Review: RNI Colibri for iOS (Apple iPhone 6s)

It’s sad to believe that there are very few slide films left in the world. Their beauty, when worked correctly, is absolutely stunning–but the processes to develop some of them, combined with just how careful you need to be with them, lead to their decline. Recently, Really Nice Images took it upon themselves to create an app that’s all about emulating the look of these slide films in their app RNI Colibri. For a while now, RNI has been really popular with photographers and uses science and a ton of research to get their looks just right.

Though the results still aren’t quite what film can do at its very best, the majority of the digital community that knows little to nothing about how film truly works is bound to be happy with some of the results.

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Zeiss Updates ExoLens PRO lineup to Support iPhone 7

Today Zeiss announced an iPhone 7 update for its three smartphone accessory lenses, which now have the moniker, ExoLens PRO with Optics by Zeiss. A new “Edge” bracket with six inlays specifically for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 family of phones will be available January 2017. The standard bracket for iPhone 7 is available at camera stores nationwide in addition to Zeiss’ newly release wide-angle accessory lens. Continue reading…

Out of the Phone Turns Your iPhone Photos Into a Fine Art Book

The brainchild of publisher Pierre Le Govic, Out of the Phone aims to be the world’s first print-on-demand book platform for mobile photographers. Le Govic takes his years of experience in publishing and encourages mobile photographers to print their work and not allow it to simply rest on their phones or end up lost before the images are backed up. Currently, Le Govic has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding to build a web application for Out of the Phone so photographers can design their own custom books online.  Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: November Stocking Stuffers For the iPhoneographer

There will be time for highlighting deals for big gifts, but today we wanted to have a look at some great stocking stuffer gifts for the photography enthused members of your home. Phone lens accessories are a fun way to give the gift of better photography without having to splurge on a new camera or lens for this person. These are small, good quality and most importantly, nice and inexpensive.

Deal Highlights

  1. SEHOO Cell Phone Lens – Save 37% – Get the Deal
  2. AUKEY Ora 10x Macro Lens – Save %20 – Get the Deal
  3. OldShark S1 Fisheye – Save 59% – Get the Deal
  4. Morenitor Telephoto Lens – Save %10 – Get the Deal
  5. Mozeat Lens – Save 41% – Get the Deal

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Review: Fotr Camera App (Apple iPhone)

The idea behind the Fotr app isn’t really a new one; but it’s one of the latest options out there that takes the conveniences of digital photography and tries to apply film-analog ideas to it. No, we’re not talking about vintage looking filters, we’re talking about taking your images and not being able to see them until after a development process has taken place. That’s part of the excitement of film–and as I type this article up I’ve got at least seven rolls on my desk that I need to take to Lomography for developing.

Fotr has loads of potential, but I need to be completely honest here: this app is hands down the biggest waste of money that I’ve spent this year.

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Chipworks Provides Detailed Apple iPhone 7 Teardown

Technology insights company, Chipworks, has provided a comprehensive teardown of Apple’s new iPhone 7. Many have wondered which company’s have aided in the development of Apple’s new device and Apple as per usual has been mum on the details. Fortunately, Chipwork’s teardown reveals many of these key components of the device, namely the latest processor and camera options that have been touted features since the iPhone 7’s release.

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Lightroom for iOS Now Supports DNG RAW for iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait Mode

If you’re an iPhone 7 Plus owner, then you got a really great treat today from Adobe. Today, the company announced that they will now offer more support for the iPhone 7. Specifically though, they’re saying that they now support the iPhone 7 Plus dual lens camera. If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you should know that what happens is the phone uses a slightly longer than normal lens and the wide angle lens to create simulated bokeh. It’s not bad to be honest; but the cooler thing is that you now can do it and create DNG RAW files when you use Adobe Lightroom for iOS.

Go give it a try!

How To Shoot RAW On Your iPhone with Adobe Lightroom Mobile

Of course one of the big announcements to the world prior to Photokina was that Apple’s iOS 10 would support RAW image capture, and not long after that Adobe announced that LRMobile would support RAW capture in the latest update. Well, that new update is here, and if you are one of those with a compatible iOS 10 device (iPhone 6s or newer) you can now start shooting RAW on your phone. But HOW exactly do you do that? Continue reading…

Photokina Announcements Raise Camera Manufacturers Stocks After Apple iPhone 7 Announcement

When the Apple iPhone 7 was announced, it was clear that Apple was going after the DSLR and mirrorless cameras in an intention to end their industry. The new camera in the Apple iPhone 7 Plus is said to use a telephoto (though it’s actually a normal) lens and a wide angle to create an image with a blurred background. Apple states that this simulates the same effect of a larger sensor.

Because the world generally doesn’t know any better or understand the importance of ergonomics, lens options, the use of effective off-camera lighting, etc. the headlines of many a tech publication were discussing the death of traditional cameras. As a result, stocks went down. But after Photokina, things seemed to go back up–until we all realized that everyone was making development announcements due to recent earthquakes and natural disasters.

So here’s how the camera companies are doing after Photokina.

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Zeiss’s New Telephoto and Macro Zoom iPhone Lenses Are Coming

They started out as more of a gimmick, and many photographers still do not take them seriously, but phone accessory lenses have come a long way in the last few years. There are some very solid options for people looking to not only get great images from their phone, but also extend their capabilities without sacrificing much, if any, image quality. One of the new, but higher quality players in the accessory lens game is Zeiss, and they just announced two new additions to their iPhone 6 line of accessory lenses.  Continue reading…

Review: Zeiss ExoLenses for Mobile Phones (Apple iPhone)

Lots of people who call themselves photographers may not necessarily take mobile lenses seriously; but the truth is that they’re actually quite good, especially in the case of the Zeiss Exo Lenses. Moment and PhotoJoJo make great optics, and it only makes sense that one of the best lens makers in the world wanted to get involved. The company makes three lenses that we tested: a wide angle, a telephoto, and a macro. Though currently only available for the iPhone and Samsung phones, the lenses will offer photographers a significant improvement in image quality providing they take the right steps.

While the lenses are pretty wonderful, I can’t exactly say the same thing about the case.

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Review: Creatic (Apple iPhone 6s)

When I was pitched on Creatic, I was told about how it offers a social sharing experience not only with your images, but also with your editing settings. That latter part really struck me. Imagine a photo editor on your phone where you can make custom presets, share them and also share your images within an internal community–and then sit there wondering why it took someone until 2016 to actually do this.

A while ago, I reported on and reviewed an app called Perfectly Clear–it offered photographers great options for editing their images and making then look, well, perfectly clear. It’s biggest problem though was and still is the lack of a social community. Where Perfectly Clear failed, Creatic succeeds and does so much more.

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This Macro Photo iPhone Hack Renders Gorgeous Bokeh

All images by Benjamin Weir. Used with permission.

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“I took it on my phone :)” says Instagrammer Benjamin Weir when we asked about how his iPhone photos have such great, organic bokeh. “I took apart an old digital camera I had and used one of the lenses to get macro shots with a small focal point.”

Ben first got the idea by looking at magnifying glass refracting his garden against a wall. This made him want to play with lenses more. “I had a pretty good understanding of how all the lenses within a lens worked but I thought if I could just find a lense similar to the magnifying glass but much smaller and stronger I could maybe get great closeups with my phone.” he states.

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