It never fails. Every fall, Apple announces a new iPhone that's packed full of new technologies. An emphasis is placed on the camera, highlighting past features such as portrait mode, dual lenses and more. This year, with the iPhone XS and XS Max, Apple has added one new killer feature to its camera — the ability to change your aperture after you take your photograph. So, what's this mean for photography? Will all our DSLRs and mirrorless cameras be overshadowed by this new, glorious iPhone? Great technologies The ability to change your … [Read more...] about What does Apple’s iPhone XS announcement mean for photography?
Why I love Instagram & Hipstamatic Like every photographer nowadays, I have been shooting with my iPhone more—it has virtually replaced the pocket point & shoot! The one camera that is always with me, it has come to represent the future of photography technology, and it cannot be ignored. More often than not, my go-to photo app is Hipstamatic. Why? The funky, old fashioned, snapshot camera simulator has an interesting effect on my vision, simplifying my approach to picture making by virtually removing the post-processing part of image … [Read more...] about Its All About the Square
Lightroom Mobile is far and away my most used app on my phone and iPad, and Adobe have just suped it up even more. The latest version of the app adds power to the integrated camera by unlocking the ability to shoot RAW HDR from within the app. That means you'll have greater control over the colors and tones of the pictures captured on your mobile device. And yes, this is for both iOS on Apple phones and for Android (affected models are listed below). The thing that blows my mind is that this app continues to be included with your Creative … [Read more...] about Lightroom Mobile Update: RAW HDR’s for iPhone and Android
Apple held it’s annual fall keynote in San Francisco and launched the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. While mostly an understated launch, Apple spent a lot of time hyping the new photography features, including introducing a brand-new dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus. Let’s take a look at some of the new features from the keynote: Having sold over 1 billion devices, Apple’s iPhone has essentially become the most popular point-and-shoot camera in the world. It’s the camera that’s always with you and the most accessible. Whether you’re a hobbyist or … [Read more...] about New Cameras in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Apple have just announced the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Of course, we're most interested in the camera(s) specs. iOS 10 Shoots RAW That's right, now you can shoot RAW photos on your iPhone, and it doesn't even require buying a new phone. Some other phones already shoot RAW, but this is new to iOS. Adobe Lightroom Mobile is already optimized for working on RAW photos, and Apple said these new phones are perfect for it. iOS 10 should be available September 13th. 12-Megapixel Sensors and Performance The iPhone 6s also had a … [Read more...] about Apple’s New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Cameras
While Wednesday's announcement of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was deeply catered to photographers, you don't need to upgrade your device to get all the new features Apple is offering. iOS 10, which will be released Sept. 13, introduces a new reign of organizational capabilities for your photos and videos, along with some long-desired features. RAW! That's right — iOS 10 introduces RAW image capture, which means your workflow can be streamlined more than ever before. Third party apps can take advantage of shooting in RAW once … [Read more...] about Apple Enhances Photo Organization, Camera with iOS 10
I took along a Polaroid printer when I traveled to Cuba earlier this year. It enabled me to make prints of my iPhone photos via Bluetooth. I gave the prints to people I had photographed with my iPhone after I had photographed them with my Fuji X-T1. The printer is small (2.91" x 4.72") and lightweight (0.41 lb.), important since I travel as light as I can when visiting a country such as Cuba. Prior to traveling with the Polaroid printer I used a Fujifilm Instax Mini, an instant film camera. The quality of the images was “okay," and the … [Read more...] about Printing Images From Your Cell Phone While Traveling
(The impact of the iPhone on Photography) Apple most likely has recently sold its billionth iPhone. That’s quite a business accomplishment. The iPhone is easily one of the bestselling tech products of all time. To put it in perspective, Apple also makes the bestselling tablet and music player and the Mac is among the top selling computers. Yet Apple has sold more iPhones than Macs, iPads and iPods combined, dating all the way back to 1993. I was the original iPhone fanboy. I used to produce a podcast called the Apple Phone Show and … [Read more...] about Maybe I Was Wrong About The iPhone – Maybe Not
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
DroboPix is a brand new app for iOS that makes uploading iPhone and iPad photos automatically when either device comes inside a preset location. If you have a Drobo 5N or B810n attached to your network, you have everything you'll need to take control of the immense library of photos stored on your iPhone or iPad. While those devices now sport storage up to 128 gigabytes for iPhone or 256 gigabytes on iPad, photos and videos can quickly eat up a huge amount of space on our devices. Having a system that seamlessly uploads copy to protected … [Read more...] about Installing & Using DroboPix Tutorial
Have you tried to delete images or video on your iPhone to free up space, only to find out that you never seem to gain any free space? Apples Photos app has a built-in trash folder to save you from immediately deleting your photos or videos. Its set to auto-delete after 30 days, but its really easy to manually delete. Heres my quick tip: Step 1 Inside Settings > General > About, we can see how much space we have remaining on our phones. Step 2 Inside the Photos app, click on Albums in the lower-right corner. Step 3 Find the album … [Read more...] about Quick Tip to Free Up Space for Photos on Your iPhone
Hopefully you've started on your holiday shopping and aren't waiting till the last minute to get things out for people. If you're short on ideas, here's a list of main gifts that an Apple iPhone photographer or videographer techie would enjoy. I say that these are main gifts, because well... they're not cheap :D Polaroid ZIP printer This little printer is a nice portable printer that allows you to print out 2x3 prints instantly without any smudging! It connects through Bluetooth 4.0 to an app for iOS and Android and utilizes Polaroid's ZINK … [Read more...] about iPhone Photography/Videography Giftlist!
