Announcing Phoblographer App on iOS and Android (with Minimal Ads!)

Trust me when I say that I can finally breathe a sigh of relief for a very large project that we’ve been working on. And today, we’re announcing the brand new Phoblographer app on iOS, iPadOS, and Android. On there, we’re showcasing a pivotal step in the future of our organization. We’ve been listening to readers, and carefully incorporating your feedback into this design. Plus, there’s even more to come!

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Luce: An App That Could Help Analog Photographers Log EXIF Data

An app developer is working on a solution for EXIF Data from analog photos, and it’s called Luce.

“We’re currently just a two-man team who really wants to help the Analog community out with our development skills,” explains Don Chia to the Phoblographer in an email interview. “The app has changed in a myriad of ways since the alpha creation stage. We have received a ton of support and suggestions from the community and we have taken the suggestions into consideration.” After posting on Reddit, Don learned even more about the needs of analog photographers. One of the biggest problems that they face is logging their EXIF data. Lots of shooters often use a notebook or maybe start a Google Doc on their phone. Then when developing and scanning, they’ll keep this info in mind. This is one of the main motivations behind the Luce App. Currently, there isn’t a whole lot like Luce on the market since it’s very niche.

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Get The ‘Film Look’ With The Now Free Hipstamatic X Analog Camera App

The Hipstamatic X Analog camera app will make turtleneck and vest-wearing iPhone hipsters grin from ear to ear.

Ever since cameras tuned into digital devices, photographers have wanted their images to have the ‘film look.’ There are literally dozens of apps in the iPhone App store that can give these looks. Photographers use filters that mimic film all the time in Capture One Pro and Lightroom, too, but those filters and apps usually come at a price. Now, you can pick up the popular Hipstamatic X Analog camera app is now free for all iPhone users to download. Join us after the break for more details. Continue reading…

HyperCube Automatically Backs up Your Smartphone Pics While Charging

HyperCube offers a handy solution to photo backup and media access from your iOS and Android device.

Running out of storage space on our smartphones and tablets is a common problem. Now, there’s now a tiny device designed to address that, and it does so while you charge your device. Called the HyperCube, it’s the latest offering HYPER by Sanho Corporation dropped on Kickstarter following their highly successful, crowdfunded USB-C hubs.

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RNI Films for iPhone Now Supports RAW Format

Got RNI Films on your iPhone? You can now make RAW file edits on the go with the app’s latest update.

Great news for all photographers using RNI Films on their iPhones! Really Nice Images (RNI) has recently introduced support for RAW formats in the latest version of the app. Whether you’d like to give your RAW images a quick analog look or are curious about trying out this film-inspired photo editing app, this update should give you more options to do so on your iPhone.

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Lumu Power 2 Features a Completely New Hardware and Three Variants

The new Lumu Power 2 now has all-new light meter hardware and comes in three different models to cater to every photographer’s needs. 

Whether you’d like to upgrade your old Lumu Light Meter or try turning your iPhone into a handy light meter, we have some great news for you. Aside from their website, Lumulabs Inc. has already made the new Lumu Power 2 available at the Apple US online store (soon at the Apple Canada online store as well), if you’re keen on getting yourself one today.

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Adobe Packs New Features and Updates to the Lightroom CC Ecosystem

Heads up, Lightroom CC users. Adobe has just rolled out some fresh updates for the entire ecosystem, including some improvements based on major customer-requested features.

Adobe announced today some new features and updates to the entire Lightroom CC ecosystem, beginning with those now available for Lightroom Classic and Lightoom CC for Mac and Windows. Updates to Android and iOS will follow in the next few weeks. These also include some improvements based on customers’ most requested features, interface changes, and support for new cameras and lenses.

