Apple has long touted the iPhone as the most popular camera in the world, which is not much of a surpriseÂ givenÂ that the smartphone is approaching 550 million overall sales since launching seven years ago.Â As a testament to how much the iPhone has improved over that time, look no further than the eighthÂ annual iPhone Photography Awards. The photos are absolutely breathtaking.
500px is a newcomer to the photosharing scene, but one that has received wide acclaim among photographers. Their mobile apps have also received praise for their design and just overall awesomeness. Unfortunately if you haven’t already downloaded the app, you won’t be able to for a while because Apple pulled the iOS from the App Store overnight because Apple felt it was too easy for kids to search and find nude images through the app.
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Although I have two point-n-shoots and a DSLR handy for taking pictures, it’s my iPhone 5 that generallyÂ gets the most use. Why? Because I have it with me almost all the time too. Not to mention I can shoot, edit (sometimes), and share a photo from my iPhone much, much faster than I ever could with my other cameras (import into a device, check, post, etc). Still, I prefer to shoot in RAW or have my pictures compresses as little as possible when I have the option. Less compression equals more flexibility editing. If there is more of the originalÂ photo left for me to work with I can push the boundaries of the image much better. Alas, that function isn’t in most iPhone apps. Until now. PureShot lets you save an uncompressed dRAW (aka TIFF) image. Results? Well, not what you might expect.
If youâ€™re shooting video on your iDevice, we know that the basic, default Camera app isnâ€™t too bad. It does the job and you can get to it from your Lock screen so it is very convenient. There are time, however, when you want to step it up a notch and do something a little more interesting. Whether itâ€™s just a more advanced video app, something a little retro, adding special effects, or even making your own stop-motion videos, here are some apps that can add a little flair to your videos.
Today Flickr pushed out a major update to their iOS app (something that has been lackluster for a long, long time), and while it looks nice (I just reloaded it onto my iPhone), theÂ moreÂ interesting part is who is providing the new filters for the app. The filters are provided by the same folks who helped Twitter with their app. Does this signal a closer relationship between Yahoo! and Twitter?
Photo Streams first arrived in iOS with iOS 5, butÂ sharedÂ Photo Streams didn’t arrive until iOS 6. This relatively new feature is a great way to privately share photos with family and friends (who have compatible iOS devices), but starting toÂ useÂ Photo Streams can be a little tricky at first. So here is a quick guide to starting to use Shared Photo Streams on iOS 6.
Be careful where you use Instagram folks, because if you’re on an open WiFi network, your Instagram account could be hijacked. How this works is pretty simple, while Instagram encryptsÂ mostÂ of the data the app sends, it doesn’t encryptÂ allÂ of it, so a hacker on the same network could sniff the data and make an attack the would allow access to your account.