Top Ten of the Best Photography Books of 2015 – TheAppWhisperer

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Photography books have always been a lover of mine. There are some books that I just completely lust over and they do not have to only be about mobile photography to be noted here, we are inspired by photography. To select the top 10 best photography books of 2015 is no mean feat and there will always be others that can be added to the mix, if I have not included your favourite photo book of 2015, then please add it within the comments section at the end of this post (on our website).

 

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Moment Lens Sale – 20% off Everything!

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Moment lenses have been increasing in popularlity for a number of years, mainly due to the sheer quality of the glass.  Usually, it’s very difficult to obtain a discount/deal on their products but right now and until 2 December 2015, they are offering a 20% discount on all their shop contents.

To view and/or order, please go here.

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Ultimate Hardware Gift Guide for Mobile Photographers / Videographers / Artists with Sales This Weekend

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As well as the mobile photography /video / art apps that we just mentioned that are on sale this weekend (see here), there are also some good bargains to be had in the hardware department. We have listed some of the best deals below, take a look:

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DxO to Update One App Software Bringing Apple Watch Support and More

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DxO announced yesterday (24 November 2015) a new update to their app software for the DxO One, designed to be paired with an Apple iPhone (it can function as a stand-alone camera, albeit without a viewfinder).  

Version 1.2, which we understand is due out in December 2015, will introduce new camera controls including a continuous shooting mode, access to advanced capture parameters and photo information with a simple swipe and one-tap access to hyperfocal distance in manual focus mode, as well as the ability to reposition the magnification loupe for critical focusing. If you’re a fan of selfies, then this update will please you as they are available in each capture setting setting and mode as well as video.

If you’re planning on using your DxO One for fast action, then the addition of the expanded shutter speed range (to 1/20000 sec, up from 1/8000 sec), will appeal. Additional encouraging updates include a longer low-light exposure (30s) and the facility to capture video with full manual control of aperture, ISO, white balance and more.

One of the key highlights to this update is for the Apple Watch community. It will enable Apple Watch wearers to capture multiple photographs in quick succession as well as recording videos with their devices. The Apple Watch also acts as a trigger for activating the shutter and eliminates camera vibration for long exposure shooting.

The DxO One retails for $600/£449 and you can purchase it here.

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The iPad Pro – First Impressions with Carolyn Hall Young – The Artist’s Perspective

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Yesterday, the brand new iPad Pro became available in over 40 countries worldwide, including in stores and online. Many mobile artists were among the first to purchase this epic 12.9 inch device, including of course, none other than Carolyn Hall Young. You may recall Hall Young’s recent TrueView Interview as well as our podcast, where she explained how much she loves iPad painting and has completed 1,450 serious digital portrait paintings on her older iPads and she confessed she has been drooling about the release of the iPad Pro, ever since it was announced.

Well, usually bed-bound Hall Young collected her brand new iPad Pro in person, yesterday, at her local Apple Store in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.  Sensibly, Hall Young contacted the store first and Mac Expert – Suzanne Clute reserved one ready for collection. (We have images below of Hall Young in the Apple Store). Following this purchase, she then went to visit her neighbour Bobbie Aamodt, for her 98th birthday to show her the brand new iPad Pro (photos below). This phenomenal woman, 98 year old Bobbi Aamodt, took to the iPad Pro “like a duck to water”, explained Hall Young. She cannot wait to make her own purchase of this unparalleled device.

We asked Hall Young for her first impressions of the iPad Pro, from an artist’s perspective. Hall Young explained, when she first entered the Apple Store and saw the iPad Pro, she was initially disappointed that it was not larger. When she held it and started to use it, she realised it was the “perfect size”. For digital painting, of which Hall Young does tirelessly, she explained that there’s a “huge improvement in the viewable painting area and the screen itself is utterly beautiful, the scale for viewing the ergonomics work for me”, expressed Hall Young.  “The transfer rate between picture, uploads and downloads is significantly faster than with the iPad Air 2 and the transition from her iPad Air 2 to the iPad Pro was seamless,  said Hall Young. The new Apple Pencil and smart keyboard that Apple have launched alongside the iPad Pro were available to test in store (delivery will be later) and Hall Young has ordered both. Procreate and iColorama are favourite apps for Hall Young and these were not available to test in store with the new pressure sensitive Apple Pencil, however her first impressions were favourable. The design of the new capacitive pencil is slim and “it’s a little slippery and not a ‘gripable’ design” per se, however, as with many of Hall Young’s other styli she has rigged them to aid her painting. The smart keyboard she found to be”‘very responsive” and “utterly amazing”.

When Hall Young left the Apple Store in her wheelchair with oxygen attached and her husband Warren pushing her through the doors, the Apple Staff and their surrounding customers all stopped and turned and congratulated her on her purchase and expressed their good wishes. What an incredible day! What an atmosphere! We cannot wait to see what she creates with her iPad Pro!

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iPad Pro Can Be Ordered Right Now!

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Apple is open for business… Today is the first day you can order your iPad Pro online and they’re already taking orders and currently stating availabity to ship in one business day.  Click here to order from Apple.com or if you prefer to order from B&H, please click here.

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Epic 12.9-inch iPad Pro Available to Order Online Wednesday & Arrives in Stores Later This Week!!!

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We are all getting incredibly excited because this week the long awaited iPad Pro Arrives in Over 40 Countries Including the US, UK, China & Japan!  The iPad Pro will be available to order online on Wednesday, November 11 from Apple.com (here) and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorised Resellers starting later this week (if you prefer to shop at B&H who are an incredibly good reseller, please click here). Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, also available to order on Wednesday, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro.

