Winning Imagery from the iPhone Photography Awards 2018

Recognizing especially talented photographers using the pocket-sized devices

Photographers across the world use filters, frames and high-tech tools to make their work look great. But sometimes the simplest option does the job best. The iPhone Photography Awards—which have recognized photographers for their iPhone skills since 2008—recently announced their latest collection of winners. This year’s winning images span various categories, from nature to architecture, travel, portrait, the abstract and more. Two winners in particular …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Swimming pools, fireworks, Dragon drones and more in our look around the web

1. University of Tokyo’s Dragon Drone Transforms While Midair Calling the University of Tokyo’s new drone the Dragon doesn’t just reference its form, the name is also an acronym short for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON.” Composed of several small drones, powered by a pair of ducted fans that can thrust in almost any direction, the high-flyer can autonomously …

Wired’s List of Gadgets for iPhone Filmmaking

With the iPhone X shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second, pocket-sized capturing capabilities truly rival that of larger set-ups. Still, certain things are missing: from stabilization to various lenses and true sound control. Wired has assembled a list of items that increase the pro-look of iPhone filmmaking, from an app to various stabilizing accessories. The Joby GripTight One Magnetic tripod might be what …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Antarctica's first-ever Pride celebration, Olafur Eliasson's debut building, underwater data, lawn flamingoes and more

1. Microsoft’s Underwater Data Center One cylinder comprising 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage has been dropped by Microsoft off the coast of Orkney in Scotland. The goal is to see if the tech giant can save energy by cooling in the sea. And the location was chosen as the French-built cylinder will draw power from an undersea cable and the Orkney’s renewable energy …

Depth Photography Apps and the New iPhones

Both the 8+ and the X capture detailed and editable depth data when shooting photos in portrait mode

Apple introduced Portrait Mode awhile back utilizing the dual lenses on their plus model phones to map depth in an image and blur out the background, creating the effect of a fast lens with the aperture wide open. With both the iPhone 8+ and the iPhone X on iOS 11 the depth data from portrait mode images is available to developers. Within Apple’s own Photos …