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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Apr 07, 2017 0 comments

Longer story short: With a high-flying imagination and no shortage of necessary technical skills, Ali Jardine turned a creative hobby into a creative business by networking the new-fashioned way—with Instagram, Snapchat, Flickr, Facebook, and probably some other social sites she didn’t have time to list or mention.

Joe Farace Posted: Apr 04, 2017 0 comments

How much do I hate smartphones? Let me count the ways. But seriously, they aren’t going away anytime soon and many photographers, although not moi, have found clever ways to harness the power of these mobile devices. That said, I do own a smartphone albeit an older model and am on many social media platforms.

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 20, 2017 0 comments

We’ve all been there: You’re in a scenic spot about to take a selfie of you and a companion, when a passerby offers to take the shot for you. So you accept the kind gesture and hand the person your phone. Unfortunately, if you forget to turn off the phone’s selfie mode and wait until later to look at the results, the photograph may not be what you expected.

Ron Leach Posted: Mar 06, 2017 0 comments

This morning Adobe announced an update to their popular Lightroom Mobile app that lets your smartphone do things previously possible only with a true digital camera. Key to the update is a new HDR Raw capture mode enabling mobile photographers to achieve dynamic range on their mobile device rivaling that of a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Jan 27, 2017 0 comments

Tony Sweet says that smartphone photography “isn’t officially part of the show” at his photography workshops, but the subject does come up with increasing frequency. “They’ll do their big camera work first,” Sweet says of the students, “then they’ll pull out the phones and shoot a few things, discuss among themselves, and ask me some questions.”

Ron Leach Posted: Jan 11, 2017 0 comments

Steadicam has been helping filmmakers tell their stories for over 50 years, and parent company Tiffen is now in production on the new Steadicam Volt—a compact and affordable gyro stabilizer that enables smartphone users to capture smooth, professional-looking videos with ease.

Joe Farace Posted: Jan 06, 2017 0 comments

Some trends just won’t go away: Billboard magazine notes that U.S. vinyl album sales are up 53 percent, generating $416 million in sales. Stereophile, our sister publication, reviews new analog audio equipment and you can purchase new Nikon F6 or Leica M-A film cameras from Shutterbug advertisers. Ferrania is back making film and the Japan Camera Hunter website is making their own film, a discontinued Agfa emulsion they’re calling JCH StreetPan 400. Amazon’s top-selling photo item is Fuji’s Instax Mini Instant Film. There’s even a new twin-lens instant camera, Mint’s InstantFlex TL70, and yes, I gotta get me one of those.

Dan Havlik Posted: Nov 17, 2016 0 comments

As photographer Jessica Dyer writes about this incredible slow motion video of a hummingbird: “Wait for it…and turn on the sound.”

Dan Havlik Posted: Nov 16, 2016 0 comments

While many if not most of our readers shoot images in Raw format most of the time, there are times when you want to shoot a JPEG file. For instance, when you shoot in Raw+JPEG mode. :-)

Ron Leach Posted: Nov 08, 2016 0 comments

If you’re like many photographers who travel with a laptop and often wish you had a larger monitor for working on your images, look no further: SPUD is an innovative 24-inch projection screen that weighs less than two pounds  and collapses down to the size of a book in under 10 seconds.

Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Nov 04, 2016 0 comments

About five years ago, travel photographer Jack Hollingsworth was on a resort shoot in the Caribbean. There’d be stills and video, lots of locations, and the client keeping an eye on everything. Nine cases of gear loaded on the plane.

Ron Leach Posted: Oct 17, 2016 0 comments

When a team of gimbal engineers and aerial vehicle designers get together to create an intelligent smartphone stabilizer, you know it’s going to be special. And the inexpensive new SMOVE for iOS and Android devices looks like a winner.

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Ron Leach Posted: Oct 05, 2016 0 comments

Google has unveiled their next-generation smartphone, the Google “Pixel,” and early test results indicate the camera on this sophisticated new wonder may be the best smartphone camera ever. According to a comprehensive review by DxOMark Mobile, the Pixel earned a score of 89—three points higher than highly acclaimed Apple iPhone 7 Plus, and the highest DXO rating ever given to a smartphone.

Ron Leach Posted: Sep 12, 2016 0 comments

Last week Apple introduced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that boast a robust new camera system, and yesterday Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho shot some impressive images with the iPhone 7 Plus while covering an NFL game for SI between the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings in Nashville.

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Ron Leach Posted: Sep 08, 2016 0 comments

Google’s powerful Snapseed app is popular among mobile photographers looking for robust image-editing tools for their iOS or Android mobile devices. Last month the app was updated to include image-resizing tools and an advanced text filter on both platforms, and now iOS version 2.9 just received Raw support and a new Face tool.

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