iOS 13.2 beta 1 brings Deep Fusion to iPhone 11

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The iPhone 11 Pro's excellent camera is about to get even better.
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Deep Fusion support on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max is finally available for testing if you’re an iOS developer. Apple’s latest computational photography feature adds even more detail to pictures by combining multiple images into a single shot.

Apple seeded the first iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 betas to developers this morning after teasing the release yesterday.

10 years later, Hipstamatic is still around and deep in its retro roots

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Hipstamatic X hits the App Store Tuesday.
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The smartphone photography tidal wave started with ripples from Hipstamatic. It was the first app with filters for snap-happy iPhone users to change the look of their photos.

A tap of the finger and that ho-hum photo of your dog became a work of art, quirky and painterly with the look of a photo spit out by an old Polaroid camera. Quickly, it became a tool for serious artists and photographers.

Hipstamatic celebrates 10 years this Tuesday with a free download for iPhone called Hipstamatic X. The anniversary app will bring some of the simple, original analog charm of the first app as well as a stable of old-school cameras, from Pinhole to Tintype.

Photographer calls iPhone 11’s Night mode a game-changer

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Night mode will revolutionize iPhone photography.
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The iPhone 11 Pro brings what might just be the best camera ever to ship with a smartphone. Travel photographer Austin Mann, who took the iPhone 11 Pro for a spin this week, lavishes praise on the new Night mode.

It’s so good, in fact, that he thinks it will “completely change how everyone shoots on their iPhone.”

iPhone 11 Pro camera is so good, it’s changing the way cameras are tested

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iOS 13.2 will make switching frame rates and resolution for your video shooting much easier.
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The first reviews for the iPhone 11 cameras are in, and you would think photography is about to be reinvented.

Tech reviewers sound especially impressed with two features, the ultra-wide lens and the new Night mode for low-light photography. Neither feature is new to smartphones, but when Apple adopts a piece of existing technology, the news is greeted as if Cupertino invented it.

If this is iPhone 11 camera’s Night mode, we can’t wait

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The iPhone 11 series should score high marks for low-light performance if this is Night mode.
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It’s easy to be wowed by the photos Apple shows at the yearly iPhone launch event. Pre-production models are put in the hands of professional photographers skilled enough to deliver results with any camera.

What will pictures look like from the iPhone of an average user?

One Twitter user allegedly got her hands on an iPhone 11 Pro Max that, if legit, shows the promise of Night mode, a new camera feature that comes with the iPhone 11 lineup and iOS 13.

iPhone’s Portrait mode just keeps getting better

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You could go into the studio – or tap High-Key Mono on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
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Fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon produced a legendary body of black-and-white work, much of which involved isolating subjects against a pure, shadowless white backdrop.

He shot many of his photos in a studio, where assistants would carefully position large studio lights. Search this technique online and you will find scores of articles and videos on how to light both subject and background for the Avedon look.

The iPhone now lets you do this with a single finger tap, thanks to Portrait mode advances.