On Friday, September 25th, Apple released the next addition to their industry-shaking smartphone, the iPhone. Customers who were fast enough to preorder either the iPhone 6s and/or the iPhone 6s Plus either queued up in front of their local Apple Store or had a courier deliver their unit(s) to their doors. For the past year, I've used an unlocked 128Gb Silver iPhone 6 Plus and have been exceptionally pleased with it. So, when preorders for this next generation of smartphones went live, I stuck with what I knew and ordered an unlocked 128Gb … [Read more...] about A First Look: The Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple just announced the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with a redesigned 12 megapixel camera. For those of us who rely on their phones as a behind the scenes camera or use this as our backup camera, this is a good thing. Processor and Physical Improvements Sure, many will pay attention to the megapixels, but it's what you do with them that matters. Apple promises that the new phone has a new image signal processor that works with iOS 9 to provide better temporal and spatial noise reduction. They also utilize an improved local tone mapping option … [Read more...] about What’s New with the iPhone 6s and Why Does it Matter to a Photographer?
Passion fuels creativity In between jobs, a few friends and I took a trip to the beach for a little rest and relaxation. Teddy, Alec, Vanelli and myself trekked out to the Sanibel Island Lighthouse just outside Fort Myers, Florida. Some of us, Vanelli, couldn't sit still long enough and decided to come up with a challenge. Armed with just a few beach chairs, a skim board, and our phones, we set out to create something unique - just for fun. After all, thats where you get your best ideas. Alec is an athlete. He's a great lacrosse player, … [Read more...] about Sanibel Island Skim Boarding
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
As photographers, it's always a good idea to watermark your work. Not only is it an extra level of protection, but its also a chance to brand things a bit. In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to use Adobe Brush (a free app for iOS soon for Android). What is Adobe Brush? I first heard about Adobe Brush while watching the keynote from Adobe Max earlier this October. At first I figured its not an app I would EVER use. I do not use a lot of different brushes and I am terrible illustrator. Then it dawned on me. I could turn my signature … [Read more...] about Create a Signature Watermark in Under 2 Minutes with Adobe Brush
Back in the day, Instagram photos used to show up in our Twitter feed. That changed several months after Instagram was bought by Facebook in April of 2012, and . Instead, if a photo is shared through Twitter, it is linked to the photo on Instagram instead of being embedded into your tweet. Instagram is the number one way that I (and millions of other people) share mobile photos. For those of us with linked Twitter accounts, the bottom line is that more people are less likely to see the photo if they have to click a link to view it. But alas! … [Read more...] about How to Post Instagram Photos Directly to Twitter
If you're like me, you probably take a lot of photos and video with your mobile phone. The images I get with my iPhone are what I call my "memory" images; they're not always the most pretty, but they document and record the things that are most important to me. Because of this, I want to make sure that I save these photos on my Drobo, where I know they will be safe and secure from hard-drive failure. Here is how I regularly import my iPhone images to Lightroom. 1. Create an account with Dropbox (or file-storing cloud service of your … [Read more...] about How to Transfer Mobile Photos to Lightroom using Dropbox
One of the things I struggle with is organizing my cell phone images. On my iPhone, I can set up galleries or streams but I don't always use them. QuickPics is offering a solution to tag and organize your mobile photos, and so far I love where theyre heading. With hundreds, if not thousands, of photos on my mobile phone, I don't have time to go back and tag everything. Some are family, some friends, and some are just for reference for projects Im currently working on. QuickPics offers a great way to select your photos to tag. Simply press … [Read more...] about Organize your Mobile Photos with QuickPics
iBlazr is a small (about one inch square) LED Flash that works (to some degree) on any smart phone or tablet. It can even mount (via a cold shoe) on any still or video camera, providing the worlds smallest LED flash and/or hot light. The package comes with the iBlazr LED flash, a diffuser, a USB charger, a carrying bag and a cold shoe mount. In other words, the makers don't nickel and dime you for all the little odds and ends that just should (and do) come with the unit. iBlazr has a built-in rechargeable 130mAh battery that can be charged … [Read more...] about iBlazr LED Flash for Smartphones and Tablets – Mini Review
