Apps and plugins promise to transform your photo workflow
The short version: photography semi-pros and pros alike should grab this set of apps that double as plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture. The reason we'e cutting to the chase here is that today is the last day you can pre-order the set at a hefty discount: updated Pro versions of the company's five key image-editing apps, plus two other programs, plus some training materials for $90 rather than the $300 buying each app individually would usually cost (or the normal value of the full bundle with its bonus content, $455). Should you get it? If you've read this far, the answer is "probably, yes, and hurry." We'll meet you in the Reviews department to explain exactly why.
Improve your iPhone photos, take shots from a drone with MacNN Deals
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's collection is themed around improving your photography, with offers to upgrade shots taken using your iPhone, as well as a Lytro imaging device and a camera-equipped drone to give you even more picture-taking options.
Slick app features the most photography filters we've seen yet
If you've owned an iPhone for longer than about 20 minutes, chances are you're already aware of the vast amount of photography filter apps on the App Store; and, if you've taken a look at them, most of them offer the same thing: a couple dozen filters that are all remarkably the same. Occasionally, you'll find one that stands out from the rest, but for the most part they're pretty much the same filters wrapped in a different UI. If you're tired of digging for a good filter app, we're going show you a filter app that goes above and beyond, and does it with style. Allow us to introduce you to Colorburn.
Quirky rectangular camera allows you to refocus images on the fly
Photography is a fairly accessible hobby to get into in the digital age, in terms of both cost and starting skill level. With the advent of smartphones, more and more people are seriously looking into digital photography and don't take long to branch out and grab some specialized equipment. If this sounds like you, we're going to give you an option you may have never thought of: the Lytro light-field camera.
Photography app features interesting polygonal filters to give your pictures a new look
We check out a lot of photography apps, from improved cameras to vintage filters and art filter apps. Every so often, we come across photography apps that sort of defy conventional categories. Today, we're adding another app to that list with Trimaginator, a quirky filter app centered around triangles.
This colorful keyboard utility hits the crowded iOS stage
Since Apple allowed other companies to create keyboards for use on the iPhone, we've had a lot. Not so many or so great that we agree Android users were right to lord this feature over us. Not so many that we look every day for exciting new ones. Yet you may well find that Photokeys 1.0 is that keyboard you've always wanted.
Feature-packed filter app gives your photographs visual interest
There's something about black and white photography that we really dig. It's timeless. It's dramatic. It makes even simple pictures look so much more striking. If you're looking to elevate your pictures to the next level, we've got an app for you to take a look at: BlackCam.
App utilizes tilt-to-control mechanics to edit photos on the go
Sometimes less is more. This is often the case for people who are attempting to be more serious with their iPhone photography, so many of the apps we look at base their filter-set around wanting to create faux-vintage images -- which is fine for many, but not all, amateur photographers. Today we're taking a look at the more practical Polarr, an app that is designed to give you a professional-quality editing experience on the go.
Make customized B&W images that do more than remove color
Most people who don't work with the medium of black and white (B&W) photography regularly often assume that a B&W photo is simply one in which the color elements have been removed. Nothing could be further from the truth. In addition to being able to change to emphasis and tone of a B&W photo by using color filters, there are as many "looks," styles, film stocks, and manipulations one can make to change the feel of an image in B&W as there are in color. MacPhun's Tonality app is a program that truly "gets" this.
Photography resources, software at deeply-discounted price for charity
Last week, Foto Promos announced its largest-ever bundle of resources, software, training, printing, memberships and other pro-photographer education in a special offer available through MacNN and Electronista called The Big Deal that includes over $4,200 worth of downloadable products for just $99. The bundle, which runs through Thursday, has raised over $45,000 for charity, and features contributions from Lindsay Adler, Jared Platt, Dave Cross, KelbyOne, Lee Varis, Gavin Gough, Tony Sweet, Rick Sammon, Phlearn, Photoshop Cafe, Mylio, Eyefi, Viewbug, AthenTech, and B&H Photo and Video, among others.
