App News: Tumblr for Windows Phone 8, ProCamera update, and more
FocusTwist update lets users save photos to Camera Roll
We were quick to download FocusTwist when we found it earlier this week. The Lytro-like app takes multiple photos at different focal planes and saves them all in an interactive viewing experience. It works best when the foreground subject is super close to the camera and the photographer must hold very still during capture.
Since we wrote about the app on Monday, FocusTwist has released two pretty major updates. The first allows users to save the photos to their camera roll and the second makes the $1.99 app compatible with the iPhone 3GS. If you (like us) downloaded FocusTwist on Monday, you might want to get the update to fix any bugs that you may have run into with the original version—including a bug that prevented users in certain countries from using the app.
ProCamera adds full-screen editing and tripod/handheld exposure modes
ProCamera is no stranger to updates. This latest update makes it version 4.1 (that's about 102 in app years.) While users may appreciate ProCamera's ability to take 1-second exposures in low-light situations, the resulting camera shake can be frustrating. Version 4.1 includes a handheld/tripod mode, keeping hand-held shots relatively fast at 1/7 sec and letting tripod shots go as slow as 1/1 sec. ProCamera also updated its editing feature, allowing for full screen use of its editing tools. You can read the full details of ProCamera's update on its blog.
OnOne's Perfect B&W's desktop app comes to iOS
Desktop software makes OnOne is going mobile with the release of its Perfect B&W app for iOS. The $1.99 iPhone/iPad app has both one-touch editing tools and sliders to adjust brightness, contrast and detail. Users can also apply grain, glow, borders and vignettes before sharing their newly unsaturated photos to social media straight from the app. But note that the new app does not allow for full resolution saving.
Tumblr for Windows Phone 8 released
Bloggers and GIF-lovers rejoice! You can now post and view Tumblr entries from its own Windows Phone 8 app. It integrates into Windows Phone 8's lenses system for easy photo posting and is also fully GIF-compatible. Check out the details on Windows Phone 8's official blog.
SpeakingPhoto for iOS let you tell your photo's story
An app for iOS will record audio and attach it to your mobile photos. SpeakingPhoto—$0.99 for iPhone and $2.99 for iPad—saw its broad release for iOS 6 earlier this week. SpeakingPhoto can connect audio to any photo in your Camera Roll and will save the new file as a Quicktime movie—a more compressed file than normal video, therefore taking up less room when you save the audio photo back in your Camera Roll. You can see some SpeakingPhoto examples here.
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.
A report by USSRPhoto is shedding some light on the return of the famed Zenit camera brand. It seems the full-frame mirrorless camera they're working on will be made in part by Leica using components from the Leica SL.
According to a reliable Korean report, Samsung is developing a smartphone sensor that's capable of super slow motion. Translation: Samsung's next batch of Galaxy smartphones may be able to shoot 1,000fps.
This simple photograph of a seahorse and Q-tip has taken the internet by storm. We spoke to photographer Justin Hofman about how it was captured, and what it means to him.
After a massive leak last week, Profoto has officially debuted the Profoto A1: the company's first on-camera flash system that they're calling "the world's smallest studio flash."
"When the first hyperfocal distance charts were designed, someone decided that an acceptably sharp background contained some blur — enough to notice in a medium-sized print [...] After that point, nearly every other hyperfocal chart followed suit."
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (also known as the EOS 200D) is the company's impressively compact entry-level DSLR. Packing a 24MP APS-C sensor, DIGIC 7 processor and Dual Pixel AF, it promises a lot of bang for the buck. And while not mind-blowing, it handles most tasks very well.
Correct these four common composition mistakes and your photos will be more balanced, tell a better story, and lead your viewer's eye where you want it to go.
The rugged, compact 360° action camera Kodak unveiled at Photokina in 2016, the Kodak PixPro Orbit 360, is finally available in the United States.
iOS 11 launches tomorrow, and it'll save all of your pictures in a new high efficiency image format called HEIC. Fortunately, there's now a converter that will let you turn those photos back into JPEGs.
Photo protection company ImageRights recently released a new service that lets non-subscribers take advantage of their streamlined copyright registration system that checks for errors and fills out all the required forms for you.
What's the difference between a $200 circular polarizing filter and a $100 circular polarizing filter? Roger Cicala at Lens Rentals put six different filters through a few tests to find out.
A flurry of leaks reveal that GoPro's upcoming Hero6 will shoot 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps, will cost $500, and is scheduled for announcement/release on September 28th.
Before he became the iconic director whose name we've all heard, a teenage Stanley Kubrick struck up a business relationship with New York’s Look magazine. No surprise: he was an incredibly talented photographer.
WD's new G-Technology G-Drive mobile SSD R-Series is a portable solid state option for photographers who want the reliability of an SSD in a rugged water and dust-resistant package.
Fast, stabilized and affordable is an appealing combination when it comes to lenses. With its latest 24-70mm F2.8, Tamron aims to upgrade autofocus speed and stabilization. We've got a full gallery from this updated full-frame zoom.
Photographer Clay Cook tells the story of his most ambitious photographic dream and career goal coming true: photographing A-list actress Jennifer Lawrence.
In an interview with a Chinese website, Nikon Japan's Director of Development dropped a bombshell, saying that a Nikon mirrorless camera "must be full-frame."
Here's a side-by-side spec comparison of two flagship devices with particular attention to the things that really matter – at least to people who prioritize photography features.