How to enable iPhone Photos extensions

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Photo filters can be subtle or … not.
Photo filters can be subtle or … not.
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The Apple’s Photos app offers a very good set of editing tools. On both Mac and iOS, you can pick filters or perform a quick fix with the auto feature. You can also really dig in with some tools that are easily as comprehensive as anything on iOS.

These tools rival many desktop photo apps, but sometimes you want to do something extra-fancy. Maybe you have a favorite filters app. Or you want to combine two photos side by side in one frame or overlay one picture on another. Or use an app that lets you remove distractions in the frame, like power lines, cars or trash. Then you need to turn to Photos extensions.

iPhone rival snaps stunning photo of the Milky Way

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The cameras on this Huawei P20 Pro may be a good study aid for Apple as it reportedly develops an iPhone with three lenses.
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A jaw-dropping photo of the Milky Way shows just how powerful a smartphone with three cameras can be.

Photographer Daniel K. Cheong made the stunning picture below using the new triple-lens Huawei P20 Pro mounted on a tripod.

Sony’s monstrous 48 megapixel sensor could boost iPhone camera

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The detail you can get on Sony’s new sensor is astounding.
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Future iPhone cameras could soon rival the pixel count of high-end DSLRs thanks to a new 48 megapixel sensor created by Sony.

Sony says it has created the highest pixel count sensor for a smartphone with its new IMX586 sensor. Usually higher pixel count means lower quality low-light photos, but Sony has managed to merge the best of both worlds. And it might make you want to toss your DSLR.

Speedy Blackmagic eGPU won’t do much for photographers

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Not so fast! Well, where post production for still photography is concerned.
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The futuristic design of the Blackmagic eGPU, which Apple is selling to MacBook Pro users who need the graphics processing power of a desktop, makes it look blazing fast.

But fast is an action, not an aesthetic, and in the opinion of one reviewer, photographers thinking of spending $699 should save their money.

Name your price for an education in professional photography [Deals]

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Upgrade your photography skills for whatever you're willing to pay.
Upgrade your photography skills for whatever you're willing to pay.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Thanks to smartphones, we’re all photographers now. Not necessarily good photographers, but still, technology has made it so that taking pretty pictures is just a matter of ‘point and shoot’. Of course, if you want to make some money with your camera, you’ll need to upgrade your knowledge along with your gear.

National Geographic turns top 2018 travel photos into iPhone-friendly wallpapers

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A humpback whale calf spotted off the coast of Japan.
Photo: REIKO TAKAHASHI

Some of the best photos from National Geographic’s travel photographers of the year are now available as free wallpapers for iPhone, iPad and Mac. The collection includes images from a wide range of photographers. They’ve been divided into categories for nature, cities and people so you’re bound to find a few that catch your fancy.

Check out some of our favorites:

Instagram gets more conversational with Question Stickers

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Instagram is beefing up Stories with loads of new features.
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Striking up a conversation on Instagram just became as easy as slapping a sticker on your Story.

Instagram revealed today that it has added a new feature called Question Stickers that gives users a new way to ask and receive questions from followers so you can get more acquainted with each other.

How to make sure your iPhone fireworks photos go off with a bang

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These tips will help you take better fireworks photos.
These tips will help you take better fireworks photos.
Photo: Richard Dongses/Flickr CC

Last year’s Fourth of July fireworks made you say ooh and ahh, but when you look at your iPhone photos from that night, the sound you make is more of an ugh. Want to shoot better fireworks photos this time around?

Don’t blame Siri or some engineer in Cupertino for previous photo fails. The iPhone camera, as mighty as it is, can’t do all the thinking for you — especially in challenging lighting conditions like a fireworks display. But with a little thought and preparation, you can make this holiday worth reliving on your iPhone camera roll.

Below are some simple tips to make your fireworks photos sizzle.