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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.

Why is it so %$&# Hard to Make an App Easy?!?


The other night my wife and I were cooking dinner. We decided to try using a new app in order to find a new recipe. Unfortunately, this app was so poorly designed that it was practically impossible to use. Anyone could have designed that app better, right? Wrong. It’s hard to design something to be easy to use. And there is a science behind why it's so hard.

iPhoneography Workflow: 'Winter Sunrise'


Welcome to my most recent iPhoneography workflow in which I'll show you how I creates this photo in only three steps and what apps I used.

Since winter will be here before we know it, I thought this would be a nice photo workflow to share this week. I always suggest getting up early and being on location approximately 15–20 minutes before the sun rises. This is when the magical colors of the earth awake, and they don't stay long, so be ready. 

Will the iPhone 5S Make You a Better iPhoneographer?


Let me start off by saying that I'm not a techie, but I consider myself an artist whose main tool is my iPhone. Like all Apple aficionados, I eagerly awaited news on the latest version of the iPhone. While the new colors and the introduction of Touch ID are welcome additions, the only news I wanted to hear about was the iSight camera.

Five Reasons the New iPhone 5S Camera is the One to Beat


I was feeling jaded, as if I pretty much already knew most of what Apple would be announcing. I was wrong. Some of the features of the iPhone 5S are stunning—and show that Apple hasn't lost its vision. I was especially impressed with the camera (and I'm no photography buff). Some of the features don't exist on any other phone, or even any other camera, in the world. I'll leave it to the experts here to tell you more about it, but here's what I came away with.

iPhoneography Workflow for Sunsets: Catching the Rays


Welcome to my latest iphoneography workflow "Catching the Rays" which will show you some tricks and tips I used to capture and create this photo of the sunset.

I started off taking one of my sons to our favorite local lake to catch the sunset. I usually try to get to my destination about 15 minutes before the sun sets. This gives me time to catch the shifting in colors that sunsets produce. I have found that you get the best results just before or after the sun rises or sets.  I usually end up adding my sun to the photo during processing. This is what I did here as well. The setting sun in this photo was very nice thanks to the cloud cover and reflections. 

iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Using Your iPhone's Camera


Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week I will cover some tips and shortcuts for using the camera on your iPhone.

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