Sep 252015

I am intrigued with the filmmaking possibilities afforded by the new Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. How about you?

Here is a “Behind the scenes” overview…

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Sep 172015



Anyone who takes pictures with their phones (which would be at least half the people on this planet), does so to preserve special moments. That’s what photography is all about, right? The dilemma, when it comes to capturing a special moment with your phone, however, is whether to take a still photo, or to take a video. A still photo captures an instant moment, albeit not always quite well enough to tell the whole story. A video? Often more moments than the people you’d like to share it with would care to see. What Apple has done with Live Photos is to solve this dilemma. Without doing anything different than you’d ordinarily do, Live Photos extends the moment of the capture by combining the best of still photography and video. It allows you to pick up those critical few seconds just before and after the picture is taken, adding delightfully natural elements of wonder and magic to the moment. Bringing it to life in a whole new way.

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Aug 112015


A few months ago I decided to do something a little different and create an iOS app to present my photography. I had been thinking about it for a while and had a vague idea of what I wanted the app to achieve and how I wanted it to work.

Portfolio websites are great for photographers to showcase their work to potential clients but unless the website has additional content, there is no reason for people to keep coming back. This is why many people add a blog to their website with behind-the-scenes or tips-and-tricks content.

As an avid Instagram user and an app developer I started thinking about the possibilities of a mobile portfolio. In the world of photography, engagement is key, so I chose to take my portfolio and put it on a platform that begs for interaction: mobile. Imagine having your photography portfolio on someone’s phone and the ability to push updates to them. It’s an interesting idea and one that I wanted to experiment with, so I began designing the app.

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Jul 022015


The popular browser-based photo editor Polarr has now arrived on mobile devices. After launching in the iTunes App Store late last week, the app was featured by Apple and was downloaded a whopping 250,000 times in the first 48 hours.

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Jun 292015


There are a number of easy-to-use model release form apps out there already, but Snapwire wants to do better. The photo marketplace has launched its own free app called Releases. Designed for professional photographers, the app lets you easily create, sign, and send model and properly releases using your iPhone.

“Releases are important because they protect you from potential lawsuits where people claim invasion of privacy or defamation after you’ve photographed them,” Snapwire says. “Model releases state that the person in the photo consents to be photographed, as well for you to use the images.”

“Model releases apply to any situation where the person is recognizable, and are extremely important to obtain.”

The Releases app includes standard industry templates provided by Snapwire, ASMP, Getty Images, and Shutterstock.

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Jun 222015


We rely on our iPhone for so many facets of our life, but as a camera it has become a disruptive force in the photography world. The “Shot with an iPhone 6’ advertising campaign is likely making traditional camera companies shutter – pun intended – as sales of consumer cameras continue to fall.

DxO, the makers of sophisticated imaging software, may have the ONE camera to do this. The ONE is a palm-sized camera that plugs into your iPhone with functions and optics that have the potential to deliver greater image quality.


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Jun 082015


Since 2012, Google’s cloud service Drive has offered 15 GB of free storage space — considerably more than the measly 5GB offered by Apple’s iCloud, which is so often responsible for that infamous “Not Enough Storage” notification iOS users frequently encounter.

I tried automatic photo back-ups to Google Drive for awhile and found it incredibly useful and convenient. For example, I could take a photo with my smartphone, and instead of sending it to myself via email, I could open up Drive on my laptop and I’d instantly find the picture I just took. And being able to bring up my photos on any device with the old Google Photo app was so seamless.

But, that storage space, though large, was still finite, and my available Google Drive space would quickly be used up by photos. It was just a matter of time until I took 15GB worth of photos, and I wasn’t about to manage them by going through thousands of them to delete those I didn’t want. That’s like trying to manage an unwieldy iTunes library in the age of music streaming services like Spotify. Even if I constantly maintained my photo backup library in Google Drive, I’d continually run out of space — and I needed that space for other important things like documents and files.

The thing is, I couldn’t bring myself to pay a monthly fee for additional storage, not when I would eventually run out of that storage space, too. And I already have a bunch of unused storage on my computer I could backup photos to.

So I did. I had to back up photos onto my computer, just to free up space on my phone for new photos. I have a folder on my laptop with about 50 or so gigabytes of photos, and that’s not OK anymore. I don’t want my photo album of memories sitting at home, like people did in the past. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve wanted to bring up a photo while out and about but couldn’t because it was stored on my laptop.

