$7,800 Camera Stabilizer Might Be Overkill For Your iPhone.

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Would you pay $7,800 for a suitcase full of carbon fiber and aluminum tubes? No, me neither, but clearly somebody will, or Shadowcam wouldn’t be hawking its crazily-priced S–5 camera stabilizer, a three-axis gimbal rig that would keep your shots steady even if you stood on a vibrating table with a bowl of jello on your head.

This video shows a three-axis gimbal in action. Note. It’s not the Shadowcam, but it shows the amazing things these devices are capable of:

Amazing, huh? And that amazingness achieved through a combination of clever engineering, sensors and electric motors. It’s like a cross between a Steadicam and the optical lens stabilizer in your camera.

The S–5 can also be converted for use as a shoulder mount, although it won’t look nearly as impressive if used that way.

I don’t know about you, but if I saw someone shooting with one of these I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from shoving them or tickling them, just to see what happened. Available in the UK February.

Source: Cult of Mac.

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Optrix, The Rugged, Underwater iPhone 5 Case For Photographers.

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I hope you’re ready for yet another case that adds extra lenses to the iPhone’s amazing camera. This one has a twist. Well, I guess they all do, but this one has a different twist. It’s also ruggedized and waterproof.

I tested a waterproof iPhone case over the summer and it was fantastic, letting me get great images underwater in the pool (what’s the bikini version of “up-skirt” shots?), but also meant I didn’t have to worry about my iPhone when we went canoeing. The problem was the lens. Or specifically the plastic covering the lens, which was a little blurry and spoiled a lot of the shots.

The Optrix, then, would seem ideal. It’s a tough waterproof housing which lets you swap in lenses – a fisheye (useful underwater amirite?), a wideangle and a “flat” lens for straight-through shooting – plus take the iPhone down to33 feet or ten meters under the surface.

It’s also tough (there’s a video on the site of the iPhone meeting a truck, and surviving).

Interested? I’m actually considering it not for the swimming and outdoorsiness, but for its ability to help my iPhone survive the harsh East German winter which I have foolishly decided to subject myself to this year. On a bike.

The Optrix PhotoProX will cost $150, with four lenses (all the above plus a telephoto). Available now.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Timshel Sends You A Pack Of 30 Printed Photos, Once A Month.

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Timshel (“Time Shell”) is a pretty great looking new service that sends you prints of your own photos once a month. You know those cool apps which mail you your old photos every once in a while? It’s like that, only with real photos.

The service should be launching in the near future (it just closed a successful funding round on Kickstarter), and when it does you’ll be able to sign up for $12.95 per month and receive a cool plastic case full of 30 photos every month.

It works like this: you use the companion app to add up to 30 pictures from your camera roll, and then the prints are made and sent over. The app actually looks like quite a nice place to organize your photos anyway, and you can share them in more traditional non-physical ways with friends and family.

I recently bought myself one of Canon’s little Selphy printers, And I love it. It outputs 6×4-inch dye-sub photos of great quality, and the prints work out at around thirty cents each. My walls are now covered with pictures, but the best use for them is to send them as gifts to other people. You’d be surprised just how much people love to get a real, physical photo in the real, physical mail.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Monokrom B&W App Uses The Colors Of Your Picture As Filters.

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Monokrom is a pretty neat B&W conversion app for the iPhone. I uses colored filters to do the converting, so you can get some dramatic effects, just like if you were to use colored filters on your lens whilst shooting B&W film. Unlike most iPhone B&W apps, though, the range of available filters is unlimited – it uses the colors of the image itself.

The app is flat-out simple. Once you have a photo loaded in (either from the camera or from your photo library) there are just two controls. An orange puck, which you move over the image to change the color of the filter (it appears to sample from the color below the puck); and a gray puck, which you move from left to right to pick a cool or warm tint for the final B&W photos.

I’m a little confused about the sampling. I’m not sure if the resulting filter is made to match the color underneath the puck, or constructed to make the color under the puck go darker.

Either way, the results happen in real-time as you scoot around, so it’s really moot. The app is universal, too, and the iPad’s bigger screen makes the whole thing more accurate.

For quickly making dramatic B&W photos, then, Monokrom is ideal. I’m keeping it in my Photos folder on my iPhone for sure.

Source: Cult of Mac.

2013 iPhone Photography Award winners showcase the best of mobile photography.

While many of us just use our iPhones to take quick snaps of friends and family, some photographers are pushing the limits of the iPhone camera and creating incredible works of art. The iPhone Photography Awardsshowcase the best of what photographers are able to capture and manipulate on their phones, and the 2013 winners are outstanding.

Rather than discuss the photos, I’ll simply make the suggestion that you should take some time out and enjoy the winning images.

Repix App Lets You Remix Pic.

Repix is a universal app for editing your pictures. Stop me if you’ve heard that before. But even if you were to just on level of polish alone, Repix is already way above the competition. And if we take a look at what it does to your photos, we’ll see that the developer, Sumoing, has a potentially huge hit on its hands.

The app does two things. Regular adjustment – brightness, vignetting, contrast and so on – plus image remixing. It comes loaded with a bunch of brushes which let you paint effects straight onto the image. The trick here is that the effects are actually good (mostly), instead of awful and cheesy.

There are brushes which will remix your pics (hence the name), making them look like they were painted with actual paint, or a kind of charcoal/paint hybrid, or various retro color effects. And then there are those which paint things on to the picture: lens-flare, smoke, sparkles and so on. Amazingly, these aren’t awful either. On the right photo they could actually make it better, and they’ll never be let down by their quality – if you ever used Procreate to “paint” on the iPad, you’ll be familiar with the fluid nature of its brushes. Repix’ brushes are very similar.

But what I like most is the attention to detail in other areas. For instance, the app has its own custom, full-screen photo-picker, ditching the tiny Apple-supplied system picker altogether. It’s bigger, just as fast and way nicer to use. It also has separate sections for your local pictures and your Photo Stream – a nice touch.

This polish continues right down to the instructional intro video, which loads in an in-app browser instead of kicking you out to Safari.

Like the sound of it? Then give it a go. The app is free, and you can buy more brushes as you need them. Better still, you can try the brushes before you buy, making in-app purchases helpful rather than annoying.

The various sets of brushes cost $2 a set, or you can buy them all in one go for $5.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Instagram physical camera goes from concept to reality thanks to Polaroid and Socialmatic.

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ADR Studio came up with a physical concept named Socialmatic a little while back. Essentially, it’s a camera that looks like the Instagram logo and has an inbuilt printer to instantly print your filter-covered images. Although there are online services that offer printed photos, stickers and magnets for Instagram, this option is certainly enticing.

The company behind the concept has just announced a deal with Polaroid to make the camera a reality. The Polaroid Socialmatic camera will be available in the first quarter of 2014.

We are so proud to work together with C & A and Polaroid, giants of digital photography.” – said Mr. Antonio De Rosa, CEO of Socialmatic. “It ‘s been a long and difficult negotiation but we were strongly motivated to reach an agreement to create a small revolution in digital photography. This mix of Hardware and Software, together with our brand new photo social network will fill the gap between virtuality and reality.

There aren’t many details on specification right now, but they will be released as the product gets developed further. Although this is almost certainly an interesting gimmick and collection piece, I’m pretty stoked and would love to get my hands on one.

Source: TodaysiPhone