Over $4,200 in downloadable plug-ins, tutorials, and more for $99
Earlier this week, Foto Promos announced its largest-ever bundle of resources, software, training, printing, memberships and other pro-photographer education in a special offer available through MacNN and Electronista called The Big Deal that includes over $4,200 worth of downloadable products for just $99. The bundle, which runs through Thursday, has raised over $31,000 for charity, and features contributions from Lindsay Adler, Jared Platt, Dave Cross, KelbyOne, Lee Varis, Gavin Gough, Tony Sweet, Rick Sammon, Phlearn, Photoshop Cafe, Mylio, Eyefi, Viewbug, AthenTech, and B&H Photo and Video, among others.
Software, training, discounts, plug-ins, e-books, more offered for photographers
Foto Promos is currently running its largest-ever bundle of resources, software, training, printing, memberships and other pro-photographer education in a special offer available through MacNN and Electronista called The Big Deal that includes over $4,000 worth of downloadable products for just $99. Contributors to the bundle include Lindsay Adler, Jared Platt, Dave Cross, KelbyOne, Lee Varis, Gavin Gough, Tony Sweet, Rick Sammon, Phlearn, Photoshop Cafe, Mylio, Eyefi, Viewbug, AthenTech, and B&H Photo and Video among others.
Apply photo effects to your images if you must
Drag a photo into Magic 1.1 from Ohanaware, and you can enhance it with a range of pre-built styles. Drag, select a style, click and go. You can apply a growing number of effects filters, and you can then make fairly considerable adjustments to suit you and the image you took.
Point-and-shoot HDR app makes stunning photographs easy
If you're a fan of photography, chances are you probably know what HDR photos are. If you're not, let us key you in. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range imaging, and it's been around for a while. It compiles three images, one over-exposed, one under-exposed, and one balance, to create images with bright, brilliant highlights and deep, rich shadows. Apple's release of iOS 8 brought about a burst mode to our favorite iOS devices, and we took a look at Fusion, a point-and-shoot camera app that allows you to take HDR images quickly and easily.
Robust filter app caters to picky photographers
There's no doubt about it: vintage is in. That's probably one of the reasons that photo filter apps have taken the App Store by storm. The big issue with most of these apps is that they'll often only feature a handful of preset filters, with little to no customization. If you're looking for a great way to make your pictures stand out from all the others, we think that Stackables might just do the trick.
New filters style, enhance video like filters for photographs
For more than 70 years, Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer of professional filters for photography and film. Generally, their premium glass filters are the first thing that comes to mind for anyone who hears the name "Tiffen." These filters would need to be applied at the time the photos or videos were being shot, but now in the digital age they can be applied in the post-production world as well with Tiffen's Dfx filter packs. Earlier this year, an update to version 4.0 was released, and we got our hands on a set to see what changes have been made.
Easy to use photo editing app produces professional, vintage-inspired results
Vintage is in. Retro is cool. Everything old is new again, and everything new is spending a lot of time trying to look like it's authentic to the 1960s. That's why there's such a big market for apps that promise to lend a vintage feel to your photographs. We sat down with Retromatic 2.0, an app that puts an interesting spin on the common vintage filter app.
Unique and quirky camera app that offers a lot for beginners!
Photography apps are a personal choice to a lot of us, and what one person likes, another may hate. That is one of the biggest reasons we check out so many camera and photography apps here, as an attempt to give you as many options as possible. As a true labor of love, we checked out HelloCamera, a quirky little camera and filter app with some interesting features.
Take combined photos to get one gorgeous one
You can't make a camera be better than it is, but you can have a good go: Hydra 1.0.2 for iOS aims to create high-resolution images by taking and combining many, many shots in quick succession. The results depend gigantically on what you're photographing, and how steady your hand is, but it can work well and even when it fails, it can be rather pretty.