“The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we’ve ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful 64-bit A9X chip and groundbreaking Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard. We can’t wait to see what they do with iPad Pro.”

The new, larger iPad Pro features a stunning 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels, the most ever in an iOS device, and groundbreaking performance with the new 64-bit A9X chip, rivaling most portable PCs. It is thin, light and delivers all-day 10-hour battery life* that users have come to expect from iPad. Apple Pencil for iPad Pro makes drawing and sketching feel remarkably fluid and natural, and delivers incredible accuracy for activities like fine art illustration and detailed 3D design. A built-in Lightning connector on Apple Pencil makes for quick and easy pairing and charging. Apple’s new Smart Keyboard further extends the utility of iPad Pro, offering a full-sized keyboard in a thin, durable design so you can take it anywhere. The Smart Keyboard attaches to iPad Pro’s innovative Smart Connector port, eliminating the need for a separate battery, on/off switch or Bluetooth pairing.

iPad Pro has already inspired developers of the next generation of advanced apps for everything from productivity, design, illustration, engineering and medical, to education, gaming and entertainment. 

“iPad Pro enables new forms of mobile creativity that will help transform how creatives work,” said Scott Belsky, vice president of Products at Adobe. “With the larger iPad Pro screen and lightning-fast performance, creatives will be able to take full advantage of Adobe’s family of Creative Cloud mobile apps. For example, the ability to manipulate a 50-megapixel image right on iPad Pro in Photoshop Fix and then send that image to Photoshop CC on a desktop, for further refinement, is the kind of industry-advancing collaboration that millions of Adobe and Apple customers will benefit from.”

“Creative thinkers worldwide use Paper as part of their workflow, designing everything from flow charts, to storyboards, to wireframes, to architectural sketches. iPad Pro is the ultimate platform for Paper, with a powerful 12.9-inch Retina display and A9X chip that deliver performance rivaling most portable PCs,” said Georg Petschnigg, CEO and co-founder of FiftyThree. “iPad Pro gives Paper users an even bigger and more dynamic canvas on which to rapidly capture ideas however they strike — as notes, photos, sketches or diagrams.”

Procreate 3 is designed for iPad Pro to give artists a more immersive experience than ever before,” said James Cuda of Savage Interactive. “iPad Pro’s gorgeous 12.9-inch Retina display lets you create massive artworks: up to an incredible 16K in resolution. This new level of definition allows for large format printing and exceptionally detailed artworks. Procreate 3 is also built for Apple Pencil. Its remarkable accuracy, pressure sensitivity, tilt detection and palm rejection make Apple Pencil the tool we’ve been waiting for.”

“iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the new pad and pen,” said Evi Meyer, CEO of 3D sketching app UMake. “With its simple use and powerful computing capacity, designers can leverage these tools to reimagine their sketching experience and finally elevate their flat work to 3D. UMake, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil finally empower professional designers to embrace innovation, along with their creativity.”

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Apple iPhone 6s Review – Kevin Carter / DxOMark

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Kevin Carter our Head of Technical Hardware as well as the Lead Technical Editor for DxOMark and the British Journal of Photography among others and someone quite close to me 😉 recently tested the Apple iPhone 6s. The DxOMark lab tests represent the gold standard for technical photographic tests and these are used by all the large review sites including dpreview, Popular Photography etc as the basis to all their reviews.

Kevin concludes “Despite our hopes for the new sensor, the Apple iPhone 6s posts an identical overall score as its predecessor. With an overall DxOMobile score of 82 points, the Apple iPhone 6s is left behind by the two leaders in our database, the Sony Xperia Z5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, with an overall score of 87 and 86 points respectively”.

Please read his full review here

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LG Launches New Smartphone with Two Screens and Two Selfie Cameras

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Today LG took the wraps off its newest smartphone featuring multimedia capabilities never before seen in a mobile device. The first of its V Series phones, the LG V10 was designed to provide a rich multimedia experience both consumption and creation for today’s social network savvy consumers. Distinctive new features such as a Second Screen, Dual Front Cameras and Manual Video Mode differentiate the LG V10 from the competition. All this comes wrapped in a design that utilizes high-grade stainless steel and a durable silicone skin to make the V10 one of the rare smartphones to pass drop tests for shock conducted by an independent third party.

Always pushing the boundaries of smartphone innovation, LG is introducing a Second Screen as an inset display above the main 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display on the V10. Working independently, the Second Screen can be set up as an “always on” display to enhance the V10’s productiveness all without impacting battery life. Set the Second Screen to display the weather, time, date and battery icon when the main display is off. With the main display on, the Second Screen can be set to convert to a dedicated launching area for shortcuts or your favorite apps. What’s more, when you’re enjoying a movie or game on the V10, the Second Screen will notify you discreetly without blocking your view when a call or text comes in. Ignoring the notification won’t distract you from your enjoyment or you can pause whatever you’re doing to respond.

Wide angle images usually require a large, heavy lens which can distort the corners of photographs. The LG V10 features 5MP Dual Front Cameras with two separate lenses to capture standard 80 degree selfies or perfect wide angle selfies of 120 degrees, without the need to pan the smartphone which increases the likelihood of camera shake. For the wide angle shot, the V10 employs a sophisticated software algorithm to combine images from the two separate lenses which are just far enough apart to provide two different points of view. The ability to take group selfies without a selfie-stick has never been easier. Multi-view Recording can capture different angles utilizing all three cameras on the V10. Select and insert the version that looks best in your masterpiece.

 

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