Always know exactly when photography's magic hour is
There are two facts of photography that Lumy is built to exploit for you. First, the sun is your friend because there is a time when the sheer quality of daylight helps make your photographs beautiful. The time is known as the "magic hour," or the "golden hour," but the second fact is that you're lucky if it's really 60 minutes. Wouldn't an app to help you pinpoint how much of that limited time you actually have be helpful?
Photo Suite 9 brings Adobe competitor in tight package
Thanks to the ever-improving cameras found in today's smartphones and less-expensive DSLR and mirrorless devices, both of whose work can increasingly be seen on popular social networks such as Instagram, more and more people are finding an interest in photography. Inevitably some will start looking for tools that can be used to manage and edit all of their images. While the most ubiquitous product in this field is Adobe's Creative Suite, with apps like Lightroom and Photoshop, it is far from the only option out there. The real question is, can any of the competition stand up to the quality that Adobe has become renowned for providing? Over the past few weeks we have spent some time with the latest version of OnOne's Perfect Photo Suite to test this very question.
Guide to perfect picture taking encapsulated for the iOS
Let's face it, photography is daunting. With a slew of terms and techniques that are less than user-friendly, and an ever-increasing amount of gadgetry to attempt to master, it's not exactly something one can jump right into and do well out of the gate. However, The Great Photo App by Baglan Dosmagambetov is aiming to make sense of all photography has to offer, and pass this information on to the user -- with Apple's handheld devices as the teacher.
Photo filter application tool excels at a low price
There's no doubt that iPhones are being used more for photography each and every day. This is especially apparent in the vast amount of photography apps that are available in the App Store. Users are sure to be overwhelmed, especially if they're looking for an app that promises to do it all, in terms of photo editing, filters, and camera tools. It's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, but Faded, by Vintage Noir is definitely worth a look.
Highly-controllable flash and video light can be interlocked with other units
Originally funded through an IndieGoGo campaign, the Australia-based IC12 has now debuted its 5,000-lumen high-speed portable flash and video light, the LED Light Cube. Built with an interlocking design that allows units to be used in combination, the light offers no recycle time between flashes, and gives photographers a way of shooting with a continuous high-speed flash of up to 1/8000th of a second. The unit is compact enough to be easily portable, and doesn't require external battery packs.
New generation comes more than five years after first model introduced in 2009
Canon had some big news at Photokina, as it brought out a new version of its elite model crop frame camera. The EOS 7D Mark II was announced today, bringing an update to the previous 7D model more than five years later. The new 7D Mark II brings a number of improvements over the first model that are aimed at the prosumer photography and video markets.
Brings styles, filters, fine controls to RAW, JPEG monochrome pictures
Photo software maker Macphun has unveiled a fourth tool in its suite of image-editing apps, this time creating one aimed at the art of black and white photography, whether the image was originally shot in color or not. Called Tonality, the program works with up to 16-bit RAW images or JPEG files and offers a range of tools that go far beyond simply removing color. In addition to serious tools like adaptive exposure, smart contrast and structure detailing, the program brings various styles and filters into the mix.
Irista offers 10GB free cloud storage, extensive image organization
Canon is introducing a new service designed to support owners of its cameras, while at the same time taking on Dropbox, Flickr, and Google Drive, by offering its own brand of online storage. Iristra is photography-focused cloud storage that works just for images, with the service said to provide extensive cataloging, collecting, and tagging options.
'Studio arrangement' process for true white backdrop photos filed in 2011
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted a questionable patent to Amazon in March, which gives the online retailer a hold on a common photography practice. Called "studio arrangement," the practice awarded the patent is an instruction set that outlines specific light and object placement to achieve photos of a subject on a white background, as well as steps for the process -- which has used by retailers for catalogs since the beginning of commercial photography.
the true faults of iPhone photography
This week in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "PeterParker" started a thread discussing the pros and cons of taking pictures with an iPhone from the point of view of someone who has studied professional photography. Today, one Mac Elite hit their head against the wall while trying to figure out problems with iTunes 11, and turned to the forums looking for advice.
