"Apple designs and creates iPod and iTunes, Mac laptop and desktop computers, the OS X operating system, and the revolutionary iPhone and iPad."

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto 11 released.

From Apple:

About Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.04

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.04

This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11: . . . read more

Apple Unveils 128GB version of iPad 4, deliveries to start February the 5th.

Apple Press release

Apple Increases iPad with Retina Display to 128GB

Offers Twice the Storage Capacity to Create & Enjoy Even More Incredible Content

CUPERTINO, California―January 29, 2013―Apple today announced a 128GB* version of the fourth generation iPad with Retina display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps. . . . read more

500px app returns to Itunes store, with a 17+ rating, the children are finally safe.

Chrish Welch at the Verge reports:

"Since the app went back up, we've talked to 500px co-founder Evgeny Tchebotarev about the changes that Apple required to put it back in the store. In addition to the "report" button, which Tchebotarev says Apple requested, the company has tweaked its search to make it harder for potentially offending photos to show up based on suggestive keywords (users who have opted into adult images on 500px's site will not be affected.) Most significantly, however, the rating has been raised, allegedly at Apple's behest: it's now 17+, the highest age rating on iTunes. . . . read more

Apple Aperture 3.4.3 review by Jmeyer at Digital Camera World: Aperture’s image-editing tools aren’t bad, but its real strength lies in its image browsing and sharing tools.

"You can carry out basic adjustments such as cropping, Levels adjustments, Curves and sophisticated hue, saturation and tonal adjustments, but while Aperture can correct chromatic aberration, it doesn’t fix lens distortions, either with automatic lens correction profiles or even manually. It does offer localised adjustments via Quick Brushes, for tone and colour enhancement, sharpening and noise reduction, for example, but they’re not as straightforward to apply as Lightroom’s Adjustment Brushes. . . . read more

500px app pulled from the Itunes app store by prudent Apple that thinks of the children (and its shareholders).

Oh, 'Articstic Nudes' you're the troublemaker again, Michael Zhang from PetaPixel reports:

"If you were planning to install 500px’s popular photo sharing apps on your iPhone or iPad today, you’re out of luck. Both apps were abruptly yanked from the iTunes App Store earlier today over the fact that users can search for photos showing artistic nudity. 500px co-founder Evgeny Tchebotarev tells us that the situation started last night after the company received a call from Apple, informing them that their latest version 2.0.3 update could not be approved due to the reason stated above. . . . read more

Apple and Google Gang up for common $500 million bid to acquire what good is left In Kodak's portfolio of patents.

Reuters Reports:

"Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG) have joined forces to offer more than $500 million to buy Eastman Kodak Co. (EKDKQ)’s patents out of bankruptcy, said people familiar with the situation.

The two companies, competing for dominance of the smartphone market, have partnered after leading two separate groups this summer to buy some of Kodak’s 1,100 imaging patents, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process is private. . . . read more

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02 adds support for a slew of new cameras, but still, no Fujifilm among them.

One wonders if no support is better than crappy support, as is the case with Fuji raw files and the Adobe raw converter. The current situation is without a doubt damaging to Fijifilm's reputation and they should perhaps work more intensively with the software companies in order to mend it.

"This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
Nikon COOLPIX P7700, Olympus PEN E-PL5, Olympus PEN E-PM2, Olympus STYLUS XZ-2, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3, 
Sony Alpha NEX-5R, Sony Alpha NEX-6, Sony Alpha SLT-A99"

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Perfectly Clear v3.0 for iOS released, promises one click fix for the 'purple haze' issue.

Athentech Press Release

Athentech announces Perfectly Clear® v3.0 for iPhone & iPad

Leader in Intelligent Image Correction updates popular iOS Apps . . . read more

Apple posts Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update version 3.10

Is Apple running a bit behind with the Camera Raw compatibility updates? Version 3.10 adds support for some cameras that have been on the market for a good 6+ months, and only 2 of the recently announced ones. Here's the (short) list of newly supported cameras:

Canon PowerShot G1 X . . . read more

Apple Aperture – Learning the Basics, at Lightstalkers

"In this first tutorial, rather than explain the interface, I am going to show you how to import images into Aperture. Once we have images in the program it will be easier to explain the interface in the next tutorial.

Aperture is a very powerful image management program and before we upload any images into its library, we have to make a fundamental decision on how we wish to manage our image collection. . . . read more

Mattebox for iPhone review and thoughts.

