Category Archives: Photography

Quick Look: Magical Venice for iPad

Magical Venice iPad app

Magical Venice is a photo collection featuring images of the famously beautiful Italian city. Here’s how its creator describes it

Magical Venice is an intimate photographic portrait of this unique city and its lagoon. The images are the result of over 25 years of work by Venetian born photographer Roberto Soncin Gerometta, and are accompanied by the music of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Roberto was kind enough to offer me a promo code for the app, and I’ve been taking a look at it over the last week or so. Hit the jump for a few quick thoughts on it, and some of the gorgeous photos …

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Review: LIFE for iPad

LIFE for iPad

LIFE for iPad is an app that brings the famously superb photography of Life Magazine to your iPad. Here’s a little slice of its App Store Intro:

LIFE on iPad is a spectacular experience: LIFE’s legendary photo collection at a never-before-seen resolution. Download the free app to explore LIFE’s vast archives, up-to-the-minute news photos, and special features not available anywhere else.

I’ve had the app for around a week now and spent a lot of time with it, both on my own and with my daughter. The short story here is that this is an excellent and beautiful app. For a few more thoughts on it, and lots more of its stellar content, hit the break …

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MosaicFacebook HD for iPad Review

There was a time when computer generated photo mosaics were such a novelty that they elicited magazine covers and widespread media attention. Photo mosaics uses software algorithms and photography to recreate a reference image from thousands of smaller individual photos. There was nothing new about creating mosaics from photos, however, by the 1990’s they could be generated dynamically by software, instead of being done by hand. What was once the realm of high-end digital imagery can now be done by MosaicFacebook HD for $4.99.

MosaicFacebook HD leverages the collections  of Facebook and Flickr users to create the intricate mosiac effect. MosaicFacebook HD took somewhere between eight and ten minutes (left to make a sandwich) to process the two thousand plus photos in my Flickr account. I’m not sure what it was doing, but it did not download those images to my iPhone, if I had to guess, it was processing each photo’s color values to know when each one could be used in the future.

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Quick Look – The Guardian Eyewitness for iPad

The Guardian Eyewitness for iPad

It’s taken me quite a while to discover this app – as it’s been out since right around iPad launch day.  I’d always heard very good things about it, but it has still exceeded my high expectations.  The Guardian Eyewitness app for the iPad is just superb. 

As its App Store description states, it showcases the world’s most distinctive and provocative photographs, providing a daily, visual reflection of global events.  Even if you’re not usually fascinated with photography, this app presents stunning and gripping images that will leave you unable to put it down until you’ve seen all of them.

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