Adobe Lightroom has released a new feature that allows you to capture HDR images in RAW format on your mobile device. This was previously possible only with DSLR and mirrorless cameras, but now smartphone photographers can use this feature as well. Additionally, if you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, you can sync all the raw files across different devices. The feature is undoubtedly useful and can produce high-quality RAW HDR images, but there are some downsides as well.
The problem with mobile phones is that if you need lights, you’ve usually got two options. The first is to simply deal with the underpowered, far-too-close-to-the-lens built in LED. Unless you’re using in the front camera, in which case that’s usually not an option. The second is to lug around all the usual LED lighting gear you’d use with regular cameras. In which case, you probably might as well just use a regular camera.
The folks over at Adafruit, though, have come up with a great project to help solve this. A 3D printed smartphone case with a built in LED ringlight. Not only does it wrap the light around your lens instead of being right next to it, but it also offers a fair bit more power. That it’s controlled by an Arduino also means that you can reconfigure the lights to give some neat effects.
I use my phone’s camera far more than I would have ever expected a few years ago. Sure, they never really compete with large sensor cameras and interchangeable lenses, but they’ve come a long way. I always have it with me. It’s more than good enough for a lot of the snaps I want to grab while I’m out and about. It’s convenient. But, that convenience doesn’t have to come at the expense of sloppiness.
Composition and light are still important. Sure, phones have some limitations, but there’s ways around many of those, too. In this video, French photographer Serge Ramelli offers 7 tips to get better photography with your phone.
Have you ever thought about what exactly is a selfie? Of course, we all know it’s a photo you make of yourself. But is there something more? Can a selfie become more than just a snapshot for remembering the moments or fishing for comments? A research from Sony Mobile shows that selfies might become much more than they are now. They may become applicable in banking, shopping, healthcare and many other situations.
Sony Mobile and Futurizon conducted a research and surveyed 6,500 European consumers in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. The results show that the consumers are ready to embrace a selfie as a tool in plenty of situations. They see a “vast number of potential applications” of selfies in the next five years.
I just got back from Batanes as part of a large group of bloggers and other media people who were there to try out the photography features of the Asus Zenfone 3 line of mobile phones, courtesy of Asus Philippines. I was there mainly as a resource person on shooting the Milky Way, and I was intrigued about the possibility of pulling off Milky Way shots using a mobile phone. How did it turn out? Find out by watching the video and seeing the final images below!
One of the headline features of the Asus Zenfone 3’s camera is its built-in manual mode that allows you to go all the way to ISO 3200 and do long exposures of up to 32 seconds. For comparison, using the $3.99 645 Pro app on my iPhone 6, I get up to ISO 2000 and a 1/2 second exposure at most, on f2.2.
The One Plus 3 smartphone amazed me in many way. Since the introduction of the first model, the One Plus One (that I’ve reviewed here), the company focused on producing a stellar device on budget. The first iteration was a very good product even if it suffer from some young problems (like the LCD touch problems). The second iteration last year was good but not as good as we were expecting.
With the arrive of the One Plus 3, it seams that the company bring here with us all the best we can have inside one Android smartphone: unibody metal construction, a beautiful 5,5 Full Hd screen, top performance thanks to the Snapdragon 820 with 6 gigabyte of ram, dual Sim support and 64 Gigabyte of memory (not expandable). At the price of 399€ this bevice is a bargain.
It may be DXOMark’s highest scoring mobile device camera ever, but the Google Pixel is not without its photographic flaws. Quite a few users have reported getting flare or “halo effect” issues with their camera when it’s not even in the shot. The thing with lens flare, though, is that it’s a physical hardware issue. This is why DSLR and mirrorless lenses come with hoods. They block the light from entering the lens and reflecting inside the optics causing flare.
While Google acknowledge that the problem exists, and will be addressing it, they are combating this hardware problem with a software solution. The general idea will be that some algorithm will recognise the flare, and then mathematically subtract it from the image. So, it’s not really eliminating the flare, just faking its removal in software.
I have to admit, this announcement has surprised me a little. Named the Ektra, after its classic 1941 rangefinder, it seems to hold one major difference. Well, aside from the fact that one’s actually a camera, and the other’s a smartphone. The difference is that this one appears to be Kodak in name only, being produced by UK based Bullitt Group.
Regardless, let’s look at some of the details. Not surprisingly, it’s an Android based phone. It has 21mp rear and 13mp front facing cameras. Kodak say, though, that they’re not aiming to take on the likes of Google and Apple. According to a Wired interview & brief hands-on with the camera, they’re aiming at a smaller and more focused photographer based market.
Google’s Pixel phone has received a lot of attention since it was announced just a few short weeks ago. This attention is most notably caused by its camera. After quite a boastful announcement, DxOMark gave it the highest score it’s ever given to a mobile device. There’s a little sample footage out there now, but not a lot of it shows off the true range of capabilities.
YouTubers Nat and Lo were given a pair of Google Pixel phones for a day to go and play with. And play they did. They tested many of the phone’s features on both the front facing 1080p and rear facing 4K cameras. They shot in bright outdoor and dark indoor conditions, and discovered a couple of very neat features.
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.