The best camera is the one you have with you, or so the old saying goes. That statement has never been more powerful than now. I recently took a break from Adobe MAX to hit the desert for a short adventure with Russell Brown from Adobe. I wanted to shoot some star trails with a mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z6, but I also wanted to put my iPhone through its paces. Here’s what happened.
Samsung responds to “fake Moon” accusations. Sort of
A Reddit user recently exposed Samsung for creating “fake moon photos” using AI instead of actual photography. It caused a lot of stir among netizens, and Samsung has decided to respond to the accusations. Well, sort of. The company published a blog post that pretty much says the same as the one published last year in Korean, and it confirms: yes, Samsung does use AI to recreate your Moon shots from blurry blobs.
Samsung fakes its zoomed phone photos of Moon using AI
Samsung recently got into the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. As it turns out, Samsung’s “space zoom” isn’t exactly a zoom feature. Instead, the Moon photos you can take with it are actually AI-enhanced photos of a blurry blob you could take with almost any phone. So, Samsung has been accused of faking the images and false advertising. Again.
DIYP Quiz: Phone or a camera?
The debate about whether smartphones can replace dedicated cameras is as old as… Well, the first decent camera phone. Some of us still argue that there’s no way we would switch to phones, while others already have, at least occasionally. And to be honest, it’s becoming harder and harder to figure out which photos have been taken on a camera and which are phone shots.
This is why we decided to make a quiz and ask you if you can tell them apart. Out of these 19 photos, can you tell for sure which ones were shot on a phone and for which I used my DSLR? Answer the questions and let us know how you did!
Use these ten simple tricks to raise your smartphone photos to a new level
We all know how to click the shutter button on our phones and get a basic shot. But how to take it to the next level?
I get asked the question all the time, and with a new year ahead of us, what a great time to up our game, right? Here are 10 of what I think are the most essential hacks to shooting like a pro with your smartphone. Please watch the video above for examples, and below, read on.
Tamron releases Lens Utillity Mobile for Android to reconfigure your lenses in the field
Tamron released its Lens Utility app for Windows and Mac desktops back in October 2021. It’s a great tool that works like similar software from other manufacturers, letting you upload firmware, configure switches and doohickies on lenses or tweak your focus limits, preset distances and various other features. Well, not everybody wants to drag a desktop or even a laptop around with them everywhere. Now, you don’t have to.
The Lens Utility Mobile app, teased back in August, has now officially been announced. So far, naturally, it’s only available for Android devices, as the lenses that support this feature all have USB-C ports. Android smartphones let you hook up pretty much anything you want to them, whereas iOS devices don’t, even if you do have a USB-C to Lightning cable.
You’ll soon be able to tune your Tamron lens features via smartphone
If you’re using Tamron Lens Utility to tune your Tamron lens features, it’s about to become even easier and more accessible. Tamron has announced the development of Tamron Lens Utility Mobile, a dedicated app for mobile devices. So, other than your PC, you’ll now be able to conveniently use the software on your smartphone and tablet, wherever you are.
How to take this epic moon photo with a cheap telescope and a smartphone
My 2020 had very few moments of pure happiness, and one of them was when I saw the moon through a telescope for the first time. Sadly, to this day, I never managed to photograph it, neither with my phone nor my camera.
But it’s far from impossible. In fact, you can take magnificent moon shots even if you only use your phone. An 18-year-old photographer Vijay Suddala proves it with his magnificent photo that I immediately wanted to learn more about. He kindly granted my wish and shared some details of his image so both you and I can start shooting the moon with our phones.
Filmmaker makes a hilarious commercial to sell his girlfriend’s broken phone
When you’re trying to sell your used gadgets online, you can increase your chances by adding some good photos and videos of them. But if those gadgets are broken, you’ll really need to go an extra mile to find the buyer.
Berlin-based filmmaker Simon Meyer took that extra step. In an attempt to sell his girlfriend’s broken phone, he filmed an utterly hilarious commercial that I’m sure will put a smile on your face.
Google launches Pixel 5a, users report overheating when shooting video
Google has launched its latest flagship phone, Pixel 5a. Once again, it focuses largely on camera capabilities and packs two rear cameras and a bunch of features for making your photos look as good as possible. It’s capable of shooting 4K at 30 and 60fps – at least on paper. In real-life conditions, it may suffer from an overheating problem after a few minutes of video shooting.
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