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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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julius motal lightroom mobile iphone 06

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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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer EyeFi Mobi Cloud intro (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

When EyeFi first launched the Mobi card, it seemed as if they greatly improved the service. The Mobi card was centered around transferring JPEG images to your phone quickly and easily through a two step process. If you wanted to send RAW images, you’d need to go with something else like the Eye-Fi Pro card.

Today though, the company is announcing not only a rebranding but a new service in EyeFi Cloud. The cloud is a premium service that they are pitching to those that use multiple devices. EyeFi Cloud enables someone to shoot and image, send it to their phone (or other device) which then in turn beams the images into the cloud. When the images hit the cloud, they’re accessible from your other devices such as your computer, tablet, or phone.

But we’re not sure that it’s for everyone.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Earlier last year, we had a peek at Adobe Lightroom Mobile behind closed doors. It was in an Alpha stage at that point but had most of the functionality that the company wanted to get out with its release today. Fast forward to last week, and we were invited to sit with Digital Imaging Product Manager Sharad Mangalick to be briefed about the new Adobe Lightroom Mobile. If you’re the type of person that does some very minor edits to their photos (as most users seem to do) then you’re in for a real treat. While the mobile version of the product isn’t as robust as its desktop brother, it still gives the user quite a bit of control over their images as well syncing  with the also announced Adobe Lightroom 5.4.

At the moment, Adobe Lightroom Mobile is only available for the iPad. Sharad tells us that they’re focusing on the iOS version right now that the Android version will be done afterwards. Working with Android provides a host of problems, the least of which are the different screen sizes.

Coupled with calibration software like those from Spyder and X-Rite, Lightroom Mobile can be a great use to photographers that have a need for it. And like the full version of Photoshop vs Photoshop Elements, not everyone needs it.

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