iPhone Day! Yesterday, I woke up at 6AM morning to head over to the Apple Store at Pioneer Place in Portland, OR. It was "iPhone Day" after all and there was a 128GB silver iPhone 6 Plus with my name on it somewhere in that store. Fortunately, I successfully preordered mine last Friday and somehow managed to be the very first person in the Reservations line, whereas the line for the day-of purchasers literally wrapped around the entire city block. But based on the global news reporting on this launch, no one should be surprised. The Face Off … [Read more...] about Photo Face Off: iPhone 6 vs Android
If you're like us... you're staying up at night and worried. It's time to make some hard decisions... ones that will have long lasting consequences. It's time to decide which iPhone to buy (we know... first world problems). The Dilemma On Friday morning (at approximately 12:01 am PST) Apple will start taking online orders for the phone. If you'd like to be the first to have the phone, you'll either order online or fight the crowds. You'd think by now they'd learn to have enough in stock (perhaps they manipulate the frenzy a bit). … [Read more...] about Which iPhone 6 Should a Photographer Buy?
In this tutorial, I show you how to create an animated iPhone wireframe, using the various shape tools, and the animation features within Photoshop. | … [Read more...] about Animated iPhone Wireframe in Photoshop
Not long ago, Adobe released an app for the iPad. But with their most recent update to the Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile just got a whole lot better. Since the update, I have been playing with the apps on my iPad and iPhone, and wanted to share some of my findings. I downloaded Lightroom to my iPad as soon as it was announced a few months back. It was great! But I could only see myself using it as a portfolio to show off my images to others when not at home. Plus, I don't typically carry my iPad with me everywhere. But now, with some new … [Read more...] about Lightroom Mobile for iPad and iPhone
I often find myself traveling... and one of my favorite stops is a good museum. All the time I see signs for no photography in museums. No tripods... no flash... no professional cameras. But cell phone cameras are just accepted. I say, if you can't beat them, join them. While my iPhone is no match for a true macro lens, I can still capture some fun memories of what I see. While on a recent trip to Costa Rica, we stopped at a museum about gold (the country has a long history with the precious metal). The museum was filled with great pieces … [Read more...] about Museum Phoneography | Shooting in Places that Aren’t Camera-Friendly
Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera. This is a simple fact that even Apple's competition hasn't tried to dispute. With the announcement of the new iPhone 5S and a beefier camera, it's probable that there is less chance of that fact changing any time soon. I was honored to be invited by my old friend Leo Laporte to be a guest on his popular This Week in Tech (TWIT) show yesterday to discuss and critique the iPhone 5S announcement. We did the show live and like the rest of you, got bit by bit, the details of … [Read more...] about Apple Announces The iPhone 5S – It May Become The Most Popular Smartphone Camera Ever
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¢)
In case you tend to ignore these things, the iPhone camera is the most used camera in the world. The new commercial from Apple shows many ways that taking photos has become an everyday experience for most people. Sure that's like saying that a Quarter Pounder with cheese is the best burger on the planet... it's not (I'm more a Five Guys or In&Out fan). But domination of a category does mean you set the standard that most use to compare. How dominant? Here's the Flickr chart showing the most popular cameras on their site. So I offer … [Read more...] about Why the iPhone is the Most Popular Camera in the World (And What Camera Manufacturers Should Learn From it)
I just wrapped up two days in the desert shooting panoramic and time-lapse shots (much more to come). It was a part of two projects (some new training for Lynda.com which will be out soon and my NAB workshop). While in the field I had a chance to try out some new phone apps. One of the one's I put through the paces is 360 Panorama by Occipital. The app is available for both iOS and Android for only 99. It behaves in a way similar to Microsoft's Photosynth, but works very fast with excellent automatic clean-up and blending. Once you press … [Read more...] about A Cool Phone App for Panoramic Photos (Even 360˚ Shots)