The best iPhone lens kit: Put a little DSLR on the front of your iPhone -
Looking to outfit your iPhone’s camera with an external lens or two? Dave Johnson put five lens kits to the test to figure out which one reigned supreme.
Nice roundup. The Olloclip 4-in-1, for $70, gets 4.5 stars.
From the Clearwater festival along the Hudson.
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. —
From an Apple Insider article.
The article, “Apple ramping up hiring to bolster in-house camera hardware, software teams,” includes details about a number of job openings related to iPhone photography.
Dotting the Parks, Monuments to the Famous or Forgotten -
Really great Hipstamatic photos by Todd Heisler accompanying this story. The caption has this to say:
These photographs were shot on an iPhone with the Hipstamatic app, using a filter that adds vintage texture and tone.
Apple Confirms Acquisition of Burst Photo App Maker SnappyLabs -
It snapped up the whippersnapper.
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.
New smartphone photography mag launched by British Journal of Photography
The magazine, FLTR, is iPhone-only: “FLTR is the first magazine to explore this new and universal language of photography, offering an unparalleled source of inspiration and technical know-how.”
Wink to take photos with Google Glass
Yes, that’s right: If you’ve got Glass, you can now take photos with a wink.
Whether it’s capturing an amazing sunset on an evening walk, or photographing your receipt for the lunch you’ll need to expense, you can now stay in the moment and wink to take a picture instantly.
As Google says in a blog post, this is just the beginning of winking as a way to control Glass: “Imagine a day where you’re riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay.”
Apple awarded patent for camera that lets you refocus images -
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.