Shutterstock launches 4K video support
Publicly traded stock photography and video site Shutterstock has launched support for 4K video. According to Tech Crunch, Shutterstock currently has over 11,000 hi-resolution 4K videos available, in addition to its 1.3 million HD and 150,000 low-resolution catalogs. Shutterstock is expanding its HD library approximately 12,000 videos per week. Subscription pricing begins at $250 per month for image downloading, and $370 for 5 HD videos.
Android cameras to get higher-end photo features
Google has confirmed that it is working on building support for the RAW photo file format into its Android mobile operating system, as well as a burst mode that allows for rapid image capture. The company spoke to Cnet on Monday, saying that the new features have been under development and may be opened up to developers in the future. Reportedly, the features are already present in Android's hardware abstraction layer, the part of the operating system handling inputs from a mobile device's hardware.
Camera pictured ahead of formal unveiling
Nikon's rumored Df camera appears to have been revealed ahead of the company's formal unveiling. Live images and renderings posted by Nikon Rumors show a retro-styled body pairing leather-textured black surfaces with silver or blackened metal and a slew of manual knobs and controls, while an FX badge corroborates earlier leaks pointing to a full-frame 16.2-megapixel sensor tucked inside.
Social network brings slew of new features
Google has invited media to San Francisco to highlight a slew of new features that are headed to the company's social network. Many of the Google+ updates focus on photography, expanding manual and automatic enhancement tools, along with new effects for saved videos or live Hangouts feeds.
Tweaked conversion system improves color, hue of uploaded RAW files
Google has updated its social network to improve the way it handles RAW images. Changes to its RAW-to-JPEG conversion system, credited to Nik Photography, will mean that the converted images shown on Google+ will now match the RAW file more closely in terms of color and hue, while still keeping the uploaded RAW files untouched.
IQ Engines API to close in next 30 days
Yahoo has continued its buying spree by acquiring an image recognition startup. IQ Engines, a startup specializing in recognizing items in photographs and cataloging such items, has been purchased for an undisclosed amount by Yahoo, with the team behind it shuttering its API in the next 30 days and moving over to work with Yahoo employees working on Flickr.
First one-hundred customers received a Wacom Stylus Pen
Wednesday marked the release of DODOcase's iPad mini Folio, the latest in its line of part-case, part-notepad tablet covers. Described as an "all-in-one solution for digital and analog needs," the case features traditional craft techniques in its production, including bookbinding practices. The interior of the iPad mini Folio includes DODOcase's signature bamboo precision-carved tray on the left side, with its right side occupied by a reporter-style twenty-four page refillable notebook.
Part of a move towards more 'immediacy,' will also emphasize video over stills
In a surprise move on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times fired its entire photography staff (28 full-time photographers), telling them that the paper would go with more "in the field" pictures and video from reporters and witnesses. In a memo brought to light by rival paper the Chicago Tribune, managing editor of the Sun-Times, Craig Newman, says that reporters will immediately begin "mandatory training" on "iPhone photography basics," and that reporters will be responsible for capturing photos and video associated with stories.
Preview shots from an iOS or Android device
Photography is always a popular theme at the Macworld Expo, where Hyper brought its CameraMator wireless viewfinder for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. MacNN has taken a closer look at the Kickstarter-funded device, which enables users to preview snapshots or trigger the shutter from an iOS or Android device.
Administration causes loss of over 1,300 jobs
Jessops, the largest photography chain store in the United Kingdom, has closed down all of its 187 stores, two days after entering administration. More than 1,370 jobs will be lost due to the closures, with more expected to be lost at the company's head office in the future. Administrator PriceWaterhouseCoopers is currently managing the firm's closure.
Galaxy Camera comes to Verizon on December 13
Verizon and Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Camera would be coming to Verizon's 4G LTE network on December 13. The Galaxy Camera pairs an Android-powered touchscreen interface with a high-performance camera, and the 4G LTE connectivity allows for photo sharing and web browsing from the same device. The Galaxy Camera will be available for $550, and users will be able to add it to their Share Everything accounts for a promotional price of $5 per month.
