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We were already pretty satisfied with EyeFi Cloud and their hardware solutions, but today the company is announcing some upgrades to the platform. For starters, anyone can now use it–and this moves comes from the trend that they’ve seen with people using all manners of devices to shoot and store their images. Indeed, the app was a great solution to store them to begin with because it automatically pulled images from both the phone/tablet and your camera. But it was previously only available to Mobi customers. Now, Pro users can use it.

By having the app on your devices, you can now organize everything in one spot. However, it will only store JPEGs–sorry RAW shooters.

But there are also a couple of new enhancements that were made. You can now make adjustments to your images, crop, rotate, organize into folders (which you were able to do before) and even view the EXIF data.

The app’s latest update is available today on iOS, Android and Kindle. Annual memberships are available for $49.99/year and include support for unlimited photo syncing and storage.

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It was shortly after I arrived in Istanbul that I read about an app that holds your images for an hour before letting you see them. The app is called 1-Hour Photo, and it renders your images in black and white. It’s predicated on a very simple concept: what if you had to wait an hour to see the photos you take with your phone–just like you used to when getting your film developed. This is a reality for anyone who’s shot and still shoots film, but for those who haven’t had the experience of shooting film, it’s something brand new. I shot film for several years before transitioning to digital, and have only managed to sporadically shoot film the past few years. So, 1-Hour Photo was a welcome addition to my phone, but it surely was not without its hiccups.

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Manual camera app

It’s time to really rejoice! A new camera app called Manual is using new features from the latest version of iOS and the iPhone to give you fully and complete manual exposure control over the camera. The app pledges to let you choose your ISO, shutter speed and aperture accordingly–which is great for users who actually know what they’re doing when it comes to capturing images.

It doesn’t end there though–you can also adjust your white balance and focus accordingly just like with Nokia phones and other dedicated cameras. Plus, it lets you do exposure bracketing–which is something we didn’t even think of but may make lots of sense for HDR photographers or those that can’t figure out what they want from a scene.

The Manual app is available for $1.99, and will probably help to usher in a new revolution in mobile photography.

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Fotograf

Nevercenter sent along a very ballsy press release to us today stating that they were sorry for creating the vintage filter craze. And to fix the problems out there with all the apps, they created the new Fotograf app for iOS. The company states that they’ve created a core set of filters in both color and black and white. When editing, you can change parameters like brightness, fade, etc that even gives you a live preview of what your image would look like in the editing stage before you choose to apply the changes.

Fotograf also lets you download more presets and create your own–sort of like Lightroom does, but by working with the company’s Camerabag software. Beyond this, it seems to give more functionality than Instagram does–which despite their amazing community is still playing catch up in some ways.

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Editor’s Note: You can save images to the camera roll. We were incorrect in stating otherwise. 

The pocketable Lightroom was the next logical step in the expanding Lightroom ecosystem, and it arrives on the heels of the iPad version. Both the iPhone and iPad versions offer, more or less, the same degree of functionality, and in order to use Lightroom Mobile, you’ll need to be plugged into the Creative Cloud subscription universe. Lightroom, on the whole, is ideal for those working with images en masse, as opposed to longer retouching sessions where a program like Photoshop would be the better choice. Lightroom Mobile for iPhone, like its iPad variant, is a scaled down version of the full editing suite.

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Instagram 6.0

Instagram has just announced version 6.0 of its mobile photo editing and sharing app, which brings a huge redesign not only in terms of looks but also (and more importantly) in terms of functionality. Following close on the heels of yesterday’s iOS 8 announcement, which also saw huge improvements to the Photos app including lots of advanced editing options, Instagram now gives its users more editing choices to tweak individual parameters of an image before sharing it.

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