All items tagged with "photography"

When it comes to promoting his work, photographer is all ‘thumbs’

Photographer Justin Poulsen made severed thumb drives to send to art directors. Photo: Justin Poulsen

Photographer Justin Poulsen made severed thumb drives to send to art directors. Photo: Justin Poulsen

To get a “thumbs-up” from art directors, photographer Justin Poulsen provided the thumb.

In an act of creative expression that Van Gogh would appreciate, the Toronto-based Poulsen sent out his work on thumb drives that he made to look like realistic severed thumbs.

After the initial shock, who wouldn’t want to plug it in and have a look at the contents?

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Olloclip vs. Moment lenses: Best glass for your iPhone 6 camera

The Olloclip clipped onto an iPhone6 Plus. Photo: Jim Merithew/ Cult of Mac

The Olloclip clipped onto an iPhone 6 Plus. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Like millions of photography fans, the iPhone is my main camera. In fact, ever since my Nikon D600 took a suicidal, lens-first dive off a cliff and into a waterfall, my iPhone has become my only camera.

I’m always trying to eke out a little extra performance from my iPhone’s tiny camera sensor with new apps, tripods and lenses. Over the last three months, Cult of Mac has been testing various lenses for the iPhone 6 in a search for the best aftermarket glass. I’ve narrowed the field down to two top choices: the new Olloclip and Moment’s mountable lens system.

Unfortunately, iPhone 6 users can’t actually use both the Olloclip and Moment lenses at the same time. But if you’ve been considering getting new photo gear for your iPhone 6, we’re ready to break down the pros and cons of these aftermarket accessories.

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iPhone 6s rumors, autonomous cars and lots of glitter on this week’s CultCast

"Destination, please." Johnny Cab, Total Recall.

“Destination, please.” Johnny Cab, Total Recall.

This week: Optical zoom and Force Touch rumored for the iPhone 6s, autonomous future-cars chauffeur us about, and we’re back from Vegas with a full report on the best gadgets, technology and trends from the 2015 International CES. And for a small fee, we cover your enemies in an explosion of spectacular glitter. Seriously.

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iPhone 6s rumors, autonomous cars and lots of glitter on this week’s CultCast

Full show notes ahead!

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Wireless flash brings iPhone photography out of dark ages

Knog video light. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Knog’s nine-LED Expose remote flash will light up your iPhone photos and video. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAS VEGAS — The iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. But it still sucks at flash photography.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015 Knog, the Austrialian company that makes those kickass bike lights, wants to make your nighttime iPhone pics a little bit better this year: Its newest lighting revelation is called Expose, and it’s a super-handy iPhone flash that’s also super-bright.

Expose is bright in more ways than one. Its accompanying iPhone app lets users blast light in photo and video modes, with flash, strobe or continuous settings. You can adjust the white balance and brightness, and the device weighs so little you’ll barely notice it’s in your pocket.

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Get photography tips from an Instagram pro on this week’s episode of The CultCast

Photo courtesy of @Withhearts, the prince of Instagram

Photo courtesy of @Withhearts, the prince of Instagram

This week: As promised! With over 430,000 Instagram followers, photographer Cory Staudacher, aka @withhearts, joins us to talk mobile photography, his favorite photo apps and gear, and his tips for capturing beautiful images with your favorite iDevice. Plus, someone tries to burn down the Mrs. Doubtfire house—time for a drive-by fruiting; prepare thy wrists, the  Watch may cometh in March; and details on a radically new Macbook Air.

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Get photography tips from an Instagram pro on this week’s episode of The CultCast

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Hexo+ is the high-flying selfie drone of our dreams

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The Hexo+ flies high for stunning aerial photography. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAS VEGAS — Drones are everywhere at the International CES show. You can’t walk though the South Hall without hearing the feverish buzz of quadrocopter wings luring people to their booths.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015 Most of the new drones we’ve seen are either too expensive for normal people, or they’re cheap and lack compelling features. But after hours of searching we’ve found the one drone you should pay attention to in 2015: The Hexo+.

On the outside, Hexo+ doesn’t look too different from other drones, but it packs a killer “auto-follow” feature that will allow budding drone photographers to capture epic aerial videos without needing a dedicated pilot to frame each shot.

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Instagram goes analog in new fine art photo book

 Out of the Phone features 100 of the best photographs made with mobile phones in 2014. Cover photo by Jason Flett

New book Out of the Phone features 100 of the best photographs made with mobile phones in 2014. Photo: Jason Flett

If you can suffer through the selfies, food shots and pet pictures, you can catch a glimpses of the revolutionary art form that is mobile phone photography. Book publisher Pierre Le Govic has positioned himself to be the first important curator of the fleeting beauty on Instagram.

Le Govic, who established a publishing house in France for mobile photography in 2013, has issued Out of the Phone: The Mobile Photo Book 2014 Edition, featuring one picture each from 100 photographers from 25 countries

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Pictures from 2014 that got us talking

Police officers confronted a man protesting the shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. (Whitney Curtis/for The New York Times)

Police officers confronted a man protesting the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Whitney Curtis/The New York Times

Photography’s impact on society doesn’t come down to single, striking images like it once did. Instead, the power today comes from conversations: What we talked about in 2014 often began with pictures and videos that were seen and shared over and over again.

It did not matter whether the images came from skilled photojournalists or witnesses with cellphones. Consider that Instagram alone churns out 70 million images a day. From that sea of imagery, a collective and comprehensive body of work emerged. We subconsciously curated those images based on our own experiences and attitudes — and maybe even grew a little in the process.

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Fantastic photo-editing app VSCO Cam is finally available on iPad

Together at last. VSCO now works on iPhone and iPad. Photo: VSCO

Together at last. VSCO now works on iPhone and iPad. Photo: VSCO

When it comes to photo-editing apps on the iPhone, VSCO Cam has pretty much been the gold standard for the last few years. But to make the experience even better, the app is finally coming to the iPad.

VSCO 4.0 was released today with a redesigned look just for the iPad. Previously, iPhotogs could use the popular photo editor/social network on their iPads as a blown-up iPhone app, but the fresh design and new features will make you want to ditch your iPhone altogether. Take a look:

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How to access Hyperlapse’s secret settings and record in 1080p

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Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app is a phenomenal tool to capture buttery smooth timelapse video with more options and tweaks offered than iOS 8’s built-in timelapse feature. But if you’ve got a new iPhone 6 and want to record 1080p Hyperlapses you’re out of luck, unless you know how to access its secret settings menu.

Hyperlapsers can tap into their iPhone’s full potential by accessing the hidden ‘Labs’ menu that lets you tweak everything from your recording resolution, frame rate, speed multiplier options and even the sound levels.

Here’s how to access Hyperlapse’s secret settings:

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