Dear Adobe and Google: Please Come Up With a Better Way for Photographers to Protect Their Images

Dearest Adobe and Google;

This is a relatively open letter to you folks: the big corporations that try to foster the needs of photographers, videographers, content creators, designers, digital media specialists, etc, through a few key platforms you’ve created. Earlier this year, you, Google, showed off a way that many photographers can have their watermarks easily removed from photos. This is even further insult to the fact that many popular image sharing platforms have for years stripped out metadata and copyright information from images just so that a server could save some space.

So if this is the case, why can’t either of you come up with a way to protect the very lifeblood and community who, in some ways, fostered your growth?

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This iOS Hack Will Make It Easier Than Ever To Quickly Apply Your Favorite Hashtags

It is the life of a photographer these days, constantly posting our work on social media, constantly trying to get our work in front of the right people to hopefully gain new clients. Often this means using hashtags to help those who may be interested in our work be able to find it easier. However, this can be a long a tedious process if you type out each hashtag on every post, so much so that it can make us dread posting – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Continue reading…

App Review: LightLeaker (Apple iOS, Apple iPhone 6s)

Very few apps really make me want to review them, but in the case of LightLeaker I’m more than eager to do so. LightLeaker joins the list with LensDistortions and RNI Films as some of my favorite apps for iOS that appeal to the photographer who wants much more than what the current suite of editing platforms offer simply because of their emphasis on creating a clinically perfect photo. I’m a person who loves the aesthetics of disposable cameras, souped film, scratched lenses, etc. Essentially, I really am in the pursuit of something that modern digital photography just doesn’t give me due to an engineer’s goals being much different than mine.

I’ve learned how to find perfection in imperfections.

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Review: Kodak Ektra SmartPhone (Android)

I’ve had the Kodak Ektra for a pretty long while now and have purposely taken my time with this review. The reason: I hated the Google Chrome Pixel to the point where it’s sitting in a spot in my office and I never reviewed it, and so I wanted to give the Kodak Ektra a proper go. For years and years, I was an Android phone user and there was something I always felt I was missing until I went over to the iPhone. I switched to the iPhone mostly because around 80% of readers of this website read it daily from an iPhone. So why shouldn’t I, as the business owner, have the same experience? Despite Apple making some extremely questionable moves in the past few years that have angered a whole lot of professional users like me, the phones are still more reliable and do everything I want in an arguably more efficient manner than Android devices do.

Despite a fair amount of issues, the Kodak Ektra is perhaps the first phone that would make me consider going back to Android.

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The 5 Best Laptops For Photographers: 15″ and Up (Mid 2017)

We recently shared our picks for the top laptops for photographers with screens under 14-inches: a very common size for photographers who travel often. In today’s post we are going to take a look at laptops with screens 15-inches and up. These laptops are not limited to dual core processors and integrated graphics like the 14-inch and below models are (the Surface Book being the one exception in the GPU category), which means you can get quite a bit more performance out of these machines.

The catch is, the more processing power you want, the more weight you will have to carry around and the less time you will be able to use your laptop on battery power. So it is all about finding that nice happy medium between performance and portability, render time vs battery time. We have gone through and chosen our top 5 picks for photographers based on criteria we feel is important for image processing including; screen resolution, color accuracy, processor (count/speed), and ram.
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Review: Bitplay 18mm HD Wide Angle Lens (Apple iPhone)

Though many of the more traditional photographers don’t really take the iPhone seriously, it’s very fair to say that lens options like the Bitplay 18mm HD Wide Angle lens for the Apple iPhone are options that can really change the way you shoot. Bitplay has a load of excellent lens optics for their SNAP! Pro case, which we’ve reviewed previously and they’ve updated. But this newest addition is promising incredibly low distortion. So if you’re an adventure photographer, landscape photographer, street photographer, or cityscape shooter, then there is very little reason why you wouldn’t want a lens like this. In the same way that Moment and Zeiss have been changing the way that photographers shoot with the iPhone, this new lens offering from Bitplay is very similar.

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Adobe Demonstrates Almost Scary Levels of Advancement in Mobile Portraiture

Lots and lots of people take selfies and portraits with their phones–I mean, look at what the iPhone 7 Plus’s portrait mode has done with phones these days. And today, Adobe is showing off some new technology powered by Sensei designed to make mobile portraits even better–if not possibly misleading. The new technology is basically letting your phone be nowhere as great as a dedicated lens and large camera sensor/film plane but still is good enough to fool most people.

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