For all those who want to bring together the instant printing of Polaroid and modern-age mobile photography, Prynt has launched an interesting gadget. It’s called Prynt Pocket, and it allows you to print the photos directly from your iPhone. It’s a small and simple phone case, but it stores 10 sheets of inkless sticker film. Together with the iOS app, it allows you to play and even bring together printed photos and the videos.
Smartphone cameras have become quite powerful. Because of this, it seems that more people get attracted to photography and want to explore all its possibilities. To help newbies get into phone photography, Apple has dedicated a section of their website to all aspiring iPhone photographers. They share some shooting tips and tricks in a cool and useful set of videos for all those who are just discovering the wonderful world of photography.
A while ago I started working as a designer for a new Dutch magazine about smartphone photography called Phonographer. Next to being a photographer and photoshop wizard I do love to shoot with my iPhone. And I’m an avid geek when it comes to accessories and things with buttons.
Now shooting with an iPhone comes with its own pro’s and con’s. The pro’s of course being its size, the amount of apps and editing possibilities and its online options. The con’s are for instance sensor size, and ergonomics. But every instance of a new smartphone camera gets better and better. As an allround camera its getting quite serious in almost every aspect.
Now the only thing I was missing from turning my smartphone into a more useful photographic tool was the ability to use an off-camera flash, or trigger my studio lights. We all know how we felt the first time we used an external light source with our camera, the way it opened up our ability to be more creative with our photography.
So you turn up to a portrait shoot and meet your model. You’ve scoped out the location, organised outfits and the weather is perfect. Only thing is, you pick up your camera and it isn’t working. Something’s wrong with the lens.
You’re a hobbyist, so you don’t have any spares. You should’ve checked before you left home, but you forgot. Normally this would mean you’d have to cancel or reschedule the shoot. Then you remember, recently RAW shooting was made available on your iPhone with iOS 10! Could that be enough for a sunny day?
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?
Last week I created my latest entry for The Dark Realm Collective’s Winter ArtPack. Go check out the amazing other creations the talented artists made for this pack.
I want to talk about how I created the image in photoshop.
As a digital artist I use a plethora of different stock images (like the fine images ofRAWexchange) to accompany the images I photograph and combine it all into my pieces. As most of my colleagues, we’re always looking at the best quality stock, which usually means large pixel image sizes. The more pixels we have the better we can do our magic.
When I first came across this, it sounded a little far fetched. And it’s not a dig at how good or bad the iPhone 7 Plus waterproofing is. Apple don’t claim that it is waterproof. Simply splash proof, and that it can survive immersion in water up to one meter for short periods. So, it shouldn’t die if you drop it in a puddle or down the toilet. Tests on YouTube have revealed that it actually seems to handle things fairly well, all things considered.
What makes it difficult for me to believe is… Well, let me explain what they say happened. According to Ykt.ru, a resident of the Russian city of Yakutsk dropped their iPhone 7 Plus through a fishing hole. This fishing hole was cut into the frozen surface of a local river. After around 13 hours, a local diver friend showed up to help retrieve it. When he emerged back through the hole with the device, the scree lit up immediately.
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.
Last year, Apple announced the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with displays offering a wider colour range. They also announced that the cameras built into these phones would be able to take advantage of that. Most image sharing platforms however, do not. They typically convert the images to sRGB upon upload. Worse, some even strip out colour profiles completely.
Instagram, though, have just updated Instagram to now support the wide colour range the new devices can offer. While it may seem that this move is heavily Apple-focused, it’s really not. It’s just that Apple are the first manufacturer to really take advantage of the DCI-P3 colour space for mobile devices. It’s the standard for digital movie projection in the USA. And it’s the colour space Apple chose to go with for their wide gamut displays in 2015 over AdobeRGB.
I originally announced my plans to visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on my private Facebook account. My friends know me and thus the reactions were anywhere from “you’re nuts” to “HaHa”. Maybe because I posted it on April, 1st?