Snapseed could see Google+ integration
In a post on the company blog today, Nik Software, developer of iOS photo editing/sharing app Snapseed, announced that it had been acquired by Google. According to The Verge, the acquisition will see Nik's Snapseed developers relocating to Google headquarters in Mountain View in order to work directly on Google's social layer, Google+. The future of Snapspeed's iOS app, which provides image editing and sharing capabilities in a manner similar to Facebook's Instagram, is as yet unknown.
Shows off rich color, sharpness in 8MP shots
Having spent a fair portion of today's iPhone 5 rollout talking about improvements to both the camera itself and the processing chips and software that polish the results, Apple has now posted a gallery of actual photos taken with the device, albeit in the hands of a professional photographer. The images reveal a richness and quality that rivals most consumer-level point-and-shoot cameras, and the gallery offers downloads of the full-resolution pictures so that users can examine them in detail.
Was last of three industries Jobs wanted to change
According to the late Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs' biography, there were three industries he wished to reinvent through Apple: textbooks, television, and photography. While Apple has already begun some industry-changing moves in textbooks and is said to be working on some form of larger ideas for its Apple TV technology, it can be said that it has also already changed the photographic world several times -- but there may be more to come.
New version coming soon, says developer
Developer MacPhun is planning to release a major new version of Color Splash Studio, a photography app for the Mac that lets users drain the color from photos and then selectively re-apply it for dramatic effect. Before the new version appears with its new price, however, the company is letting users download the current version (v1.3) for $1 -- up to 70 percent off its normal pricing. The special is only good for this weekend.
Native video support, map and book abilities
Adobe has brought Lightroom 4 out of beta and made it available on the company's main website and store. The photo (and now video as well) workflow solution features a number of new abilities borrowed from Aperture, Apple's competing pro-photography management software. The new release features a new Book module for making photo books from templates, as well as a new Map module that provides for location tagging, along with new video capabilities.
Numerous bug fixes, improves gestures
Apple has quietly updated its pro-photography program Aperture to version 3.2.2, adding compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5 while also addressing a host of issues and bugs. In addition, the new version allows Microsoft Outlook to be used by Aperture for e-mailing photos, and allows new gestures to be used in conjunction with trackpads. The app now automatically remembers to open in Full Screen mode if it was exited in that state.
Feature follows Android 4.0 development
Corroborating earlier reports, iPhone jailbreakers have reportedly enabled the panoramic photography feature that was first spotted in iOS 5 betas. Screenshots posted on 9to5Mac suggest the panorama assistant is functional at a basic level, composing a seamless mosaic as users sweep the device across a large area.
Accepts five formats, works with Win/Mac
Photography accessory maker Phottix is offering a new, USB 3.0 (USB2 compatible) Turbo USB card reader that accepts a wide variety of cards in five main formats: Compact Flash (CF), xD, Memory Stick (MS), MultiMedia Cards (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD), as well as MicroSD. The plug-and-play device is compatible with Windows 2000 or later and Mac OS X. All five card slots can be used at the same time, according to the company.
Now featuring 172 filters, including 3-D
MacPhun's two photography apps for Mac, FX Photo Studio and FX Photo Studio Pro, have been updated to version 1.1, the first update since their debut on the Mac platform in May (the apps have also been popular on the iPad and iPhone platforms). The program now sports 172 photo effects and filters (up from 159 at debut), enhanced integration with Aperture and iPhoto, user interface improvements and compatibility with Lion.
Makes the screen 'disappear' convincingly
Levity Novelty have debuted an iPad app for the iPad 2 simply called Invisibility that simulates invisibility of the iPad screen on a table or other environment even as the device is in motion, using a combination of the iPad 2's abilities in concert in a clever new way. By combining a previously-taken picture of the table with the iPad 2's 3D gyroscope, high-res photography and accelerometers, the iPad's screen will seem to disappear.
Task manager, contact statuses, bug fixes
Filemaker-based photography business software Light Blue has announced a free upgrade for existing customers to version 3.1, which features significantly improved handling of calendars and calendar data, contact status flags, a new task manager, custom workflows that can be attached to orders automatically, better exporting, picture thumbnails and improved scheduling intelligence with regards to rescheduling and order invoicing, among other improvements and fixes.
