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Weekly photo contest: HDR!

HDR, or high dynamic range, is one feature the iPhone, particularly the iPhone 5s really excels at. Taking an okay photo is easy, but taking an amazing photo that manages to balance everything just right, that's something else completely. Whenever you have a lot going on in a photo, HDR really can save the day. So that's your task this week, get a great photo that's well balanced from sky to grass or ocean to sand.

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, April 8th 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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Weekly Photo Contest: HDR!

It's time to announce this week's photo contest -- HDR! A few days ago, I published an article about HDR photography, so now it's time for you to put your new learned skills to the test. You can stick with the built-in HDR feature of the iPhone's camera, or use one of the many HDR apps that can be found in the App Store.

Congrats to Tatum22 for winning last week's photo contest!

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How to take awesome HDR photos with your iPhone

Have you ever wondered what that HDR toggle in your iPhone's camera options is for? And why you want to use it? HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and refers to a scene that includes both bright and dark elements -- the sun, reflecting off water, with deep shadows in the tree lines, or even a regularly lit person standing against the glare of an open window. When we talk about HDR photography, we are referring to taking photographs of such scenes. Unfortunately, unlike the human eye, camera sensors need a little extra help to get that done. So, in this week's iPhoneography column, we're going to discuss more details about HDR and how best use your iPhone's camera to get the most dynamically awesome photos ever.

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Forums: Apple TV 3 release pool (win an ATV3 for free!), waiting for iPhone 5, iOS 5.1 changes, how to shoot HDR photos, SwitcherPlush for iOS 5 Jailbreak?

If you're not in the TiPb Forums, you're missing out on the best darn iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and frankly -- everything else! -- discussion on the web today! Registration is free and fast, and there's help, humor, and contests aplenty to make your iOS life just that much better. If you haven't already, join now!

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iPhone 4S 8MP camera hands on

One of the new features of the iPhone 4S is an 8 megapixel camera equipped with a fast f/2.4 lens. Without question, this was the feature I was most excited about, and I almost immediately started snapping pics.

For sample photos and a summary of my thoughts, follow along after the break! (All photos are original; none have been edited in any way beyond being resized to fit the page.)

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Daily Tip: How to stop the HDR camera mode storing two pictures in your Camera Roll

Annoyed by the Camera app storing double pictures in HDR mode and wondering how to stop it? Apple introduced an HDR (High Dynamic Range) setting to the iPhone 4 camera with iOS 4.1 and if used in the right circumstances can produce some much improved camera shots. Unfortunately, the way it works can cause a problem if your device is short of storage space. When HDR is turned on, the camera is actually taking four pictures, combining three of them into the HDR picture and saving the normal image in your camera roll. If you don’t want to save the normal picture in your camera roll as well as the HDR version, there is simple way to stop it happening, read on and we will show you how.

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Daily Tip: How to take better HDR photos with your iPhone 4

Curious about how to take better HDR (high dynamic range) photos with your iPhone 4? Maybe you've tried it out but the end result wasn't as good as you were expecting? Apple makes it pretty easy to take HDR photos, but for some pointers on how to take the best HDR photos possible just follow along after the break!

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iPhone 4 proximity sensor, Game Center ID, Before the iPhone, HDR photos - From the Forums

The TiPb forums are naturally a great place to talk, commiserate, celebrate, get help, and offer advice to your fellow iPhone users. We are always looking to improve our forums so you should be happy to know that we've added a "Thanks" button. If someone helps you out or has posted something you think deserves a "Thanks", be sure to let them know by hitting the button! In order to create a new thread of your own or reply to any of the existing threads, you must be a registered member. Becoming a member is easy and free so if you haven’t already head on over and register now!

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iOS 4.1 HDR photography comes from Imsense acquisition?

iOS 4.1 includes HDR photography for iPhone 4, but did Apple roll the technology themselves or did they buy it along with UK company Imsense Ltd? MacRumors has done some sleuthing and they think the latter:

According to a note on the website of Braveheart Ventures, which backed imsense, the company was acquired by "an undisclosed trade buyer in July 2010". According to a press release from Braveheart, it received £342,000 for its minority stake in imsense, more than doubling its original £150,000 investment in two years.

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