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All images by Heline Lam. Used with permission

Heline Lam does a lot of street photography–and she sources that as the inspiration for her more unconventional ideas. But ultimately, it comes from many avenues. She states that she is always observing the world around her while paying attention to her own inner thoughts and emotions. This, combined with a story line that she has already created, adds to her thought process was to place her subjects from different walks of life in extraordinary circumstances and to help them travel and explore in her images. She tries to communicate a single message in all of her work: No matter what the circumstance is and what life throws at us, we will still carry on and move forward.

If this sounds a lot like storyboarding to you, then you’re spot on. She puts her subjects in extraordinary circumstances.

Heline uses her iPhone 5S to capture many of these scenes. “To me, a photo is only as good as the moment that presents itself. And I always have my iPhone 5s with me, enabling me to capture those candid moments or expressions non-intrusively that would otherwise have been missed.” states Ms. Lam. “Any type of camera, be it a DSLR, point-and-shoot or smartphone camera, has the ability to produce great imagery; it really depends on the kind of photography that one does. I do not believe in taking a ‘perfect’ photo as spontaneity and certain imperfections are beautiful and lend themselves to more character and edge.” Heline says that she keeps an open mind and attributes that to the progression of the art form overall.

Heline told us loves structures, shapes and forms but that creating the right mood for the vision and idea that she wants to portray is equally important. “When it comes to composition, it is often subconscious and reflex-like for me.” states Ms. Lam. “I want to ensure that there is balance in my work, that the eyes are drawn to the subjects (whether it is a pondering look, a gesture, a figure, etc.) then to the target of the subjects, and that composition helps to achieve the overall vision.”

Below are more of Heline’s images.

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Instagram has changed itself many times over the year and even more so after being bought by Facebook and trying to compete with Vine. The app allows you to a take a snapshot on the go with a nostalgic filter. You can use your camera phone or a proper camera that works with your phone to create images. It has filters that can stylize your images the way you want with further customization that has come over time. Version 6.0 was recently released. This version added a tray of photo editing tools to the app. We have been using it heavily since it was released and it’s very much the best Instagram yet.

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Adobe is today announcing a couple of new products and an update to their Creative Cloud service. What you should know first off is that Lightroom Mobile has finally been ported to the Apple iPhone. When it was originally announced, a user could only use it on their iPad.

They’re also revamping their Photography Creative Cloud plan. The price is still $9.99/month, but now bundles together Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile and a brand new product–Photoshop Mix. Photoshop Mix is a free (yes, free) app that is available for download in the App store. The new software is designed to be a hub of sorts for all of your images–whether they’re in the Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile, and Facebook. What it lets you do is some of the most simple editing you can possibly think of: like spot color, apply presets, basic Lightroom sliders, and some other features utilizing the brush tool that we only wish were present in Lightroom.

Photoshop Mix also lets you do things like compositing and touch ups to ensure that the image looks the best that it can. At one point of our demo, we also saw the use of content aware fill. For all this, it seems like Adobe is giving away a whole lot for no price at all.

Lightroom Mobile is getting an update that now involves the inclusion of star ratings–which still syncs between Lightroom and the app.

All of this is available now for download. As of today, Adobe has Photoshop CC, Photoshop Mobile, Photoshop Touch, and now CC.

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 CES 2014 MeFOTO phone adapter (7 of 10)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 3.2

The number of cool things that you can do with a phone are pretty damned awesome. Sensor technology just keeps getting better and lots of companies work around boosting the abilities of a phone’s camera. When we saw the MeFOTO Sidekick 360 recently in Las Vegas, we had one big thing in mind when it came to creative inspiration: a timelapse.

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Moment is a new Kickstarter campaign that aims to improve the mobile photography space. Currently, Moment comprises two lenses: Moment Wide and Moment Tele. As their names suggest, wide is for wide angle and tele is for telephoto. In order to mount the lenses on your iPhone, you attach a metal plate that sits around the camera and twist the lens into place. Galaxy and iPad mounts are still in the prototype stage, but the folks behind the campaign plan to have the mounts ready when they start fulfilling orders.

On the spec sheet for iPhone 5S, the Wide has an 18mm focal length, and the Tele has a 58mm focal length. For the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Wide has a 19mm focal length, and the Tele has a 62mm focal length. These measurements are 35mm equivalents. When all’s ready to go, Moment lenses will be available for: iPhone 4S, 5, 5S and 5C; iPad 2, 3rd gen and 4th gen; Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S4.

The campaign just launched, and it’s already amassed over $43,000. If the trend continues, it’ll blow way past its goal. Moment isn’t the first of its kind for mobile devices, but it looks to be among the best in a long while. With Moment, iPhone, iPad and Galaxy S owners will have a stronger reason to reach for their devices in order to make a photograph.

Head over to the Moment page on Kickstarter to check it out.