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.
If you’ve been to a wedding recently you’ve probably noticed this; if you make a living photographing weddings you’ve definitely seen it: more and more guests these days watch weddings through their smartphone screens as they photograph and record every moment of it. God forbid Facebook won’t get to see the entire ceremony.
While many photographers have a hard time with this trend, Thomas Stewart posted a rant along with several points for couples planning a wedding to consider. The post has gone viral and could be the boost needed towards unplugged weddings.
“The feedback from the general public has been amazing, and generally very positive,” Thomas told DIYP.
You’ll probably either love this guy’s sense of humor or hate it, but if you’ve ever to been to a concert, he makes a few points that will most likely resonate with you regardless of whether or not you appreciate his style. (I admit, I was turned off at first, but after about 20 seconds of listening to what he had to say, I totally became a fan.)
In the clip, Woody Roseland makes a heartfelt case against taking photos during the concert at all, but he’s accepted most everyone is going to just keep on doing it anyways. In an attempt to find a solution to the problem through compromise, he made this fun little video with a few suggestions on how to get better photos at concerts without royally ticking off the poor guy stuck standing behind you.
While some think that smartphone will take over cameras almost completely, I disagree. I think ‘real’ cameras are here to stay. What I do think is that smartphones are making photography much more accessible to the masses. The saying ‘if you have a smartphone you are now a photographer’ is probably truer than ever. And while owning a camera-equipped phone (or a camera for that matter) does not make you a good or a bad photographer, there are a few tricks that you can use to up your results using a smartphone.
I was kinda surprised when Alex Koloskov released a new product photography course (because usually he is all about high end mega $$$ strobes), but with a healthy DIY approach Alex manages to make it work. And work quite nice at that….
Smartphones are great, whether you’re grabbing quick snapshots of the kids smearing icing on themselves, making a low-budget film (they’re surprisingly good, actually), or immortalizing your visage in a selfie. But, without interchangeable lenses, one area where they lack is in focal control. Having this power over your technology is important for things like macro photography. While there are a variety of hacks for using your smartphone to capture tiny details, some can get rather complicated.
Instructables user Znaffi (we’ll call him Mr. X) shows us how to use a simple water droplet to turn your mobile device into a macro powerhouse. We touched on this a while back, but Mr. X gives us a full breakdown of this simple and basically-free technique.