Review: SNAP! Pro iPhone Photography Case (Apple iPhone 6S)

If you had asked me years ago to do an iPhone camera case review, I probably wouldn’t have taken you seriously though I had full knowledge that I’d eventually do them. Fast forward a while, and here I am: and enjoying the heck out of it. One of those cases that is rather enjoyable is the SNAP! Pro lens case.

Built like a tank, it allows you to use a variety of fisheye, wide angle, telephoto, and macro lenses in addition to a CPL filter. The case is built hardy and tries to do what it can to embrace the ergonomics of an actual camera. In some ways, it feels like a rangefinder. And in some other ways, it falls short.

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Apstracted: An Abstract Photographic Study of iPhone Swipes



All images by Hamish Robertson. Used with permission.

“The project, titled Apstracted, began as an artistic response to the notion of a photograph being taken on an iPhone.” says photographer Hamish Robertson. “My works are literally taken on an iPhone, specifically the surface of the glass screen.” Apstracted focuses on the nature of the unique physical actions done to interact with whatever is on the screen of the device.

To do this project, Hamish used his own fingers and interacted with apps on the iPhone. His natural oils created steaks that then left an imprint on the screen. Hamish then photographs the screen using a Canon 6D and a Sigma 50mm macro lens. “My surroundings at the time reflect in the screen to give each shot its hints of color.” states Hamish.

Think temporary oil paintings.

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Roy Savoy: NYC Through an iPhone Camera


All images by Roy Savoy. Used with permission.

Roy Savoy was born and raised in New York, and he continues to love its energy. He’s one of those photographers who for years had a great eye for photos but never got a camera. When he got a phone with a camera, he started going around taking photos of random things like architecture. Then people, and eventually street scenes.

I found Roy on EyeEm, and quickly fell in love with his work. Roy studied the work of many of the first great photographers and also prefers the simplicity of black and white to color.

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Variant of the Next iPhone Camera May Offer Aperture Settings

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The iPhone is of course the world’s most popular camera, but it’s also been used for professional applications when it comes to photography. According to the Cult of Mac, it’s probably going to get even better. A variant of what is said to be the iPhone 7 is rumored to use a LinX camera system which offers a big solution to an even bigger problem for many mobile shooters: the lack of a working aperture.

The solution offered by the LinX camera system isn’t one with a sensor and a lens with a variable aperture. Instead, LinX puts multiple smaller sensors right next to each other. Each sensor has a different lens with a different aperture. So essentially, you’re choosing which sensor and aperture to use by literally choosing a segment of the camera to utilize.

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Tim Cook Shows off How Terrible the Apple iPhone’s Camera Can Be

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The iPhone surely is the most popular camera in the world, but Apple CEO TIm Cook just proved that it’s very capable of taking a terrible photo. Digital Trends reports that Tim tweeted an image recently from his phone trying to get into the conversation about the Super Bowl. But the image was super blurry due to camera shake. While camera shake can sometimes create happy accidents, this didn’t. Tim was probably a bit intoxicated and when very much in the moment, so he most likely didn’t even realize the camera shake.

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Review: Photojojo Iris Lenses (iPhone 6)

Photojojo has been known for making some really cool and fun stuff for photographers. They had iPhone lenses before, but they weren’t that high quality. Photojojo wasn’t alone on this though–everyone and their mother tried to create some sort of plastic fantastic lenses for the iPhone. Moment, on the other hand, created some fantastic lenses using glass–and the new Photojojo Iris lenses also utilize glass.

Using a lanyard and mount system, the Iris lenses are a trio including a macro, fisheye and wide angle lens. Made of metal and glass, they’re also pretty large for something that is supposed to mount onto such a small camera and sensor.

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Zeiss Announces Brand New Lenses for the iPhone


In one of the cooler announcements for CES 2016, Zeiss is getting into the mobile phone lens game with a brand new suite of lenses that they’re making for the iPhone. The first three lenses are a wide angle, telephoto and macro–and the macro lens will feature a zoom function. They’ll attach to the phone using a bracket that has a 1/4″-20 mount and a cold shoe for mounting accessories.

These lenses are being developed with ExoLens–and all the optics are going to have the T* anti reflective coating from Zeiss and therefore greatly improve what can be done with the phone. Not much information is available otherwise.

When they launch, they’ll be available late Q2 of 2016.

Simeon Rusnak: Urban Geometry with the iPhone

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All images by Simeon Rusnak. Used with permission.


