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Latest iPhone 6 Rumors: Larger Version to Feature OIS, Smaller Will Not

Latest iPhone 6 Rumors: Larger Version to Feature OIS, Smaller Will Not | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
We've already seen that Apple plans to take some serious photographic steps forward when it comes to the its newest mobile operating system, iOS 8, but we have yet to find out what the Cupertino giant has up its sleeve hardware wise.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

According to rumors on the internet, the new iPhone 6 will not only feature a large display, but will also have an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system. You can read the rest of the article for more details about this highly anticipated feature.

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Two Photos of the Orion Nebula Show Just How Far Photography Has Come

Two Photos of the Orion Nebula Show Just How Far Photography Has Come | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it

"The saying goes, “your cell phone has more computing power than all of NASA in 1969. NASA launched a man to the moon. We launched a bird into pigs.”


Thankfully, in addition to launching furious balls of feathers into evil swine, we also use our phones for taking photographs. And just as our phones have more computing power than all of NASA in 1969, our phones also have better imaging capabilities than many of the astrophotography endeavors of the past."

Jerome Okutho's insight:

Its incredible to think that your smartphone is able to take better photographs than telescopes were a few decades ago. This interesting article highlights some of the capabilities of smartphone photography by comparing two almost identical photos taken of the Orion Nebula.

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Of Cameras: 'Traditional Photography' is Most Certainly Not Dead

Of Cameras: 'Traditional Photography' is Most Certainly Not Dead | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
The latest ad from Apple about the usefulness of their iPads got me thinking, for whatever reason, about cameras, photography, and articles that pop up from time to time to declare ambitious statements about photography.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

There's been a lot of talk lately about the impact smartphones have on traditional photography. Some say smartphone cameras are the best things ever while others disagree. This article explains why traditional photography won't be replaced anytime soon.

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Polaroid's Socialmatic Camera that Looks Like an Instagram Logo Will Arrive this Fall

Polaroid's Socialmatic Camera that Looks Like an Instagram Logo Will Arrive this Fall | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it

"We’ve known since late 2012 that the Instagram logo lookalike Socialmatic camera would go from concept to reality, and since early 2013 that it would arrive with Polaroid branding, but now Polaroid is giving us specs and announcing that the Socialmatic will arrive in stores this Fall."

Jerome Okutho's insight:

With Instagram becoming the norm in photography these days, it was only a matter of time before photo companies took notice and created a product to go along with this trend. Meet Socialmatic -- the social camera shaped like an Instagram logo that lets you capture and share pics on the go. More information about the camera can be found in the article.

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This Weirdly Addictive App Lets You Add Photos Of Drake To Your Selfies

This Weirdly Addictive App Lets You Add Photos Of Drake To Your Selfies | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
This is endlessly entertaining.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

If you're a Drake fan, then Drake Shake is the photo app for you. This simple yet addictive app will make Drake appear in your photos whenever you want. Take a look at the article for more information.

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The death of photography: are camera phones destroying an artform?

The death of photography: are camera phones destroying an artform? | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
From presidential selfies to never-ending Instagram feeds, the world is now drowning in images. Celebrated photographers debate the impact of this mass democratisation on their craft
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An interesting article that talks about how camera phones are changing photography as we know it. It gives readers the chance to take on the perspective of professional photographers around the world and see how they're dealing with the change in format.

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Apps that zap zits, whiten teeth and airbrush to ‘perfection’

Apps that zap zits, whiten teeth and airbrush to ‘perfection’ | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it

"A new breed of photo editing app, including Pixtr (pictured), is gaining popularity as people seek to digitally doctor their selfies so that they can look better online.


While photo retouching technology has long been available in expensive computer packages and used in fashion magazines, the rise of free photo editing apps has enabled more people to make their selfies picture perfect."

Jerome Okutho's insight:

If you've ever wanted to airbrush your photos, this article will show you some popular airbrush apps you can use to turn your regular pictures into magazine-worthy images. Whether you're trying make your selfies look better or want to enhance your facial features, these apps will let you do just that.

