iPhone photographer turns lengthy commutes into works of art

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Dina Alfasi
Israeli photographer Dina Alfasi finds beauty in her work commute.
Photo: Dina Alfasi

Dina Alfasi is like most commuters. As soon as she finds a seat on the train or bus, she pulls out her iPhone.

Alfasi may look like she is catching up with emails, streaming music or reading the news. Instead, Alfasi is making a discreet photograph of the person across from her.

Blur is the new black in Apple’s latest iPhone ads

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iPhone Depth Control
Depth Control turns any distracting scene into a creamy backdrop for portrait subjects.
Screenshot: Apple/YouTube

Apple debuted an ad showing off the Depth Control feature on the new X-class iPhones, a 38-second subliminal sales pitch to get you thinking of an upgrade.

The iPhone XR and XS handsets offer the computational equivalent of shallow depth of field, where a blurred background can make portrait subject stand out.

iPhone snaps top pics for Mobile Photography Awards

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Mobile Photography Awards
This street scene photographed by Nobuko Kmiya with an iPhone X won in the Darkness category.
Photo: Nobuko Kmiya

The winners of the eighth-annual Mobile Photography Awards were announced today and it is likely there are some members of the jury still losing sleep over the selections.

First place is awarded in 19 categories followed by a slew of honorable mentions most stunning enough to hold down top honors.

The jury slogged through more than 7,000 images from 65 countries.

Canon admits defeat in its battle with smartphone snappers

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Canon cameras
The iPhone has been the top choice among Flickr photographers beginning in 2015.
Photo: Flickr

The boss of one of the biggest names in the camera industry says his company cannot compete against the cameras in the iPhone and other smartphones.

Canon CEO Fujio Mitarai says the camera market will shrink by almost 50 percent within the next two years.

To survive, Mitarai says Canon, which produced pioneering autofocus gear popular with professional photographers, will shift its focus to corporate customers in fields like surveillance and medical care.

Create funky photo art with this double-exposure iPhone app

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Fusion
Who could do this to a selfie.
Photo: Fuzion

Of the countless apps for creating stunning effects to your iPhone photos, the best ones have two things in common: ease of use and effects that are actually stunning.

Fuzion, an artsy double-exposure iOS app, aspires to be in that elite stable of must-have photo styling apps. Its developers should know relatively quickly if they have a hit on their hands when it launches Thursday.

This battery case makes any iPhone feel like a proper camera [Deals]

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This battery case is cleverly designed to make your iPhone look and feel like a 135mm camera.
This battery case is cleverly designed to make your iPhone look and feel like a 135mm camera.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

No matter how good the optics on iPhone get, at the end of the day it still feels like a phone. DSLR cameras are build to be durable and easy to hold, so why shouldn’t our iPhones work the same way? With this protective battery case, they can.

Get better pictures out of your iPhone. These three discounted accessories can help [Deals]

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iPhone Photography
Start taking better pictures on your iPhone with these accessories
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Every year, Apple unveils a new iPhone model, often with new hyper-gee-whiz camera advancements that make it the…((ahem))…greatest smartphone camera of all time!

While hyperbole is baked into such announcements, even camera experts admit a high-end smartphone camera can under many circumstances produce images that are at least on par with shots from a DSLR. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some accessories that can help make your iPhone images just a touch better.

Improved TinType app gives selfies old-timey feel

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TinType app
The TinType app makes use of the TrueDepth technology for a more authentic shallow depth of field.
Photo: Hipstamatic

Instant gratification, the kind you get from a selfie, used to come on a thin sheet of iron.

A tintype photo was novel and relatively immediate in the late 19th century. Have your picture made then wait while the photographer developed the image. After a few minutes, you had a photo to share.

Users of the TinType app by Hipstamatic have been bringing that distinctive and, at times, haunting aesthetic to portraits and selfies since 2012.