Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Exciting Photo Features in iOS 8

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

As I’ve been taking loads of photos recently, I wanted to write a post about the new camera and photo library features that we will see in iOS 8.

For most users, the new Photos app is going to be the most important improvement. Users will be able to access every photo they’ve taken across all their devices. And once an edit is made to a photo on one device, the edit will also sync to the same image held on all other devices. If you change your mind about the edit, you can always revert back to the original. Also, since all the photos will live in iCloud, the iCloud Photo Library will enable users to keep the high-res photos and videos in iCloud while holding lower-res versions on the individual devices in order to conserve space needed for picture taking.

And here are a few more exciting additions:

  • Panorama photos. Panorama photos on the iPhone are great, but with iOS 8, iPad users will be able to take these wide-format photos as well.
  • Camera timer. Well, maybe not THAT exciting, but it could come in handy if you’re trying to get a group shot together.
  • Time-Lapse mode. There’s no longer a need for an additional time lapse app (several are available in the App Store) because Apple has integrated this feature into the Camera app in iOS 8.

One of our techs alerted me to a post written about the manual camera controls in iOS 8.  Shutter speed can be set manually?!  This means the possibility of long exposures! ISO can be changed as well, which means that it will be easier to shoot in low light situations (but increase in digital noise). Focus control is the other amazing improvement.  Really excited to see how this will work.

Awesome Photo Apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Desktop

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

It’s mid-summer and I know everyone is out there snapping away whilst at the beach, or the lake, or the pool. Instagram is great and all, but I just wanted to share a few of our other favorite photo apps.


Unfortunately, Poladroid was rejected by Apple so this great app is only available for desktop. It’s still a lot of fun to use, though, and you can run the same image through the app several times and get different effects (see example below). The final image saves as a hi-res jpeg with a Polaroid-like border. Poladroid is a shareware, so please donate to this awesome project when you download!


I love my Holga, but I don’t have as much time as I’d like to get into the darkroom to develop and print. Luckily, I stumbled upon the Hipstamatic app a few years ago. Hipstamatic really replicates the unpredictable nature of a Holga or a Diana camera.  In fact, it’s pretty much like having a Holga built into my iPhone. Hipstamatic is available on the App Store for $1.99.


And then there’s Snapseed. This fabulous app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac desktop. You can run any photo through it and make it look absolutely out of this world amazing. I love old vintage postcards so I ran this photo (see below) that I took in Colorado through Snapseed and was able to get a similar effect. There are so many creative adjustments and enhancements that you can make with Snapseed. It’s really worth trying out on your iPhone or iPad for $4.99, and once you get addicted, you can buy the desktop version for $19.99.

Photo by Sara Rychtarik on Twitter