App news for photographers: Lytro, Koloid, Aviary, Vine and more
Lytro app gives social sharing platform to interactive photos
When the Lytro camera was made commercially available last year, one of the biggest critiques of the light field device was that sharing photos was not a streamlined process. Since then, Lytro has introduced Facebook and Twitter sharing. Now, it has created its own social networking app.
The Lytro app for iOS allows users to upload their Lytro images, browse and refocus others' photos, as well as like and share the interactive images.
From the app, users can share Lytro images on Twitter and Facebook, send a link to the Lytro viewing site or save the interactive images as an animated GIF.
Facetune for iOS provides advanced facial editing
Ever wanted to look just like your favorite over-airbrushed celebrity? Well, now you can give your smartphone selfies the star treatment with Facetune. Facetune has been around for a while but came to our attention when The Huffington Post did a write up on it.
Not only will Facetune smooth out any unwanted blemishes, but it will also let you morph your face so your eyes can look bigger and your nose will look smaller (or vice versa, whatever). Facetune also has some filter features and allows for cropping.
I took Facetune for a spin, taking a self-portrait on my roof. (Yet another sign to my neighbors that my stay-at-home job is a little unusual.) The editing tools were easy to use and after only a few simple taps, my face was more or less unrecognizable.
If you are in the witness protection program and you don't want anyone to recognize you or if you just want to smooth out those pesky wrinkles, Facetune will help you out. (And for $2.99 in the iOS App Store, it's a heck of a lot cheaper than surgery.)
Everpix gets a redesign in version 2.0
Image organizer and file host Everpix just got a major update to its iOS app. The photo storage service offers users unlimited space and image syncing from mobile devices and computers as well as social networking sites like Flickr, Facebook and Instagram.
The latest version of Everpix has a brand new user interface as well as a highlights and flashback features for better browsing. Download Everpix for iOS in the App Store for free.
Koloid for iOS follows user suggestions in latest update
Aviary 3.0 comes to Android
Android photographers saw a huge update to Aviary photo editor. Aviary — a popular stand alone app that got its start lending its editing tools to other applications like Flickr — is now in version 3.0.
With a fresh interface, the main editor toolbar scrolls instead of using pages, and the whole app has gotten a little darker to better highlight users' photos. The "Enhance" tool has a few added features: Hi-Def for sharpening and contrast adjustments, Illuminate for (you guessed it) lighting correction, and Color Fix for automatic color correction. The focus tool on Aviary can now perform more dramatic background blurring and iOS's Woodland Effects Pack has made its way over to Android with the update. Check out the rest of the updates from Aviary's blog.
Snapjoy shuts down after Dropbox acquisition
Image host Snapjoy marketed itself as the "smart photo library in the cloud." The service had a somewhat popular iOS app that we gave a quick review last year. Since Dropbox bought Snapjoy late last year, the app had remained in the App Store. Now, it is no longer available for download and current users cannot upload any more images to the service. While we are hopeful that Dropbox will employ some of Snapjoy's technology in its own mobile apps, some bloggers worry that this once-awesome app will disappear forever. Users who have images in Snapjoy's cloud have until July 24th to download them from Snapjoy's website before they are deleted forever.
Dropbox now allows multiple photo sharing
The latest update to Dropbox's iOS app is pretty neat. To start, users can now share multiple images in one go. Just tap the Photos icon at the bottom of the screen to view all the images in your Dropbox account, tap the Share icon, then tap each image to select it. These image sets can be shared via email, text, Facebook message or post, Twitter or copied as a link to your clipboard.
Vine adds front-facing camera support
Version 1.2.0 of Vine's Android app may having you posting more 6-second selfies onto Twitter's social video sharing network. In its second update this week, Vine seems eager to stay on top of competition from Instagram's new video feature. The latest version also adds a new upload manager for unsubmitted posts, improvements to camera loading time and support for more devices. See what else is new with Vine for Android.
Linea adds Dropbox access, auto photo organization
With version 3.3 of the Linea mobile photo browsing app, photos can now be imported from Dropbox. This update expands the number of import sources to four, including Facebook, Photostream and the iOS device's camera roll.
Once images are downloaded to an iOS device, the app analyzes the images and automatically arranges the pictures in a mosaic. Various criteria, including subject matter and image quality, are used to determine size and placement within the mosaic in order to better tell a visual story.
