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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer VSCO for iPad (1 of 1)ISO 2001-50 sec at f - 4.5

VSCO has made waves on iOS and Android for its smooth interface and impressive array of film-like filters, most of which are available in affordable bundles in the store. With its 4.0 update last week, VSCO Cam just got a lot bigger for folks on iOS 8. The app is now available on iPad, a substantial step up from its iPhone counterpart. The device upgrade also comes with the announcement of VSCO Journal, a publishing platform for longer projects. Think of it as an expanded VSCO Grid. Of course, since it’s just been released, we’ve only had so much time to use it, so here’s our first impressions.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box book review images (1 of 5)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.2

It’s not very often that an innovative book for photographers makes a splash, but Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box is an eBook that will turn heads and make you excited about learning all of the intricacies of the art form. Even as a veteran photographer for many years, I found the content in this book from Shaun Hines to be absolutely wonderful.

So what makes the book so innovative? Unlike many other eBooks on the market, Mysteries of the Little Black Box has multiple interactive elements. You aren’t simply just flicking from left to right to read scenes. The book requires active involvement from the reader to get the most from it.

And if you’re going to recommend any book to a person still learning, hands down this is the one.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica M9 at Bryant Park (14 of 27)

Mother’s Day is coming soon. Don’t know what to get her? Check out these 30 ideas.

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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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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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Video taken with the iPhone has always looked just decent, but now VFXWarrior wants to bump up the quality of smartphone video with a new app called Ultrakam. The app maker promises Ultrakam will finally break the 1080p video capturing barrier on iOS devices allowing users to shoot footage in 2K resolution at 24fps.

The ultimate resolution of your video depends on which Apple device your using, but iPhone 5s owners will be able to shoot 2240 x 1672 resolution video at 20, 24, and 30fps. The footage runs at about 3GB-per-minute and it can be exported in a H.264 codec. At this increased resolution, video from the iPhone 5s has 70% more pixels than regular HD footage. Older iOS devices like the iPhone 5, meanwhile, can use the Ultrakam cam app to record video at 1936 x 1446 resolution and 20fps using the M-JPEG codec.

The app is being aimed for filmmakers so there are also additional options to record higher bit-rate video and tune the audio. But ultimately there’s a lot here to play with for regular users as well including 120fps slow motion capture and setting up a time-lapse mode for stop motion sequences. Ultrakam also features a free remote control companion app that videographers can use configure their iPhone from a Bluetooth connected PC or laptop. This remote app can also transfer files from the phone to another device over a Wi-Fi network.

Check out the app in action with the video after the break.

Via Engadget

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