The light meter in our camera's only read light bouncing off the subject. They can't read color or flash (unless it's from its own speedlight.) They also can't read light falling on the subject also know as "incident" measurement. Incident flash meters run from a low end of $200.00 to $750.00 for a pro version. Color meters are really pricey at $1700.00. Which brings me to a new incident meter that connects to iOS & Android smartphones via bluetooth. Introducing the Illuminati Meter Illuminati Instruments introduced a compact incident … [Read more...] about This Changes Everything, How to Accurately Meter Light-Flash-Color from Your Smartphone
I shoot a lot of images on my iPhone. It’s the camera that’s always with me when I stumble upon something interesting. In 2015 Apple introduced Live Photos at the iPhone 6s release, which creates a video showing the moments right before and right after you take a picture. These “sidecar” video files are 2 seconds in length and are embedded into the photo on your phone. While it was a cool idea, and I was excited for them when they were first released, but they’re become a bother every time I import photos from my iPhone into my Lightroom … [Read more...] about Quickly Delete Apple Live Photos in Lightroom
You've got to admire Microsoft. The company certainly has no shortage of tech and engineers and they just threw a bunch of really cool things together into a new camera app. It's called Microsoft Pix and it seeks to replace your iPhone's built-in camera app. Key Features The goal of Microsoft Pix is to make it easier to capture better photos and to not miss the moment. Here's a breakdown on how it works. The fact that it automatically syncs with your camera roll is very appealing. People-First – Photos with people are … [Read more...] about Microsoft Creates a Better iPhone Camera
When Im on the road, I find myself using Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on my iPad and saving files to iCloud Drive to keep my photo business organized. Whether its a budget, proposal, or slideshow... I've got them synced across my phone, tablet, and desktop (Windows users can sync too). Now that iCloud Drive is easily accessible on my MacBook Pro and iMac, its really easy to add other files to it just like I would with Dropbox. You can never have too many cloud services! But I was having trouble accessing files on my iPad because there … [Read more...] about How to Show the iCloud Drive Icon on iOS
Triggertrap just released Version 4.1 of their already-amazing iOS app. Their developers re-wrote the core of the app to bring some pretty cool new features. For those that don't know, Triggertrap is a camera remote control solution that uses your smartphone to trigger your camera. The app can use things like the face detection sensor, motion sensors, internal cocks, GPS, sound and vibration sensors to trigger a camera. Whether you want to capture an epic timelapse movie, a dramatic long exposure shot or dive into explosive high-speed … [Read more...] about Triggertrap iOS Version 4.1
Apple took the lid off their long-anticipated large-format iPad this week and as people line up for and against the new tablet I sat down with Jeff Carlson to discuss what the new technology means to photographers. Carlson is the author of the book, The iPad for Photographers, which is currently in its third edition with Peachpit Press. Key Features of the iPad Pro The iPad Pro is due to arrive in November, but at Wednesdays event, Apple gave us a long look at the new member of the incredibly popular iPad line. With its 12.9-inch screen … [Read more...] about Apple’s New iPad Pro – Laptop Killer or Just a Bigger iPad?
As photographers, naturally we probably take more pictures then the general public with our smart phone for even everyday events. I doubt there's been a day I have not taken some picture about a life event whether minor or major in ...well I have no idea how long. I've been itching to figure out a good way to back up my memories. In way, it's a modern day journal of life. My phone keeps tracks of my kids, my home life, my relationships, and the world around me. How can I store, save, organize my life of photos and videos? After asking this … [Read more...] about My New Favorite Photo App: PhotoSync
Geotagging, or the act of applying detailed geographic coordinates, to my photos is exceptionally important to me. I do a lot of traveling and am often photographing in remote areas. So, being able to remember exactly where I took a particular photo has saved my bacon a number of times. Additionally, it just makes things so much easier if/when I want to return to a particular spot to have another crack at a photo. Finally, when I'm out shooting, it's important to me that I don't keep my feet planted in one place. I want to know that I was … [Read more...] about Easy Photo Geotagging Using Your Smartphone
Editing photos on the native iOS platform has always been lacking in refinement, that is until iOS 8. Apple introduced a photo editor that was a one touch simple editor with a second layer of editing control that allows for far more refinement. No Pixels Were Harmed. When viewing an image you can access the editor by tapping on Edit in the top right corner. If youre image was taken with your iOS device then the editor will open, however if you added an image from another source as I have here, then youre given the option to duplicate the image … [Read more...] about Great Black and White Images with iOS 8
Like many of you, I had the Apple product announcement playing in the background at the studio recently. I was excited by the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but what I really wanted to see was the Apple Watch. There are so many possible applications for wearable computing devices and, until Apple, no manufacturer had come close to realizing that potential. Why Does Apple Watch Matter to Photographers? What makes the Apple Watch a potential game changer? A combination of form factor, Bluetooth, WiFi and apps that take advantage of all three. … [Read more...] about Apple Watch | The Photographer’s New Best Friend?
This week's podcast interviews photographer Lindsay Adler who talks about her new studio and getting started in the world of fashion photography. Rich also gives you a quick update on the new photo options from Apple for Mac, Windows, and iOS We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Lindsay Adler Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her editorial work has appeared in numerous … [Read more...] about Lindsay Adler, Apple News & Hot Gear | Photofocus Podcast 6/5/14
Evgenia Tiplyashina Last week, we ran a poll on smartphone usage by photographers. If you haven't voted, we'd love to hear your opinion (click here). We're trying to better understand how photographers view smartphones. The Results So Far The results so far are quite interesting (people were allowed to vote on multiple choices, but only one time total). Here's where it breaks down (with my editorial analysis included). I Use It If It's The Only Camera I Have 31.17% No surprises here. A photographer will not let the moment escape. If a tool … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Smartphone Usage
I'm always on the lookout for new ways to process images on my tablet. I love the flexibility to pull an image from my Photo Stream and push it a bit further. Sometimes its to correct the image, other times to stylize it. I recently downloaded the app Alayer (available for iPad and iPhone). At 99, it's a pretty easy decision to make if I'll give an app a try. In this case, I'm glad I did. The application is easy to use and works with a simple concept. Effects and adjustments can be layered. To start, you simply make a new project. You … [Read more...] about Alayer for iOS: A Mini Review
Recently Adobe announced updates to its popular IOS app Photoshop Express. However, some changes to this app have been deemed controversial and it has seemed to upset more than just a few users. The current app rating for the new version has only a 2-star rating in the App Store. The significant changes in the look and design, many users felt they lost the filters and extras they paid. This isn't actually true though, they were just renamed. However, some of the free effects in the previous version are now part of paid effects in this … [Read more...] about Adobe Releases Update to Photoshop Express
I'm always on the lookout for affordable apps that do cool things. Well I've found another one, PicFrame that makes Photo Collages simple. The app sells for 99 and is available for Mac, iOS, Droid, and Blackberry (it seems the developer hasn't gotten around to Windows or Windows Phone). The app is very straightforward (although the mobile version offers a few more features). To start you choose a layout using frames. The app currently ships with 71 adjustable frames offering support for up to 9 photos in a single frame. You have a few … [Read more...] about Great Photo Collages App (for 99¢)
You've probably heard Scott Bourne insist that all camera owners should read their camera manual from cover to cover. While I agree with his opinion that this is the best way to learn about your investment in gear, it isn't always practical. After all, the manual takes up space and adds weight in your camera bag. Well, just like airline pilots who are switching to electronic manuals, so can photographers. Sure you can of course search a manufacturers site and save a PDF to your device for viewing, but Nikon went several steps … [Read more...] about Nikon Shooters: How to Always Carry Your Camera Manual