“The number of open positions in Apple’s camera engineering group has risen dramatically in recent weeks, as the company looks to maintain its lead in an increasingly competitive mobile imaging market.”—
“David Guttenfelder is TIME’s pick for Instagram photographer of the year. The veteran photojournalist is a seven-time World Press Photo award-winner. He has traveled the world for the Associated Press, covering wars, elections and natural disasters in over 75 countries. But in 2013, Guttenfelder, the AP’s chief Asia photographer, won over a new audience after he became one of the first foreign photographers to be granted the ability to work in North Korea. And he featured some of his most striking, intimate pictures from the Hermit Kingdom on Instagram.”—From Time’s announcement naming Guttenfelder as Instagram photographer of the year.
Apple has been awarded a patent for a “digital camera including refocusable imaging mode adaptor,” which sounds a lot like a Lytro-style camera that lets you refocus photos after youâve taken them.
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“With no hyperbole, I think Apple is gunning to obviate the point-and-shoot camera industry. They’re on the short end of the stick when it comes to optics — the iPhone camera is small, and size (lens, length, sensor) matters in photography. But they’re working wonders on that end, and when it comes to software, I don’t see how traditional camera companies like Canon, Nikon, and Fuji can compete.”—John Gruber, on the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S
Apple should “buy Everpix and integrate that functionality right into iOS and the Mac”
So says Bradley Chambers, and it sounds good to me. I’m a big fan of the way Everpix grabs all of my photos, though it’s not really a cloud backup service.
Buy Everpix and integrate that functionality right into iOS and the Mac. I love Everpix as standalone company, but a lot of people aren’t ever going to hear about them unless it was functionality built right in by default. Also, photo stream needs to be reversed. Apple should store ALL photos/video taken with your iPhone and just store the most recent 1000 (or 30 days) locally on the device.
People don’t really know how to manage their photos on their phone, Chambers says: “Parents largely don’t have a digital workflow that allows for backup, usability, and long term storage. Apple has always prided itself on making technology for regular people. This is a problem that regular people need solved. Photo storage and backup needs to be automatic and so easy that it’s nearly impossible to screw up.”
You’ve got to wonder what Nikon is planning, given the company’s reports yesterday of dropping demand for cameras, including both mirrorless cameras and compact cameras.
According to Bloomberg, Nikon cut its full-year net income target by nearly a quarter. And in a Q&A, the company’s president had this to say:
We must examine closely the concepts on which our compact digital camera offerings should be based. Thus, when it comes to interchangeable lens-type digital cameras, we need to question our ability to offer truly innovative functions and performance.
Will Nikon introduce a phone — one with special camera capabilities? Offer more Android cameras? Build its own apps for cameras?
Yahoo has just quietly announced that they’ve acquired GhostBird Software, the creators of advanced iOS photography apps, KitCam and PhotoForge2. Though details of the deal are still underwraps, Yahoo is explicitly saying that they acquired GhostBird for the sake of advancing Flickr…
“I want the canonical copy of my iPhoto library in the cloud. One iPhoto library in the cloud, many devices with access to it. I want to edit, organise and delete photos on any device and see the same changes on all other devices.”—
“I continue to be amazed with the camera. It totally changes photography and video. Why? I can capture moments. I counted how many seconds it takes to get my smartphone out of my pocket, open it up, find the camera app, wait for it to load, and then take a photo. Six to 12 seconds. With Google Glass? Less than one second. Every time. And I can use it without having hands free, like if I’m carrying groceries in from the car and my kids are doing something cute.”—Robert Scoble, writing about Google Glass
"It is vital for photojournalists that their work has authenticity, that the viewer trusts the images. This is what makes me uneasy about embracing the iPhone as a journalistic tool. Yet these apps do take me back to the days when I was a black-and-white film photographer using old cameras such as the twin-lens reflex Mamiya C330. Hipstamatic has a square format like old medium-format film; the filters tend to have shallow depth of field and, like many medium-format cameras, produce a lot of quirks. Among photographers, there is a lingering lack of faith in the digital process, and I think this is one of the reasons why photo filters that mimic old film photography are so potent: they give a distinct feel to an otherwise generic photographic process."
“Everpix is my new favorite photo app. Or rather, photo service. Grab the apps for your iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC and Everpix will upload all your photos (except screenshots) to its servers and then perform some special magic upon them. For instance, the Highlights view will only show you the very best of your pictures. It’s pretty neat.”—Charlie Sorrel at Cult of Mac
“Flickr feels like a permanent home. While sharing is great, it turns out that as we progress in our digital lives, as we take more and more photos and share them more and more places, we eventually want to go back and see them again. (Which explains the popularity of services like TimeHop.) We want to revisit them. We want to relive them.”—