Vic Gundotra, Google’s former Senior Vice President, recently published quite a passionate praise of the iPhone 7’s camera. He didn’t just call it the killer of DSLR, but also pointed out advantages of the iOS over Android. Not something you’d expect from a former Google’s SVP, right?
As the number of photos we take grows, the more space we need for storage. Apple has launched HEIF and HEVC, formats that could save you up to 50% of storage for photos and videos. They’ve launched it for the camera in iOS 11, and it’s supposed to replace JPEG and allow you to shoot twice as much photos without compromising the image quality.
When it was announced that Triggertrap would be winding down its business, many users expressed concern. What would happen to the apps? Will they be updated? Or will the hardware they’ve bought and paid for suddenly become useless? The common suggestion was to make it open source.
A couple of weeks ago we reported that the Triggertrap Mobile dongle had indeed been made open source hardware. Now, they’ve followed along with the software. The Triggertrap apps for both iOS and Android have now been released. They’re completely open source and available on Github (iOS / Android).
It feels a little odd to see that Autodesk are actually selling something for a change. Normally they seem to be acquiring companies and software like Monopoly property. And PIXLR isn’t really much of an exception to that. Autodesk acquired the popular photo editing app in 2011. Now, six years later, they’re selling it on to stock photography provider, 123RF.
It’s not surprising that a stock image company has started to take an interest in editing apps. After all, Adobe also runs a stock agency, and they’re kind of the king of editing apps. With Adobe Stock integrating itself into recent Adobe applications, the stock world’s competitors need to step up.
It’s not exactly a new idea, but we all know it’s not cool until Apple does it. There have been attempts at a device like this a couple of times before. But it’s just never really taken off. We’re talking about a laptop-like dock for your smartphone. The only one that’s seen any kind of popularity at all is the Motorola Atrix Lapdock. And even that is more amongst the Raspberry Pi crowd than its originally intended target.
Published recently by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s patent provides their take on the idea. And the idea is very cool. It would be very handy to be able to just plug my phone into a larger screen and keyboard while away from home. But can Apple pull it off? Or is it another “me too!” device that’s doomed to fail?
PhotoPills has become one of the most popular iOS apps out there for location photographers. Whether you shoot landscapes, astrophotography, portraits, or anything else on location, it’s a valuable tool. It’s also a tool that’s previously been exclusive to the Apple mobile platform. Now, all that changes as PhotoPills comes to Android.
The team behind PhotoPills have been getting asked for an Android version for a long time. But they say that it wasn’t possible for them to even start working on it until February 2016. Now, a year later, the first Public beta version is available on the Google Play Store.
I love hyperlapses, and I was really into the Hyperlapse app for iOS when Instagram first released it. But, it always annoyed me that it would only shoot 720p footage. There aren’t exactly many options within the app itself besides the playback speed. Now, this is probably a hack that the rest of the world have known about for years already, but it’s new to me.
And along with this tip, photographer Matthew Rycroft brings along three more. One is a similar hack for Instagram’s Boomerang app which opens up some cool creative possibilities. There’s also a blacklight hack, and a 3D hologram thingy.
FiLMiC Pro has been my go to app for mobile video for the past few years. Whether I want to shoot a quick personal clip or shoot some behind the scenes footage, it mostly works great. There’s one or two issues, like drifting audio and no ability to shoot 23.976fps (it does exactly 24), but it’s still the most useful video app out there.
One thing that’s a big problem common to all mobile video apps, though, is the contrast and colour typically provided by most phones sucks. The team behind FiLMiC Pro are getting around this by giving us a Log profile in future update, though. This produces an extremely flat shot out of camera, but allows for capture of more dynamic range. Filmmaker Matteo Bertoli got his hands on it early, and posted up some sample clips to YouTube.
The DxO ONE is a curious little device that’s received something of a mixed reception. On the one side you’ve got those who’ve tried it out, own it, use it and love. It’s a great addition to your phone to give you better quality and a few more options for your mobile photography. On the other side you’ve got the others saying “it’ll never be as good as DSLR anyway, so why bother?”
But, for those that do have it, you can now start working a fully Raw workflow with your iOS device. Utilising the new Raw image support built right into iOS10, the DxO ONE v2.1 iOS app update offers a one touch transfer of Raw files to the iOS photo library. From there, you can process or share directly from your phone.
Prisma still seems to be gaining popularity and shows no signs of slowing down just yet. One feature that users have been begging for since its initial launch is the ability to add effects to video. Sure, a few people have managed to get around this missing feature with timelapse, processing stills one at a time. But it’s a painstaking process.
Now, Prisma have started rolling out video processing directly into the app. At the moment, the feature is only available for iOS (sorry Android users), and it doesn’t appear to be available in all regions (it’s showing up for the US App Store, but not UK App Store). There is a time limit on the videos, which is 15 seconds. This isn’t an eternity, and may cause problems for some, but it’s a start.