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After spending a couple years with Android smartphones, I jumped back over to Apple with the new iPhone 6. While I prefer the Android OS, I won’t really miss it because I’m still using it (lovin’ my Nexus tablet). Can’t imagine missing out on that sweet looking Android Lollipop update, so yeah, I’m in both camps :)
The iPhone 6 a beautifully made device, and Apple finally upped the screen size. What I was really after this time around, however, is that iSight camera system. As much as I loved my Moto X, the camera was just ridiculously bad. Not so with the iPhone. It’s got a great sensor and lens combo that’s more responsive, faster focusing, and works better in low light than any phone I’ve had to date. Apple really nailed it when it comes to image processing as well, so colors look great and there’s a surprising amount of dynamic range (HDR results look pretty natural). iOS8 allows much more manual control over exposure than ever before, and the new photos app has great built-in tools for tweaking the images even further after capture.
All images in this post were taken with the iPhone 6, and some were edited in iOS8’s built-in photos app:
So there you have it, my new favorite compact camera. :)
Feeling a little bored today, so I downloaded ShakeItPhoto, an iPhone app that processes your images to look like Polaroids. Pretty cool. So I dug though my Iphone’s camera roll looking for old photos of Suki and converted them to [fake] prints:
Team Suki wishes you a great weekend!
After about 2 weeks of waiting, my Dodo case for iPad has finally arrived. Until this time I’ve been using the Apple case, which is overpriced and not nearly as beautiful and sophisticated as this one. Such beauty was begging to be photographed:
Each Dodo case is made in my hometown here in San Francisco, California. Guess that explains why I got it the same day I received a shipping notification. These things sell like crazy, so much so that I was expecting to wait up to six weeks for mine. I’m thrilled that it came in only two.
The bamboo frame smells and feels like it was just milled today. As I took the case out of its packaging, I noticed that there were still small bamboo fragments inside from cutting the bamboo. I’m sure they can’t make these things fast enough!
Fit and finish? Absolutely perfect with the iPad.
I love how the design mimics a Moleskin notebook. At first glance you’d think it was one, with its black textured cover and elastic strap. This is the coolest iPad case I’ve ever seen. Seriously.
Suki doesn’t care =)
Images: Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8VC
As much as I love Hipstamatic for Iphone, it does cripple my ability to change the iPhone camera’s focus and metering point, and it also takes a while to get from booting up the app to actually shooting.
To give me a little more control and speed when I want it, I downloaded Camera Bag for $1.99. It features several quirky filters that you can apply to any picture you’ve already taken (unlike Hipstamatic, which mimics the film toy camera experience).
My iPhone now has many photo editing abilities, including panoramic stitching and HDR. Which makes me wonder, why can’t my expensive D300s do stuff like this!? Wouldn’t it be cool if Nikon opened up their digital cameras to software developers? One can dream can’t he?
I just downloaded what I think will be my favorite iPhone camera application yet. Digitally imitating the quirky, unreliable, unpredictable output of film toy cameras, Hipstamatic for iPhone features a slick and creative interface. You select effects by swapping “lenses” or “film” or even “flash gels” on the “camera” to achieve film-like effects.
You can toggle between the front and back of the camera within the interface. The front of the camera let’s you change “lenses” with the swipe of a finger. Each “lens” has its own color, blurring, and vignetting characteristics. You can add more effects by using different “flash gels,” or swap out the “film” to shoot in black and white or to change the look of the borders.
On the back of the virtual camera is a shutter button, a menu where you can review your “prints”, and a small “viewfinder” for composing your shots. You can program the “viewfinder” to be an accurate one, or an unpredictable inaccurate representation of the scene. Here are some wonderfully crummy shots that I took after downloading the app:
Blurry, Over-saturated, and heavily vignetted? Oh yes!!!!
From the Recent Prints screen, you can review what lenses/film/flash setups you used for each shot, and output to Facebook or Email from within the app. At $1.99 for the app plus $0.99 for extra lens/film/flash packs, Hipstamatic has earned its place on the first page of my iPhone homescreen. Ok, time to go get my “shoot, don’t think” on!
Update: I have a blog in place for my Hipstamatic shots now: http://jonathanhipstamatic.wordpress.com. Check it out!