By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, December 18, 2014
Traveling for the holidays? Do you feel obliged to bring your laptop to manage the photos you plan to capture? Sure, that’s the easiest way to store and manage your images, but lugging a laptop too often feels like bringing work along, too.
In a recent series of articles, I advocated how an iPad is a fantastic photographer’s companion when shooting in the field (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). It’s lightweight, powerful, and has a great screen for reviewing photos.
What it doesn’t have is a lot of storage. Even a 128 GB model can be limiting if you’re shooting many gigabytes of image files—especially if you capture larger raw images, or Raw+JPEG pairs. Using an iPad also doesn’t provide a good backup of your photos.
But that doesn’t mean you need to lug the laptop. I’ve been using the WD My Passport Wireless portable hard disk as an extension of my iPad’s storage and for photo backup. Unlike earlier drives that connect to mobile devices via Wi-Fi, the My Passport Wireless includes a component that makes a huge difference for photographers: a built-in SD card reader.
By Jeff Carlson | Sunday, December 14, 2014
The cameras in Apple’s latest iPhone models are impressive enough, but it’s the software and behind-the-lens processors that make them shine (see my report from Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: the Cameras). That combination is directed at one goal: to make it incredibly easy for anyone to capture good photos and videos.
But there’s a tradeoff. In exchange for on-the-fly automatic processing to create the best image the iPhone can make, you lose many manual controls that are essential for shooting deliberate video. Automatic exposure and focus are wonderful when capturing spontaneous events, but if you’re creating something longer that you expect to edit, having more control over these and other aspects of shooting are key.
Naturally, app developers are all too happy to jump into the frame. FiLMiC Pro is a $7.99 mobile videographer’s dream. Perhaps you saw the recent ad for Bentley Motors, highlighting built-in iPads that rise for the discerning chauffeured passenger (see below)? It was shot entirely on the iPhone 5s using FiLMiC Pro (and assembled in iMovie on an iPad Air; stick around to the last few minutes to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how it was shot).
By Scott Fegette | Saturday, December 13, 2014
Stuck indoors? Need a break from holiday revelry? Join us at lynda.com, where we’re celebrating 12 Days of Learning by offering 12 free online courses over the next 12 days.
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By Derrick Story | Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thanks to a major overhaul, the Edit button in the new Photos app for iOS 8 actually means something. What was once just a cropper, magic wand, and handful of subpar filters has blossomed into a decent image editor.
To demonstrate, I’m going to start with a landscape shot displaying on my iPad mini, then edit it using only the tools in the new Photos app. Let’s see how it turns out.
By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Hands-on area at the Apple event
The (literally) big news about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the size and quality of the phones’ screens, but just as interesting is what Apple has done with the cameras inside them. I was at Apple’s event yesterday, and in addition to getting my hands (and wrist) on an Apple Watch, I was able to play with both phones.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Do you ever notice how a photo that looks great on your phone looks terrible on a larger screen? Images shot on iPhone and Android devices (even the newest models) tend to be low resolution and grainy. This can be disappointing when you have an image you want to share somewhere other than, well, your phone. Enter Adobe Camera Raw and the one and only Deke McClelland. In today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to clean up a noisy iPhone image using Camera Raw’s powerful toolset, including options like Clarity, Luminance, and Color and the Spot Removal tool. With a little extra help from Photoshop’s Smart Sharpen filter, Deke shows how to create a serviceable image that doesn’t scream “camera phone.”
By Richard Harrington | Friday, February 28, 2014
Explore more DSLR Video Tips.
Often the best camera is the one you already have with you—like your iPhone. Shooting video with an iPhone today is comparable to using an actual video camera. The iPhone 5S includes many features such as 1080 HD video, 30 FPS, slow-motion video capability, and video stabilization, and in this episode Robbie and I walk you through the video features of the iPhone 5S and show how easy it is to take and make great videos.
By Jim Heid | Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “the best camera is the one that’s with you.”
For millions of people, that camera is an Apple iPhone. The iPhone’s popularity has led to a flood of photography-related apps and a thriving community of iPhone photographers who meet up in person and share photos using the wildly popular Instagram site.
The iPhone’s popularity as a camera has also led to our first course devoted to “iPhoneography.” The course, callediPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling, is taught by Richard Koci Hernandez and is our latest photography course.
When we set out to do a course on iPhone photography, it was obvious that we needed to cover shooting tips and cool photo apps, but we also wanted to celebrate the iPhone photography community. We wanted to show the fun and mutual inspiration that comes from sharing visual stories with other people. We wanted to capture the spirit of communal creativity that happens when photographers get together and interact.
Our opportunity came last October, when the world’s first iPhone photography conference took place in San Francisco. We attended the conference and shot video of the sessions and then enjoyed shooting a morning photo walk through San Francisco’s Mission District. We even used the iPhone 4S to shoot some of the photo walk video.
Shooting with Richard Koci Hernandez during the 1197 Conference photo walk. Photo Credit: Jim Heid
After the conference, we hit the road with author and multimedia photojournalist Richard Koci Hernandez. We tagged along as he went shooting on the streets of Los Angeles, and then we returned to the studio, where he shared tips for his favorite photography apps as well as insights on the art of visual storytelling.
We think the course reflects the creative excitement surrounding the world of iPhone photography. It was a fun course to work on, and we hope you’ll find it a fun course to watch.
(And if you’d like to hear more from Richard Koci Hernandez, don’t miss the Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist Creative Inspirations documentary we did about him last year.)
Interested in more?
• The full iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytellingcourse
• All Photography courses on lynda.com
• All courses from Richard Koci Hernandez on lynda.com
Suggested courses to watch next:
• iPad Tips and Tricks• iPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training• Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist• Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos• Creating Photo Books with Blurb
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