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Monday, May 28, 2012

PicFrame For Making Photo Collages

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:30 PM

"PicFrame helps you combine multiple photos into amazing looking frames that you can save to your computer or share to Facebook. With 34 adjustable frames, rounded corners and plenty of patterns, you will always have a unique look."

I added this to my iPhone a few days ago, and a version is now available for Mac OS X. More from the App Store:

"Since PicFrame was released on the iPhone and iPad we have often been requested to create a Mac version for people to use on their desktop, well here it is! PicFrame on the Mac is just as easy to use, select a frame, drag and drop your photos in, tweak the border size, give the photos rounded corners, add a color or pattern, resize the adjustable frames and save the photo or share it to Facebook.

Main Features:- 34 adjustable frames- Support for up to 5 photos- Rounded corners- Change the border size- Zoom and drag the photos around- Easy color picker for border color- Multiple patterns to use for the border- Ratios 1:1, 3:2, 2:3, 4:3, 3:4, 16:9- High resolution- Share to Facebook- Drag and drop photos into the frame "

Pretty nice for a couple bucks on each platform ... and really, really easy.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Some Tips for Better iPhone Photos

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 12:00 PM

"In the five years since the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) launched, the iPhone camera has gone from disappointing to out-snapping Nikon as the most popular camera on Flickr."

Awesome photo. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of the most common rookie mistakes is "Gratuitous use of iPhone processing apps." There are so many it's hard to figure out the best one for you, and to learn that the iPhone camera is just fine for capturing those "in the moment" photographs, I won't worry about finding that perfect app. I just need to practice so I can enter this contest! What are your thoughts? Have you found an app that really does make you a better iPhone photographer?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Make a Story Board From Instagram Photos

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"What app is it that I see people use with Instagram to make a collage/storyboard of more than one photo?"

Well, that app, and a universal one at that, is called Diptic, available now in the iTunes store for $0.99 USD [affiliate link]. Kind of cool app that you can use to combine photos from Instagram into a collage as pictured above.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Improve Your iPhone Photography, Seminar Monday in New York

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 PM

"If you're in New York December 5, it would behoove you to stop by the West 14th store for a free workshop with Dan Marcolina."

Dan Marcolina will be sharing some tips on iPhone Photography on Monday at the West 14th store, in a free workshop. If you are like me and find that you are using your iPhone for most of your photography, you might want to drop in and give a listen.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Camera Plus Pro Updated and On Sale!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:48 PM

"Camera Plus Pro, one of our favorite camera apps for iPhone, has been updated to v4 with a new camera engine that's 30x faster, according to developer Global Delight. The update brings with it live photo and video filters, a UI makeover and the resurrection of the jerk-free Smooth Zoom Feature."

This is a pretty good iPhone camera app, and now on sale for $0.99 USD in the iTunes store [affiliate link]. I've used it since it came out, and I find it pretty handy. I've tried several others out but always seem to come back to this one.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Snapseed, Free from 09/20 to 09/23!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:16 AM

"Try Snapseed for FREE from 9/20-9/23 and get the app Apple named their iTunes App of the Week in August!"

Very cool app, that was priced at $4.99 USD. For the next few days however you can get it for free as a promotion for the latest version. I played around a little with this on my iPad and it worked great. Very simple controls and it even lets you manipulate RAW images.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Some Handy Adapters for Your iPhone 4 Camera

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple's smartphone darling-the iPhone 4-is fast becoming one of the most popular cameras in the world. This is due in part to the image quality of its camera and to the photo software available for it (including Instagram, a photo filter app that simplifies sharing your photos)."

I'd certainly use mine more if I had some options for it, such as interchangeable lenses and zoom features with stabilization. Oh wait, this article has just those items! I really like the OWLE Bubo (pictured above), since it has several mounting options, microphone and accessory mounts and comes with stabilization along with an interchangeable 37mm wide angle macro lens. It's kind of expensive at $160.00 USD for 3G and 3GS versions, $170.00 USD for the iPhone 4 version, and at this late stage in the year I think I'll wait for the iPhone 5 version. What are your thoughts, do devices such as this interest you or have you used them or do you currently use them?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 9 in the Mac App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"On the eve of the launch of Apple's Mac OS X Lion, rival software maker Adobe has released a version of Photoshop Elements 9 for the Mac App Store."

This was released yesterday, without too much fanfare, and is available now in the Mac App Store for $79.95 USD [affiliate link]. This is the first submission for the Mac App Store from Adobe, and is available only in English so far. Adobe says this is a compliment to iPhoto since it offers more editing capabilities and tools, and requires OS X 10.6.6.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

i-FlashDrive for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:30 AM

"Though the product's official name is i-FlashDrive for iPhone ($99-$192), PhotoFast's packaging notes that this white glossy flash drive is also compatible with the iPod touch and iPad as well."

It appears this is a great little device to get files from your computer onto your i-device. You can get them in capacities from 8GB to 32GB and simple plug in the USB end to your computer, transfer the files, then plug it into your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and transfer the files. Simple.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Adobe Releases a Trio of Photoshop Apps for the iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:13 AM

"Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe® Photoshop® Touch apps - Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav - for Apple iPad in the Apple App Store. These three apps from Adobe were developed using the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) to demonstrate the potential for new interaction between Photoshop and tablet devices."

