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An app called AstroPad is looking to make photographers strain their eyes while editing on the super small screen on their iPhone instead of an iPad turn your iPhone into a functioning graphics tablet. The app was already available for the iPad (and is 30% off today) but today they’re porting it to the phone. AstroPad was developed by ex-Apple engineers–which means that they really know how Apple products work on a deeper level. That’s why they cite that they’re using a technology called LIQUID that is designed specifically to run on WiFi.

The engineers state that the technology is color corrected and true to the source material. Additionally, it is GPU accelerated, so the Mac stays fast. Using LIQUID, the app connects to your Mac and lets you edit images in the same way you would with something like a Wacom tablet. Using Lightroom or Photoshop, you can retouch with a bit more ease if you’re using a tablet and pen. If you own an Apple watch, you can use the watch to do customizable shortcuts. They also claim that LIQUID is 2x faster than Airplay.

As far as ergonomics go, this may be better on the iPhone 6 Plus since it’s pretty much a phablet. But on smaller screens I’d see myself not only struggling a bit, but also killing the battery life of my phone let alone making it overheat. Granted, I have yet to test it–but I do some very intensive editing and I imagine that the photographers using this may do even more.

You can check out more at AstroPad’s website and the launch price for Astropad Mini is $4.99 while it will go for $9.99 otherwise. Even more details are below.

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Photography app EyeEm is one of the best ways for a photographer to organically get discovered. You’ll also notice the feed is much different from Instagram. Your feed is filled with handpicked talent and albums so new talent can emerge. If you want to view what your friends are contributing, then you’ll need to specifically go to the “following” tab.

Browsing through the work of the artists on the platform introduces you to some of the similarities with VSCO and Instagram. For example, while lots of folks use their phones to shoot photos, there are many that use dedicated cameras and then upload to the service.

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A few days ago, the Next Web published a piece on how Android and Microsoft should utilize RAW photography features much more before Apple catches up. The article, which is well worth the read, makes some great points when it comes to business. Apple has a large market share and is even to the point of marketing the camera so well via the “Shot with iPhone” campaign. Basically, it states that they’re going to get eaten up by Apple in terms of market share even more–which is indeed true since the company also has lots of peripherals that support their phones.

But the article also leaves out one of the biggest problems of smartphone photography and RAW shooting.

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We’re very particular about our laptops: and by us, I’m not just talking about the Phoblographer staff. Photographers in general are very particular about what they use and for many great reasons, we tend to steer towards MacBook Pros. But photographers started looking for other options years ago when Apple stopped allowing us to change the RAM and other parts of our computers–but this exodus happened more with those of us who edit and shoot video more frequently.

So when the Asus uX501 was pitched to us for review, we were incredibly careful when it came to figuring out if it’s worth reviewing or not. But with a solid spec sheet for photographers, it seemed like something too good to pass up.

Boasting a display with a 94% sRGB gamut coverage, 3840 x 2160 Native Resolution, Thunderbolt ports, 15.6 inches of real estate space for you to edit (touch enabled), 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, a 2.6 GHz Intel i7-4720HQ processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M Graphics it seems pretty solid, right?

Right?

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It’s been the talk of the internet for the past couple of days: Taylor Swift telling Apple to pay artists for her work, photographers telling Taylor Swift to pay them for their work, Taylor Swift responding back. Indeed, it’s become very common for concert and music photographers to need to give up their rights in order to photograph musicians.

Amidst the growing problem, we talked to a handful of famous concert photographers about how to deal with problems like this.

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The folks over at Apple Insider discovered a new Apple patent that details a new camera module. Essentially what it’s doing is transmitting light into a cube, and splitting the light onto three different imaging sensors. The intended result will give users better color and high ISO performance for it’s iPhone.

Sound familiar? Years ago camcorders used to use a 3 CCD sensor technology that was very similar. Panasonic was very big into this method, although these days CMOS sensors tend to dominate the market. But the exciting part about the Apple patent is that it lets the sensor parse out other colors besides those from the standard RGB patterns.

This builds further apparently on the previous design that uses a periscope for zooming in on a subject; and also therefore makes this phone quite more useful for the camera.

It looks like lower end point and shoot cameras may be toast.