So Apple has finally unveiled iOS 7, proclaimed by its top honchos as “the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone” confirming rumors of its departure from skeuomorphic styling, in favor of a somewhat simplistic and flat redesign, completely changing the user interface. While this is a welcome aesthetic change, some of the features being hailed as new, have been integrated way ahead with other mobile platforms.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with my iPhone and no software hiccup can make me give it up, but there’s always this appetite that only Apple can whet with exciting and breakthrough surprises, and the WWDC 2013 announcement of iOS 7 seem to be just that, flat. Anyway, I’m all for a clean look and feel, already I’m liking the distinct color palette and that fancy subtle motion and layering, but it’s really the new Camera app that I’m curious about.
This is how you’re camera will look like in iOS 7. Impressed?
Excerpt (and image) from Apple:
iPhones are used to take more photos around the world every day than any other camera, and with iOS 7 the new Camera app features filters so you can add real-time photo effects. The Camera app now includes a square camera option, and you can quickly and easily switch between your four cameras—video, photo, square and panorama—with just a swipe.
With a camera that’s already very impressive (at least in the iPhone 4/4S/5) I smell Instagram’ing influence with this update, so Apple has given in to square framing and filters – hurrah for the insta-retro-artsy. And why not? It spawned its own brand of photography, what we now call iPhoneography (or simply phoneography as a general term to include all mobile devices with camera). Should I complain that these too-basic of features are not included in previous/recent iOS versions? No, because there’s been a bunch of apps for that.
I will not be surprised if this new Camera app solidifies the iPhone’s top ranking as camera of choice, as with the iOS 7, snapping square photos and applying photo effects will now be a tap or gesture away. Instagram’ing will definitely be more fun and easy.
But we’ll have to wait until around September this year, when iOS 7 is set to be released, to give it a proper Instagram’ing and iPhoneography spin.
Are you an Instagram’er? Then snapping, editing, and sharing photos might just get you a chance at winning a Samsung Galaxy S4 from Globe Postpaid. The contest is open to anyone with an Instagram account, and runs from June 11 to 14, 2013. This makes Instagram’ing more fun and exciting as Globe will be giving away one (1) Samsung Galaxy S4 daily for the next four days!
To join, simply follow these mechanics:
- Post a photo on Instagram showing a vision board/photo collage of your best plans (career, travel/vacation, party, date, proposal, etc.) in the next 6, 12, 18 or 24 months.
- Include a brief caption explaining the photo collage, how flexible that plan is, and how you can take full control; just like MySUPERPLAN’s flexible contract period options!
- Share your posts on Twitter using Instagram’s in-app “Share Photo” feature.
- Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@enjoyGLOBE) and tag your posts with #BestPlanEver.
- The most creative photo will win a Samsung Galaxy S4.
Indeed, it’s about time! Plants vs. Zombies 2, the sequel to the only game I keep (playing) on my iPhone and iPad, will be released this July 2013.
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon perfect for strolling the city on a photo walk, but me and my fellow IGersManila moderators #TheMods decided it’s just perfect timing for our second Muster Date with our collaborators group #TheColl, and we couldn’t hold our excitement that long, as we’re doing a themed photo-shoot with models for the first time in a studio, at the Le Petit Studio Manila. With themed walk-on sets and a variety of creative props, Le Petit is not really that small with its beautifully designed walls that served as our backdrop for our “Noon at Ngayon” photography challenge for the day.
Thanks to @chakulit16 who took care of the venue and for inviting Ms. Diana Sadie @misscomplexicated, former Binibining Pilipinas candidate, to pose as one of our models. And we’re overwhelmed with the support we’ve been getting from Jeoffrey Solas, aside from sponsoring AVON beauty products for the make up artist and the Instagram’ers, StarStruck V finalist and GMA Network artist Enzo Pineda graced our photo-shoot upon his invitation! We owe @iamkebok and @morbeedah, both #9pmhabit visual storytellers, big time, who also joined us to support the event.
Below is a collage of my Instagram posts from the shoot, the first row “noon” while the colored snapshots are “ngayon.” Check out the rest of #TheColl posts at #MusterDate002.
Here’s a grid of behind-the-scene snapshots. We were awestruck by both Diana and Enzo as they gamely posed while we snapped away by groups in 2-minute intervals. Enzo even challenged us by playing around with “visualizing” emotions, wowed us by shedding tears as soon as he’s internalized his character.
I must say the IGersManila shirt never looked this good. Thanks to Ed Calaycay, our Community Manager, for taking the lead on this project.
With IGersManila #TheColl @ivanborlongan @ianaperalta @lizlrey @chakulit16 @reyjohnino @christofferking and #TheMods @ipetim @edcalaycay, and our sponsor Jeoffrey Solas. Not in the photo are @jaimejim @vinaranas87. Photo courtesy of @vinaranas87.
