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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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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Oggl 2.1 iPad (1 of 1)ISO 16001-100 sec at f - 5.0

Taking photos with an iPad or any other tablet is a guaranteed way to make yourself look like a tool and to also probably get you punched in the face at a concert let alone ridiculed to complete shame–where you’ll then crawl into a corner and cry then blame your parents.

While it really isn’t that serious, you should know that Hipstamatic’s Oggl has updated to v2.1, and that it’s now on the iPad. The app, while quite excellent at rendering and editing images, is best used on a phone of some sort.

Amongst the new features are:

SurfMode: Sit back, relax and watch the show. With SurfMode, simply turn the device sideways to immediately see a beautiful cascade of images.

SurfMode on AirPlay: Weddings, concerts, dinner parties and beyond — present any Oggl feed to Apple TV for a live photo feed during events and occasions.

Notifications Ticker: Discover details about how many loves, reposts, and curations your photos get, including information from Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and more.

New Gear Shopping: Selecting new gear is easier than ever, with better previews and suggested Favorite combos.

New Live Previews: Select a new favorite combo, edit photos and browse presets more quickly and easily than before.

Improved Feed Browsing: quicker access to more information about photos you love.

While checking out photos from your iPad via Airplay is kind of cool, we’re not sure how many folks really do it and beam it to their Apple TV. I know for a fact that I’m usually too busy freaking out at the latest episode of House of Cards.

Please, for all that is holy, don’t take photos with an iPad. Instead, beam them to your device from your camera, and then edit on the iPad.

Sharp 15.6" hi-DPI Windows Tablet

When Apple’s iPad was first introduced, the photographic world was abuzz: finally there was a compact device that photographers could use to present their portfolios to clients. Meanwhile, the iPad is in its 5th generation, and the tablet market has changed considerably. It’s not the only contender anymore, as there are now a lot of choices both in screen size and in operating systems used.

Apple itself has introduced the iPad Mini a while ago, which comes with a smaller screen, and in Android land you can get almost anything imaginable. The Windows platform hasn’t been as popular as either iOS or Android, but there have been some interesting developments nonetheless.

The latest comes from Sharp, and it’s a 15.6″ tablet–yes, you read correctly, 15.6″. That’s the size of a regular laptop, and a lot more real estate than your common 7″ or 10″ device. So, what does Sharp’s new über-tablet have to offer that might make it worthwhile for a photographer? Find out after the break.

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