Winners of 12th iPhone Photography Awards Announced

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The winners of the 12th iPhone Photography Awards have been announced, chosen from thousands of entries.

The grand prize winner is Gabriella Cigliano of Italy for her entry “Big Sister,” shot on an iPhone X in Zanzibar, Africa: Last year I spent a month in Wasa, Tanzania, teaching a class of young, curious and amazing guys. Before heading back to Italy we stopped in Zanzibar, where this photo was taken.

Stabilize Your Phone, Switch Shooting Positions and More with This Innovative Gimbal: $99

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Check out our deal on the VILTA-SE (Special Edition) 3-Axis Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer. As the name says, it’s a 3-axis, handheld gimbal for stabilizing your iPhone (and Android device) videos. This model allows you to seamlessly switch your phone between landscape and portrait modes, adjust your shot’s focus manually via the built-in focus wheel, and stow/transport it with a magnetic locking mechanism. It’s $99 through our deal. The promo video below shows the device in action.

Add Lens Flares, Rain, Fog, and More to Photos With Lens Distortions

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For the past three years, Lens Distortions has been part of my photography toolkit. It’s an app that provides you with ways to spruce up your images. You can add lens flares, fake rain, fake fog, fake snow, sparkle effects, and more to your photos. Adding stuff like that can feel like cheating, but if done sparingly and subtly, it can enhance. As the app description puts it: Frame your subject with elegant glass textures. Punctuate your shots with natural sunlight and lens flares. Create atmospheric depth with genuine rain or fog. Lens Distortion gives you the highest quality ingredients to craft the look you want. All of the overlays are created by optically-capturing real-world elements. They are displayed in gallery view, which allows you to see all the filters side-by-side and select the best one for your image. You can easily make an effect stand out for a bold look or blend in for just the right amount of subtle complexity. Sometimes the best effects are ones no one knows you added… Lens Distortions signature effects are hiding in plain sight in the images of many of today’s top photographers. The company also provides desktop tools as well. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

Add Lens Flares, Rain, Fog, and More to Photos With Lens Distortions

ProShot Camera App on Sale for $0.99, Down From $4.99

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The ProShot camera app is on sale for US$0.99. It has plenty of features for photographers comfortable with manual controls, although there are auto controls as well. Other features include manual, semi-manual, or automatic control over exposure, flash, focus, ISO, shutter speed, torch intensity, and white balance; shoot RAW (DNG), shoot full resolution in 16:9, 4:3, and 1:1; full-res Burst and Timelapse modes, all with full manual controls; Light Painting mode with two submodes; Portrait Mode support; Zero-lag bracket exposure up to ±3, in 1/3 stop increments; Auto MAX ISO and Shutter options; manual focus assist; front-facing camera with full manual controls; zoom with just one finger, up to 10X; fully featured Camera Roll with EXIF metadata, support for video playback, media sharing, and delete; grid overlay; customizable accent color, and more. App Store: US$0.99

ProShot Camera App on Sale for $0.99, Down From $4.99

Camera+ 2 Gets a 2.0 Update With a New Design

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Camera+ 2 has been recently updated to 2.0. The main focus is the camera itself. In the new design, the app is divided into three categories: Presets, Shutter modes, and Settings. Presets give you instant access to specific shooting modes, like Action Mode, Slow Shutter, and Macro. Shutter modes define how you want to shoot, with a timer, stabilizer, and Smile. Settings give you preferences like showing the grid and horizon level. Besides the new updates, Camera+ 2 offers RAW capture and editing, manual controls, depth capture and editing, and integration with your photo library. You can read more about it on the company’s blog. App Store: US$2.99

Camera+ 2 Gets a 2.0 Update With a New Design

How to Take a Good, Impromptu Portrait

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Have you ever been somewhere and had someone walk up to you and ask you to take their photo? Aimée Lutkin has some tips to help take a good, impromptu portrait.

You can get better photos with a little direction and a few adjustments. If you have a terrible photographer in your life, forward this post to them. If it don’t, you might be (probably are) the culprit. Here’s how to improve your flattering photography game.

Darkroom 4.1 Adds Photos Extension, Editing in Files

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Darkroom 4.1 adds more ways for users to edit images, including a new photos extension and the ability to open photos directly in Files. What’s new: Photos Extension: Edit your photos with Darkroom right within the Photos app; Import to Darkroom: As an alternative to the Photos Extension, hand over your photos from apps using the new Share Extension; Copy to Darkroom: Easily copy your photos from external storage services like Dropbox or the Files apps to the camera roll and edit in Darkroom; Drag and drop to Import: Photos now can be dragged and dropped, on iPad only, to Darkroom to be copied and edited; Imported Smart Album: One convenient place to track all the photos you imported and/or copied to Darkroom; Open: Right from the album picker you can tap on the “Open” to access any photos accessible through the Files app, and 3d-party services that integrate with it. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

Darkroom 4.1 Adds Photos Extension, Editing in Files

Spectre Camera 1.1 Adds More Stabilization Support

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The developers of the Spectre camera app shared some news about their app. They added stabilization support for iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE.

With Spectre 1.0, we only supported stabilization on iPhone 8 and later. Stabilization pushes your phone to its limit, and if it can’t keep up, it creates a noticeable drop in quality. We hoped to someday bring it to older devices, but wanted to under-promise and over-deliver.

It's Easy to Shoot and Edit Videos with Nizo

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I’ve had the opportunity to test Nizo over the weekend, and I think it’s a cool app that makes it easy to shoot and edit videos. It offers nine presets you can use in real time to alter the tones and colors of your video. My favorite is KC1. Each preset also adds a bit of film grain for that old-age cinematic look. Once you’re done shooting, you can edit your video with simple drag and drop. Trim, duplicate, and reorder clips, or move a clip to a different video; add and trim music from your library, or delete a clip by flicking it away. Nizo offers: Auto or Manual modes: ISO, Shutter Angle, WB; 4K video recording at 24 fps or 60 fps; 1080p at 24 fps or 120 fps slow-motion; Toggle wide-angle or telephoto lens; Shoot natural or with a cinematic preset; and 16:9 ratio at 24 fps for motion picture quality. App Store: US$4.99

It’s Easy to Shoot and Edit Videos with Nizo

Halide's New App Spectre Gives You AI-Powered Long Exposure

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Halide is a fantastic camera app for the iPhone, and one that I use exclusively. The team created a new app called Spectre. It gives you long exposure photography powered by machine learning.

Spectre reimagines long exposures: its intelligent shutter takes hundreds of photos during the exposure time and merges the result. That means you don’t just get a final still image, but also a video of the entire exposure as it happened.

The app is on sale with an introductory price of only US$1.99.