Photographer Simeon Rusnak hails from Winnipeg, Canada. “I shoot a variety of mediums, but for me the ideal camera is my iPhone; its portability, versatility and convenience are why I choose to use it on a daily basis.” he says to the Phoblographer in his pitch email. Simeon believes that we’re all some sort of photographer due to what mobile phones can do. But what he loves about the iPhone is the fact that it eliminates most of the challenges that a dedicated camera can offer. “…the auto settings of the iPhone allow one to concentrate on composition, light and the frame.”

One day he thought to himself: “Do I really need to bring out the DSLR or is mobile going to cut it for the purposes of the image?”

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Lumu Power Turns Your iPhone in a Full Light Meter


For the strobist photographers amongst us, the Lumu Power is looking to turn you iPhone not only into an incident light meter, but also one that judges flash output. It was only a matter of time before someone did it, but Lumu was bound to get to it first.

Lumu Power is a light, exposure, flash and color temperature meter designed to plug into and work with your iPhone. Sorry Android folks, it doesn’t look like you’re getting any love here.

It is the first light meter which combines everything into one device. If it receives full funding on KickStarter, it’s bound to become a reality.

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PhotoJoJo Releases New Iris Lenses for the iPhone


Editor’s Note: it also works for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6.

For quite a while, if anyone really wanted compact and really good quality interchangeable lens converters for their phone, you had to use the offerings from Moment. But today, Photojojo is trying to challenge that with the release of their new Iris lenses. The company is announcing a wide angle, fisheye and a macro lens which all mount to your iphone using what seems like a glorified hair tie.

Hair accessory aside, the lenses have an aluminum build to them and actually use glass elements. That means that they’re bound to have better image quality than alternative with a plastic element. Each lens also has its own cushioned lens cap/case. Additionally, the case can be left on and always holds the mount for you so you can put the lenses in quicker. It’s not as straightforward or as low profile as the Moment solution (which uses a small plate).

PhotoJoJo will be sending them my way to test, and believe it or not, I’m really eager to try something new. Would I use them for serious work? If the iPhone can be used for serious work and photographers can make a living off of Instagram, then of course they can.

More images are after the jump.

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Review: RNI Films (iPhone 6S)

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The person that says, “I know exactly what the iPhone needs–another vintage film filter app!” is either particularly ballsy or worthy of all the groans that photographers will mutter. But the company that designs an app that is meant to organically render the look of film has a bit more credibility; and that’s what Really Nice Images is trying to do with their app: RNI Films. The free iOS app is designed for you to import your images and edit them in its own semi-unique editing suite.

Its main selling point: the rendering of lots of actual film emulsions. If you want your iPhone to deliver images with a Kodachrome or Astia rendering, you’ve got it with this app. But the process it takes to accomplish this may be what puts a lot of folks off.

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The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Feature New 12MP Cameras

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Today, Apple announced their brand new Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. For photographers, it boasts a new cameras.

The new camera is a 12MP iSight camera has 50% more focus pixels and pixels overall from its predecessor. Apple has moved the photodiodes directly onto the sensor and promises that even better photos can be taken. They’re also touting better skin tones, depth of field and less image noise.

More details are after the jump.

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AstroPad Mini Turns Your iPhone into a Photo Editing Tablet (Sort of)

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An app called AstroPad is looking to make photographers strain their eyes while editing on the super small screen on their iPhone instead of an iPad turn your iPhone into a functioning graphics tablet. The app was already available for the iPad (and is 30% off today) but today they’re porting it to the phone. AstroPad was developed by ex-Apple engineers–which means that they really know how Apple products work on a deeper level. That’s why they cite that they’re using a technology called LIQUID that is designed specifically to run on WiFi.

The engineers state that the technology is color corrected and true to the source material. Additionally, it is GPU accelerated, so the Mac stays fast. Using LIQUID, the app connects to your Mac and lets you edit images in the same way you would with something like a Wacom tablet. Using Lightroom or Photoshop, you can retouch with a bit more ease if you’re using a tablet and pen. If you own an Apple watch, you can use the watch to do customizable shortcuts. They also claim that LIQUID is 2x faster than Airplay.

As far as ergonomics go, this may be better on the iPhone 6 Plus since it’s pretty much a phablet. But on smaller screens I’d see myself not only struggling a bit, but also killing the battery life of my phone let alone making it overheat. Granted, I have yet to test it–but I do some very intensive editing and I imagine that the photographers using this may do even more.

