera+ for iPad and gave the iPhone version iCloud sync and other new features) has updated Camera+ for iPhone with the cool low-light boost mode Apple debuted on the iPhone 5… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2012
The iPhone 5′s iSight camera on the back features the same eight-megapixel sensor as its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, only thinner and with sapphire lens cover. In addition, the module has been improved for better low-light performance, yielding major quality improvements when snapping up your photos under artificial light or in low-light situations. And now, developer can optionally tap the iPhone 5′s low-light camera mode in their own apps, which bodes well for dozens upon dozens of photography apps in the App Store… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2012
The software isn’t just blown up to the iPad’s 9.7-inch canvas, it also comes with new features specific to the iPad version only. Combined with freshly updated Camera+ for iPhone, you can now seamlessly sync your Lightbox between your iPhones and iPads via iCloud. iPad-specific features include new advanced filters, the straightening feature (finally!), brush on effects, layered effects (mix “So Emo” with “Tailfins”) and the ability to import your images from Flickr and Facebook… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2012
Taptaptap’s Camera+ sold over nine million copies since its inception in June of 2010 and it’s remained my favorite go-to photography app ever since. A major new version just hit the App Store this morning, bringing several new features.
Most notably, version 3.5 enables iCloud sync and Facebook sharing with single sign-on. The former lets you automatically sync your Lightbox between devices and the latter simplifies Facebook authorization.
And best of all, the team confirms that Camera+ for iPad is around the corner. Count us excited! Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2012
Intstagram pulled a Skitch with yesterday’s update in that the company has removed live filters from the iPhone 5. As Instagram fans could tell you, the live previewing feature is pretty popular because it lets you quickly apply Instagram’s trademark photo filters right before hitting the shutter button, so you can see what the photo being taken would look like with the desired effect.
Though Instagram confirmed that live filters will be phased out from both the iOS and Android apps, developers left a stealthy workaround in place to re-enable live previewing on the iPhone 5… Read More
By Sebastien 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 Jeff Benjamin on Sep 21, 2012
At first glance, it may appear that your photos look the same when taken with either the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S. It may even lead you to believe that there is no difference at all between the two cameras.
But try taking a photo in a low-light situation, and one thing becomes readily apparent; the iPhone 5 is far superior when it comes to snapping photos in low-light. Take a look inside, as we compare the iPhone 4S with the iPhone 5′s low-light photo taking capabilities… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2012
Imagine being able to take a picture on your iPhone, and then quickly turn it into a Polaroid picture without having to connect the handset to a printer. Now stop imagining. Such a product exists. Well, sort of.
Introducing the new Impossible Instant Lab, a new Kickstarter project. It’s essentially a printer that can grab pictures from an iPhone and then quickly turn them into real photos. You have to see it to believe it… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 6, 2012
Social networking giant announced intentions to acquire Facebook for a staggering $1 billion back in April, pending customary regulatory approval. Following its careful and thorough review, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cleared the way for the transaction last month.
The deal was subsequently valued at around $747.1 million, $300 million in cash and 22,999,412 shares of Facebook common stock. As the deal is now closed, the Instagram team will relocate to the Facebook offices. Don’t worry, they will continue to develop and enhance the Instagram app we’ve all grown to love… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2012
I’ve always found it rather peculiar that there is no native timer built into iOS’ stock Camera app, but leave it to the jailbreak community to come through with a solution.
CamTime is a simple jailbreak tweak that places a timer directly to the left of the shutter button. It’s not the prettiest tweak in the world, but it can get the job done in a pinch. Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 22, 2012
Over the past two years, Instagram has provided a mobile platform for millions of people to share filtered photos of everything from sunsets to cups of coffee. And yes, even food.
And now, the folks over at D2M are trying to provide a way for you to share these photos in a different way, with their Android-based, Instagram feeding photo frame… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2012
Following up on June’s big update, Instagram today pushed out a major new version to its mobile app for iOS and Android, bringing with it a bunch of changes, visual tweaks and interesting new features. The app’s explore tab and the photo upload screen have been re-worked with cleaner layout, the experience feels much snappier and you can now browse geotagged images in an all-new Photo Maps view… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 2012
Between its 8MP sensor and internet connectivity, the iPhone 4S is one of the best point-and-shoot cameras around. It can download thousands of photo-editing apps and upload images to a number of services.
But the lack of interchangeable lenses, a weak flash, and other missing features means that the iPhone won’t be replacing your DSLR anytime soon. Unless, of course, you had something like the 3RDi camera kit… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 12, 2012
Searching for a quick way to access meta data for photos stored on your iPhone? If you’re jailbroken, then a new Cydia tweak might be just what the doctor ordered.
PhotoExif is a recently released tweak that makes it easy to access photo meta data using the photo app’s share button. Take a look inside for the full video walkthrough… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Jul 11, 2012
Plenty of photo editors span the App Store but few are as holistic as HalfPeeled‘s “PhotoMojo!” Boasting a clever assortment of photo editing tools that easily surpass Instagram, PhotoMojo! is a crafty and fun attempt to shoulder onto a much larger stage.
The app utlizes the Aviary engine to drive photo enhancements from speech bubbles to filters and offers many ways to share your new favorite photo… Read More