Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, discussed the new device's camera during today's media event, which has a five-element lens with f/2.2 aperture that was designed by Apple. The result is an active sensor area that's 15 percent larger, and that's a good thing in Schiller's words, as "bigger pixels make for a better picture." The camera is also apparently well-integrated with iOS 7, as it automatically sets white balance, exposure levels, and creates a dynamic local tone map.
With the right apps, even the rankest of amateurs can make beautiful pictures on their iPhones. Studio Design is one such option, packing an array of powerful tools and palettes into a deceptively simple interface that will have you generating professional-looking layouts without watching hours of tutorials. Even if you've never pushed a pixel, you’ll be able to dive right in.
One of the biggest criticisms of Adobe's "all or nothing" Creative Cloud plans have been the steep cost for those who just want access to the company's pro photography applications, which the house of Photoshop is finally addressing.
With a virtually endless number of camera apps available for enhancing photos or applying vintage effects, how can a newly released challenger hope to cut through the noise? Virtual cloning is a good place to start. WonderCam is the latest free app to offer real-time effects for photos and videos. In addition to traditional distortion, filter, and desaturation tricks, the app converts photos into comic book frames (complete with word balloons) or can even put a subject’s face into that of a historical figure or celebrity.
If you love taking and manipulating photos with your iDevices, you'll be happy to know that AfterLight has finally made it to the iPad. Long one of the top 10 paid apps on the App Store for the iPhone, the lightweight app allows you to create more appealing images than what you find with similar filter-based apps like Instagram. In addition, it features numerous sliders to help you create the perfect photo.
It's hard to keep track of the seemingly countless photographic editing tools on the App Store, but Tangent actually brings some new tricks to the virtual light table, combining some very appealing graphic design elements together with a really slick, effortless interface, making it easy and enjoyable to add visually pleasing effects to any picture.
Although it can’t reproduce the sounds or smells of classic developer, stop bath, and fixer chemicals used for processing photographic prints, Koloid is a mostly faithful interpretation of the 19th century collodion procedure where a flammable liquid was used to create wet-plate images within minutes of being taken. Think of it as the precursor to Polaroid, but a whole lot messier. Like making prints in the darkroom, Koloid offers the user complete control over the final black-and-white image.
Like many iPhone users, we were blown away by iOS 7’s completely overhauled, gesture-based method for organizing and viewing photo libraries. Apparently, the folks at PhotoSocial were equally enthusiastic, rolling some of Apple’s ideas into version 2.0 of its own Photoful app. As in iOS 7, Photoful displays images based on the date they were taken, rather than organizing them into albums the way current iPhones do.
One name dominates digital photo editing, and that’s Adobe. Its flagship Photoshop software is the industry standard — it’s used to help make the website you’re reading now, and it costs $699. Happily, there are alternative applications that won’t break the bank and that can do everything the photography enthusiast could ever need. The following is an overview of your top options, as well as a few interesting plugins and narrower-purpose apps we recommend.
From the very first version, Instagram became a fixture on our home screen and throughout our days, and in the nearly three years since, we've used it constantly to share a small window into our daily lives – and peer into those of our pals, as well. Vine essentially used the Instagram template to deliver a similar social sharing experience with video earlier this year, but with the new 4.0 release, Instagram one-ups its biggest competitor by adding its own video-sharing ability, with many additional features giving it a notable advantage.