You can check out more at AstroPad’s website and the launch price for Astropad Mini is $4.99 while it will go for $9.99 otherwise. Even more details are below.

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RNI Films Gives iPhone Photographers Photographic Film Renderings


The folks over at Really Nice Images have released a free app today for iPhone users that joins the slew of other photo editing options like Oggl, Instagram, EyeEm, and VSCO. Rather than giving random looks and renderings though, RNI uses the company’s film rendition presets and brings them to mobile.

Users have lots of editing tools like contrast, exposure, vignetting, etc. They also get crop tools, sharing tools to put images into other apps (like Instagram or Facebook) and most importantly of all lots of film renderings that can deliver that really beautiful look that we all crave from some of the best films ever made. Just think: Kodachrome applied to a smartphone image.

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The COVR Photo Case is Coming to the iPhone 6

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Several months ago, I got an email from Thomas Hurst about an iPhone case that he had invented for the iPhone 5. Its selling point was the prism lens that essentially makes it possible to take a photo while holding the phone like you do when you’re texting. Gone are the days of putting your phone between your face and the photograph, and it proved to be so useful that I gave it our Editor’s Choice award.

It may have seemed strange to some that there wasn’t a 6/6+ version, but Hurst and his team began working on this before the 6/6+ existed. Now, there’s an iPhone 6 version in the works, and there’s a Kickstarter to help bring it to fruition. There’s a key difference between the 5 and the 6 version. The one of the iPhone 6 comes in two parts: a shock-absorbent rubber core and a hard outer shell with the prism lens. The original COVR Photo was a unibody hard shell that proved a little difficult to take off, but this new design remedies that.

There’s an app, too, to help you take pictures because the prism design renders the image upside down in the dedicated camera. Essentially, the app flips the image right side up. The prism also slides back, so that you can use the regular lens as well. There is a bevy of rewards in this kickstarter, including signed prints from Hurst’s 20-year career as a photojournalist.

If you’ve been looking for a new way to take photos with your iPhone 6, check out the Kickstarter. Alternatively, you can order one for your iPhone 5/5S here.

New Apple iPhone Camera Patent Details a Mirror and Prism


A new Apple patent is trying to solve lots of problems with cameraphones and in some ways may cement the death of point and shoot cameras. According to Forbes, it’s using a mirror, periscope, and prism. Sounds almost like the shooting mechanism in a DSLR, right? It’s not.

One of the biggest “problems” with smart phones is that in order for them to include a zoom lens, they need to make the cameraphone bigger and the camera itself elongates when shooting. Because of this, many cameras have simply just used prime lenses–and there isn’t a single thing wrong with that. But in order to appeal to more customers, As detailed in the n ew Apple iPhone Camera Patent, the company came up with an innovative ideal to allow a zoom lens to work without making the phone larger. It involves using an optically stabilized mirror, a periscope to move the lens elements vertically instead of horizontally, and splitting the image using a prism before it hits the imaging sensor. In fact, this is how weathersealed point and shoots work and don’t become larger when zooming in or out. To be fair, the image quality of those cameras comes secondary to the tougher features.

It’s going to be a couple of years at least until phone manufacturers can do this with a 28-300mm equivalent zoom, and even then the aperture range is bound to change. So for the most part, the lower end point and shoots may be completely destroyed; though superzooms and more premium point and shoots will still be alive.

More than ever though, it seems like the camera will become a more premium item.

CovrPhoto Lets You Shoot TLR Style With Your iPhone


Street photographers have a brand new way to shoot photos in a low profile way with their phones. A new case called the CovrPhoto is looking to make taking photos discreetly a very simple process through use of a special lens. As you see in the image above, there is a small lens on the back of the case. This lens/prism takes a scene and redirects it to the phone’s lens–therefore changing the way that the phone views the world. It’s similar in the way that a prism works in a DSLR. By doing this, you can shoot from the hip and photograph the scene in front of you instead of creating the latest addition to #fromwhereIstand.

For the more experienced street photographers, raising a phone or a camera isn’t usually a problem–nor is shooting from the hip due to the different perspective that it gives you. But this case will open up street photography to the even more nervous shooters. These shooters will also still be nervous and just need to remember to keep calm.

Want one? The prices vary on which phone you have. A more in-depth video tutorial on the CovrPhoto is after the jump.

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Brenton Little on Mastering iPhone Photography

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All images by Brenton Little. Used with permission.

Mobile photography has come a long way with new devices and better apps, but more importantly with talented photographers in the mobile space. Brenton Little has become one of these professional smartphone photographers who travels far and wide to take great shots using just an iPhone 5S.

