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Photography

Is this a good time for the good old days of photography? I hope so...

Using an iPhone to take pictures is fast, easy, and fun. Using the many iPhone photo Apps makes the experience even better. Now (I hope) is a good time for App makers (at least one, I hope) to consider going way back to the beginning of photography and create an App or add to an existing App what are now called alternative photographic processes. I would love to see an App the allows me (us) to give us the same look as we got from albumen, bromoil, carbon, cyanotypes, daguerrotypes, gum bichromates, kallitypes, palladium, platinum, Polaroid lifts, and vandykes.

If you want to get those old effects, it's very time consuming, and in many cases physically dangerous to deal with the poisonous chemicals. Come on App developers, let us get back to photographic basics...please.



Which iPhone photo App do you use most?

A quick look at my iPhone Apps shows that I've got more photo related Apps than all others...combined. Yes, I really do like photography. I download just about all of the photo Apps I find that sound interesting. I still wonder sometimes what some of them are actually about. I'd love to see all Apps come in English versions. But, that's a different story.

I find that one App is used more than all the others by a large margin. Why? It's simple to use. It provides some interesting effects. It allows me to upload them onto Twitter and Facebook if I want. It also allows me to store them on a dedicated site that is open to the public. I like that too. So, what App is my favorite photo related App?

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My favorite is Best Camera by Chase Jarvis.



Hey Buddy, got $500,000 for an iPhone App?

Yes, you too can create your own iPhone App...for $500,000. That's what the folks who created Instagram, a photography App for the iPhone are doing. Using $500,000 in seed money (according to their own FAQ) they have created Instagram. With Instagram, you can create some interesting effects and then put the image online. Not the best effects and not the best online interface, I may add. It looks like you can do wonders if you know the right investors.



40 Stunning Scenery iPhone Wallpapers (via inspirationfeed.com)

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Over at inspirationfeed.com, Igor Ovsyannykov has collected 40 incredible iPhone wallpapers. Here are a few of them, all of them are 320x480 so you can right-click and download them. However, as Igor notes, they might not look as gorgeous on a 4th generation devices like Generation Touch or the iPhone 4 which have that 960x640 retina-display. To get the rest visit this link.  



New iPod Touch to Feature Much-requested Long-awaited Camera System?

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It's always fun to speculate ahead of Apple's September revelations and veteran Apple watchers are predicting that the forth-coming updated iPod Touch will finally have the ability to shoot stills and video.



Stop taking pictures and start taking works of art with CanvasPop!

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If Yogi Berra were to assess today's use of cameras he might say: "Nobody takes photographs anymore... they're too busy taking pictures."  If you're like me, you have thousands of digital pictures stored on hard drives and online galleries but only print a tiny fraction of them.  Once in a while we'll find "a keeper" and enlarge it to 11"x14" and frame it, but by and large, photos stay on the computer and maybe a digital photo frame.



Cycle Art!

Creating a visual celebration of the bicycle

I discovered, somewhat by chance, an unexpected power within the iPhone on a long bicycle ride early last year. A chance encounter with blooming dandelions stopped my ride, and I took a photo of them with my iPhone. Later, as I played with the photo in a quiet setting, using a number of image editing apps, I realized I had discovered a new genre, which I call, "Cycle Art." Simply put, Cycle Art is a mobile, digital celebration of the bicycle.


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Adjust exposure and take close up photos (iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4)

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When you have the Camera app open and the desired image displayed on the screen, you can change the focus area of the image before you take the picture. Simply tap on the portion of the image on which you want the camera to focus. The camera automatically adjusts the focus and exposure for that area. You can use this to your advantage if you don't like the lighting (darkness or brightness) of the image. Simply tap on different areas until it looks the best. Then tap on the camera icon to take the picture.

You can also use this feature when you are taking close-up photos (i.e. photos of people or objects less than a foot from the camera). Align the photo and tap on the image until the foreground image looks best against the background.

Finally a real Flashlight app!

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Before there was an app store, one of the first apps created for jailbroken iPhones was a Flashlight app by the excellent Erica Sadun.  It basically used the screen display as a light emitting device.  We have finally come full circle with the iPhone 4 which has an actual LED for use as a flash.  An enterprising developer, Michael D'Ulisse of More Blu Sky saw this as an opportunity to create a real flashlight app that projected light.



quanp a free alternative to MobileMe, backed by Ricoh

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I like MobileMe, especially for the FindMyiPhone feature (which I've used a few times) but it could use some competition, especially in terms of price.  Ironically, before I became a full-time iPhone app developer, I worked for a software firm in the printing industry.  We partnered with Ricoh and in that capacity, I beta tested their quanp service.  Similar to MobileMe's iDisk feature, you can upload and share photos and files such as PowerPoint and PDF documents.



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