photography

Editor's desk: In defense of iPad photography

When the iPad 2 launched in 2011 with both FaceTime and iSight cameras, it challenged a lot of prejudices and preconceptions, including my own. The image of something the size of an ancient dry plate camera with an accordion up front and a blanket draped over the back leapt to mind, as did tourists in Tommy Bahamas clicking away on iPads as they saw the sights. Part of the problem was the cameras themselves — they were dismal at first and never seemed to catch up to the great cameras shipping with the iPhones. But the rest was pure snobbery.

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How to use the timer in the Camera app for iPhone and iPad

The Camera app in your iPhone or iPad has a timer feature similar to that in standard point and shoot or DSLR cameras. This means that if you've got a tripod or can prop your iPhone against something, you can easily frame a photo and then jump in it yourself, no photographer needed! Simply set the timer and let the Camera app do the rest!

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Best iPhone apps with photo extensions for iOS 8: Edits and filters working together!

iOS 8 brings with it an awesome new ability to pull filters, editing tools, and lots more from your favorite photo editing and filter apps. However, it requires that developers support the feature in order for it to work. Luckily, there are already a handful of really great ones available that can give you a wide range of tools to use without ever having to leave the Photos app. So if you're only concerned with the best iPhone apps where photo extensions are concerned, these six apps should definitely be on your short list!

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Best manual control camera apps for iOS 8: Fine tune your photos before you take them!

If you're looking for the best iPhone apps to help you take advantage of all the new camera features that iOS 8 offers, you've come to the right place. For times when you want to adjust exposure on the fly, or have complete control over things like shutter speed and white balance, you'll need to turn to an App Store app to fill your needs. Now thanks to iOS 8, third party camera apps have even more potential than ever. These are currently the camera apps we find best take advantage of all iOS 8 has to offer!

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iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus camera shootout!

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are almost identical in every single way, with only a few exceptions. While both models got an updated sensor, iPhone 6 Plus also features optical image stabilization, or OIS for short. The iPhone 6 does not feature OIS. So the question becomes, does it really make that big of a difference? And more importantly, should it affect your purchasing decision if you take a lot of photo and video on your iPhone? That's exactly what we're going to find out!

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Photographer shows off the beauty of Iceland with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras

Professional photographer Austin Mann was given the opportunity to put the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus through their paces with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, in Iceland, and came out with some amazing results.

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How to quickly adjust exposure in the iOS 8 Camera app

Exposure changes how bright or dark your photo will turn out. While you've always been able to tap different parts of a live photo preview to adjust exposure, iOS 8 brings more advanced exposure settings that gives you even more control. Best of all, they're super simple to use!

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Best iPad apps for Instagram: See all your favorites shots, and selfies, on the big screen!

While Instagram may only be officially supported on the iPhone, that doesn't mean it doesn't belong on your iPad too. The larger screen begs to have photos views on it and Instagram is no exception. Luckily, lots of App Store developers have stepped up to fill in the app. Unfortunately some options are not nearly as good as others, so if you're only interested in the best iPad apps for Instagram, follow along for our top recommendations!

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Weekly Photo Contest: Black & white

Photo submission by HankAZ

This week's theme is Black & White! Interpret it as you will, and have some fun with it! It's a pretty broad theme, and lots of room for different perspectives, so take your best shot and maybe you'll be the winner next week!

The contest begins now and ends Tuesday, July 29th at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winner of our last photo contest! And the winner is...

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How to make sure you capture unexpected photos of your kids with your iPhone

The iPhone is the best camera most of us have with us most of the time, and that includes those times when kids do the most amazing, the most outlandish, and the most unexpected things. Making sure you can capture those serendipitous moments as quickly, easily, and beautifully as possible is something Apple has spent a lot of time on. Both the iSight hardware and Camera software are specifically designed to do just that. When it comes to taking great photos of your children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces, and family friends, there are several ways to make sure the best camera captures the best photo possible!

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