Researchers at NVIDIA have used artificial intelligence to train a system that's capable of turning standard 30fps video into 240fps slow-mo video with minimal loss in quality.
Loupedeck has updated its popular Lightroom editing console with a new '+' version featuring improved build quality, more customization and support for some non-Adobe software.
Apple released a new batch of mobile photography tutorial videos this week, each briefly demonstrating how to perform various camera actions using the flagship iPhone X.
Adobe has announced development of Project Rush, a cross-device video editing application that consolidates the entire video creation workflow, from shooting to social media sharing, in a single application.
Adobe's quarterly financial report was just published, and the news is good. Q2 2018 saw a new quarterly revenue record of $2.20 billion, and 22% growth to $1.55 billion in its Digital Media segment.
Just months after launching its QuartzLine filters for DSLR and mirrorless lenses, PolarPro has launched a buyback program that will give you credit towards a PolarPro filter for trading in an old one - even if it isn't theirs.
Sigma has announced that five of its Sony E-Mount Art-series primes, announced earlier this year, are now shipping.
Adobe has announced a raft of updates across its suite of Creative Cloud apps, including Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC.
The FUJINON GF 45mm F2.8 R WR is a 36mm equivalent fast prime for Fujifilm's GFX 50S. We've been shooting with one for a few days, and we're impressed. Check out our sample gallery to judge for yourself.
Video editing software package Video Pro X has received what is described as its biggest update yet to mark ten years since Magix Video Pro was launched.
Back in 2010, Canon announced that it was developing the world's largest CMOS sensor, measuring about 40 times larger than full frame. The company has just updated its website with more details.
Samyang has launched its latest lens, the Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF. This telephoto prime is a direct competitor to Canon's $1,600 alternative—and considering it's expected to retail for half the price, it looks like quite the bargain.
Scanning film takes forever and photographing negatives is a pain. The Pixl-latr aims to provide a simple solution.
Google has published an 18-page study fully detailing its synthetic depth-of-field technology that makes its single-camera Portrait Mode possible. The in-depth paper shows a degree of openness and academic mindset unusual for the industry.
Rugged, waterproof compact cameras are tough enough to survive even the most action-packed vacation, but they're not the only choice for capturing those great memories. Photographer Josh Root takes us through the options.
Kodak has restarted production of one of its most famous film emulsions - Ektachrome. Popular Science editor Stan Horaczek recently go to take a look inside.
The Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD is an affordable F2.8 standard zoom for full frame Sony E-mount cameras. What's it like, what are the trade-offs, and what are the alternatives? Chris and Jordan take a closer look...
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A teardown of a Nikon D850 has provided proof that the camera's sensor is made by Sony Semiconductor. The chip's design and performance already strongly supported this, but the confirmation also gives a hint about how the industry works.
Leica Camera has announced a new compact camera that features a 24-360mm F3.3-6.4 zoom lens and a 20MP 1” MOS sensor. Essentially a re-badged Panasonic Lumix ZS/TZ200, the Leica C-Lux will save Raw and JPEG files, will offer 4K video and has a viewfinder with a 2.33 million-dot resolution.
Leica has launched a limited edition M10 with a contoured handgrip designed by luxury car manufacturer Zagato. And, to celebrate the opening of a new part of the company's Wetzlar factory, a pair of Leica-made watches are due this autumn.
The new Mijia gimbal provides 3-axis stabilization and can charge the battery of the attached device.
YouTuber George Tomlin explains the concept of sub-framing and details how you can use it to take not only make the composition more interesting, but also provide context for the scene you're shooting.
British photographer Drew Gardner tells us how his gigapixel image of the queen's birthday parade came together.
YouTube channel Company Man has shared a 12-minute video explaining the history of Kodak and the factors that led to it going from industry leader to bankrupt business.
Neewer, a photo gear brand out of China, has launched a new budget APS-C lens for Fuji X and Sony E mounts. The Fuji X mount lens offering has appeared on Amazon as a new release with a $119.99 price tag, but is currently listed as unavailable.
Two years after launching its first photo filter, Aurora Aperture is back at it again with the Kickstarter launch of its PowerXND Mark II filters.
Nikon has announced the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR lens. Thanks to its use of 'phase fresnel' optics, Nikon claims that the lens will be small and light enough to be used handheld.
MIOPS has opened up a Kickstarter campaign for its latest product, the Capture360. This pocket-sized device is a versatile motion control box designed to be as simple or robust as your needs desire.