Instagram users, prepare yourselves. Almost 5 years after its initial release, it appears Instagram is finally looking to add multi-user support. [Read more…]
If you’ve downloaded InstaAgent, an iOS and Android app designed to let you see who’s viewed your Instagram profile, you might want to delete it from your smartphone. According to a new report, the app – whose full name is ‘Who Viewed Your Profile – InstaAgent’ – is not only storing usernames and passwords in plaintext and sending them to a remote server, but also using those very credentials to log in and post unwanted images to users’ profiles.
InstaAgent has since been removed from both the Google Play Store and iOS App Store, but so long as it’s on your phone, it can still send your information. [Read more…]
The popular photo-editing app, owned by Google, launched version 2.1 and is now capable of editing RAW files.
“Traditionally, shooting and editing RAW photos has been the domain of DSLR cameras and desktop software”, a Google engineer said, adding that combined with the RAW capabilities added to Android phones last year, “RAW is now becoming important for mobile photography, too”.
Snapseed’s new version allows Android users to edit the RAW files shot on their smartphones, as well as RAW files from digital camera that have been converted into DNG files.
One of the nice features on Android phones is the ability to access the camera without having to go through the annoying process of unlocking the phone. While this feature is very comfortable, it opens a door to all kind of mischief. Especially if you have access to a friend`s phone. You can always take some funny photos that their parents would be surprised to see if they flip through the gallery. This is funny but really quite harmless, researchers from the University of Texas discovered that once the camera is active, it can be used to bypass the home screen lock and access the phone. And that is quite less harmless.
One problem that we photographers (and other creative pros) run into a lot is the need for additional screen real estate. For those on the go and working from laptops, it’s really not convenient to carry around an extra LCD monitor in your bag (obviously). But, if you have an iPad or Android tablet, you may have just found your answer neigh at hand.
Instructables user Ironman 54 recently detailed the process of easily turning his iPad into an external monitor for his computer.
The much anticipated Android release of Adobe Lightroom has finally made its way into the Play store, where it can be downloaded for free. Though it should be noted, if you want to use the app, you will need to have a current Creative Cloud membership and the most current version of Lightroom installed on your desktop. (However, if you are able to meet those requirements, feel free to grab your “free” mobile copy, too.)
The Android version of Lightroom, which looks exactly like the iPad version, is a condensed version of the desktop software and is meant to serve as a supplement to it. Consequently, if you were hoping to do all your editing on the go, the mobile version of Lightroom might not be the only app you want to have. [Read more…]
Yesterday, Sony’s upcoming QX1 was leaked onto the internet, giving us our first look at the lens mount and exactly what it’s expected to bring to smartphone users. The device wasn’t just officially announced today; it’s coming with a partner, as well, called the QX30.
I’ll start off with a TL;DR. Basically, we got the QX1 down yesterday: a mount compatible with any E-mount lens Sony offers. The newly announced QX30, however, is a fixed lens mount with an appropriate-to-title 30X optical zoom.
Instagram’s become a staple in the average smartphone user’s app drawer. Where it once started off as a tool to enhance and showcase your phone photography, however, it has now arguably taken over as a complete social network altogether. With the introduction of direct messaging, the ability to tag other people, and the all around influx of people simply posting up pictures of what they’re doing at the moment, it’s become clear that the app isn’t just used as an artistic tool anymore. It’s become a form of communication.
But that’s not a bad thing at all. With how much potential the app now holds, Instagram can truly bring something to your following as a photographer. What matters is both how you market yourself and the content that you make. This post won’t necessarily help you with the former, but it can definitely give a few tips on the latter. When Instagram was first released, smartphones were still a new thing; not everyone was able to own one, and taking pictures with a phone’s camera was still more of a novelty thing; with how many different toy-cam styled filters the app offered, it got the job done when it came down to giving a bit of vintage spice to your pictures.
Even Instagram, however, knows that things have changed; in the past few months alone, they released an update allowing an entire editing package and even a hyperlapse app. And it’s because smartphone photography is becoming more sophisticated. As the world’s population becomes virtually void of flip phones, more and more people are starting to use smartphone cameras as their primary lens. And with Instagram being possibly the most popular photo-based social app out there, I decided to throw my two cents out there for those of you who want to make the best of it. This doesn’t have to be about getting more followers, and it doesn’t even have to be about having a professional photography presence on the app. If you just like posting pictures on the app and want a few good tips on how to make them a bit more perfect, then maybe I can give you a few tips here.
Earlier this month, Apple raised the bar for the iPhone’s camera when it announced iOS 8; the upcoming software is set to give iOS users features such as manual exposure, time-lapse photography, and more. With the passing of Google I/O just last week, we were introduced to Android L. After a weekend of coverage, it looks like Android’s camera is about to get a few small updates, as well…