The iPhone is the most widely used digital camera on the market today, and with the phone currently pushing 8 megapixels with the 4s, image quality is getting better. The one problem though with this phone, and most camera phones in general, are the difficulty in which they sometimes can be hold to shoot an image. Let’s face it, the iPhone form factor isn’t all too conducive to shooting photos or videos. It is cumbersome and can get unwieldy just trying to hold the phone to frame a shot. PhotoJojo has come up with a solution that helps photographers (did I just say photographers? using an iPhone?) and videographers to better get a handle on their phone to shoot better pictures with a device called the iPhone Shutter Grip. The iPhone Shutter Grip is a piece of hardware that attaches to your iPhone 4S that puts a shutter release button in its natural place, right where your index finger would go if you were using a regular digital camera. You connect the grip via the iPhone charging slot that also acts as the communication port to the release button. No more tapping the screen to get the shot or to start the video, And the grip expands to accommodate most iPhone cases, so you don’t have to remove the phone from your case. Plus, there is a tripod mount built into the grip as well. $40. Get it at PhotoJojo.com. Get it. Use it.
05 Jun 2011 Leave a Comment
drahtwerk Matrix Camera 1.0 for iOS enables you to shoot video and images on your iOS device that maintain the look of 1990s style video games. The retro style look is created by using an edge detection algorithm, the company said. Matrix Camera 1.0 takes the place of the built-in camera in your iOS device and supports realtime camera preview, adjustable sensor sensitivity and built-in Noise reduction filter, fully customizable dot-matrix display colors, authentic retro sounds, and support for the front camera and flash. System requirements are an iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 and 4th generation iPod touch running iOS 4.0 or later, and 1.5MB free space. It is priced at $0.99 at the Apple store in the photography section.
31 May 2011 Leave a Comment
Independent developer Ken Tidwell has released D700 DSLR v2.2 for iOS, a learning guide for Nikon DSLRs. It offers a handy pocket reference to Nikon’s D700 right on your iPad/iPod and other iOS devices. It features a list of D700 Quick Specs, instructions on using the built-in flash, compatible lenses, error messages, supported standards, digital photography & DSLR lens glossaries, tripod tips, Nikon product previews and iPad Camera Kit overview, according to a press release. It features seven chapters of step by step instructions covering the following topics:
- Active D-Lighting – ADL Bracketing
- AF Area Modes – AE Lock
- AF Assist – Available Shutter Speeds with Flash
- AF Focus Area Selection – Control Panel Reference
- AF Focus Modes – Custom Settings
- Auto Low-Pass – Dust Reference Photo
- Filter (Sensor) Cleaning – Exposure Bracketing
- Battery Information – Exposure Compensation
- Color Spaces – Exposure Modes
- File Numbering Options – Flash Exposure Compensation
- Focus Lock – Flash Modes
- High-ISO Noise Reduction – Flash Output (FV) Lock
- Image Quality – Flash Sync Modes
- Image Size – Image Overlays
- LCD Brightness – Image Playback
- Long Exposure Noise Reduction – ISO Equivalency
- Manual Focus – Live View
- Memory Card Formatting – Manual Low-Pass Filter (Sensor) Cleaning
- Menu Reset – Maximum Flash Shooting Distances
- Metering Modes – Multiple Exposures
- Movies – Playback Options
- Picture Control – Scene Modes
- Reset to Defaults – Viewfinder Reference
- Self-Timer – White Balance Bracketing
- Shooting Modes – White Balance Options
D700 DSLR v2.2 for iOS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, iOS 3.1.3 or later (iOS 4.3 tested), and 5.6 MB free space. It is priced at $5.99.
28 May 2011 Leave a Comment
Petrol Bags has released a new DSLR bag called the Dr. DSLR Camera Bag that is based off the Dr. Petrol camera carrier. The bag is built using 900D and ballistic nylon fabrics and is designed to hold the latest video capable DSLRs and accessories. It features a wide opening, the capability to hold the camera with the lens attached, and includes removable internal dividers for storing a mattebox, camera plate, follow focus, camera light, viewfinder, cables, spare lenses, virtually everything needed to create a mobile studio. It also features an LED lighting system built into the bag that illuminates the interior. Other features include laminate panels, ergonomic neoprene shoulder strap, flash memory card pouch with room to hold four cards, and “easy glide” zippers, the company said. More information can be obtained at http://www.petrolbags.com
Dr. DSLR Camera Bag
25 May 2011 Leave a Comment
Canon U.S.A. has announced a collection of five L series EF lenses ranging from an 8-15mm fisheye priced at $1,399 to a 600mm F4L priced at $11,999. The EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens, scheduled to ship in July, offers a 180 degree diagonal angle of view for EOS SLR cameras for full-frame and APS-C digital cameras, and 180 degree circular fisheye images for full frame EOS cameras.
Canon’s EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM features improved image quality, image stabilization, and durability and now features two fluorite lens elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic abberation, according to Canon. It weighs in at 82.9 oz and is priced at $6599 with availability scheduled for August 2011. Canon’s EF 400mm F/2.8L IS II USM lens, ideal for sports such as soccer and baseball, is the fifth generation of this lens and also uses two fluorite lenses for better image quality and reduced chromatic abberation. It weighs in at 135.8 oz and is expected to ship for $10,499. The EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM is targeted at both sports and nature photography as well as photojournalism. It is also built around two fluorite lens elements and weighs in at 112.5 oz. It is expected to ship in December with an estimated retail price of $9499.