Laptops, iOS devices can view images via Wi-Fi
Phase One has introduced a new version of their flagship medium-format digital photography software Capture One, now at version 6.0. The new version features Capture Pilot, a wireless image server to allow iOS devices on the same local network to quickly view images taken seconds earlier from cameras tethered to a Mac. Also new in this version are keystone editing, slideshow options, fine black-and-white controls, metadata editing and a loupe feature among others.
Launch expected soon
Nikon's D7000 camera has already started arriving at Best Buy locations ahead of the official launch, sources have told Nikon Rumors. The retailer is expected to begin selling the DSLRs next week, likely on October 17. The launch date falls in-line with Best Buy's estimated arrival date for pre-orders, which falls between October 17 and the 22nd.
Process mode improved, metadata support expanded
ACD Systems has released an update to its photography workflow utility, ACDSee Pro for Mac. Beta 1.4 brings several new features, including non-destructive editing. The user interface has also been improved for the Process mode, allowing users to easily copy and paste processing settings between images.
Replacement remains unknown
Sony appears to be quietly discontinuing its α900 digital SLR camera. The company's Hong Kong website now lists the camera as a discontinued product. The flagship device was Sony's first full-frame camera, packing a 24.6-megapixel CMOS sensor.
Sensor rotates without moving camera body
Leaf has expanded its Aptus-II line of medium- and large-format camera backs with the 10R. The device integrates a 56-megapixel sensor measuring 56x36 mm and capable of capturing the full width of medium-format areas in either landscape or portrait orientation.
Overall stability and performance improved
Apple on Wednesday released an update to its photography software, Aperture. Version 3.0.1 improves overall stability and addresses a wide variety of issues. Bug fixes involve upgrading libraries from earlier versions, importing libraries from iPhoto, memory usage when processing heavily-retouched photos, facial recognition processing, and more.
Multi-seat licensing arrives with v2
Light Blue Software has updated its photographic business software, Light Blue: Photo v2. The software manages digital files, publishes online photo albums, handles finances and tracks photoshoots. It offers customizable invoices, galleries, brochures and personalized communications for individual clients. The database, built on FileMaker, helps users manage images, orders and invoices.
Limit Point Software promo
In brief: SmartSound has announced that it will now begin to bundle its software with video editing programs from Adobe, Roxio and Serif. David Pogue, a tech columnist for the New York Times has released a new book that is supposed to help photographers learn the basics of digital photography. The book covers topics that range from what to look for when purchasing a new digital camera to basic editing functions. Limit Point Software has announced that they will be offering a software bundle that will give users the ability to buy Mailings and iForm together at a 60% reduced price.
Creaceed Hydra 2.0
Creaceed (booth S-332S) this week unveiled version 2.0 of Hydra, its HDR photography application. According to the company, Hydra creates an High Dynamic Range (HDR) image which is "much closer to what one can actually see." The program is available as a Mac application or as the "the only" HDR plug-in for Aperture. Version 2.0 offers a new "Perceptive" default tone mapper for improved and more natural results and "Homography", the new default alignment technique that is very useful for small distortions. It also adds "The Loupe," a new tool for real time 1:1 full quality preview.
Photomatix Pro 3 1 update
HDRsoft has released the latest version of its High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography software, Photomatix Pro 3.1. The program now offers automatic chromatic aberration and noise reduction in HDR images. A Lightroom Export plug-in has been added, allowing integration with Adobe's photography software. Photomatix is designed to create HDR images by blending multiple photographs that were taken with different exposures.
Canon shows EOS teaser ads
Canon has started up a teaser ad campaign centered around an upcoming digital SLR camera from its EOS line, triggering speculation of a likely update at the Photokina expo this month. While some believe the update to involve the long-expected full-frame, 21.1-megapixel 5D Mark II, with an integrated battery grip, another teaser ad on Canon's Japanese site shows a silhouette of what is most likely a regular-bodied DSLR. There has been no official information from the Japanese camera maker other than a confirmation of a DSLR timed for the event.
