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When we first heard about cinemagraphs, we were quite excited about how they would change the industry despite how trippy the looks were. They can be attributed to Jamie Beck, who in collaboration with her husband created a sensation that made them the most in-demand creative team for a while. Their method took lots of work both technically and creatively. And now, Flixel lets you create cinemagraphs simply.

And to be quite honest, this is the program that we believe that more photographers should pick up and have in their standard kits along with Adobe Lightroom.

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Image courtesy of Apple Insider

Image courtesy of Apple Insider

There’s been plenty of speculation surrounding the iPhone 6‘s new from a 10MP Camera and f1.8 Lens to dual sensors. Now a new patent has come up today—no this one isn’t a April fool’s joke—suggests Apple is toying around with a bayonet that will fit around the iPhone camera to attach removable lenses. From the patent illustrations the lens mount would feature a three-pronged locking mechanism just like most interchangeable lens cameras, where the piece of glass rotates to lock in place.

This additional round plate of metal would have to sit around the lens. Interestingly enough recent leaked images of the iPhone 6 showed a protruding lens, which would create the perfect point for this new ring adapter to wrap around.

Lenses for the iPhone aren’t necessarily a completely novel idea. For years Photojojo among many other companies have made both telephoto and wide-angle lenses users can mount on their smartphones. This will simply be the first time the company has decided to offer such accessories by itself. Previously, the company jumped on making official cases and bumpers, so we could easily see lenses becoming a reality.

Via Ubergizmo

iPhone 5S

Smartphones are steadily becoming more and more serious picture and video taking machines, and so more and more serious photographers embrace their capabilities. Though still nowhere as sophisticated as most higher-end digital cameras, smartphones today offer good image quality and often a plethora of manual settings. On the downside, they often lack some of the functionality of full-fledged cameras such as DSLRs or mirrorless offerings.

Apple has decided to take on that problem, and has patented a remote control for the iPhone’s integrated camera. But it’s not just a remote control. As we would expect from Apple, they’ve done the full monty, and have made it wireless plus given it its own secondary display. According to the patent description, the device exchanges all kinds of information with the camera, such as operating mode, settings, as well as preview images and video.

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iPhone 5SiPhone 6 rumors are flying fast and smartphone photography enthusiasts might be interested in knowing the imaging sensor might make a jump to 10MP or even more. Photography Bay caught wind of the news and this jump in image resolution will be the first time Apple has increased the megapixel count since the iPhone 4S.

Since 2011, the Cupertino-based company has been sitting pretty with improving 8MP sensors and practically unrivaled image processing. But as smartphone rivals have been maxing out their image sensors with 41MP on the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the 20MP Sony Xperia Z1, Apple is going to have to step up their game – even if most of us know that megapixels only account for so much.

On top of increasing the megapixel count, the iPhone 6 could feature an f1.8 lens if early reports from it168 are to be believed. Apple has been steady ratcheting open the iPhone’s aperture from f2.8 in the iPhone 4 f2.4 in the iPhone 4S to f2.2 in the iPhone 5S. At f1.8 the new lens would not only let in more light but also create a shallower depth-of-field and all that creamy bokeh found on wide-open prime lenses.

Additionally, early reports suggest that the iPhone 6 will have interchangeable resin lens filters. Unnamed sources claim a Japanese company called JSR will supply the next iPhone with a transparent resin known as ARTON. The first of these filters include one that’s lighter and thinner than comparable IR filters.

It’s too early to say if any of these early reports are true; but other news has said the iPhone 6 will be a different, larger handset measuring 4.8-inch on the small size alongside with a larger model that will scale thing up past 5-inches. If Apple is willing to change the form factor of its handset again, who knows what else will be different.

Via Photography Bay and TechRadar

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While actual time travel is either impossible or yet to be invented (depending on whom you ask,) it is indeed possible to take a glimpse at the past thanks to our highly connected environment. Each day, millions of photos are uploaded to social sharing services such as Instagram, and each photo captures a unique moment in time and space. And that’s the premise behind a new app called Pic A Moment.

Pic A Moment is a new app for iOS 7 devices that lets you search for a combination of time and place on Instagram, and look at the pictures that Instagram users have uploaded at that specific moment. So let’s imagine you missed the big New Year’s Eve party at Times Square–no problem! Just enter date and location into Pic A Moment, and see what other Instagram users uploaded at these specific space-time coordinates!

But it’s not only for fun and entertainment that the app can be used. Remember how during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, it were pictures taken by bystanders that lead to clues about those responsible? In theory, it should be possible to use Pic A Moment to search for pictures taken during the same time and at the same location that a crime was committed–even if only coincidentally.

Pic A Moment is not the first app of its kind, there’s already another app like it available on iTunes. However, Instalook sells for US-$ 0.99, whereas Pic A Moment is free. If you’re as hooked by the idea as we are, then head over to iTunes and give it a try!

Via TechCrunch

Review: iPad Air

by G Servo on 01/02/2014

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When you think about digital devices like tablets you have to think about how they have affected us. iPads have integrated themselves into our lives–especially the lives of photographers. We use them to show our portfolios, have contracts signed, check email, manage things and even read magazines. They are great tools to have. Earlier on this year, Apple released the iPad Air–the latest evolution in the lineup. And though it’s got quite some charm, do you really need it?

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