Until the next snap-shooting Muster Date, keep the good vibes rolling!
The original VSCO CAM (iOS only at US$ 0.99) is what I frequently use, not really for snapshooting, but for filter edits, having a simple and straightforward process that Instagram’ers like me expect from or are used to in a mobile photography app. When Visual Supply Company announced that a major update for the app will be released soon, I didn’t know it’s going to be this whoawesome – launched as a free and standalone version! And if you happen to have the older version, you get the bonus of installing the legacy pack in VSCO CAM 2.0, cool!
Note though, that the previous version will no longer get updates, and you need to transfer your Image Library if you want to use them in the new version.
Once you’re done downloading the legacy pack to your free VSCO CAM 2.0, you’ll see the ten original presets (numbered 01 to 10) when exploring filters. No worries if you don’t have the original version as you get to pick a preset pack of your choice available for purchase in the in-app store.
I have to agree that VSCO CAM 2.0 offers the best mobile presets on the market (the faded black and whites are my favorite), I actually bought the Launch Bundle, that’s 16 packs or 48 presets all in all (excluding the 10 original presets) – that’s US$ 16.00 value for only US$ 5.99, available for a limited time.
The new image library, where you can add existing photos from your Camera Roll or propagate with new snapshots, now provides a customizable image browing experience with filters by flag or edit, and views in multiple thumbnail sizes.
The camera now provides increased creative control with a separate focus and exposure rings plus white balance lock, including guides for “thirds” grid and square framing.
It’s amazing what 48+10 photo effects and various edits can do to a single snapshot. The new VSCO CAM does complement the already highly-capable and impressive iPhone 5 camera. I can’t wait to take it for a spin this weekend and contribute to the VSCO Grid, a community focused on craft, curation and content, minus the follows and likes – well, you have Instagram for that.
If you’re still not convinced that VSCO CAM 2.0 is an essential Instagram’ing app, check out this video:
A fellow Instagram’er forwarded a link to this video, which pretty much explains what Instagram is. And when I meet people asking about IGersManila, and why Instagram (and not Facebook or Twitter), I sometimes get stumped with the question. I’d reply by playing around with the word “passion” and how Instagram’ers are not exactly photographers. And that this community of visual storytellers, from around the world, is getting bigger each day.
Our IGersManila community account, that practically reposts and never once used the Instagram camera, with links to websites in most of its caption, was spared. While I know only a few (with legitimate profiles) who have been affected by the mass-deletion, I immediately thought of it as a glitch. True enough, while we enjoyed Instagram’ing almost spam-free for a day, affected accounts were being restored.
Today, @instagram posted this with a short explanation:
Yesterday we experienced technical issues that caused people to be unable to access their accounts for a short period of time. We restored access as soon as the issue was brought to our attention, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Thank you for all your comments and reports to let us know about the problems you were experiencing. We’re always listening and we were able to fix this as quickly as we did because of your help. If you’re still experiencing issues accessing your account, visit help.instagram.com. Thanks again for your patience and support.
All good then. So, on with Instagram’ing fun. Keep the good vibes rolling!
My top choice for phoneography, and everything else mobile and online, now my DSLR misses and hates me.
If you’re looking for a one-stop site that brings together updates on this year’s national and local elections, Google’s Philippine elections resource page is your perfect online go-to. Launched on the first week of May, it’s a collaboration between Google Philippines and broadcast networks and online news portals, now getting hits from over 50 countries around the world, from as far as Uzbekistan, Rwanda, Finland, and the Netherlands.
The site contains election-related stories from various local news sources, providing information by political party or national issue, including broadcast coverage, precincts and candidates, and an incidents map organized into tabs. The incidents map plots election-related incidents on a Google Maps map tile of the Philippines embedded in the site, providing readers with a visual idea of crisis and violence levels in areas of interest.
If you ditched the TV (like me) to go all-out online for news, then add Google’s Philippine elections resource page to your bookmarked websites, and arm yourself with valuable information when claiming your right to suffrage this May 13. Oh and don’t forget to vote wisely!
In a live video webcast of Nokia’s global product announcement in New Delhi, India, Nokia introduced the new Nokia Asha 501 and the new Nokia Asha platform. Matching the handset’s striking color and stylish design is a user interface that’s purpose-built to be fast and responsive, making the smartphone experience accessible and affordable to more people. Learn more about Nokia’s first offering from a new family of Asha smartphones here. No information yet on local availability.
Want to make your Mother’s Day greeting extra special? Why not shoot a short but sweet video message (it’s quite easy to do now with a camera phone and videography apps) and join Beyond The Box’s contest for a chance at winning an iPod Touch (5th Gen) and a dinner date with your mom at Umami Hambaagu House. Full mechanics here.