App news: Google+, Olloclip, Oggl, AnalogCamera and more
Google+ for iOS adds photo features
Version 4.4.0 of the Google+ app for iOS offers a plethora of new features for photographers, from an Auto Enhance feature for your photos to the ability to share short animations and panoramas. Download it for free from the App Store to see what else is new.
Olloclip app for iOS corrects lens distortion
A new app from lens makers Olloclip will fix some of the issues caused by the iPhone lens accessory. While the Olloclip is great for gaining a new perspective on iPhone photography, the hardware can also add a bit of unwanted distortion to its macro, wide-angle and fish eye images. The Olloclip app for iOS features a simple interface that will adjusts the perspective of your image via a one-touch slider. It is available for free in the iOS App Store.
Oggl now open to the public
Hipstamatic's more socially-focused app is now open to the public and has a few more features than the invite-only version. Version 1.1 of Oggl allows users to tap and hold to focus and drag to expose — making Oggl stand out above Instagram's limited capture feature. Users can also now double-tap-to-love photos in their feed and add an "artist's statement" in their profiles. A battery drainage issue was also addressed in the update. You can download Oggl for free in the iOS App Store.
Wood Camera developers release Viewmatic
The App Store hitmakers who created Wood Camera are hoping that lightning strikes twice with Viewmatic for iOS. The $0.99 app applies viewfinder, lens and framing effects to photos, allowing users to adjust the intensity of any aspect of the edit. The app's light box saves the photo's edits, allowing users to revisit a photo to re-edit images even after they are exported.
AnalogCamera for iOS now available
Real Mac Software's desktop photo editor Analog now has a mobile counterpart with RealMac Software's AnalogCamera for iOS. The $0.99 app is available in the iOS App Store and features both manual capture tools and Analog-style photo filters.
Windows Phone 8 answer to Instagram renamed
We recently told you about a third-party app that's finally bringing an Instagram experience to Windows Phone 8 users. Called Itsdagram, the free app allows users to register for an Instagram name, post photos, comment, like, follow and even find Facebook friends. But it seems the name landed developer Daniel Gary in some hot water and, faced with removal from the Windows Store, the app will soon be renamed Instance.
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Calumet UK and Wex Photographic, two of the biggest photography retailers in the United Kingdom, are going to officially merge tomorrow.
macOS High Sierra came out today, but if you use a Wacom tablet you need to wait a few weeks before you upgrade. According to Wacom, they won't have a compatible driver ready for you until "late October."
Do you think a $3,000 Canon 80D video rig can compete with an $80,000+ Arri Alexa setup? Well it can't, but check out this video anyway to see how the rigs compare.
Seven simple rules to make sure you get the most out of your next photography outing.
Vitec, the company that owns popular accessory maker Manfrotto, has just acquired JOBY and Lowepro for a cool $10.3 million in cash. The acquisition adds JOBY and Lowepro to Vitec's already sizable collection of camera gear brands.
A master drone pilot has captured one of the most incredible (and highly illegal) drone videos we've ever seen by flying around, inside, onto, and under a moving train.
Intel just debuted their 8th generation desktop CPUs, and the lineup packs a performance boost for 'content creators' that photo and video editors might be intrigued by.
Canon is developing a 'Free Viewpoint Video System' that will turn real life sports games and events into immersive 3D interactive experiences. It's video game-like camera control IRL.
A veteran photojournalist, Rick Wilking secured a spot in the path of totality for the August solar eclipse. While things didn't quite pan out as predicted, an unexpected subject in the sky and a quick reaction made for a once-in-a-lifetime shot.
The new iZugar 3.25mm F2.5 super fisheye lens offers an insane 220-degree angle of view. That means it can basically see behind itself... good luck keeping your feet out of the shot.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll remember that time you took a picture of the frozen pizza baking directions.
A Craigslist poster has discovered the worst possible way to photograph a car: taking pictures of pictures displayed on a cracked and scratched up smartphone screen.
With the iPhone X coming out soon, the title probably won't last, but the iPhone 8 Plus is officially the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested, and the iPhone 8 is second.
Kodak's new Facebook Messenger chatbot is trying to bring back the 'Kodak Moment' by digging up your old social media photos and trying to sell you prints and custom coffee mugs.
Affinity Photo for iPad was touted as "the first full blown, truly professional photo editing tool to make its way onto the Apple tablet." This update makes it that much more convenient.
Yashica has released a new teaser video, and this one claims they'll be releasing an "unprecedented camera" in October on Kickstarter. Ready... set... speculate!
Storage solutions company Synology has just released its very first 6-bay NAS tower. Combined with the DX1215 expansion units, it can hold and control up to thirty drives.
We're always expanding our collection of product overview content, and we've just added videos for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the EOS Rebel SL2 and EOS M6.
The venerable Canon PowerShot G1 was announced seventeen years ago this week, marking the start of a line of enthusiast-focused compacts that's still alive and kicking.
Super macro photographer Can Tuncer captured these incredible close-ups of a single peacock feather using a special setup and three different microscope lenses.
After successfully crowdfunding the Biotar 75mm F1.5, Oprema Jena is at it again. This time they're bringing back the Biotar 58mm F2: the world's only lens with a 17-blade aperture.
Adobe's move to a subscription model is treating it very well indeed. The company has posted record revenue for the second quarter in a row, hauling in a mind-boggling $1.84 billion.
More details have emerged about the potential sale of Blackstone's 45% stake in iconic camera brand Leica.
Popular mobile editing app Snapseed just got a major update that includes a new interface and 11 new presets for both Android and iOS, as well as adding the Perspective tool to the iOS version.
It might sound like a strange idea, but taking macro photos of boiling water can actually result in some really cool photographs. A good photo experiment for a rainy day.
The database was created to "break with the narrow lens through which history… has been recorded" by equipping those who commission photography with "the resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments.
Lensbaby has released two new optics for their special "optic swap system." The Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic gives you that trademark sweet spot of focus, while the Creative Bokeh optic gives you 9 different drop in aperture plate options to play with.
TechCrunch has already posted their review of the upcoming iPhone 8 (not yet the iPhone X), and they're calling it "a look into the augmented future of photography."
Affinity Photo is a $50 photo editing software with no subscriptions. That's it – pay for it once and you're done. And we think it's actually pretty darn good.
Instagram is currently testing a major change to the app's profile layout: replacing the 3-photo across grid with a 4-photo grid... and some users are NOT taking the news well.