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VSCO Cam coming to Android tomorrow, takes your smartphone photography to new heights

VSCO Cam coming to Android tomorrow, takes your smartphone photography to new heights | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
Photo editing is quite literally what VSCO does for a living. Specializing in photo editing add-ons for Lightroom and Aperture, VSCO has somehow managed to inject that same formula into a mobile app for your smartphone. When it hits Google Play tomorrow, VSCO Cam will come with 10 Presets (filters), and Tools (photo editing features), with 38 additional custom Presets available via in-app purchases.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Up until now, VSCO Cam has only been available for iOS users. Well, that's about to change. The developers have announced that they will be releasing a new version for Android tomorrow. Finally!

In case you've never heard about this app before, you can check out their website and see what separates this photo editing app from the rest of the pack. The new release will come packed with even more filters and professional editing tools for you to enjoy.

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Camerapocalypse: How photography’s titans will survive smartphones

Camerapocalypse: How photography’s titans will survive smartphones | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
Burdened with problems and smartphones that are eating their lunch, camera makers face extraordinary challenges. However, they're also making amazing gear.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Competition from smartphones is forcing photography companies to rethink their entire product lines. This article describes some of the challenges these companies face and what they are doing about the changing photography landscape.

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The OPPO N1 Smartphone is the World's First to Feature a Rotating Camera

The OPPO N1 Smartphone is the World's First to Feature a Rotating Camera | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it

Back in July, Chinese electronics company OPPO confirmed that it was working on an "N-Lens" line of camera-centric devices that would be the "most important flagship series for OPPO going forward. 

Well, the first of these devices has offically arrived, and although it is still more of a smartphone with a camera than a camera that can make calls, the phone packs some interesting features, including (according to OPPO) the world's first rotating smartphone camera.


Although other specs such as processor speed and an O-Touch back panel that allows you to snap photos and scroll without touching your screen are all mentioned inthe promotional matericals, the primary focus of the N1 is indeed the camera.


The swivel camera packs 13-megapixels of resolution (no word on sensor size) that will capture the world through a 6-element lens with an f/2.0 aperture. In low light, that sensore will be helped out by a dual LED flash that is "brightness tunable" for ideal lighting, and when it comes time to view your pics, you'll be doing it on an "immersive" 5.9-inch Full HD display.


When you pair that new rotating cam with some interesting features like the ability to take up to 8-second exposures, a start time of just 0.6-seconds and a feature that automatically turns the camera app on when the camera is rotated 120-degrees or more, and you have an interesting new player in the smartphone camera market.

Kitty Fisher's insight:

Although this acts as your regular smartphone, the fact that now the camera can rotate...is a pretty big jump. Add in some low light and a second flash will help you out with the much needed lighting to create the image you want. This OPPO N1 smartphone has the world on a string right now.

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The Canon EOS 1 Smartphone, Powered by Android ... and Sprinkled With Fairy Dust

The Canon EOS 1 Smartphone, Powered by Android ... and Sprinkled With Fairy Dust | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
From the looks of a recent rumor over on Canon Rumors, we might soon see a Canon branded smartphone. While there’s no information on what cell phone manufacturer they’re working with, it’s safe to say with Canon entering the market, this device may become the smartphone camera to beat.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Rumors that Canon is planning to enter the smartphone have been confirmed with the announcement of a new Canon branded smartphone that could be released sometime in the near future. Click the article above for details.

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Gorgeous, Dreamlike Photos of Snowflakes Shot on an iPhone | LightBox | TIME.com

Gorgeous, Dreamlike Photos of Snowflakes Shot on an iPhone | LightBox | TIME.com | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
When Wilson Bentley captured the first photos of snowflakes in January of 1885, he couldn't immediately share them with the world on Instagram. Now, 129 years later, that is precisely what Connecticut-based photographer Greg Miller has done.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

This collection of snowflake photos will give you a new appreciation for the smartphone camera. All the pictures were taken using an iPhone, and each one of them manages to capture the magnificent beauty of a snowflake.

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Ladibird Aims to Turn iPhones Into Serious Portrait Cameras

Ladibird Aims to Turn iPhones Into Serious Portrait Cameras | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
Is the Ladibird an iPhone case, a fully-functioning camera or a cleverly designed smartphone add-on? The answers, in no particular order, are yes, yes and
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Ladibird is a unique iPhone case designed to transform your iPhone into a powerful camera. The case features a 50mm portrait lens camera and can take DSLR-quality portraits. It also features a CMOS image sensor 7.5 times larger than the average smartphone sensor, as well as a shutter button for focusing and shooting images.

