Every Mac OS X update we get a new cat--cheetah, puma, jaguar, tiger, panther, leopard, and now snow leopard. Most of us take these cats for granted, not thinking about the photographic skill that goes into capturing them. Well, National Geographic sheds some light on capturing the elusive snow leopard in their picture show for today.
You’re probably wondering what the photo above has to do with MacLife.com, right? Would you believe us if we told you it was shot with an iPhone? And we’re not talking about the latest and greatest iPhone 4, but last year’s iPhone 3GS! If you still don’t believe, then read on, because we have the video to prove it.
Tilt-shift photography produces images that have a very sharp focus but also have a very shallow depth of field, making the landscape, buildings, and figures in the photo look like toy representations of their actual-size counterparts. To shoot genuine tilt-shift photos, you need a small- or medium-format camera with special lenses, and the image composition requires precise rotation of the lens parallel to the image plane and a proper orientation of the plane of focus--in other words, you need to be a professional photographer with some pretty pricey equipment.
Fortunately, it’s still possible for novice photographers to emulate this look on the cheap thanks to Photoshop. With the right source photo and the application of a few filters, you’ll be able to simulate the tilt-shift look, making cars look like Micro Machines and houses look like miniature-scale models made out of cardboard and toothpicks.
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.