Yet, I still couldn’t bring myself to pay for more cloud storage, either.

Google fixed all of that by letting us store unlimited photos in Google Photos, which was introduced at Google’s developer conference in late May. 

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May 192015

Bentley Motors is synonymous with timeless style, luxury, and affluence. Their cars are still regarded around here in Newport Beach, where every other car is a Porsche, BMW or Mercedes, as a status symbol of the uber-wealthy.

Like Bentley, in terms of the classic and sleek design, Apple also strives to capture that timeless style and elegance in their products. So to highlight the new technology in their updated Mulsanne, Bentley Motors teamed up with filmmaker Austin Reza and Apple to shoot the following short film, Intelligent Design.

Each new Bentley Mulsanne has a dual working station in the back seat, equipped with integrated iPads (because people who own Bentleys don’t actually drive them, they sit in the backseat making multi-million dollar deals while their drivers fight the LA traffic. Duh.) To market this new feature, the team used this new technology to create the film. They shot the first Intelligent Design film on the iPhone 5, and the new film on the iPhones 6 and 6+. Then they assembled the footage with the iPads located in the backseat of the Bentley.

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Apr 152015


Apple has acquired LinX, an Israeli camera module company that is trying to revolutionize the mobile photography industry with state-of-the-art cameras that are extremely small yet powerful enough to lead “the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets.”

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple shelled out about $20 million in the deal.

LinX’s website doesn’t have too many details (nor web design), but it does have some snippets that shed some light on what the company is working on. Images on the page show three different camera modules with two, three, and four lenses, respectively.


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Mar 122015


We share over 1.8 billion photos per day, and thanks to the ever-growing technology in cameras paired with the expansive world of social media platforms it’s become increasingly easy to add the title “photographer” to the resume. Apple has searched high and low for the world’s absolute best photographers and their work that spans the planet. The “Shot on iPhone 6” World Gallery features photos from creatives spanning 70 cities in 24 countries, and brings the mobile photography community front and center proving again that the best camera is the one that’s with you.

Apple has launched a beautiful ad campaign featuring photos captured on the new iPhone 6 looking to highlight the best of the best. Owners of the iPhone had submitted their top shots and Apple selected their favorites to be featured on the website’s front page. The incredible photos were captured from the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, New Zealand, and many more countries. Having made a living shooting solely with my iPhone, it’s inspiring and a continued push for me to learn all that I can about simply taking great photos with the tools I am given, rather than relying on gear dictating what I create.


Shot by Gayle T. in Takachiho Gorge, Japan
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Mar 092015

But it still has problems to be fixed before it’s released…

But, already, I’m getting ahead of myself. A few days ago, I downloaded the Mac OS X 10.10.3 Beta, Apple’s not-yet-ready for launch operating system. It packs many improvements, the most noteworthy being an entirely revamped photo managing interface. Gone is Apple’s multi-prong photo solution that included Aperture for the experts and iPhoto for the rest of us. In its place is a new Photos app, which takes many a nod from its iOS counterpart.

Upon first glance, the new Mac Photos app is an enormous improvement when it comes to handling massive amounts of images. And let’s face it, after six generations of iPhones, with high-quality DSLRs and action-cams aplenty, most of us have more pictures than we’ll ever need, let alone look at again. I personally have more than 15,000 in my library.

This app makes you fall in love with your forgotten photos all over again. Using the Mac’s touchpad, you can pinch and spread your fingers to zoom out and in on your images, respectively, just as you would if you were browsing your photos on an iOS device. The most impressive part of the interface is how it renders your pictures instantly, turning icon-sized images into full-fledged photos in a snap.

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Nov 232014


One of the big selling points of each new iPhone since 2007 has been improved camera quality. If new rumors are to be believed, we may not have seen the biggest quality jump yet.

The latest word on the street is that next year’s iPhone may boast “the biggest camera jump ever.”

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Nov 122014

Just over a month ago we shared with you Vizzywig 4K, an app that gives your iPhone 5S 4K video recording abilities… at a price. A price of $1000 to be exact.

However, it looks as though i4software, the company behind Vizzywig has had a change of heart: you can now pick up the app for only $50, or 95% off the original price. I would suggest reading the App Store reviews before plunking down your 50 bucks!

