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Weekly Photo Contest: Macro!

This time of year is amazing to me because the weather can be so different all over the world. That means there may be falling leaves or the first sight of snow already, depending where you live. What a better time to run a macro contest? It's the perfect time to get outside and explore things around you before it's too cold for some of us. This is a perfect opportunity for those of you who have an olloclip lens system to take advantage of it. Any attachments and editing apps are fair game!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, November 19th at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

It's also time to announce the two winners of our last photo contest! And the winners are...

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Filterstorm Neue for iOS takes an old favorite to new levels, optimized for speed

Filterstorm has been one of my favorite photo apps for as long as I can remember. It's simply jam packed with features and editing options. Filterstorm Neue is now available and has been completely rewritten to process images better and faster than its predecessor.

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Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s review

Olloclip recently released an update to their current lens system for iPhone which is supposed to bring with it better overall optics and a new macro option. In the past we've been impressed with the results the old Olloclip system produced when it came to taking wide-angle, macro, and fisheye shots on the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5. Now that I've had my hands on the new 4-in-1 system for a while now and had the chance to test it out with my iPhone 5s, here are the results...

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iPad Air vs iPhone 5s: iSight and FaceTime camera shootout!

While the iPad Air now has the same, improved front-facing FaceTime HD camera as the iPhone 5s - and every other 2013 iOS device - its rear-facing iSight camera remains very much unchanged from the iPad 4 and original iPad mini. What has changed however is the software and hardware that power it. With iOS 7 and the very same Apple A7 found in the iPhone 5s - and the very same image signal processor (ISP) - the iPad Air could see an overall boost in quality anyway. To measure how it stacks up, we put the 5 megapixel iPad Air camera up against the 8 megapixel camera, not see if it would win - it doesn't have a chance - but to see how close it can come!

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Snapseed for iOS updates with new HDR Scape filter, pre-iOS 7 users beware

Part of today's Google+ event announcements centered on Snapseed, and some new features coming to the Google acquired photo editing software. Of all of them, one much touted new feature was the HDR Scape filter, and the iOS application has just been updated with all the newness. But if you're not on iOS 7 you should tread carefully.

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Google+ for iOS to get background image sync and full resolution uploads

Announced at this mornings Google+ event, Google+ for iOS is in line to get pretty substantial update for those of us who use the service for backing up our photos. Thanks to iOS 7, Google+ will soon be able to auto sync your photos in the background, instead of needing to have the app open as is currently required.

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Weekly Photo Contest: Halloween!

It's almost Halloween and that means trick or treat, carving pumpkins, costumes, parties, and scary movies! There's a heck of a lot to capture through photos, that's for sure! That's your task this time around, capture the best photo you can that shows off how you celebrated the Halloween season!

This time we'll be running the contest for two weeks instead of one so we make sure we cover the entire Halloween season. We'll also be picking two winners this time around, which means double the chance of winning!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, November 5th at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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

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Best camera apps for iPhone: VSCO Cam, Flickr, Loom, and more!

The best alternative photo apps from simple organization to apps that completely change how you take and view photos on your iPhone

Want the absolute best iPhone apps for taking pictures? Apple's built-in Camera app is perfectly usable, but there are alternatives that provide different options for everything from picture taking to photo organizing to dark-room style editing and effects. There are tons of options on the App Store, but which replacement camera app for iPhone is the absolute best?

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Weekly Photo Contest: Sticks and stones

We've already given you guys the challenge of showing us how good you are at capturing textures so now we're going to give you specific ones to work with. In this instance, sticks and stones. These are things we see all around us, particular brick and stone patterns. The winner of this contest will be the one that can really get out there and see the beauty in these items we tend to easily overlook in our everyday lives. I'll even give you a hint, if you've got a beach or hiking trails around you, those are amazing places to start!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, October 22nd at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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

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iPhone 5s camera review, straight from Patagonia

The iPhone 5s improved upon the iPhone 5's camera in many ways. In our own camera comparison, I found that the iPhone 5s performed exceptionally well, especially when it came balancing colors and exposure. This was extremely evident in panorama comparisons. If you're still wanting more image samples, the guys over at Austin Mann have an amazing review of the iPhone 5s' camera posted. Not only do they have lots of sample images, they went straight to Patagonia to get them.

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