Unique app offers photography filters not found elsewhere
Photography apps are our bread and butter here, and we've taken a look at quite a few of them -- so we consider ourselves experts in some regard. One of our favorite types of apps are analog photography filter apps, especially those that offer unique effects. We took a look at Lo-Mob, an app that promises to help lend an authentic feel of experimental analog photography to your digital pictures.
Pared-down app offers stunning black and white results
There's something about black and white photography that we really admire. Maybe it's the boldness, maybe it's the implied vintage feel, or maybe we're just photography snobs at heart. Whatever the reason, we decided that we'd check out Black + White Camera HD by SixAxis, which is an app solely devoted to taking only black and white pictures.
New Eyefi release allows for selected photographs to be transferred over Wi-Fi
Eyefi has revealed the latest in its line of memory cards with built-in Wi-Fi, to help cameras without wireless connectivity share their images. The Eyefi Mobi Pro builds on top of the existing wireless transfer functionality offered by its predecessors, with the card able to send RAW files over Wi-Fi to host devices alongside JPEG files, along with a few other useful functions that photographers may welcome.
New camera features faster image processing, larger shooting buffer
Nikon today expanded its DSLR range with the D7200. The new model, aimed at the enthusiast and professional market, has a 24.2MP CMOS, boasting no optical low-pass filter. Due to improvements in hardware and software, the company claims 30 percent faster image processing with the new model over the now-replaced D7100.
Sleek camera app aims to replicate DSLR experience
Digital photography is becoming more accessible, especially with the availability of affordable, high-quality digital cameras to the average consumer. Even with this development, that doesn't always mean that everyone can afford a DSLR camera, or that it's always convenient to carry one around to every occasion. We took a look at ProShot by Edward Kezeli, a camera app that mimics the feel and features of a DSLR in a more portable device.
Nikon D810A DSLR has modified infrared cut filter, longer exposure settings
Nikon has unveiled a modified version of its D810 DSLR camera designed for use in astrophotography. The D810A has the same 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor as the standard version, along with most of its functionality, but its infrared cut filter has been adjusted to let through hydrogen alpha spectral line transmissions, making it four times as sensitive for 656nm-wavelength light.
Always know exactly when photography's magic hour is
There are two facts of photography that Lumy is built to exploit for you. First, the sun is your friend because there is a time when the sheer quality of daylight helps make your photographs beautiful. The time is known as the "magic hour," or the "golden hour," but the second fact is that you're lucky if it's really 60 minutes. Wouldn't an app to help you pinpoint how much of that limited time you actually have be helpful?
Photo Suite 9 brings Adobe competitor in tight package
Thanks to the ever-improving cameras found in today's smartphones and less-expensive DSLR and mirrorless devices, both of whose work can increasingly be seen on popular social networks such as Instagram, more and more people are finding an interest in photography. Inevitably some will start looking for tools that can be used to manage and edit all of their images. While the most ubiquitous product in this field is Adobe's Creative Suite, with apps like Lightroom and Photoshop, it is far from the only option out there. The real question is, can any of the competition stand up to the quality that Adobe has become renowned for providing? Over the past few weeks we have spent some time with the latest version of OnOne's Perfect Photo Suite to test this very question.
Guide to perfect picture taking encapsulated for the iOS
Let's face it, photography is daunting. With a slew of terms and techniques that are less than user-friendly, and an ever-increasing amount of gadgetry to attempt to master, it's not exactly something one can jump right into and do well out of the gate. However, The Great Photo App by Baglan Dosmagambetov is aiming to make sense of all photography has to offer, and pass this information on to the user -- with Apple's handheld devices as the teacher.
Photo filter application tool excels at a low price
There's no doubt that iPhones are being used more for photography each and every day. This is especially apparent in the vast amount of photography apps that are available in the App Store. Users are sure to be overwhelmed, especially if they're looking for an app that promises to do it all, in terms of photo editing, filters, and camera tools. It's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, but Faded, by Vintage Noir is definitely worth a look.
