Kirk McElhearn is an expert technical journalist for all things Apple. He was a Senior Contributor at Macworld for 15 years, is known as “The iTunes Guy,” and writes about Macs, security, iTunes, books and music. Kirk has also written several “Take Control Books,” including tutorials on iTunes, Audio Hijack and Scrivener. In this encore appearance, Kirk and I chatted about the evolution of photography at Apple, the emergence of the iPhone as a pocket supercomputer-camera, AI technologies and facial recognition used in iPhone photography, lens and CCD technologies, Aperture vs. iPhoto/Photos, managing digital assets, and how sophisticated software has allowed the average user to take great photos. And more. We finished with a discusion of Kirk’s new podcast (with Jeff Carlson) called PhotoActive which is all about photography and the Apple ecosystem.
The iOS 12 Photos app has a couple of new features centered around searching and sharing. Here is what’s new.
It has all of the features you’re familiar with, plus some new ones to keep your iPhoneography game strong.
It gives you 3D lighting similar to portrait lighting, which is great if you have an iPhone 7 Plus like Andrew and can’t get portrait lighting.
Photolemur—the photo editing app—has a new blog post called the “35 Composition Tips for Taking Stunning Landscape Photos.” I immediately checked it out because I am almost always highly dissatisfied with my landscape shots. It includes some common ideas such as the rule of thirds, but there was a bunch of stuff that was new to me, and I thought it was a great article. Topics include using lines to draw your attention, how to frame the subject, using people or animals properly, lighting, colors, framing, timing, and a whole lot more. Each tip comes with a representative photo, and they’re all gorgeous. If you want to take better landscapes, this piece is a must-read.
Heads up iPhoneographers: this virtual photo studio lets you work with models, studio lights, and more. Each model is based on a real person, and you can place them into any scene you want, like a beach, studio, or desert. You can pose the model how you want, then use virtual lights and light modifiers to create your shot. Color corrections can be applied in real time, and you can change the direction of the sun and add weather like snow. The brains behind the app is Superba AR CEO Raffael Dickreuter, who has worked in the visual effects industry in Hollywood with movies like Iron Man and Avengers 2. The app is pricey though, costing US$10. App Store: Photo Studio – AR
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Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus tells us about three useful iOS camera apps he’s been been testing—FiLMiC Pro, Halide, and SelfieX
We’ve searched the App Store to tell you about some Instagram alternatives, if you’re looking for one.
VSCO celebrates the act of photography as an art form, and there is a special subscription called VSCO X, that gives you exclusive tools to use.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share tips on buying a 4K television, and on how to take better holiday photos with your iPhone.
Image metadata is typically called Exif data, and it can include date/time of capture, GPS information, type of camera used, and type of software used to edit the photo.
Composite images, also known as a photomontage, is a combination of photos to create a new photo.
I have personally used all of these photo retouching apps at some point, so I can give my own insight into each one.
Do you love bokeh but don’t have an iPhone with a dual lens camera? You can use these apps on any iPhone model.
Polaroid announced the Flexible LED Lighting Panel Tuesday. Aimed at photographers, this panel is 16mm thick and 12-inches square. It comes with a frame, but is designed to be molded into whatever shape needed. It also comes with a diffusion filter, and it’s remote control for four different channels for precise control over the light. It uses 256 LEDs to produce 4,500 lumens. Polaroid is selling it through Amazon at $124.99.
Portrait Mode wasn’t included with iOS 10 at launch. It was released with the iOS 10.1 update. So Portrait Lighting will probably come with iOS 11.1.
All of the new models have better cameras with more functionality, a new image sensor processor, and studio lighting.
Once the moon is completely between the earth and sun, you’ll only have about 2.5 minutes or less to take a photograph. If you have a tripod, go ahead and use it.
Apple just launched an Instagram account to highlight photos shot on iPhones. Right now the account has a handful of videos showing off different photographer’s work, but soon there’ll be more because Apple will be watching for the #ShotoniPhone hash tag. Over time Apple’s Instagram feed will no doubt have some amazing shots that highlight the quality of photos you can snap with an iPhone. Now I need to go back and add #ShotoniPhone to some of my pics.