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Breaking News…Halide Mark II – Pro Camera is Here!

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We mentioned earlier this week that Halide Mark II was coming, well now it is here, sitting in the App Store! Halide is an App Store Editor’s Choice, award-winning camera from the team behind Spectre, Apple’s App of the Year of 2019. Halide is the most powerful camera for iPhone with the most elegant, simple design — A pro camera for everyone. So, you want to know what’s new in this verision? Take a look below…

What’s New?

“After 18 months of work, today we’re excited to launch Halide Mark II — Not just Halide’s biggest update yet, but a whole new app.

If you already bought Halide 1, we have great news: you’re getting Mark II for free!

Its new interface has been designed to be easier to use, with every control in reach for one-handed operation. It offers even more control, with: • all new gesture-based automatic and manual mode switcher • all new, reachable interface for older iPhones • ‘Tactile Touch’: automatic enabling- and disabling of features like exposure warnings and focus peaking and loupe as you adjust exposure or focus • new dynamic labeling of controls and actions to explain features and actions to users ;

• Coverage: a new feature that enables users to get the best of both worlds: with Coverage, Halide takes a photo with Smart HDR 2/3 and Deep Fusion with maximum quality and computational processing, as well as a RAW file. There is a small delay between these captures, but this enables unparalleled flexibility when shooting;

• Instant RAW: A feature in Halide’s reviewer to instantly develop RAW DNGs taken in the app. Normally, developing RAW files can be a time-consuming process with many parameters. Halide Mark II uses Machine Learning to process an iPhone RAW file with 17 steps for a great, immediately share- or editable result. Steps include detail enhancement, contrast and color adjustment and more.

Users only have to tap once on ‘Instant RAW’ instead of adjusting any parameters to get results.

• Pro Tools XDR: Halide packs the best professional photography tools ever seen on iPhone. The new waveform and color exposure warnings (zebras) are not only fast and accurate, but use XDR (Extended Dynamic Range) 14-bit RAW sampling, for truly accurate exposure previews and readings. Luminance and color histograms can now be tucked into the ‘ear’ of the iPhone or shown large on screen for extra detail and closer inspection. Focus tools include new, automatic and enhanced focus peaking as well as a focus loupe for achieving critical focus.

• A redesigned reviewer featuring a full metadata read-out for inspecting image properties.

• In-app membership allowing users to sign up for photography lessons, get perks like exclusive custom app icons and more.

• and over 40 other new features and changes.

What makes Halide special?

Halide was designed with our favorite object in mind: the delightfully tactile and beautiful film camera, without compromising on the flexibility and power of mobile photography. Gestures are modeled after the intuitive manipulation of dials: swiping up and down for exposure, and left and right for focus. The interface is simple and free of clutter, letting you focus on your artistic process. We pay homage to the design heritage of more than a century of camera design with completely custom typefaces and typography throughout based on etched type on camera bodies and lenses.

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By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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