Highly-controllable flash and video light can be interlocked with other units
Originally funded through an IndieGoGo campaign, the Australia-based IC12 has now debuted its 5,000-lumen high-speed portable flash and video light, the LED Light Cube. Built with an interlocking design that allows units to be used in combination, the light offers no recycle time between flashes, and gives photographers a way of shooting with a continuous high-speed flash of up to 1/8000th of a second. The unit is compact enough to be easily portable, and doesn't require external battery packs.
New generation comes more than five years after first model introduced in 2009
Canon had some big news at Photokina, as it brought out a new version of its elite model crop frame camera. The EOS 7D Mark II was announced today, bringing an update to the previous 7D model more than five years later. The new 7D Mark II brings a number of improvements over the first model that are aimed at the prosumer photography and video markets.
Brings styles, filters, fine controls to RAW, JPEG monochrome pictures
Photo software maker Macphun has unveiled a fourth tool in its suite of image-editing apps, this time creating one aimed at the art of black and white photography, whether the image was originally shot in color or not. Called Tonality, the program works with up to 16-bit RAW images or JPEG files and offers a range of tools that go far beyond simply removing color. In addition to serious tools like adaptive exposure, smart contrast and structure detailing, the program brings various styles and filters into the mix.
Irista offers 10GB free cloud storage, extensive image organization
Canon is introducing a new service designed to support owners of its cameras, while at the same time taking on Dropbox, Flickr, and Google Drive, by offering its own brand of online storage. Iristra is photography-focused cloud storage that works just for images, with the service said to provide extensive cataloging, collecting, and tagging options.
'Studio arrangement' process for true white backdrop photos filed in 2011
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted a questionable patent to Amazon in March, which gives the online retailer a hold on a common photography practice. Called "studio arrangement," the practice awarded the patent is an instruction set that outlines specific light and object placement to achieve photos of a subject on a white background, as well as steps for the process -- which has used by retailers for catalogs since the beginning of commercial photography.
the true faults of iPhone photography
This week in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "PeterParker" started a thread discussing the pros and cons of taking pictures with an iPhone from the point of view of someone who has studied professional photography. Today, one Mac Elite hit their head against the wall while trying to figure out problems with iTunes 11, and turned to the forums looking for advice.
Shutterstock launches 4K video support
Publicly traded stock photography and video site Shutterstock has launched support for 4K video. According to Tech Crunch, Shutterstock currently has over 11,000 hi-resolution 4K videos available, in addition to its 1.3 million HD and 150,000 low-resolution catalogs. Shutterstock is expanding its HD library approximately 12,000 videos per week. Subscription pricing begins at $250 per month for image downloading, and $370 for 5 HD videos.
Android cameras to get higher-end photo features
Google has confirmed that it is working on building support for the RAW photo file format into its Android mobile operating system, as well as a burst mode that allows for rapid image capture. The company spoke to Cnet on Monday, saying that the new features have been under development and may be opened up to developers in the future. Reportedly, the features are already present in Android's hardware abstraction layer, the part of the operating system handling inputs from a mobile device's hardware.
Camera pictured ahead of formal unveiling
Nikon's rumored Df camera appears to have been revealed ahead of the company's formal unveiling. Live images and renderings posted by Nikon Rumors show a retro-styled body pairing leather-textured black surfaces with silver or blackened metal and a slew of manual knobs and controls, while an FX badge corroborates earlier leaks pointing to a full-frame 16.2-megapixel sensor tucked inside.
Social network brings slew of new features
Google has invited media to San Francisco to highlight a slew of new features that are headed to the company's social network. Many of the Google+ updates focus on photography, expanding manual and automatic enhancement tools, along with new effects for saved videos or live Hangouts feeds.
Tweaked conversion system improves color, hue of uploaded RAW files
Google has updated its social network to improve the way it handles RAW images. Changes to its RAW-to-JPEG conversion system, credited to Nik Photography, will mean that the converted images shown on Google+ will now match the RAW file more closely in terms of color and hue, while still keeping the uploaded RAW files untouched.
