San Francisco Bay Area photographer Brad Mangin -- a veteran shooter of baseball games and other sporting events for Sports Illustrated -- uses a high-powered dSLR for most of his work, but turned to an iPhone and Instagram to capture a more personal view of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. His upcoming book, "Instant Baseball: The Baseball Instagrams of Brad Mangin," features many sights only a pro photographer would have the chance to observe. The book comes out in late April. … Read more
Over for iOS lets you jazz up your Instagram photos with beautifully rendered typography to make them more than just photos with filters.
This is not a complete photo-editing app. Instead, with Over, you're adding great-looking fonts to your images to tell more of the story, make a meme, or simply to add a label. You start by picking an image from your iPhone photo library. A wheel-like interface on the right gets you to the apps main functions where you can choose your fonts, edit what you have on screen, save to your camera roll, or share to … Read more
Remember when Twitter stopped showing Instagram photo previews to users, both online and in apps? Now you can add those photo previews for Instagram and other third-party photo services back to your Twitter feed, at least on the Web.
This is done through the use of a Chrome extension called Previeweet. The extension actually works for more than just Instagram. While testing it out, I was able to see previews from Instagram, Photobucket, Facebook, Yfrog, Twitpic, Twitvid, Flickr, and Imgur -- which is great, since those are in the list of services that Previeweet says it supports.
To get started, … Read more
I have just returned from dinner with my engineer friend George.
He was frustrated. He was diluting his viognier with tears.
No, it isn't his personal life. Well, not only. Among the weird yogini, the peculiar myopic (emotionally) UX designer, and the large-boned, wayward-intentioned social worker, he's doing alright. Just.
But his phone isn't.
He decided to buy a Nokia Lumia 920. He had good reasons for this. It's a very good phone. Its additional weight gives it a touch of gravitas. The camera is very nice, especially in the dark (which the yogini especially appreciates). … Read more
With yesterday's release of universal Instagram app Gramatica, I wondered if it would be the answer to the question I asked last year, "Which app should you use to browse Instagram on an iPad?" Thus, I first installed it on on my iPad to see how it would stack up to the competition.
Gramatica is undoubtedly slick-looking and responsive, and it includes some useful filtering options, which I'll get to in a minute. It lacks the two features, however, that I am looking for in an Instagram iPad app. I want to be able to read … Read more
Facebook is all about giving its users a one-stop-shop for all of their social needs, and Facebook Camera is another facet of that. The app lets you take pictures and immediately post them to your Facebook account. While it's not really necessary considering there are so many other ways to share photos on Facebook, it's fast and performed without a hitch.
Once you're logged in to Facebook Camera, all the photos in your News Feed from your Facebook friends appear on the screen. And just like any other status update or post, you can Like or add … Read more
When the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church were sequestered in the conclave to choose a new pope, they were instructed to give up their cell phones. No texting! Revealing the secrets behind the election of the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, they and their attendants were told, would lead to excommunication.
Jammers were also installed in the Sistine Chapel to prevent electronic communication.
For an institution that has suffered its share of leaks, the Vatican maintained its storied traditions as it voted for a pope for the second time in the 21st century.
But while the announcement that a new pope had been chosen was made via a cloud of white smoke -- a tradition that has continued since the election of Pope Benedict XV in 1914, and a symbol of the cardinals' cloistered proceedings -- the introduction to the world of Argentinean Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis was made on live TV and Internet, via Twitter and Facebook, and by the countless smartphone and tablet photos snapped in St. Peter's Square. … Read more
Editors' note: This guest post is the second in a five-week series of Photojojo's best photography tips. Check back next Tuesday for the latest guide to making the most of your shutter.
You're addicted to shooting photos with your favorite mobile companion, but there's just one problem: your photos seem to be stuck in your phone.
These services are great for printing Instagrams in a pinch, but it'… Read more
When Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook's redesign of its News Feed today, he billed it as less cluttered and more personalized with an emphasis on bigger images. What he didn't talk about during his presentation -- but clearly what was on the minds of Facebook's advertisers -- was that this redesign is also about bigger ads bringing in bigger dollars.
"Larger images will result in higher [click through rates], a higher level of engagement, and better performance," said Hussein Fazal, CEO of AdParlor, an agency that buys Facebook ads brands as American Express and L'Oreal. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Just say no: Polaroid returns with an instant camera shaped like...the Instagram icon.
- "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme song prompts school lockdown.
- You should watch "Room 237," a fan theory documentary about "The Shining."