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By Seán Duggan | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What’s New for Photographers in the iPhone 6S/6S Plus

iphone 6s photography features

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus ship on September 25, and among the new features are some under-the-hood improvements sure to interest photographers.

They represent to next step forward in the evolution of the capabilities of the iPhone as a camera—from better image quality and front-facing camera improvements to the much-talked-about Live Photos feature.

By Scott Fegette | Saturday, December 13, 2014

Celebrate 12 Days of Learning — with Free Online Courses

free online courses for 12 Days of Learning at lynda.com

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.

Join us each day and learn something new as we unlock a free course in each of the following topic areas.

By Seán Duggan | Wednesday, September 9, 2015

iPhone 6S and the Evolution of the iPhone Camera

Today Apple announced that the new iPhone 6S and 6S+ will feature an all-new 12-megapixel iSight camera and take Live Photos—capturing 1.5 seconds of motion and sound before and after each photo you snap.

As we look forward to that release on the 25th of this month, here’s a look back at the 8-year evolution of the iPhone camera over the years—from rudimentary to of-the-very-moment technology.

We’re already in the studio creating training for you on the new iPhone and camera. In the meantime, get the most out of your current iPhone camera with these courses on lynda.com.

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By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: My Passport Wireless for the Traveling Photographer

WD My Passport Wireless

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

iPhone Video Beyond Basic: Shooting with FiLMiC Pro

FiLMiC Pro

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 Derrick Story | Thursday, September 25, 2014

Road Test: iOS 8 Photos App Editing Tools

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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

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: the Cameras

Hands-on area at the Apple event

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

Clean up a smartphone photo: Deke's Techniques

Clean up a smartphone image

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.”

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