IQ Engines API to close in next 30 days
Yahoo has continued its buying spree by acquiring an image recognition startup. IQ Engines, a startup specializing in recognizing items in photographs and cataloging such items, has been purchased for an undisclosed amount by Yahoo, with the team behind it shuttering its API in the next 30 days and moving over to work with Yahoo employees working on Flickr.
First one-hundred customers received a Wacom Stylus Pen
Wednesday marked the release of DODOcase's iPad mini Folio, the latest in its line of part-case, part-notepad tablet covers. Described as an "all-in-one solution for digital and analog needs," the case features traditional craft techniques in its production, including bookbinding practices. The interior of the iPad mini Folio includes DODOcase's signature bamboo precision-carved tray on the left side, with its right side occupied by a reporter-style twenty-four page refillable notebook.
Part of a move towards more 'immediacy,' will also emphasize video over stills
In a surprise move on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times fired its entire photography staff (28 full-time photographers), telling them that the paper would go with more "in the field" pictures and video from reporters and witnesses. In a memo brought to light by rival paper the Chicago Tribune, managing editor of the Sun-Times, Craig Newman, says that reporters will immediately begin "mandatory training" on "iPhone photography basics," and that reporters will be responsible for capturing photos and video associated with stories.
Preview shots from an iOS or Android device
Photography is always a popular theme at the Macworld Expo, where Hyper brought its CameraMator wireless viewfinder for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. MacNN has taken a closer look at the Kickstarter-funded device, which enables users to preview snapshots or trigger the shutter from an iOS or Android device.
Administration causes loss of over 1,300 jobs
Jessops, the largest photography chain store in the United Kingdom, has closed down all of its 187 stores, two days after entering administration. More than 1,370 jobs will be lost due to the closures, with more expected to be lost at the company's head office in the future. Administrator PriceWaterhouseCoopers is currently managing the firm's closure.
Galaxy Camera comes to Verizon on December 13
Verizon and Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Camera would be coming to Verizon's 4G LTE network on December 13. The Galaxy Camera pairs an Android-powered touchscreen interface with a high-performance camera, and the 4G LTE connectivity allows for photo sharing and web browsing from the same device. The Galaxy Camera will be available for $550, and users will be able to add it to their Share Everything accounts for a promotional price of $5 per month.
Snapseed could see Google+ integration
In a post on the company blog today, Nik Software, developer of iOS photo editing/sharing app Snapseed, announced that it had been acquired by Google. According to The Verge, the acquisition will see Nik's Snapseed developers relocating to Google headquarters in Mountain View in order to work directly on Google's social layer, Google+. The future of Snapspeed's iOS app, which provides image editing and sharing capabilities in a manner similar to Facebook's Instagram, is as yet unknown.
Shows off rich color, sharpness in 8MP shots
Having spent a fair portion of today's iPhone 5 rollout talking about improvements to both the camera itself and the processing chips and software that polish the results, Apple has now posted a gallery of actual photos taken with the device, albeit in the hands of a professional photographer. The images reveal a richness and quality that rivals most consumer-level point-and-shoot cameras, and the gallery offers downloads of the full-resolution pictures so that users can examine them in detail.
Was last of three industries Jobs wanted to change
According to the late Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs' biography, there were three industries he wished to reinvent through Apple: textbooks, television, and photography. While Apple has already begun some industry-changing moves in textbooks and is said to be working on some form of larger ideas for its Apple TV technology, it can be said that it has also already changed the photographic world several times -- but there may be more to come.
New version coming soon, says developer
Developer MacPhun is planning to release a major new version of Color Splash Studio, a photography app for the Mac that lets users drain the color from photos and then selectively re-apply it for dramatic effect. Before the new version appears with its new price, however, the company is letting users download the current version (v1.3) for $1 -- up to 70 percent off its normal pricing. The special is only good for this weekend.