This review is a bit oldish, but mattebox got the focus of my attention earlier today, and it got me craving for an iPhone. This app mimics-to all possible extent the functionality and interface of the Konica Hexar, and that cam is mostly based on my all time favorite film camera, the Contax G2. Potential show stoppers (as in ANY iPhone apps due to the @$%# Apple Api) are locked iso, shutter speed, and a tendency to refocus every now and then. For now, these problems can only be solved by a porting of Mattebox to Android.  . . . read more

5 Ways for Photographers to use an iPad to Jumpstart their Business @ DPS

I've got a 6th tip: Let's petition Apple to come out with a better, unrestricted iPad, like say, unlocked WiFi and ports, a real battery and a bigger model for those of us that think the current iPad looks like an oversized iPhone. Things like they enjoy over at the Android camp. . . . read more

Photojojo’s iPhone Lens Wallet @ Life in LoFi

"One of my most-used iPhone photo gizmos is my set of Photojojo magnetic lenses, especially the wide angle lens. With its natural vignette, lens distortion and lack of edge-to-edge focus, it’s a great lens for creating genuine lo-fi effects on my iPhone.

If you’ve got some or all of the popular Photojojo iPhone lenses including the wide angle/macro, fisheye, and 2X telephoto, keeping them secure

TiltShift for Mac OSX review @ DOP

"We did a few tests and it did a nice job. If you retouch larger areas it may take its time. Be aware that this app is not color managed (maybe best to use with RGB images). If you know your original color space you can likly just assign it back to the resulting image." . . . read more

Why the iPhone should have a dedicated physical shutter button @ TNW

"With the iPhone 4S, Apple introduced improvements to the camera that make it among the best available on any smartphone. A backlit CMOS sensor, a custom  image processing chip and a huge increase in shutter release speed demonstrated a concerted effort on the company’s part . . . read more

A New Way For Photographers To Self-Publish @ Photofocus

This article refers to Apple ibooks, revealed a couple of days ago. The medium is easy enough to comprehend by even the most compuphobic photographer, and the potential market is huge with almost 50 million ipads sold so far, and another 50 millions projected for the next 18 months. . . . read more

Bloomberg: Ipad 3 in March, HD screen & upgraded wifi and more

Well, we HAVE reached the point where the ipad (or an equally capable android tablet) is considered as being a photographer's tool:

"The company’s manufacturing partners in Asia started ramping up production of the iPad 3 this month and plan to reach full volumes by . . . read more

Nik software Snapseed now available in Mac Store @ TNW

"Instagram users will be familiar with Snapseed’s Grunge, Vintage, Tilt & Shift, and Drama filters but the app has launched with more than that. The Mac app delivers a ‘Tune Image’ feature that can quickly correct photos in low-light conditions, add depth . . . read more

iPhone Exposure Tricks @ DPTNT

FTA: "Fortunately, iPhone has a nice touch-to-focus feature, which also sets the exposure level based on where you touch on the preview image. In this case, I simply focused on the back of the lizard where it was the brightest to take the next photo. The resulting photo (shown below) was much better. This trick can work in many situations. Potential focus problem may arise if main point of interest falls out of the depth of field when . . . read more

Apple iPhone 4S camera review @ WhatDigitalCamera

Phone reviews through a photographer's perspective are always welcome: 
"The camera can now be accessed instantly from standby by double pressing the home button, as well as the conventional route of prodding the on-screen camera icon and you can now also use a physical button (the + volume button) to press the shutter as an alternative to the virtual one on the screen. The 3.5inch touch screen Retina display is bigger and sharper . . . read more

Leica launches magazine ipad app

"S-Magazine is a new platform for professional photographers to freely publish their latest pictures. In the first issue, renowned fashion photographers Joachim Baldauf, Straulino, and Manuel Pandalis present powerful images, unusual facets and surprising perspectives: the camera system they used was the Leica S. . . . read more

Scott Kelby picks his favorite ipad/iphone apps for 2011

Article includes extra free tip :)
"By the way: you can send an iPad or iPhone App to someone as a holiday gift: just tap the “Gift this App” link in the top right corner of the App Store screen. You just type in their email address and then Apple does the rest (including . . . read more

Best iPhone photography apps @ Pocket-lint

Although it missed Instagram and a few others, it remanis a good list:

"Cast your mind back to the first camera phone you had - rubbish, wasn't it? Thankfully technology has moved on since then, and the cameras on our phones are actually decent enough to take usable snaps with. And with the increasing number of people now uploading photos directly from their phone to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, this . . . read more

Amazing Pictures Taken With an Apple iPhone @ Photoble

This is straight from the 'a picture is worth a thousand words' 'everything has been post-processed to death in Photoshop, but nontheless, these are all very fine examples of what can be achieved with a phone cam (and a lot of: patience, talent, knowledge and such). . . . read more

Raw Developer 1.8.7 released

Irident Digital has released the latest version of it's Raw Developer for MacOS. Changes include:
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