The new line of cameras is rounded out by Canon’s EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens, targeted at wildlife and photojournalism. It features a pair of fluorite lens elements and weighs in at 138.3 oz. It is expected to ship in December with an estimated retail price of $11,999.
No other information was provided on the new line of L lenses.
14 May 2011 Leave a Comment
Halftone 1.5 for iOS from Juicy Bits lets you add aged printing and comic-style effects to your images, giving them a vintage and old look. According to the company, the app gives you 20 paper styles, nine layouts, two caption formats, six speech balloon shapes, 20 stamps and three licensed fonts so you can create to your heart’s content. After you’ve tweaked them you can save them to your photo album, email, print, and add them to your social networking feed. Also new is a dot size setting and a new dot gain setting.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 12.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
09 May 2011 Leave a Comment
PhotoStudio HD is a collection of 187 effects that you can easily apply to the images in your iPad’s Photos album. The effects are akin to those you would find in an image editor such as Photoshop or Corel Photo-Paint, without the other image editing capabilities and pulled out as an iPad app. The effects come in a variety of styles that include Art, Blur, Color Fantasy, Color Temperature, Cross Processed, Distortion, Frames, Glow, Groovy Lo-Fi, Grunge, Hue, Image Contrast, Overlay, Photo Styles, SFX, Sketch, Symmetry, Texturize, Vignettes, and Vintage. In app purchases are available for Art Frames, Color Lenses, Color Strokes, Hollywood FX, and Classic Frames. These categories are $0.99 each.
The app offers a range of tools that make it easy to work with your images. You can crop, rotate and resize, undo and redo, and print. You can preview the effects in low quality, normal, and high quality before saving the effect, as well as hide those effects that you don’t often use. You can also turn the “Amazing Facts” feature off or on. These factoids appear when you apply an effect to the image, during the processing of the effect. You can also save effects as favorites, so you don’t have to scroll through all the 10 categories or down the entire list of 187 effects. Once you apply an effect, you can further adjust the effect via sliders. Usually you can tweak the amount of effect you want applied (denoted with negative and positive signs in the slider), distortion or frequency, gamma dispersion, brightness. All these parameters are dependent on what effect you are applying. Some have multiple sliders while others only require a single slider.
PhotoStudio HD has no save as function per se. The way to save an image with an effect applied is to apply the effect, make the adjustments, and then save the image to your Photos. Go back to PhotoStudio and then press the undo icon. This will revert your image to the original. You cannot, however, rename the file in PhotoStudio HD. What I’ve done to get around this is to send the image file as an email and then use the subject to name the file, such as Crosspro1 or Dirty Picture 1, which corresponds to the name(s) of the PhotoStudio HD effects applied to that image.
PhotoStudio HD is a classic example of an iPad app that enables you to actually create new content from existing content. It offers a whole bunch of free effects that are easy to apply to your images. And when applied, you can save your new creations to your iPad’s Photo Album, to the Documents folder, clipboard, straight to email, or to social networking sites such as Flickr, Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. It is a straightforward application that works and offers some nifty effects.
07 May 2011 Leave a Comment
If you don’t have a weather resistant camera such as the Pentax K7 and K5 Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras, a weather proof bag is your next best bet. Leave it to Petrol Bags to offer a rain cover for DSLR camera owners. The Transparent DSLR Plus Rain Cover is designed to fit around DSLR that is fully equipped with other peripherals such as an external viewfinder, follow focus, and camera plate. It is built using transparent polyurethane and waterproof nylon and is a one pice design for maximum rain repellancy. The front hood section is rigid and comes built with a hot shoe connector that helps to stabilize the raincover onto the camera, the company said. It also features a 6″ polypropylene track that enables you to add an on-camera light and a wireless receiver. Pricing has not yet been set.
Transparent DSLR Plus Rain Cover
06 May 2011 Leave a Comment
Dash of Color FREE gets an update
Thinking Drone, LLC’s Dash of Color FREE is an image editing application for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that enables users to apply selective coloring to black and white images or convert color images to black and white. This version features new zoom capabilities, a refined user interface, an undo feature that saves all changes from the beginning of the edit session, the capability to paint in color, black and white, as well as the capability to choose your brush size and select colors from the color palette.
The app can be downloaded free from Apple’s App Store in the photography section.
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later
* 2.3 MB
Thinking Drone, LLC
Dash Of Color FREE 3.0
06 May 2011 Leave a Comment
INTERSOG Mobile’s Cam Capture for the iPhone 4 enables you to take and format “formal-document-ready” portrait photos in a few simple steps. The app also has an in-app purchase capability that includes digital formal wear to make the t-shirt wearing crowd seem cleaned up. According to the company, the application is ideal for those who need a photograph for passport or visa applications and other occasions. It includes a step by step layout process for choosing the best virtual formalwear for the occasion. Sound confusing? Well, to sum it up, if you need a passport photo and don’t like what you are wearing, this app will create a virtual wardrobe for you, snap the photo with your iPhone, and all you have to do is print it out. All sizing is done with the app so you get the correct photo size for your application. The application works with the iPhone 4 and will soon support all iOS devices that have a front facing camera.
* iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 10.4 MB