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How to easily display your Instagram photos online

Insta­gram is a weird lit­tle iPhone app. On one hand, it makes it very easy to take and share very cool look­ing images with your iphone, as long as you’re shar­ing them with oth­er Insta­gram users.

On the oth­er hand, it’s kin­da dif­fi­cult to show those images to oth­ers in a sim­ple web inter­face — or link to them in email, a web page, a tweet or a face­book sta­tus update.

Until now.
Instagrid.me is one of the first apps to use the new Insta­gram API to pack­age  your images in a nice, clean and friend­ly dis­play.

Sim­ply hit the web­site, authen­ti­cate your Twit­ter cre­den­tials, and you have gen­er­at­ed the gallery — here’s mine: instagrid.me/bgrier

Sim­ple wins.

Fast and free Photoshop Express app gets an update

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I’m a big fan of Adobe’s Pho­to­shop Express as an online ser­vice.

Basi­cal­ly it’s a free online image orga­niz­er / stor­age box and a col­lec­tion of robust image edit­ing tools (Sim­i­lar to Flickr and Picasa).

But where Adobe’s tried to dif­fer­en­ti­ate Pho­to­shop Express from the com­pe­ti­tion is by also releas­ing a free and pow­er­ful Pho­to­shop Express iOS image cap­ture and edit­ing app that ties into the Pho­to­shop Express online ser­vice.

Image 2011316123917.jpgAnd now with this lat­est update, there’s more focus (sor­ry) on the cam­era work­flow side of things, which includes an in-app pur­chase of the Adobe Cam­era Pack:

  • New Cam­era work­flow for rapid in-app pho­to-tak­ing
  • In-App Pur­chase of Adobe Cam­era Pack: Reduce Noise, Self Timer, and Auto Review
  • Full Reti­na Dis­play Sup­port
  • Mul­ti-Task­ing Sup­port

Nice to see some of these fea­tures bun­dled in, and option­al — buy ‘em if you need ‘em — oth­er­wise you’ve still got access to a good set of image cap­ture, edit­ing and shar­ing tools, for free.
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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.

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