Adobe Photoshop Touch is a wonderfully creative tool for the iPad, but let’s face it: Even the iPad Air’s powerful processor can’t fully replicate some of the more powerful features found in the Mac or PC version of Photoshop — until the release of Photoshop Mix.
Akvis Retoucher is a great way to remove dust, scratches, and watermarks from old photos. You can select and mask large areas to correct, or make finer corrections using features such as the Clone Stamp and Chameleon Tool, the latter of which is similar to Photoshop’s Pattern Stamp. Finding the perfect parameters can be hit and miss, but the results are good.
Photographers use depth of field to blur distracting backgrounds and make their subjects stand out clearly. It’s a very effective technique, but it’s not so easy to do now as it used to be, partly because sensors are smaller and partly because most of us use zoom lenses with restricted maximum apertures, rather than the fast "prime" lenses of yesteryear.
With iOS 5, iPhone users finally have native photo editing. But Apple kept things simple, so all you get is rotate, crop, red eye removal, and auto-enhance doing its thing. Prior to this small selection there was nothing, so the App Store is packed full of alternate cameras and photo editing apps for your shutterbug delights.
iOS 5 now has a nifty new feature that lets even the most amateur of photo editors turn their mediocre shots into photographic masterpieces. You can now touch up your photos on-the-go, right from the Photos application, and shoot, edit, and share your photos with ease, all without the use of other apps. (Unless, of course, you want to turn your photos into hipster-ific vintage photos. iOS can't really help you with that.)
This week's tips show you how to export and share your Contacts with your friends, batch upload photos to your Facebook page using a free app and different ways to peruse and organize your apps in iTunes. Plus, an updated tip on securing your iOS devices with a passcode.
While we’re all busy hightailing it into the digital age, photographers everywhere are also rediscovering the charming aesthetics of the analog days gone by.
Lomography--or casual, snapshot photography using Lomo cameras made in Russia--is getting hot (yes really--check out lomography.com for more). But having to purchase a separate camera for the sole purpose of taking slightly out-of-focus, high-contrast photos seems a little drastic. So if you already own either an affordable point-and-shoot or a fancy DSLR and have access to Photoshop, why not just apply a few simple filters to give that trendy look to your digital photos?
The CoolPix L110 is a low-cost superzoom from Nikon’s “L” line of consumer shooters, and while its 15x zoom is attractive, the camera’s other features are somewhat limited. For users with modest needs, the 12-megapixel L110 offers straightforward photography at a good price, but advanced shooters will quickly outgrow the L110’s minimal feature set.