How to use AirSnap, Camera Plus’s remote trigger feature

In my recent review of Camera Plus I touched upon the handy feature introduced with the March 2014 update – AirSnap. This feature turns an iOS device, which can be an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, into a remote trigger that can be used to take a photo on another iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Remote triggers have rarely been a feature in smartphone apps up to this point. Yes, you can use the volume control on your earbuds that came with the iPhone to trigger the camera’s shutter button. But this is wired remote trigger with the distance from … Read more

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Camera Plus for iPhone set to be a game-changer with AirSnap

In the HipstaGeneration spotlight this week is Camera Plus for the iPhone.

And there’s no guessing what app category Camera Plus falls into – with a name like Camera Plus its a dead giveaway. Camera Plus, however, is not to be confused with the iconic Camera+, which in May 2012 was the 10th most popular paid app of all-time among iPhone users.

You can read my review of Camera+ here.

Despite sharing similar names only differentiated by the use of words instead of a symbol for the plus, the apps were developed on opposite sides of the planet … Read more

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An in-depth look at what Hipstamatic PrintLab has to offer

Despite the huge benefits generated by the digital revolution for photographers there is still one aspect that pixels just can’t replace from the analogue era – and that is the satisfaction of seeing the printed photograph.

The print gives a photograph an air of permanence and uniqueness, two things that aren’t really associated with digital images. Prints also look good – they can be framed, hung on walls, given as gifts and they look great in galleries as part of an exhibition.

Making prints from digitals images has never been easier. You can use a home printer to make your … Read more

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Stackables adds layers for more control over photo filters

Hipstamatic may have kicked started the photo-filter revolution in smartphone photography, and although it’s still hugely popular, it’s by no means the last word on image effects. App developers have, by and large, used their experience of desktop image editors, like Photoshop and Gimp, when creating photo filters for mobile devices.

To assist photographers in their creativity and increase the speed of their workflow, these effects were made so that they could be applied to an image with just a couple of clicks. They were often bundled into packages, such Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro, now part of … Read more

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Six quick tips for better photos

The internet is awash with photos. Every topic under the Sun (including the Sun itself) has been photographed a multitude of time. Just to get some perspective on the sheer number of images that are taken, 208,300 are uploaded to Facebook every minute, while Instagram sees 27,800 images uploaded every minute (Source from a video by BuzzFeed).

That all adds up to a lot of photos. And it’s only expected to grow as smartphones sweep around the globe. In fact, the same source suggests that 880 billion photos will be uploaded to the internet in 2014. Photography has never … Read more

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Brushstroke gives photos a touch of the Grand Masters

Apple’s App Store is now in its sixth year and over this time it has steadily matured. Gone are the heady days when any app with a gimmick could capture an instant market – remember when novelty sound apps regularly topped the charts?

Now there has been a perceptible shift in how developers view the crowded market for smartphone apps. The apps released today are becoming more refined, more focused. They place less emphasis on having a multitude of functions and more in being able to perform one or two tasks incredibly well.

In the photo category this means a … Read more

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Waterlogue gives your iPhone photos a watercolour swash

Every once in a while, a photo app comes along that makes you think: ‘Wow!’ And you marvel at the creative possibilities opened up by smartphone technology – it makes you wonder whether smartphone photography has any digital limitations.

Waterlogue is one such app. Released in November last year, Waterlogue doesn’t offer a plethora of adjustment tools or filters that pander to the Instagram fraternity. Instead Waterlogue aims to do just one thing and that is to turn your smartphone photos into digital watercolours.

Yep, that’s right, the medium that was popularised by such artists as William Blake, J. Read more

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Rookie has a quality of photo effects that proves it’s no iPhone novice

Photo filter apps are ten a penny in the smartphone app stores. It seems as though almost every camera app released for iOS and Android has been required by law to include at least one filter for its users to play around with.

The result is that there are so many filters apps to choose from. And Rookie is one of the latest apps to tempt smartphone photographers away from their more common haunts with its array of photo filters and editing tools.

Released at the end of January this year, Rookie has been developed by South Korean outfit JellyBus … Read more

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Metroprint takes your photos from phone to paper

While smartphones have revolutionised photography in many ways, there remains one area that hasn’t changed in more than a century – and that’s the photographic prints.

Despite the proliferation of screens on which to view your photos, paper is still one of the most satisfying. Yet in the this digital age, printing your photos still seems like an afterthought for many.

You can easily take several hundred images over the course of a week, you can post them to Instagram, Oggl, EyeEm, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook – your photos can be seen by hundreds, if not thousands of people.

But … Read more

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Polamatic brings Polaroid-style film effects to smartphones

Polaroid cameras are an awesome invention. Press the shutter button and moments later your image would appear as a print right before your eyes.

It gave photography a magical feel when creating images. So when Polaroid announced that it was ceasing production of instant film in 2008, it was no wonder that a year later a group of enthusiasts decided to resurrect the last factory, located in Enschede, Netherlands, for integral instant film.

This new company, called The Impossible Project has since released various new instant films under their own brand for existing instant cameras.

The Polaroid brand, however, lived … Read more

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