Apple’s new iPod nano includes a video camera and takes a direct shot across the bow of the Flip and other ultra-compact video cameras. In fact, at Apple’s “It’s only rock and roll” event today, Apple showed an image of the 4GB Flip Ultra and mocked its $149 price tag. The presentation went on with Steve Jobs at the helm touting Apple’s video option as 8GB for free. What that really boils down to is that all the iPod nanos now include a video camera; however, you still have to buy the iPod nano to get the video camera (so it’s not really free Steve). And, unfortunately, the iPod nano doesn’t offer the ability to capture still images.
The iTunes App Store has been a huge success and has provided iPhone users with a number of options to take and enhance photos, as well as unique ways to make the sharing process easier. No doubt about it, the iPhone has changed the way many of us take and share photos. Some of these cool Apps are free, while some carry a marginal price tag, and many of these are worth the price of admission.
Here’s 24 iPhone Photo Apps that might fit your needs as an iPhotographer. [Read more...]
Apple has released a new update for Aperture 2. Version 2.1.4 is now available for download.
This update, recommended for all users of Aperture 2, addresses general compatibility, improves overall stability and fixes a number of issues involving import, web publishing, and the creation and ordering of books.
Visit Apple’s website to download the update.
PhotoScatter is a pretty cool looking iPhone App that lets you share your iPhone photos on a variety of photo sharing sites instantly. You can upload to Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, Photobucket, Picasa and Twitter with just a few taps on the screen, as you can see in the above video.
You can check it out closer at PhotoScatter.com. They’ve also lowered the price to $0.99 for a short time.
A new iPhone App promises to help optimize your iPhone and iPod Touch photos. It runs $2.99 in the iTunes App Store and uses the same technology that you see in commercial photo kiosks.
More details in the press release below. [Read more...]
The recently announced iPhone 3G S finally assessed the issues that the phone’s previous cameras–that they were very limited in capability. However, Apple isn’t even a photography company but they have pushed a feature that may change how compacts are made and the way they take images: tap-to-focus.
A search on Flickr can show users many different videos and photos taken with the new iPhone 3G S. After looking through the pages, a user can see just how capable that little sensor is. Because a user can tap an area to focus on it precisely, users have the ability to have a shallower depth of field that mimics the images one sees come out of a DSLR. Additionally, add in the fact that most people find that using their cameraphone to be, “good enough” for everyday usage and you have yourself a compact camera changer. This is all fine for most people despite the fact that the iPhone 3G S doesn’t have a flash or optical zoom (although external lenses can be had.)
For example, any smartphone (meaning even a Blackberry, G1, or Palm Pre) can shoot a picture and then immediately text it, email it, or upload it to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter etc. They do all this through use of a 2G, 3G or WiFi network. How many compact cameras have those capabilities? Not very many, instead they sync up with your printer so that you can print your shots; but people print less and less these days. And one that can do all those tasks isn’t guaranteed to have such amazing battery life. Additionally, memory cards fill up because of the fact that camera manufacturers keep pushing more and more megapixels onto those tiny sensors. With a cameraphone being about 3MP, one can store lots of photos on their 2GB MicroSD cards and still use that beautiful 3 inch LCD screen on their phone to show off all those pictures to friends, family, etc.
These cameras are actually even changing the way that we receive our news. When an airplane crashed into the Hudson River where I live in New York City the first and most iconic images of the event were taken with an iPhone and sent to Twitter.
As a guy that recently graduated from journalism school, I can tell you firsthand that many programs are teaching their students to make better use out of their smartphones–the reasons listed above are part of it all. If a DSLR had all the connectivity capabilities that a smartphone has then not only would the system be super expensive but it could mean that pros (like us) could be out in the field all day and night working non-stop to get those shots that we need to please our clients. Let alone if mobile versions of WordPress, Moveable Type, or Blogger were available then the capabilities of pros vs. everyday cameraphone users would be more balanced.
With all this in mind, perhaps if the iPhone OSx or Android were modified to run on a DSLR then the capabilities would be greatly increased.
Rumors abound (see Gizmodo, CrunchGear) of the next-gen iPod, which these renderings from iLounge.com suppose will include a digital camera. The renderings suggest a design very similar to the current form factor of the 4th gen iPod Nano; however, the screen ratio is a 1.5:1 instead of the current 1.33:1 ratio. This ratio would mesh perfectly with traditional 3:2 aspect ratio (as we photographers call it) found in most digital cameras today, leading to an appropriate format for 4×6 prints.
Whether it’s the real deal or not, we should know soon enough; however, iLounge makes it a point to note that their source “has a perfect track record for accuracy.” If Apple is getting back into digital cameras, look out.
Apple already has a huge and powerful image editing platform in iPhoto and Aperture. Apple has a gift for making products work intuitively and integrating multiple products into one design, which we’ve seen over the past couple years with the iPhone.
Stay tuned for the latest. This could get interesting.
Today, at Macworld, Apple announced iPhoto 2009, which offers a number of additional features to the popular Apple photo management and processing software. iPhoto 2009 is a part of the larger iLife 2009 software collection that includes programs like Garageband and iMovie.
iPhoto 2009 offers some innovative organization options, like organizing photos by faces. According to Apple, you select a few images with a given person and tag that person in the image. iPhoto then culls through your image library and suggests additional photos with that person in them. I find this feature to be quite compelling for those of you who have multiple kids that you are trying to keep track of.
I have a couple of kids myself, whose photos I place in a “Kid A” and “Kid B” folder. As you can imagine, there is plenty of overlap among the numerous photos and invariably the image of Kid A that I’m looking for is in the Kid B folder because Kid B is also in the photo. If this feature works as advertised, you Mac moms and dads out there are going to enjoy it.
There are a number of other features in iPhoto 2009 like GPS organization, themed slideshows, integrated online sharing through Facebook and Flickr, and enhancements to the editing tool. To get the full scoop on iPhoto 2009, visit www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto/.
Nikon has jumped on the iPhone bandwagon with its new “My Picturetown” app, which can be downloaded by iPhone users at the iTunes App Store for free. More details in the press release below. [Read more...]