Now in his latest mobile-centric adventure, he is teaching a Skillshare class on mobile photography and how to capture friends and new perspectives. While the class revolves around iPhoneography and editing images in VSCO Cam, it includes lessons that every photographer can use such as how to frame interesting looking portraits and how to effectively use natural lighting.

They’re all lessons Brenton has learned over the last four years since he first posted his first image on Instagram on October 23rd, 2010. “I didn’t have a DSLR, I just had an iPhone 3G and that’s where I started,” Brenton says.

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Scanning a Film Negative with an iPhone and an IKEA Lamp

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All images by Kasper Vandermaesen. Used with permission.

Photographer Kasper Vandermaesen ran into an interesting problem after taking his negatives to the lab and getting them back. Unfortunately, the lab forgot to scan one of the images. And as he told Reddit, he decided to get crafty.

“I’ve been shooting digital for the last couple of years, but film photography caught my attention when I saw what great results you could get with even a cheap analog camera. It sparked my motivation to shoot more, or must I say ‘less’, since it makes me visualize the shots in my mind first.” says Kasper. “Since I’m only up to my third roll of film, I haven’t yet invested in a scanner or macro lens to digitize my shots. I don’t even develop my own film (yet).”

As a result, Kasper figured that it would be cool to play with his iPhone 5 a bit. He fully knew it wouldn’t give him the resolution to hang on a wall, but he turned out very surprised by what he got. Mr. Vandermaesen tells us that the biggest loss in quality comes from the fact that he couldn’t focus close enough. “That got me thinking that a clip-on macro lens would boost the quality.”

Editor’s Correction: Kasper tells us that he didn’t actually use a macro lens.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Todd Heisler Puts the iPhone 6 Through its Paces

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus quite possibly have the best smartphone cameras around. While Apple’s latest handsets have proven to be amazing on paper, how does it handle in the hands of a seasoned professional photographer? The New York Times’ Molly Wood challenged NYT photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Todd Heisler to put the camera through its paces and create stunning images.

In his testing Todd praised the iPhone 6 for its new ability to shoot slow motion even in lowlight conditions, whereas high-speed cameras typically need a well-lit environment. More importantly Todd said shooting slow motion video changes the way you see everything and adds a beautiful sentimental quality to the footage.

The Pulitzer Prize winning photographer also enjoyed the easy access exposure control on the iPhone 6 letting him nail the lighting he wanted. Meanwhile, the updated editing capabilities on iOS 8 allowed him to tweak his image without using a third-party application.

Of course, the iPhone 6 camera isn’t without its flaws. Namely the timelapse tool is neat, but it requires patience and steady hands. Todd was also interested in picking up the iPhone 6 Plus for the added image stabilized lens, but was ultimately put off by the handset’s additional bulk. The video is after the jump.

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Cedric Blanchon Creates Mobile Surrealism with Just an iPhone

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All images by Cedric Blanchon. Used with permission.

Bemoan iPhoneography as much as you want, smartphone photography has come a long way in the last few years and inspired many people to become shutterbugs. Cedric Blanchon is someone you would call a master iPhoneographer. We came across Cedric’s work though the EyeEm Festival & Awards competition where he won a slot as one of the finalists in the Illusionist. It might shock you that Cedric’s winning contribution entitled Captain Crunch was entirely shot and edited with an iPhone, but it’s true.

Cedric explained he simply set his iPhone on a timer to take the original photo of himself lying on the table and then another frame of the cereal bowl spilling onto the table. “I edited the two photos and superimposed them together with my iPhone using apps like VFX Studio and Snapseed,” Cedric revealed.

Since purchasing his first iPhone four years ago, Cedric has gone on to become an expert in smartphone photography and his surrealistic style. “I always liked the funny and fantastic things to the literature,” France native said. Cedric noted he draws inspiration from a wide variety of media from Kafka’s book to David Lynch’s movies and the illustrations of Claude Serre.

“I’m actually curious about everything and I love inspired by things I see or hear,” Cedric said. “I am always looking for a new idea or concept, and all my influences helps a lot.”

In the future Cedric hopes to mix in more shooting with a higher-resolution and traditional camera, but for now he says he is more focused on the creation of his images by themselves. You can see more of Cedric’s work after the break.

Don’t forget to visit his website or check out his EyeEm profile and Flickr. If you like his work you can also Like him on Facebook and follow him on Instagram.

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