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A Photo Project, An Update, and a Contest?

Ear­li­er today the folks behind one of my favourite iOS dig­i­tal dark­room apps (FX Pho­to Stu­dio) announced a great new col­lab­o­ra­tive pho­tog­ra­phy app and project, in the form of a con­test:

As a ges­ture of appre­ci­a­tion to its loy­al fans, Mac­Phun is also devel­op­ing the first ever joint­ly col­lab­o­rat­ed, free stand­alone wall­pa­per app that will show­case user-sub­mit­ted pho­tographs edit­ed with FX Pho­to Stu­dio and oth­er pho­tog­ra­phy iOS apps. With MacPhun’s sup­port, the app will pro­vide the ide­al plat­form for aspir­ing artists and pho­tog­ra­phers to gain increased expo­sure for their work. To kick off the sub­mis­sion process, Mac­Phun will be hold­ing a two month pro­mo­tion on their Face­book page. Prizes include iTunes gift cards, pho­to print­ing gift vouch­ers and much more. For more infor­ma­tion on this con­test, please vis­it: http://www.macphun.com/photoproject/

To help kick off this great idea, FX Pho­to Stu­dio & FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD have been updat­ed to iOS 4.3 and now include a new fil­ter cat­e­go­ry, Sketch­es:

Mac­Phun has col­lab­o­rat­ed with estab­lished artists from North Amer­i­ca and Europe to cre­ate a new “sketch­es” cat­e­go­ry. The new­ly added cat­e­go­ry con­sists of six car­toon-styled fil­ters pro­vid­ing users with a total of 187 fil­ters to mix, match and share with friends. The addi­tion of more pre­cise tun­ing con­trols for con­trast­ing, adjust­ing hues and sharp­en­ing fil­ters, pro­vide even more unequiv­o­cal tools to users, mak­ing one of the most use­ful image edit­ing apps on the mar­ket, even bet­ter.

And to make it even eas­i­er for new iPhone and iPad2 pho­tog­ra­phers, FX Pho­to Stu­dio and FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD will both be dis­count­ed to $0.99 and $1.99, respec­tive­ly, for a very lim­it­ed time.

Your ‘fridge as an art gallery

sg4.jpgSo you’ve been play­ing around in your dig­i­tal dark­room on your cam­era-equipped iDe­vice or Android or Windows7 Mobile, or Palm Pre, and you’re want­i­ng to get your images out of the dig­i­tal dun­geon and into the Real World™.

What’s a body to do?
Well, soon you’ll be able to trans­form those images or the ones you’re real­ly, REALLY proud of any­way, into the hall­mark of hon­oured hubris, the mighty Fridge Mag­net, cour­tesy of the fine folk at Stick­y­Gram.

Cur­rent­ly the site is in closed beta, but if these few images (and the one on their tum­blr blog are any indi­ca­tion, soon fridges around the world will be adorned with cus­tom print­ed pho­to mag­nets of ‘grammed images.

Now they’re also run­ning an inter­est­ing closed beta — fol­low them, tweet about them, and get your friends to use a cus­tom link, and you’ll be bumped clos­er to the head of the queue of beta invites.

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Cool look­ing con­cept that could, I say could, help you man­age the gener­ic sets of mag­nets we all seem to acquire on our fridges. I’ll be watch­ing for this, as my fridge, needs more ‘fine art’!

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How did National Geographic get those great shots?

I’ve always been a fan of Nation­al Geographic’s pho­tog­ra­phy — and how could you not be? The Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Soci­ety pho­tog­ra­phers have pro­duced some of the best images of the last cen­tu­ry.

And now, you can learn how Nation­al Geo­graph­ic pho­tog­ra­phers get their shots with a new pho­to-mag­a­zine app, 50 Great­est Pho­tographs of Nation­al Geo­graph­ic.

Some of the more inter­est­ing fea­tures of the app include:

  • Learn the sto­ries behind these icon­ic pho­tographs from the pho­tog­ra­phers them­selves, and see videos explain­ing how they cap­tured their shots.
  • See the sequence of images made by the pho­tog­ra­phers in the field, and find out just how the “per­fect shot” hap­pened.
  • Share Nation­al Geographic’s 50 Great­est Pho­tographs with your friends through email and Face­book.
  • Con­nect with Nation­al Geo­graph­ic magazine’s com­mu­ni­ty by view­ing our top user-sub­mit­ted pho­tographs or sub­mit­ting your best pho­tographs.
  • Nation­al Geo­graph­ic mag­a­zine attracts the world’s finest pho­tog­ra­phers. Here is your chance to learn more about them.

Well worth the addi­tion to your iPad Dark­room library. Obvi­ous­ly, this app excels on the larg­er dis­play of the iPad — it’s not avail­able for iPod Touch or iPhone.
In the App Store — $4.99.