2-in-1 Motorized Slider and Monopod for Smartphones and Cameras: $429.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

MOZA Slypod 2-in-1 Monopod & Rotation Slider for Camera

We have a deal on the MOZA Slypod, a 2-in-1 motorized slider and monopod for iPhones and other smartphones, as well as cameras. Built with a carbon fiber body, it’s designed to be ultra-light and easy to carry. You can also program precise camera movements by adjusting camera travel distance, speed acceleration via the MOZA Master App. It runs up to 2 hours on its own battery, and can be charged by a power bank for continuous shooting. The image includes the monopod attached to an included table tripod.

Camera+ 2 Adds Machine Learning for Photo Editing

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

In its latest update, Camera+ 2 adds machine learning for photo editing. Dubbed “Magic ML” it’s a one-tap non-destructive editing option that analyzes aspects of your photos that can be improved. It also adds a Magic ML preset so your photos will be automatically enhanced as you take them. You can watch a YouTube video about it here, and read the company’s blog post here.

Some people, like myself, tend to like vivid colors so they are frequently the subject of some of the photos I take for fun. Others prefer a more subdued style, others emphasise texture or geometry. We wanted for Magic ML to “just” look at the optical qualities of the image and come up with reasonable suggestions regarding exposure and color balance, and then have the user apply their own style on top.

App Store: Camera+ 2 – US$4.99

Camera+ 2 Adds Machine Learning for Photo Editing

Are Camera Apps Worth the Expense?

· Andrew Orr · Link

Camera lens

Alex Coleman writes about camera apps and why they’re probably not worth the purchase.

After shooting extensively with the latest versions of some of these apps, including an in-depth comparison against the stock camera app, I don’t believe there’s much value in keeping them installed. Put simply, the phone manufacturers have added enough “secret sauce” to their imaging pipeline that an app just won’t create a better quality image, in most cases.

You know, I have to agree with this. Just based on my own experience, I’ve used a ton of different camera apps over the years, and eventually stopped using every single one, until now I stick with Apple’s built-in camera app.

Manfredi Gioacchini Used an iPhone to Document Climate Change in Antarctica

· Andrew Orr · Link

Photo of an iceberg

Documentary photographer Manfredi Gioacchini is documenting climate change in Antarctica. His tool? An iPhone.

“Most of the usage was related with video recording, in fact the audio of the new phone is incredible,” says the photographer. “That’s important in matters of the climate change… capturing the sounds of icebergs breaking down…”

He also managed to take advantage of the phone’s Night Mode, though it wasn’t necessary for most of the trip, since the sun never dipped below twilight. Scroll down to see Manfredi’s photos for yourself.

Important work, and also beautiful.

Photo App Neural Cam Moves to Subscription

· Andrew Orr · Link

Neural Cam promises to give you Night Mode photos even if you don’t have the latest iPhones. It costs US$4.99 up front and recently moved to a subscription of US$4.99/month or US$35.99/year.

I’ve never used the app but people are saying the app is taking away features that people had paid for and locking it behind a subscription, a clear violation of App Store Review Guidelines, section 3.1.2(a).

Update: NeuralCam reached out to me to clarify: The Pro Pack is optional and only adds features for Pro users who subscribe. There’s also an additional 12-month introductory price at US$2.99/month. Finally, no features will be taken away from existing users.

PolarPro Launches iPhone 11 Camera Kit ‘LiteChaser Pro’

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

LiteChaser Pro is a new iPhone 11 camera kit for mobile photographers and videographers. The photography kit includes a special case, detachable grip, and a circular polarizer lens. Or, if you choose the filmmaker kit you’ll receive a variable neutral-density filter. You can also build your own kit and choose other lenses. The first production run ships on March 28, and as of this writing there are 370 out of 1,000 sold. You can preorder the kits starting at US$99.99 (regular US$119.99).

Whether recording for your Instagram stories, vlogging your travels or even producing your own short film, take control of your content and reach high-production levels with this uniquely customizable system.

PolarPro Launches iPhone 11 Camera Kit ‘LiteChaser Pro’

Smartphones Could Help Death Photography Make a Comeback

· Andrew Orr · Link

The New York Times has a piece today about death photography, and how it’s returning with the help of our ubiquitous smartphone camera.

“But we are returning to the older ways,” she went on, “a movement backward that some say began in the ’70s, with the back-to-nature movement and midwifery and natural births. The natural death movement is part of that. And these photos are unsurprising, too, because we carry our smartphones all the time, and it’s almost like if there isn’t a photo it didn’t happen. Now everyone is a photographer.”

New Video Shows off iPhone 11 Night Mode Capability

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Set to “We Only Come Out At Night” by Smashing Pumpkins, Apple’s new video shows the capabilities of iPhone 11’s Night Mode feature. Whether your situation is low-light or no-light, Night Mode is a powerful camera feature that turns on automatically. Look for the Night Mode icon at the top of the camera, which looks like a crescent moon. It will turn yellow when it’s enabled. Your iPhone might take the shot instantly, or it will take several seconds. It depends on how dark your scene is.

Publish VSCO Videos With New This App Feature

· Andrew Orr · Link

After I published my list of VSCO presets I thought I’d send it to the folks at the company. As it turns out they had something to share with me too. As part of the VSCO X membership (US$19.99/year), users can how publish their videos to the feed, which was previously limited to photos.

We know this is something our community has been asking for and we can’t wait to see how you bring your stories to life with the new tools we’re making available for our members. We’ve rounded up some tips for how to take advantage of the new video features with your VSCO membership.

Apple Sale: Moment Pro Camera is $3.99, Down from $5.99

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Moment Pro Camera is currently on sale for US$3.99 (regularly US$5.99). You can use the app even if you don’t have a Moment lens. Pro features for filmmakers: Color profiles, bitrates, dual-channel audio meters, real-time waveforms, and fast access to frame rates. Pro features for photographersShoot RAW, split focus/exposure, and manually control everything (exposure, ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and focus). Plus there are more features like distortion correction, slow shutter, motion blur, light trails, focus peaking, and more. 

Apple Sale: Moment Pro Camera is $3.99, Down from $5.99