While Apple has been slowly improving the iPhone Camera app over the three generations of software, other developers have taken it upon themselves to squeeze as much out of the camera hardware as possible.
Most photographers would now agree that proficiency with photo-editing
software is also a critical skill. So we asked six photographers to
tell us about their favorite image processing applications and add-ons
as well as share their best tips for making and digitally refining
Coke versus Pepsi. Mac versus PC. Canon versus Nikon. Among these great
rivalries, we can only pick out one clear winner. (Here’s a hint: It’s
not the colored sugar water.) In the latest Canon-versus-Nikon
entry-level digital SLR (single-lens reflex) battle, both cameras score
hits against the other.
Whether you’re already an Ebay Power Seller or simply have some old stuff you’d like to unload via Craigslist, good-looking product photos can not only increase your chances of finding a buyer, but also raising the price you can get. (If you doubt this, sadly we think you’re underestimating the shallowness of many.) Luckily, the quality of most eBay and Craigslist photos ranks somewhere between bad and yeesh. Using these tips, you can easily beat the competition—even shoot like the pros, and without breaking the bank. After all, we’re trying to make money here.
A gorgeous sunset or sunrise is a great subject for this project.
You’ve seen time-lapse video effects: A smooth sunset peacefully glides into the ocean, jittering traffic patterns swerve at night, and construction projects are instantly assembled. These effects are loaded with emotion, and can take their makers from amateurs to auteurs. We’ll show you how to shoot individual still photos and compile them into an HD video. You’ll need a tripod, still camera—a DSLR is ideal but not required—and QuickTime Pro. The results are much more cinematic than just turning up the playback speed for a video clip. (See our example video at www.maclife.com/time_lapse.)