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Oct 202014

Not long after the original iPad debuted, I was home for the holidays and saw a husband take a picture of his wife at a bar with a BlackBerry PlayBook. Being from a small town that always seems a bit behind the times, it surprised me that he had the new PlayBook in the first place, let alone that it was his camera of choice.

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Oct 162014

Today Apple announced several interesting new products. The new iMac features an astounding 27″ 5K display! Here now! Unfortunately Apple did not announce a standalone 5K display…

Oct 072014

True HDR (U.S. $1.99) has always been one of the best third party HDR (High Dynamic Range) apps for iOS. Apple includes an HDR feature with the built-in Camera app, but it really doesn’t measure up to dedicated apps.

The new version 3 of True HDR takes and analyzes three exposures rather than two for better dynamic range. Thanks to changes made in iOS 8, you can now control focus and exposure independently, and the actual photo capture speed is much improved. You just hear one click when you take your picture, but three photos — all at slightly different exposures — are taken. The increased capture speed will be great for any objects that might be moving, but this is not an app for sports photography with fast moving subjects.

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Sep 302014

I hope this rumor is true! I have been wondering for some time when Apple would create a 4k or better display. I am hopeful that there will soon be separate 4k Apple display as well!

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Sep 192014

Apple is a company renowned for making products that are not only functional, but also beautiful. When you buy an apple product you’re buying something that’s been crafted as opposed to being cobbled together. Overseeing design at Apple is Jony Ive, the London-born designer who has worked up the ranks at the company since 1992 to take the post of senior vice president of design.

Given Apple’s design heritage, and Ive’s customarily well-calibrated eye, I have to wonder how this carbuncle came to adorn the iPhone 6.

I’m talking about the protrusion from the otherwise sleek exterior of the iPhone 6 to accommodate the camera lens, something that from this point on I will call the “camera nubbin.”

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Sep 172014

Say hello to 4K video recording with the iPhone… but first you’ll need a 5S model and a cool $999. That’s how much you’ll need to pay in the App Store to purchase Vizzywig 4K, which touts itself as the world’s first mobile app that lets you capture, edit, and distribute 4K video.

The app is designed specifically for iOS 7 on the iPhone 5S, which has a default video resolution cap of 1080p. VZ4K, as it’s known, allows you to capture 4K video by shooting 4K-resolution photographs at a rate of 24 photos a second while recording synced audio on the side.

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Sep 152014

Apple busted out its iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 plus today and — amongst the talk of larger screen sizes, faster processors and sleeker designs — what has us most excited is the updated camera technology.

The cameras on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could be the only snappers you’ll ever need, if Apple’s hype and early previews are to be believed. Here’s what we know about the integrated cameras so far.

Iphone 6 camera: All new sensor1410287123_w670_h375

Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus use an all-new sensor. Like the one on the iPhone 5S, it’s an 8MP unit, with 1.5-micron pixels and an F/2.2 aperture, but it now lets in 80 per cent more light and comes with phase detection autofocus, like you normally get on DSLR cameras.

According to Apple, the tech uses dedicated pairs of pixels that read light coming in from objects and can tell whether they are in or out of phase, allowing for autofocusing that is twice as fast as the previous-generation phone. Focus changes are now almost imperceptable, both in stills and video modes.

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Iphone 6 camera: 240fps slow-motion

The 120fps slow motion feature on the iPhone 5s was jawdropping, allowing users to capture video in slow motion. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take things to the next level with a 240fps slo-mo mode that lets you slow things down by twice the amount. If Matrix-style bullet time effects are your thing, then you’re going to love this mode – it looks absolutely stunning.

Iphone 6 camera: Single-shot HDR photos and HDR movies

HDR is a handy feature on the iPhone 5s, but it leaves behind multiple versions of a single photo. With iPhone 6, you only get a single shot left behind, so there’s less tidying up to do when you’re finished snapping.

Iphone 6 camera: Image stabilisation

The cameras in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are almost identical – almost. Where the 6 Plus differs is in its ability to offer impressive image stabilisation. Not only does this promise to improve pictures taken by those with shaky hands or those operating in low light conditions. Some of the low light shots demonstrated by Apple during the iPhone 6 reveal were stunning. Check out the picture of the two girls above to see what we mean.