App news for photographers: Aviary, Vine, Oggl, Groopic, Tangent and more
Photo Editor by Aviary comes to Windows Phone 8
Photo Editor by Aviary is now available in the Windows Phone Store, and free for a limited time. The editing app has already gained praise from iOS and Android users for its powerful photo editing tools, which you've also seen incorporated into Flickr and other photo apps, as Aviary offers a free software development kit (SDK) for developers.
More for Windows Phone 8: Vine, Vine substitute, Oggl Pro
Windows Phone 8 users can also look forward to an official version of Twitter's 6-second video app Vine coming to the platform, according to several tech sites. Until then, 6Sec is an unofficial Vine client app launched yesterday that allows full access to Vine features through the platform. The app is free, but limits you to two video uploads unless you make a $1.49 in-app purchase to unlock unlimited uploads.
Nokia also revealed last week that its newest flagship smartphone, the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, will come with a "pro" version Hipstamatic's social network Oggl, exclusive to the new phone. We took a closer look at the forthcoming Oggl Pro here.
Still no news on a long-awaited Windows Phone 8 version of Instagram.
Hipstamatic now plays better with Oggl
The iOS versions of Hipstamatic and its complementary creative social media app, Oggl, have both received updates to allow users to export their purchased Hipstamatic lenses and filters to Oggl. You'll need both updated apps (Hipstamatic Classic version 265 and Oggl version 1.1.2) to make this work, though. Read more here.
Groopic allows for elaborate selfies
A new app for iOS devices wants to put photographers in their photos. For $1.99 in the App Store, Groopic lets you combine two photos to include the missing photographer. Watch the demo video:
Tangent for iOS applies unique graphic filters
A brand new app for iOS allows for the creation and application of unique graphic filters to your photos. Tangent has 15 customizable styles that combine shapes, fills, and blends to apply a unique effect to user's photos. Available in the iOS App Store for $0.99, Tangent is getting a positive response in its first days since launch. The App Whisperer took a close look at the app and reported a good first impression.
Instagram allows for web embeds
Previously, if you wanted to re-blog an Instagram photo, you had to screenshot the image, save it and re-upload it. Now, as we recently reported, all you have to do is click on the new share button to the right of the photo or video. Once the embed code is generated, just copy and paste to your blog or website. So if your photo or video is embedded on your — or someone else's — blog, viewers will know who created the image and be able to visit your Instagram page to see more of your work.
Here is an Instagram photo of mine in an official Instagram embed:
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Ricoh has introduced a new rugged compact camera with a 16MP CMOS sensor, 28-140mm lens, 2.7" LCD and built-in LED macro lights. Read more
This compact drone can shoot HD video using a 2-axis stabilized 12MP camera. Read more
The new Prynt Pocket can print a photo directly from their iPhone simply by inserting the phone into the printer, then snapping a photo. Each print will cost about 50 cents. Read more
Updates for Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom CC bring support for the Sony A9 and Panasonic ZS70/TZ90, along with bug fixes.
The Triggertrap remote camera control system is no longer sold due to the company folding, but now users will be able to build their own. Read more
The Magic Format Converter comes with internal optics that expand the image circle of full-frame DSLR lenses for use on the Fuji medium format camera. Read more
The usually Apple-exclusive MacPhun software developer has announced that it will introduce PC versions of two of its most popular applications. Both Aurora HDR and Luminar should be available for the Windows operating system by the autumn of this year. Read more
Sony's newest G Master telephoto zoom, announced alongside the a9, is the first of the company's FE lenses to reach 400mm natively. We had one in California and photographed horses, portraits, and landscapes - check out how it did. Read more
Garmin has entered the 360-camera market with the VIRB, which captures 5.7K video at 30p as well as 15MP stills. Read more
German media reports that the founders of the company behind the Panono 360-degree ball camera have filed for bankruptcy at a court in Berlin. Read more
With a claimed 800 new custom parts, Microsoft's updated Surface Pro comes with the latest Kaby Lake processors, better battery life, a new hinge, plus the Surface Pen is updated as well. Read more
DW Photo is attempting to resurrect the Hy6 medium format camera, though the legal tangles of its development may stop it being branded Rolleiflex.
The Kodak EKTRA, the company's 'camera first' smartphone, is now available to purchase in the United States. Read more
Apple and Nokia have settled their years-old patent dispute. Apple will make an undisclosed payment to Nokia and sign a licensing agreement related to digital health products with the Finnish company.
David Gibson, one of Britain's best known street shooters, shares all.
Photographers from the SKYGLOW project travelled 150k miles and took 3 million photos in increasingly rare locations: those without light pollution.
The world's fastest 200mm was produced for 16 years. In that time, only 8000 were made.
Photokina, the biennial photo industry trade show in Cologne, Germany, has announced that it will become an annual event beginning in 2018, and expand its focus to additional areas of imaging technology. Read more
No mic socket? No problem. In this video, Daniel Peters at Photo Gear News shows you how to make a lapel microphone using just a smartphone and a pair of earbuds.
How does the iPhone 7 Plus stack up against the Arri Alexa cinema camera? Watch this short video to find out.
Canon Australia's video series "The Lab" is designed to make photographers experiment and think outside the box. In the latest video a group of photographers create images based on their sense of taste.
The GH5 is expected to get a firmware update this summer to support 400Mbps internal recording. NewsShooter explores what memory cards you'll need to make it work.
Microsoft's new Surface Pro offers Intel's latest processor generation and improved battery life.
Riding a mountain bike downhill is dangerous enough in daylight, but potentially lethal at night. Which is where drones come in.
Rumors abound that Canon (and maybe Nikon) may produce a mirrorless camera based using their existing DSLR mount. Does this guarantee immediate great lens choice or a perpetually second-rate experience? Read more
According to rumors, the next camera from Nest will be able to capture 4K video, though that resolution will be only used for 'virtual' pan and tilt functions.
Boundary's Prima 'fully modular' backpack is expandable to 30L and has a removable camera case and tablet sleeve. Early Kickstarter backers can get one for $189.
Stanley Greene captured 'brutally honest' photographs in the war zones of the Middle East, Chechnya and Georgia. He was also one of the few African-American photographers working internationally.
Owners of Leica M cameras that suffer from peeling CCDs will be able to claim a free repair in the future so long as the camera was purchased within five years of the fault becoming apparent, the company has announced. Read more