While I love shooting photos with my DSLR, I find that I use my iPhone just as often, if not more often, to capture the everyday scenes of my life. Often, those shots make their way to Instagram (@digiphotomag). And very often I use one of my favorite apps–Diptic–to collage two or more shots. So, naturally I’m excited about the recent debut of the new app Layover, by the makers of Diptic. Layover allows you to blend up to five photos into a single image. It can also be used in conjunction with Diptic.
Today Diptic and Layover announced the #LayoverMyDiptic Photo Contest, the winner of which will win a $200 iTunes gift card. To enter, post your submissions (photos in which it’s evident that you used both Diptic and Layover) to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LayoverMyDiptic. Or, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest ends on October 8, 2012 at 12 a.m. PST. Their judging criteria is: creativity, aesthetics, and best use of Diptic and Layover. Head over to the contest page for official rules and to view the latest entries. Unfortunately, Diptic says that the contest is only open to U.S. residents, among other restrictions.
9to5mac is reporting that shortly before he passed away Steve Jobs met with Lytro CEO Ren Ng to discuss cameras, product design, and the ways in which he might apply Lytro’s groundbreaking light field technology into a new generation of iPhone cameras. According to “Inside Apple,” the forthcoming book by Adam Lashinsky, which 9to5mac excerpts in their report, “At Jobs’s request, [Ng] agreed to send him an email outlining three things he’d like Lytro to do with Apple.”
“Jobs actively pursued his goal of reinventing photography, asking the CEO of Lytro to outline three specific things that the company would want to work on with Apple,” reports 9to5mac.
If you’ve forgotten, Lytro is the tiny rectangle camera designed by Ng—a Stanford PhD—that captures “living pictures” that are focused after the fact by capturing an image’s entire light field data in one click. The “living picture” bit means that the image is forever adabtable. Now imagine if this technology were applied to the ubiquitous iPhone camera, which, as 9to5mac points out, is already “mobile photography at its finest.”
Give the circumstances now it’s uncertain whether the Lytro/Apple mashup will ever see the (excuse the pun) “light” of day, but it is a pretty exciting prospect to imagine.
What, do you imagine, is Annie Leibovitz’s camera of choice these days? No doubt she has a serious arsenal of professional gear, considering she has shot some of the most iconic images in recent American historys, including an iconic photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and a nude and pregnant Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair. Well, in conversation with NBC’s Brian Williams last night, the legendary photographer admitted that she’s a big fan of a camera that you might be surprised to find you already own: the iPhone. She called the iPhone “the snapshot camera of today” and went on to sing the gadget’s praises by referring to its accessibility and multipurpose format. “It’s the wallet with the family pictures in it,” she said.
So, what do you think? We’ve had this conversation before. Is the iPhone your pocket cam of choice or do you still prefer to use a dedicated digital camera? Or maybe, like Annie, the iPhone is just another tool for you to take photos, especially when lugging around a pro DSLR isn’t possible.
The ShoeBox iPhone App allows you to quickly scan, store and share your old, paper photographs—which, according to ShoeBox’s commercial below, are likely gathering dust in a storage closet shoebox at the moment. Because the iPhone 4S features an 8-megapixel camera that takes images at 2448×3264 resolution, “Using Shoebox to scan a typical 4″x6″ photo produces a DPI of 550—the same high quality recommended by scanning experts like ScanCafe,” according to the app’s creators. The app, which is free to download, uses “edge detection and perspective correction [to] make sure that the paper photographs you scan turn out beautifully. After scanning, you can quickly crop, straighten, rotate your photo, as well as record the stories behind the photographs by adding captions, dates, and tags,” according to 1000memories.com—the site where your images will be backed up and preserved through a partnership with the Internet Archive.
You can download ShoeBox for free here, as well as read further about the storage and privacy rights of your archived images.
Instagram, a favorite photo sharing app of the creatively inclined iPhone user, has recently reached the 150,000,000 photo mark. Since its launch in the App Store in October 2010, Instagram has had over 7 million international users join in on the photo sharing fun. Whether they’re sharing their lives with family and friends, or vying for a spot on the Popular Page, these users have now collectively shared over 150 million snapshots.
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