iPhone Life magazine


From Nice to Dramatic


While walking through a lovely New Jersey Park with my wife, we came across this lovely scene. I quickly took the (color) picture and we continued along. Many lovely photos were taken that day.

When I came home I liked this one in particular. The problem was that while it was a nice picture, it just wasn't as good as I'd like it to be. I tried some simple color enhancements and still wasn't satisfied. I even tried a psychedelic look, but it just looked silly. So I put it to the side. 

How-To: Share Your Slow Motion Videos on Instagram


With the introduction of the iPhone 5s, Apple brought two new features to the device's camera: Slow Mo and Burst Mode. Both new shooting modes help capture great content that you can share with the ones you care about. But sharing Slow Mo vids is more difficult than it needs to be, especially on a service like Instagram. Luckily, we have a simple way to do it.

Optrix PhotoProX for iPhone 5/5s: Capture the Moments You Want, Wherever You Want


The iPhone 5s has been available for about a month now and the improvements made to its camera (Burst Mode and Slo-Mo) are some of my favorite features. While the iPhone is no action camera, cases like the PhotoProX from Optrix ($149.95) can help blur the line between the iPhone and something like the GoPro. But is it worth the price? 

Only Two Days Left to Enter Our iPhone Photography Contest! Deadline: Oct. 25


Enter our iPhone Photography Contest for a chance to win awesome prizes and a prime spot in iPhone Life magazine! 

Submit your best iPhone photograph(s) at iphonelife.com/enterphoto by Oct. 25. You must take and edit all photos with an iOS device, using only iOS apps. Don't forget to give each photo a title, and tell us which apps, if any, you used to process each image with.

If your submission is among the 3 top-voted photos on our Facebook page, you’ll win an olloclip quick-connect lens set ($70 value) and a CanvasPop 16- by 20-inch gallery-quality print ($80 value). In addition, we’ll feature the top 10 photos in an upcoming issue of iPhone Life magazine.

Olloclip Does it Again, and Your Photos Will Never Be the Same!


Just as Apple found a way to enhance the iPhone 5s camera without changing much of the packaging, the folks at Ollo have done the same with their popular Olloclip. The accessory clips on to the corner of a naked iPhone, positioning a set of lenses precisely over the built-in camera.

New Version of iPad Video Player CineXPlayer Receives DTS Support


This article is targeted at people wanting to play back video files with DTS audio in them and to know how CineXPlayer fares against the competition.

I've frequently posted on the generic video player CineXPlayer  for iPhone ($1.99) and iPad ($3.99). While I haven't really recommended it as an all-in-one player, unlike nPlayer ($4.99) which I recently reviewed, I still did emphasize its main strengths. They're as follows:

Better Camcorder Receives Proper iOS 7 Lossless Zoom and Slow Motion Support


Back in the days of iOS 5, when the iPhone 4S was the only high-speed video recording-capable iPhone model, I didn't really recommend Better Camcorder (free with a 10-second restriction; unlock costs $1.99), because it was clearly weaker than the alternative, SloPro (free).

Now, exactly the opposite is true: The just-released version (1.7) of Better Camcorder is clearly superior to SloPro with regards to making use of the brand-new zooming-specific features of iOS 7. And the in-app purchase unlock only costs half that of SloPro.

ProCam: A Great Camera App that Shouldn't be Missed


This article is targeted at anyone wanting to do “fun” things with the cameras of their iDevices, including creating time-lapse videos.

In my latest article on making use of the zooming in videos, I've already reviewed the zoom capabilities of a recently-discounted camera app in AppStore, ProCam ($1.99). In that article, I recommend against using it for video shooting on lossless zoom-capable devices if you plan to use the zoom.

Zooming While Shooting Video: Everything You Need to Know About High-Quality, Lossless Zooming


This article is targeted at advanced iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s users using iOS 7; video shooters; programmers coding video apps; and Apple's engineers in charge of bug fixing.

iPhones produce really decent video footage under ideal circumstances. Sure, they have their share of problems; for example, the lack of stereo audio recording, optical image stabilization (OIS), and wide field-of-view lens, all three supported by other flagships like the LG G2 running Android or the Nokia 92x/1020 running Windows Phone 8. However, under good lighting, and if you shoot on a tripod, you can easily have significantly better image quality than the LG G2 or most, if not all, Android phones. (Tripods make it possible to avoid camera blur, which is detrimental to the image quality.) Similarly, all iPhones since the iPhone 4 generally produce much better-detailed footage than most dedicated point-and-shoot cameras. They can, in video quality, easily beat even large-sensor DSLRs or ILC cameras because there's no aliasing or, unless you zoom in, moire in the image—unlike imost large-sensor cameras. Of course, a large-sensor camera will always have better dynamic range and less noise, meaning the iPhone is only preferable in ideal lighting circumstances or when you don't have any other camera with you.

Excellent Camera app ProCamera 7 released; Original ProCamera Gone Free & Shouldn't be Missed


ProCamera (free at the moment) has always been one of the apps I recommend for generic shooting. While it lacks specialized stuff such as image stitching algorithms like panorama or true HDR shooters, it's still a very decent user interface built around Apple's Camera application programming interface (API), allowing for the manual configuration of almost all features configurable via the API. For example, it supports extending the shutter speed from the default 1/15 second minimum up to 1 second, making it possible to take night shots of far better quality and exposure than you otherwise could with the Camera app.

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