German engineers are developing a new concept that might change the design of smartphones and the concept of smartphone photography. In an attempt to avoid camera bump, they have created a prototype of the phone which has the camera that slides from the side of a device.
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.
Dou you remember your first phone with camera? When you look at those photos now, you realize how bad quality those camera actually was. Still, it’s fun to look back on cameras and phones, compare them and realize how much they have advanced. Actress Nina Dobrev goes through the history of phone cameras and the evolution of selfies from 2003 to 2017.
If someone told you an iconic magazine like Sports Illustrated put a smartphone photo on a cover, you probably wouldn’t believe them. But, this has actually happened. Sports Illustrated hired a photographer Michael LeBrecht, who has already created some memorable photos for this magazine. But this time, they posed him with a challenge to take the shots with a smartphone – and so he did. In my opinion, the results are remarkable.
Raise your hand if you ever lost/bricked/killed an iPhone or an Android*. Raise your other hand if that phone has lots of photos that you will never see again. That could be quite sad, and I have a friend who lost their iPhone today, so instead of going all “I told you so” on him, I am writing this post.
I mean, most of the apps, you will be able to download again, the lost of hardware is a good reason for an upgrade**, but the photos you had on the phone are now forever lost.
That is, unless you did this simple thing.
While Peyton Manning will be remembered as the star of last night’s unforgettable Super Bowl 50, Tim Cook has been receiving a fair share of attention after sharing a photo from the game.
Unlike the Broncos’ quarterback, however, Apple’s CEO probably won’t want to remember this event, as the snide comments poured in criticizing his company’s camera’s capabilities.
Back in April Apple acquired Israeli-startup LinX, specializing in computational imaging, and it seems the giant from Cupertino might be putting the new technology to good use – at least in its patents.
A recent patent application describes a mobile camera system with multiple cameras, and its applications could be truly remarkable.
Growing up I remember hearing about one of the crazes from when my parents were younger. It was a super low maintenance pet that did not need to be fed, walked or groomed. In fact, it didn’t really come with any requirements as it was a rock – a pet rock.
Unlike the pet rock, and although it’s mostly a joke, the NoPhone actually helps solve some real issues – people’s inability to eat without photographing their food or enjoy a concert without taking crappy photos, and a complete disregard for other humans in the area.
As you’d expect, the NoPhone includes no camera and no screen to show those lovely photos you can’t take with it. Not wanting to lose the photography market altogether, the company offers a selfie edition including ‘the only feature available for the NoPhone’.
Flickr has just released their new year in review statistics. Some stats are surprising, some are obvious.
What is pretty obvious is that Flickr uploads is dominated by smartphones (42% of photos). Actually, it is dominated by iPhones. 4 of the 5 most popular Cameras on Flickr are iPhones, with one being a Samsung Galaxy.