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2013: The Year in Photo Apps | iPhone.AppStorm

2013: The Year in Photo Apps | iPhone.AppStorm | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
Everyone enjoys taking pictures, as taking a photo is how many choose to capture a moment or memory in digital form. The iPhone — and, by extension, iOS as a platform — has quickly become one of the most popular ways to take these photos. Apple has included industry-leading optics in their devices since the iPhone 4. More importantly, Apple has focused on the software side of their solution, making a solution where tech specs take a back seat to the processing techniques in iOS. Let’s take a look back at the year through the lens (pun intended) of photography.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

It's officially 2014, and what better way to start the year than with a look at how far smartphone photography has come in the past year. This article offers some valuable insight into the photo apps, hardware, and software that changed the way we captured photos in 2013.

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Design App Creates Beautiful Photo Collages on Your Phone

Design App Creates Beautiful Photo Collages on Your Phone | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it
Tel Aviv-based Bazaart, previously a Pinterest app for creating fashion spreads, relaunched on iOS Wednesday as a social design app. The app lets you layer photos to make collages as well as cut the background out of photos, either manually or with the app's automatic tool, which is based on complex algorithms and works surprisingly well.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Baazart is a photo editing app that lets you create beautiful photo collages with your smartphone. This article gives you a preview of what you can expect after downloading the app.


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Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Specs Mobile Photography Whole New Level

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Specs Mobile Photography Whole New Level | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it

"The Nokia Lumia 1020 is most famous for its amazing photography capabilities. Stephen Alvarez, a National Geographic Photographer, praised, “The Nokia Lumia 1020 performed like a DSLR under every condition- from low light to moving airplanes.”


The Nokia Lumia 1020 has the same super sensitive touch screen you’ve come to expect from the Lumia series. It also includes an ambient light sensor, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and magnetometer sensors to enhance your experience."

Jerome Okutho's insight:

The Nokia Lumia 1020 has one of the most powerful cameras out of any smartphones in the market today. With a resolution of 41 megapixels, this phone could easily replace your digital camera. This article explores the camera's specs in detail.

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Android 4.4.1 brings photography fixes to the Nexus 5

Android 4.4.1 brings photography fixes to the Nexus 5 | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it

"Google has just pushed out an updated version of Android for the Nexus 5, fixing a number of problems with the camera system on the flagship device.


It's good to see Google rolling out such a critical update, and one that should make one of the better smartphones on the market that much more capable when it comes to photography. If any of our readers are Nexus 5 users, let us know what you think about the update in the comments — is the speed boost impressive? Are your photos coming out any better?"

Jerome Okutho's insight:

With Android 4.4.1, the Nexus 5 will become a better smartphone for photographers. The new update features several enhancements to the camera's software and improves the photo capabilities of the device.

The new update addresses a few bugs that have affected the NExus 5 camera ever since its initial release. Some of the improvements include faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag.

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Nexus 5 photography powers featured in new Google video clips

Nexus 5 photography powers featured in new Google video clips | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it

"The Nexus 5does not have the best camera among its peers, even with the presence of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technology. But that’s not stopping Google from trying to convince you that it’s more than good enough, mostly thanks to software features. Now the company has come out with three short video ads that show how even a decent quality camera can be fun."

Jerome Okutho's insight:

This article is all about what you can expect from the new Nexus 5 camera. It features 3 videos that showcase the various camera features, as well as some of the new software and hardware improvements.

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Foldio: The Uber-Portable, Foldable Light Box for Smartphone Photography

Foldio: The Uber-Portable, Foldable Light Box for Smartphone Photography | Mobile Photography | Scoop.it

"It’s called Foldio, and it’s an ultra-portable (foldable in fact) light box for smartphone shutterbugs who want to add a new dimension to their work or take some professional-looking product shots."

Jerome Okutho's insight:

Foldio is a new accessory that gives smartphone users the ability to take high quality products shots on-the-go. This article explains what features you can expect from this innovative product.

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