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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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iPad2 Announced. More Power.

Though it appears that the screen res­o­lu­tion of our favourite iOS device won’t change, the horse­pow­er behind the screen sure will.

Accord­ing to the images pre­sent­ed by Steve Jobs in today’s iPad2 announce­ment, the unit will fea­ture:

  • Dual-core proces­sors
  • Up to 2x faster CPU
  • Up to 9x faster graph­ics
  • New A5 chip
  • Same low pow­er as A4 chip
  • First dual core tablet to ship in vol­ume

As well, it’ll be thin­ner, lighter, and avail­able in white. Oh, and it has cam­eras. 2 of them. No excuse for miss­ing that shot if you have your iPad2 with you then.

What this means for many iPad Dark­room apps and users is that what­ev­er apps you use in your dig­i­tal dark­room, expect them to get enhance­ments soon to take advan­tage of the new horse­pow­er in the new hard­ware. Not sure how this will impact upgrad­ed apps on iPad1 hard­ware. Time will tell.

 

 

 

Digital Images — Digital Darkroom — Part two

Ear­li­er this week I start­ed this series by look­ing at my dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy work­flow as applied to image acqui­si­tion (tak­ing the pic­ture). Today I’m going to look at what I do with the image in my mobile pho­to stu­dio, my iPad Dark­room, if you will.

I’ve got the image, now what?
Tak­ing the pho­to is just the start­ing point. Once you have a neat image, you can eas­i­ly make it stronger by care­ful­ly apply­ing mod­ern dig­i­tal dark­room tech­niques.

In my case, I shoot on a Dig­i­tal SLR (Pana­son­ic Lumix FZ-30), or a Canon Pow­er­shot Point-and-shoot.

On the FZ-30, I shoot RAW+jpg, which poten­tial­ly gives me the most dig­i­tal infor­ma­tion to work with in the dig­i­tal dark­room. The Canon gives me .jpg so I have to take what I can get.

I say poten­tial­ly because cur­rent­ly, only a few apps sup­port (or are plan­ning to sup­port) RAW. Edit­ing a .jpg is ade­quate, but not opti­mal.
Con­tin­ue read­ing Dig­i­tal Images — Dig­i­tal Dark­room — Part two

FX Photo Studio HD ‘develops’

fx_logo.jpgSor­ry, couldn’t resist the pun.

Ear­li­er today the much await­ed update to FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD was released in the Apple app store.

FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD is an enhanced and iPad opti­mized ver­sion of FX Pho­to Stu­dio (for iPhone and iPod Touch) which I’d writ­ten about pre­vi­ous­ly.

A few of the fea­tures added in this update that I real­ly like are:

  • The abil­i­ty to save your image edits and effect mod­i­fi­ca­tions as pre­sets which you can then share with oth­er FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD users. This also means you can import their cool pre­sets and apply them to your pho­tos.
  • Social Net­work shar­ing now includes Tum­blr — which many peo­ple use as a pho­to­blog
  • Print­ing from the iPad — a poten­tial­ly cool fea­ture that I’ve yet to try — I haven’t had the update long enough to get near my home print­er :smileyhappy:

mzl.bditlkii.480x480-75.jpg Con­tin­ue read­ing FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD ‘devel­ops’