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 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.
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.
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 has updated their app (twice in the last day) to add a new filter, privacy settings, and expanded sharing beyond the camera roll.
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?
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.
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.
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 encrypts most of the data the app sends, it doesn’t encrypt all of it, so a hacker on the same network could sniff the data and make an attack the would allow access to your account.
If you have an iPhone, running iOS 6, fire up your Facebook app and you might see a little message that Photo Syncing is ready for you. A little over a week ago we learned that Facebook was rolling out this feature to iOS users (it’s been a feature on Android phones for a while) and now it looks like more people are starting to see the feature available. Best of all, this doesn’t require an app update, if you have the latest version of the Facebook app, all you’ll have to do is turn it on—if you want.