Sony A900 ad leak
The upcoming A900 digital SLR camera from Sony will come with a 24.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, an ad leak from a Danish photography magazine has revealed. The details echo earlier reports, which indicated a 24.8-megapixel unit. The camera will be the flagship offering in the company's Alpha line of digital cameras, offering a full-frame Exmor sensor. The ad also indicates that the backside of the DSLR will house a 3-inch hybrid LCD with a 921,000 pixel resolution, capable of an Intelligent Preview function which may resemble Canon's LiveView.
Canon leaks 50D details
Canon's Chinese branch has leaked details for the EOS 50D, the latest in the company's sport and high-speed photography camera line, offering user anti-shake technology in the camera hardware, among other features. The new model is based around 15.4 Megapixel DIGIC 4 sensor, but experiences a miniscule drop in framerate (6.3 frames per second, versus a former 6.5). Light sensitivity should also be enhanced, running from ISO 100 to an extremely high ISO 12800, while the 50D's buffer is able to store up to 16 RAW images, or 60 JPEGs.
Canon 50D, 5D MarkII spec
A forum member on a popular photography website recently posted what he believes are the preliminary specs for Canon's upcoming 5D Mark II and an all-new 50D digital SLRs. While the information cannot be treated as official or confirmed, it suggests the new 50D will sport a 12.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and Single Digic III Processor. The smaller sensor will allow the 50D to use lenses with the EFS mount in addition to Canon's EF-mount.
Nikon D90 details leaked
Specs have leaked for the impending Nikon D90 digital SLR, with the camera allegedly sporting a 12-Megapixel sensor, which is capable of 4.5 frames per second, and live video/audio capture. According to Photography Bay, the new DSLR will also feature built-in HDMI and GPS connections, as well as a kit lens option of a 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR lens. Nikon is allegedly positioning the D90 as next-generation competitor to current generation camera models.
Adobe releases DNG 1.2
Adobe has released an update to the Adobe Digital Negative specification (DNG), its publicly available archival format for the raw files generated by digital cameras. The DNG 1.2.0 Specification (May 2008) provides new and expanded specifications that offer increased flexibility and improved workflow for their raw images, including formalization of the concept of a "camera profile" and allowance for multiple camera profiles to be embedded in a single DNG file. Adobe has also defined additional metadata tags for the DNG format, including a field to indicate the integrity of the raw data within the file, offering a tool to validate the safety of photographers' image data. Adobe's DNG SDK has also been updated to reflect the changes to the specification. In addition, a DNG Codec for Windows Vista -- only available for 32-bit editions -- has also been released on Adobe Labs. Adobe DNG Converter is available as a free download from Adobe's website.
Photon 1.1 workflow app
Green Volcano has released Photon 1.1, the first major update to its high-performance digital photo workflow application for Mac OS X. Version 1.1 brings an enhanced caching engine and better filesystem support. Designed for both professional photographers and advanced photography enthusiasts, Photon enables users to review and organize large numbers of photos by focusing on the front-end of the photo workflow process: ingest, review, and culling. Photon's intelligent on-demand caching engine offers full resolution views of the digital photos available within seconds. Additionally, Photon's innovative "stacking" feature streamlines the process of organizing large batches of images by making it easy to quickly shuffle photos into separate stacks using a single keystroke.
dpMatte 2.1 for Aperture
dvGarage this week released dpMatte 2.1, a greenscreen keyer for Apple's Aperture 2.1 photography solution. Based on technology used in dvGarage's existing keyer, the new background replacement tool is the first plug-in to be released using Aperture’s new SDK. It uses Apple's SDK for Aperture, which allows developers to use existing Cocoatools to develop full-featured applications inside of Aperture's existing framework; it is designed to easily remove green and blue backgrounds used in film and still photography in order to composite subjects into new backgrounds. Still photographers use the same kind of technology to add backdrops rather than commit to a specific backdrop while shooting. With dpMatte, users can select backgrounds that range from simple colors to photographs to complex 3D backgrounds.