Mobile Photography & Art – My Top Five Apps by Lynette Sheppard from Hoolehua, Hawaii

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We are revitalising our Top Five Apps section to our Photo App Lounge column. This a section within TheAppWhisperer where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers and artists to list their top five apps and to explain why they have … Read more

Mobile Photography – Brand New App -SWRLY Giveaway worth $2.99 each

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There’s a brand new universal (for iPhone and iPad) app on the streets called SWRLY by accomplished BrainFeverMedia app developers. SWRLY is a modern take on the orginal swirly lens, the Petzval, created in 1840 by Josef Petzval – one of the foremost optical physicists of his day. This lens design was one of the first portrait lenses and is characterised by a unique swirly bokeh effect. Many of the earliest photos (daguerreotypes, tintypes, etc) were captured with Petzval lenses.  The characteristic look developed with this app is of course over 170 years old and optical lens design, in general has developed considerably since then but the reason this app is of interest now, is directly due to the distinctive ‘look’ it produces.

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SWRLY retails for $/£2.99

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LG Announce New Flagship Smartphone with First to Feature Plastic OLED FullVision Display

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According to circulating rumours, LG the Korean smartphone manufacturer, have been selected to supply the iPhone 8 with an OLED screen. What we do know is that LG have invested $7 billion into OLED production facilties. So, it’s not a huge surprise to hear of LG’s brand new flagship smartphone, announced today, will feature the world’s first smartphone device to feature a plastic OLED FullVision display.

Expertise in OLED has long been a core competency of LG, and the technology has always been seen as a potential value-add for smartphones,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With competition in the global smartphone space fiercer now than ever, we felt that this was the right time to reintroduce OLED displays in our mobile products.

With consumers seeking bigger displays but eschewing larger phones that are uncomfortable to hold in one hand, LG’s FullVision display is a key contributor in the trend toward minimised bezels in smartphones. OLED was simply the next evolution for FullVision displays, delivering incredible quality, vividness and clarity to smartphone visuals. At six inches, the OLED FullVision display will be LG’s largest in four years while the actual body will be smaller than last year’s LG V20. As the upper and lower bezels have been reduced by 20 and 50 percent when compared to the V20, the LG logo has been moved from the bottom of the display to the back of the phone to maximize viewable screen space.

The FullVision display’s immersive and expansive visual experience is enhanced on the 4.15 million pixels of the QHD+ (1440 x 2880) OLED screen. Superb image quality is achieved via emissive OLED technology which reproduces perfect black and colours with greater accuracy across a wider color spectrum. By implementing optimal image algorithms gleaned from years of OLED research and development, visuals on this OLED display deliver 148 percent of the sRGB1 color space for digital images and 109 percent of the DCI-P32 color space for digital cinema. Another intrinsic advantage of OLED technology is operational response time, which is tens of times faster than LCD. This accelerated response time effectively eliminates afterimages, an important consideration for action movies and VR. And with support for HDR10, watching compatible movies and videos on this display offers a whole new eye-opening experience.

And because the screen in the upcoming smartphone will be based on plastic OLED technology – also known as P-OLED – the edges can be curved to allow for a more ergonomic design and a better feel in the hand. P-OLED is created by placing pixels on a plastic substrate which is much stronger than a glass base. What’s more, the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that incorporates shatter-resistant technology. Most importantly, using advanced encapsulation and pixel-scanning technology, the burn-in problem that has affected OLED technology in the past has been all but eliminated in the P-OLED technology in LG’s upcoming device. Encapsulation significantly reduces oxidation of the pixels and LG’s pixel-scanning technology allows for less energy to be applied to each pixel, also saving battery power.

 

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Mobile Photography – PhotoMarks Watermark Copyright Trademark Protect Giveaway worth $4.99 each

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In keeping with our regular giveaways here at TheAppWhisperer, today we are offering you the opportunity to receive a promotional code for PhotoMarks – Watermark Copyright Trademark Protect app, it’s an elegant solution for visually watermarking or annotating your photos. Giving you the facility to easily add copyright protection to your images or add beautiful text comments to your photos before sharing on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Email, or other options. PhotoMarks allows you to completely customize the appearance of your text and logo marks.

To find out more about this app visit the developers website here.

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Mobile Photography & Art – Portrait Of An Artist Summer Challenge

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Welcome to our Fifth Portrait of an Artist Challenge. The theme of our new challenge is “Portraits Under The Rain”.  The purpose of this challenge is to evoke very strong and intense feelings through the use of metaphors about the … Read more

Mobile Photography & Art – My Top Five Apps by Maria Cecilia de São Thiago from São Paulo, Brazil

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We are revitalising our Top Five Apps section to our Photo App Lounge column. This a section within TheAppWhisperer where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers and artists to list their top five apps and to explain why they have … Read more

An App For A ‘Perfect’ Selfie According to University of Waterloo, Canda

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Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo have developed a smartphone app that helps people learn the art of taking great selfies.

Inside the app is an algorithm that directs the user where to position the camera allowing them to take the best shot possible.

Selfie’s have increasingly become a normal way for people to express themselves and their experiences, only not all selfies are created equal,” said Dan Vogel, a professor of computer science at Waterloo. “Unlike other apps that enhance a photo after you take it, this system gives direction, meaning the user is actually learning why their photo will be better.

In developing the algorithm, Vogel and Qifan Li, a former Master’s student at Waterloo, bought 3D digital scans of “average” looking people. They took hundreds of “virtual selfies” by writing code to control a virtual smartphone camera and computer-generated lighting which allowed them to explore different composition principles, including lighting direction, face position and face size.

Using an online crowdsourcing service, the researchers had thousands of people vote on which of the virtual selfie photos they felt were best, and then mathematically modelled the patterns of votes to develop an algorithm that can guide people to take the best selfie.

They later had real people take selfies with a standard camera app, and an app powered by the algorithm. Based on more online ratings, they found a 26 per cent improvement in selfies taken with Waterloo’s app.

This is just the beginning of what is possible,” said Vogel. “We can expand the variables to include variables aspects such as hairstyle, types of smile or even the outfit you wear.

“When it comes to teaching people to take better selfies, the sky’s the limit.

Vogel and Li recently presented the work in Edinburgh, Scotland at the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems.

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Mobile Photography – TrueView Interview – How TheAppWhisperer Helps Me With Mobile Photography and Art with Carol Wiebe from Ontario, Canada

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Our TrueView Interview section is an area where we ask one singular question, to mobile photographers and artists and it is captured to video. This time, we asked accomplished Mobile Photographer and Artist, Carol Wiebe from Canada, How Does TheAppWhisperer Help You With Mobile Photography and Art?”.

Many artists are working on their videos right now and each video is as unique and individual as each artist. We are fully conscious and respectful that you are all capturing a part of yourself and sharing it with us and we love it. Thank you.

Thank you for being a reader and viewer of our wonderful site. If you would like to view our previous TrueView Interviews, please go here.

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