CD Tobie: Image Editing for the iPad Takes Off
Jul 2012 17

Image editing applications for the iPad and iPhone have been gaining ground over time. But until recently, the top editors were from third party developers such as NIK; whose SnapSeed App won Apple’s “Best App for the iPad” last year. Recently the big names have released advanced image editors for iOS, so its time to take stock of how these Apps measure up, and what they have to offer.

[Read More]
CD Tobie: Digital Film Tools iOS App “Rays”
Aug 2012 10

Digital Film Tools iOS App “Rays” is currently available as a free download. But even at its usual price of ninety nine cents, its a bargain. Rays is one of those “one trick pony” Apps, that does one thing, but does it well. Its one trick is to add convincing rays of light to your images.

[Read More]
C. David Tobie: Adobe Releases Photoshop Touch for iPhone & Android
Mar 2013 12

Last year’s release of Photoshop Touch for the iPad brought iOS image editing to a new level. However, the camera in recent iPhone models are superior to those in the iPad, and iPhones are the tools most commonly in-hand for photography. So, lacking a phone version of Photoshop Touch meant being marginalized as a mobile editing tool.

Now Adobe as remedied that situation with new releases of PS Touch specifically for the iPhone and Android. The iPhone version of the app clearly uses the same engine and tools as the iPad version, with new palettes and organization to fit the reduced format of the iPhone screen. This provides a level of control, including powerhouse features such as selections, layers, and warp controls, that have not been available in most iPhone editing tools to-date.

[Read More]
Seán Duggan: Phone Photography: Strategies for Seeing
Aug 2013 21

What makes a good camera phone image? As with many things in life, this often depends on the eye of the beholder, the type of photographs you like, and how you define “good”. There’s no right answer to the question. A favorite image for one photographer might barely move the needle for you. But when working with a camera phone, there are some strategies that can help you capture better photos, no matter what type of imagery you like. In this article, we’ll take a look at some useful techniques for seeing the potential for images that would work well with a camera phone. Hopefully it will give you some ideas for your own explorations.

[Read More]
C. David Tobie: A Look at Sony’s Unique New Camera-Phone Lenses
Sep 2013 10

It’s not often that an innovation in photography is so unusual that it deserves the phrase “paradigm shift”; but Sony’s new QX series SmartPhone Lenses are exactly that. Previously it has been possible to attach lenses of assorted qualities and sizes to smartphones. But, no matter how good the lenses were, the results were limited by the resolution, speed and overall capabilities of the tiny sensor in the phone’s camera. Sony’s new QX10 and QX100 lenses are about to change all that.

[Read More]
C. David Tobie: Leveraging Phone Photo Artifacts
Feb 2014 04

Imaging artifacts are typically thought of as negative image elements to be avoided. But in phone photography, weaknesses are often turned into strengths, and artifacts are no exception. In this article we’ll take a close look at an iPhone photo, in terms of how various imaging artifacts add interest and even a bit of mystery to the image.

[Read More]
David Cardinal: Cintiq Companion – An all-in-one, pro-quality, mobile digital darkroom
Apr 2014 02

Wacom tablets — and especially the Cintiq portable touch-enabled display versions — have been wildly popular with serious photographers and graphic artists for years. Until now, using one on the road has meant bringing along both a laptop and a tablet. With Wacom’s new Cintiq Companion, Windows users can have it all in one device. The Companion runs Windows 8.1 — including all of Adobe Creative Cloud’s applications — on a high-end pressure-sensitive display that supports both multi-touch and a Wacom stylus.

Unlike most Android and iOS tablets, the Companion is essentially a full laptop — minus the keyboard. It features a powerful i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and either a 256 GB or 512 GB solid-state disk for storage. It has mini-DisplayPort for driving an external monitor, as well as two USB 3.0 ports — handy for high-performance card readers and an external mouse or keyboard. Wacom also sells a small — but not backlit — Bluetooth keyboard.

The Companion provides a great starting point for a full, mobile, digital darkroom, but putting a workable system together still requires some planning and effort.

[Read More]