NEW TECHNOLOGIES, PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES AND CREATIVE APPLICATIONS
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Technology specialist DAN HAvLik selects his favorite products and gadgets for January.
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Schneider Optics iPro Lens System
Taking photos with your iPhone is fun but the biggest image-quality challenge is the
phone’s poor built-in lens. Respected lens maker Schneider Optics comes to the rescue with
the iPro Lens System, a unique device designed to expand the iPhone’s photo and video
The iPro Lens System consists of a tough, black iPhone case that houses a wide-angle
and fisheye lens in the device’s small handle. The lenses use a bayonet mount to lock onto the case and cover the iPhone’s built-in lens.
The wide angle increases the iPhone’s field-of-view by 35 percent—or a third more of the shot—while offering low distortion and
impressive sharpness. For an ultra-wide effect, the fisheye lens creates a 165-degree panorama.
And because the system is made by Schneider Optics, it uses genuine Century lenses, which are designed by the same team
responsible for Schneider’s television and movie optics. The iPro lens housings are built from aluminum alloy and anodized so
they’ll stand up to some wear and tear.
To prevent flare, the lenses have multi-layer anti-reflection coatings. The best part? The whole
system, which is compatible with iPhone 4/4S, is just under $200.
SpyderGallery iPad App
If you color calibrate your computer monitor, why not your iPad? With more and more
photographers using their iPads as their digital portfolios, it would make sense they’d
want the 9.7-inch screen’s image quality to be pristine. With the SpyderGallery iPad
calibration app, it’s now possible.
Created by Datacolor, which is already known for its Spyder3 monitor calibration solutions,
SpyderGallery is one of the first apps to let you custom color profile iOS devices.
Just dangle a Spyder3 colorimeter—available separately—over the iPad’s screen, and the
SpyderGallery app will measure and profile the screen’s color and then apply correction. The
latest version of the app, SpyderGallery 1. 2, offers better reliability for RAW and large JPEG
images files; faster thumbnail generation; display and scrolling capabilities; and no longer
requires Location Services to be enabled (thank the stars). The app is also now iOS 5 compatible.
No photo importing is required and you can see
all your images in one gallery viewer. The app also
has a personal photo watermarking feature and
pixel-level zooming capabilities. All this and it’s