Photography

6 creative iPhone Camera tricks that’ll let you capture awesome photos

6 creative iPhone Camera tricks that’ll let you capture awesome photos

The iPhone’s camera is great, and Apple has a lot of options in the Camera app to enhance your photos, but here are a few tricks that you can use to take even better and more creative photos.

iOS 8′s manual camera controls explained; will enable a whole new category of advanced camera apps

iOS 8′s manual camera controls explained; will enable a whole new category of advanced camera apps

If you like shooting photos with the iPhone’s camera, but miss the advanced controls from your dedicated camera, you’ll love iOS 8. The new Camera APIs in iOS 8 let developers give you control over camera focus, white balance, and exposure settings.

Check out Apple’s phone, tablet and laptop prototypes of the ’80s

Check out Apple’s phone, tablet and laptop prototypes of the ’80s

Apple’s design concepts haven’t always come from within the Cupertino company, with many of its earliest iconic designs coming from Hartmut Esslinger and others from design firm Frog. Esslinger has worked on a wide variety of the design concepts which were birthed in the early days of Apple, including some prototype devices and concepts that were born 20 years prior to Steve Jobs announcing actual versions of these products.

500px’s Apps Removed from the App Store Over Nude Images in App Search Results [Updated]

500px’s Apps Removed from the App Store Over Nude Images in App Search Results [Updated]

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.

The Verge has some updates on this with word from Apple.

PureShot Let’s You Shoot and Save Uncompressed TIFF Images on Your iPhone

PureShot Let’s You Shoot and Save Uncompressed TIFF Images on Your iPhone

Although I have two point-n-shoots and a DSLR handy for taking pictures, it’s my iPhone 5 that generally 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 original 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.

Photo Editing Apps for the iPad

Photo Editing Apps for the iPad

Doesn’t matter if you take photos with your iPhone, iPad, point-n-shoot, DSLR, or even your iPad itself, making a good photo into a great photo is often all in the editing. In the last couple years I’ve been doing more and more photo editing on my iPad. Maybe because my Mac is getting a little sluggish or maybe it’s the whole tactile aspect of editing photos on a tablet, but not only enjoy photo editing on my iPad, it’s more efficient as well.

Instagram Updated with New Filter and Fixes Privacy Bug

Instagram Updated with New Filter and Fixes Privacy Bug

Instagram has updated their app (twice in the last day) to add a new filter, privacy settings, and expanded sharing beyond the camera roll.

Flickr Relaunches iPhone App with Photo Filter, But Could it Really Signal Closer Ties With Twitter

Flickr Relaunches iPhone App with Photo Filter, But Could it Really Signal Closer Ties With Twitter

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), the more 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?

Instagram Updated With New Camera, New Filter, and More Speed

Instagram Updated With New Camera, New Filter, and More Speed

Facebook-owned Instagram has released one of its biggest updates in a while with a bump up to version 3.2. This version includes a new look for the camera, optional grid (rule of thirds people), recent photos preview, and the usual speed and reliability improvements.

How To: Getting Started With Shared Photo Streams

How To: Getting Started With Shared Photo Streams

Photo Streams first arrived in iOS with iOS 5, but shared 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 to use 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.