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The Moment Pro Camera App Brings DSLR-like Controls to iOS and Android

There are a lot of mobile camera apps out there, and now add-on lens maker Moment is throwing their hat into the ring with the Moment Pro Camera App

Sometimes it’s nice to just take out your phone and capture an image in the moment, but it would be really great to have more control over the image you are capturing. This is especially true for photographers who shoot with dedicated cameras because we know what we want to capture, and auto-exposure/exposure compensation just doesn’t cut it. This is where having a quality camera app on your phone can be a great thing, but finding an app that has all of the features you may want can be a challenge. There are a lot of options out there, each one with their own take on various features, and today Moment is launching their Moment Pro Camera App with what they are calling a DSLR-like shooting experience. Continue reading…

Polar iOS App Lets You Scan Your Instax Snaps Gloss-Free

This nifty app called Polar should be one of your mobile tools if you shoot a lot of Instax or Polaroid photos

Everyone likes sharing their instant prints on social media, but sometimes, the smartphone camera just doesn’t give it justice. The best way to digitize Instax or Polaroid snaps have always been to scan them. But what if you don’t have a scanner at home to digitize those cool Instax snaps? To the rescue comes a cool app called Polar, which lets you “scan” them using your iPhone or iPad.

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Quick Apple iPhone Camera App Review: Obscura

The Obscura app for iOS is a fun camera tool, but surely needs refinement

We’ve been playing with the brand new Obscura app in Beta mode for almost a month now. First off, it’s not at all going to replace Instagram for you as there is no social feature of any sort. In fact, it may not really even replace your regular shooting and editing process. But what it will do is provide you with a bit of fun at least at first. Though to be honest, you’re probably better off simply skipping this app altogether.

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Adobe’s Latest Lightroom CC Classic Update Look’s to Address Performance Issues

The big complaint for some time now with Lightroom has been with its speed and performance issues.

Adobe took major efforts to address one of the biggest and longest-running complains about Lightroom CC Classic in their latest update, which the company dropped to users earlier today. According to the company, major effort was placed on optimizing the software to better take advantage of higher performance CPUs and larger quantities of RAM; things that in the past really had minimal effect on Lightroom’s performance after a certain point. Continue reading…

Three New Photo Apps by Google to Experiment with this Year

The new photo apps are part of Google’s “appsperiments.”

In case you missed it, Google launched three photography apps in early December 2017 as part of its “appsperiments” program: Storyboard (Android), Selfissimo! (iOS and Android), and Scrubbies (iOS). Given the improving photo and video capabilities of smartphone cameras, Google wanted to explore their potential through “usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology.”

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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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PHOTONICZ ONE Wants to be the First Weather Sealed, Fully Functional LED Strobe

For years now, I’ve not been a fan of LED strobes or flashes simply because they’re just not powerful, but a new option called the PHOTONICZ ONE is promising to put that problem to rest. But it’s also claiming it can go a step beyond. Besides offering 2,500 watt seconds of power, it’s claiming to offer a flash duration of 1/50,000 at 30 frames per second at full power. Then there’s the TTL options for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Fujifilm, Panasonic and a Olympus. But even then, what’s even more astounding is that they’re offering weather sealing and a full color Touch LED screen panel.

Sounds pretty insane, right? Right, I’m glad I’m not the only one.

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How to Shoot Better Travel Photography From Airplanes Using Your Phone

Shooting photos from planes can honestly be tough to do some times, but believe it or not what really, truly matters in the end is the final result. If you’re one of those folks sitting at a window seat, you should really take advantage of all the intoxicating views that are granted to you to the best of your ability. Of course, you’ll generally need to be some place away from the wings for starters and then you can concentrate on whatever is in front of of you so that you can share that gorgeous vista later on with all your friends on social media.

Take the advice of a photo editor who travels a whole lot for work.

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile’s New “Authentic HDR” Creates a 32-Bit DNG File

Today, Adobe is announcing a brand new update for Adobe Lightroom Mobile called Authentic HDR. As many of you know, high dynamic range photography (HDR) is popular with landscape photographers. So what this mode is doing is, well, bracketing. According to a press packet, Adobe Lightroom Mobile’s Authentic HDR automatically analyzes a scene and figures out the best exposures to get over three shots. Then the app will align, de-ghost and tone map in the process of creating a 32-bit DNG file.

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