Adobe Nav for Photoshop [affiliate link], Adobe Eazel for Photoshop [affiliate link] and Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop [affiliate link] are all available now in iTunes for $1.99 USD, $4.99 USD and $2.99 USD respectively. These three apps really add a new aspect to Photoshop on the iPad. With Color Lava you use your fingertips to mix colors on the iPad and transfer them back to Photoshop, creating your own color swatches and themes. With Eazel, it lets you create paintings using just your fingers, and with Nav you control the Photoshop tools using the iPad touch surface. This is obviously a very simplistic explanation, but suffice to say, having these three tools sure adds to the capability of the iPad and Photoshop as a great photography tool combo.

Monday, February 28, 2011

MacBook Air, A Photographer's Friend

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 04:00 AM

"It's good to see that it's not only the geeks here at TUAW who are in love with the MacBook Air. Photographer and blogger Derrick Story at Macworld also has a great fondness for the lightweight Mac, although he's using it for more than just blogging."

There have been two posts from Derrick Story about his use of the MacBook Air as a part of his photography tool kit. The first one is here, and it goes into the aspect of "is it powerful enough?" and the second one posted here gives an insight into the workflow aspect of how Derrick uses his MacBook Air. Interesting reading, and it does help you decide if this amazing laptop will work for you. I've found in the month or so of using my MacBook Air 11-inch that it is indeed powerful enough for my everyday use.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Quick Rundown of Several iPad Photography Apps

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"Way back in January, I posted on the blog 5 reasons why I think the iPad will be great for photographers. So now that I've got the chance to play around with the new iPad, what do I think of it? Will I be eating my own words or am I right?"

Kai went through (quite quickly I might add) 18 free apps and two paid ones for the iPad that related to photos and photography. Some problems with all of them, but there were several stars in the bunch such as the PhotoPad by ZAGG and SmugMug that each got 4 stars. At the very least, this will help you decide what NOT to buy from the App Store, plus the reviewer is actually quite fun to watch. What are your favorite apps for the iPad?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Need a New Wallpaper Image?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Here we have it, the elusive White Sands wallpaper pack. I have done my best to pick a nice well rounded selection of images for everyone to enjoy."

The bonus is they are free, all you have to do is agree that they are for your personal use only. The site has wallpaper for iPhone as well as iPad. The site has some fantastic photography, well worth your time to check out if you are looking for some different background images.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Photography Not Your Strong Suit? These Tips Might Help

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:04 AM

"It's unavoidable: During the holidays someone is bound to get out a camera to grab some festive snapshots. If you're the person with camera duties, then you should follow some of these photo guidelines. If you're not the person shooting, then you can offer these suggestions from in front of the camera. Really, people love that."

Some last minute tips on getting the best picture possible. Not sure about you, but I need all the help I can get when it comes to photography. In fact, becoming a better photographer with my iPhone as well as my point-and-shoot is on my list of resolutions for the next year.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

iFlash for the iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:30 PM

"The iFlash is a self-powered flash module that plugs directly into your Apple iPhone to provide some extra illumination for your subject. This LED flash emits light with a colour temperature of 5,000K and uses the docking port on the bottom of the iPhone."

They also say you can dangle it from the iPhone when not in use like it was a charm, but I don't think that would be very convenient do you? Slick idea though, compact in size, and I've run into some situations where something like this would have come in handy. It's available now for $39.95 USD and comes in black or white, although the way it's going now I doubt we will see a companion iPhone in white to match, but maybe you'd like the contrast?

360 Panorama On Sale Today Only, $0.99

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:42 AM

"Great news, guys: the popular iOS app, 360 Panorama, is on sale ($0.99) for today only. This clever application, which has recently been updated, allows iPhone 3GS, 4, and iPod touch (4G) users to take breathtaking panoramic shots with ease."

It's about 70% off the normal price for this popular panoramic photo app, but it is for today only so if you have been holding back, today is the day to pick it up in the iTunes store [affiliate link]. This is version 3, and they have updated it to include Twitter integration, better motion tracking, GPS tagging and Retina Display support.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Do You Use One of the Best Photography Apps on Your iPhone?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:53 AM

"With the quality of cellphone cameras approximating that of yesterday's point-and-shoots, you can take some amazing photographs on your iPhone. It gets even better with the right apps apps. Here are our favorite photography apps for your iPhone."

I like the stuff LifeHacker comes up with, and this article about photography apps for your iPhone is no different. I'm not nearly into photography the way I should be with all that goes on in my family, so this was interesting reading, finding out about the numerous apps out there for the iPhone. What is your favorite photography app?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Watch That Lighting!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

"Lee and Patrick over at Fstoppers have put together a video that pretty much proves that good lighting can squeeze great results out of the most mediocre of cameras."

Even that iPhone 3GS, as they show in the video.

Monday, March 15, 2010

iPhoneography for all Your iPhone Photography Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

"There are 2,920 photography apps available in the App Store, and more are being added every day. Sorting through and testing each new release-every faux film filter, cropping, and tilt-shift tool-could amount to a full time job. Thankfully, Glyn Evans narrows it down for you on his site"

If you even dabble in iPhone photography (and if you have an iPhone why wouldn't you?), then you are bound to find something useful from his site. And in this article he shares a few of this favorite iPhone camera apps. Worth checking out.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Some Photography Help Via iTunes App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"The app store is overflowing with great tools that can turn a photographer's iPhone or iPod touch into a photo assistant (though it falls short in the heavy lifting department). Among the many worthwhile apps there are a few standouts. These are our picks for the most all-around helpful tools that every photographer should have in their arsenal."

Nice selection of four apps that can help just about any level of photographer get a better shot. I really like the remote app, I may have to get that one since our Canon is on the list of compatible cameras.

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