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Camera360 v1.5 released for WP8 with Double Exposure

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Camera360 is always one of my favorite camera app in WP8. Let’s see what’s new in this release

  • Double-Exposure (new feature).
  • Thumbnails loading is faster.
  • Photo saving failed bug is fixed.
  • ‘Sweet’ filter bug in Portrait is fixed.

Except the first one rest all are bug fixes and performance improvements. Let’s look at the Double exposure in little more detail.

Till this moment I didn’t have much clue about what’s Double Exposure and how to do it. So I searched and come across this site that shows the photos created using Double exposure, It’s really amazing. I turned on Camera360 to see how Double exposure works, at first I didn’t know how to get it working. After playing with Camera360 for a minute or so, I got how to do it. it’s very simple

  1. Open Camera360
  2. Push the Camera icon up (the icon sits in the center of the dial) . It will give two options Effects and Double Exposure.
  3. Choose Double exposure and click the back button, a circle icon below the options. It will take you back to the shooting mode.
  4. Point the camera to an object and shoot the first photo, next point the camera to a different object and take a shot.
  5. Camera360 will merge these two shots and give you a single photograph. The real good feature is, while taking the second exposure, Camera360 will show a transparent preview of the first exposure. So that you easily know where to place the second object with respect to the first one.

Let me know how it worked for you. Also please share your double exposure photos, you can add the URL in the comment section. If you haven’t downloaded Camera360 go to Windows store and get it.

Happy clicking…

 

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Written by Sony Arouje

September 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Oggl ing in Windows Phone 8

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I always hunt for more and more apps related to photography for my Lumia920. One of the recent hit to the store is Hipstamatic Oggl, an awesome app for any photography enthusiast. One of the great feature of Oggl is I can download Lens and films from the Oggl online store and give my photos a unique style. In simple words these Lens and Films are like Filters, we can mix and match Lens and Film to give a unique effect to our photo.

Like Instagram, Oggl is a community driven platform. I can upload photos to Oggl web, I can follow and comment or like photos of others. Using Oggl I can upload photos to Instagram aswell.

One reason I fell for Oggl is, it’s capability of reapplying a different Lens/Film after the shot is taken. For e.g if I take a photo using Matty Lens with a Black and white film, I can change it to color later. I can apply a different color Film and make the same photo in color, without out reshooting it. To apply a different Lens, go to Library in Oggl, select the photo you want to edit and click the Gear icon (center icon).

In most other Camera app, if you shoot in Black and white, then no way to change it to color. By default the app comes with five predefined set like Portrait, Food, etc. I can add my own preset by choosing a Lens and a Film.

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Oggl has an online store where we can download new Gears (Lens and Films). As per Hipstamatic they add more lenses every month. Oggl app is free and comes with a limited set of Lens and Films. To get full collection we need to subscribe for a Quarterly or Yearly subscription, subscription options are Quarterly for $2.99 & Yearly for $9.99. For Windows phone users there is a 60 day trial, in this period we can use the all the available Lenses and Frames.

One of the issue I have with Oggl is, it will be very slow if the phone is connected to Data network. I assume the app is trying to connect to the server before showing the camera app. I feel this is bit annoying and I might miss an opportunity because of this delay. Normally what I do is, I open Oggl and keep it running, I use the Back button and select Oggl whenever I required it. I reported this issue to Oggl support.

Oggl team is working on it to fix issues and adding more features. I like the customer support of the team, they provide a very fast response to our queries and suggestions.

Download Oggl and let me know how you feel about the app, you can leave your comments in the comments section. I shared some of the photos from Oggl to http://lumia920photos.tumblr.com/tagged/oggl

Happy Clicking…

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Written by Sony Arouje

August 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Why I moved to Mobile photography

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I am passionate about photography and ended up buying a Nikon DSLR back in 2007. Since then I am in love with photography. A year or two ago I stopped taking photos. It’s not because I lost the passion, It’s because my responsibilities held me back from roaming around with my camera. I wanted to spend time with my son than in street or in woods.

I saw a lot of opportunities to capture in my daily life but difficult to carry my SLR every where especially to work. One device always handy is my mobile but I never used it, because I had an iPhone 3G. The camera quality is pathetic and I never took any photo in that.

Recently I switched to Lumia 920 and started experimenting with the camera. I would say Lumia 920 has an awesome camera. It’s low light capturing ability is wonderful. After a couple of days with Lumia 920 I realized that the opportunities in mobile photography is endless. I decided to explore the potentials of mobile photography that I explored with my DSLR.

I always love street photography but I am reluctant to go to street. One reason is, I am very shy to go to public holding my camera. Another reason is the subject will always be tensed in front of the big black DSLR camera. This will reduce the chance of capturing the right mood that I intended. I also need to face the questionable look of onlookers. When I replace the DSLR with my mobile, I become very comfortable. No one notice me, my subjects are more relaxed and I get the mood what I intended. You all will be seeing the result of my mobile street photography in coming days.

I love taking portraits, there is a lot of portraits in my collection. One thing that applies to both street and portrait photography is, the subject should be relaxed. You will never get a good portrait from a tensed subject unless you are shooting a rock. Getting a good photo of my son is very difficult. He will try to pose for the shoot when ever I take the camera to take a shot. I like to capture the mood, when some one pose for a shot, I think the photo will loose the mood. Using a mobile as a camera, my son will never notice it or wont feel so much tensed.

One thing I really enjoyed is Nature photography. In nature photography I don’t need to care about whether the subject is tensed or relaxed. No one bothers when taking a photo of a flower or river. I tried couple of nature shots using Lumia 920. All shots came very good.

Lumia 920 have a fixed 2.0 aperture, that left me the option of playing only with exposure. Combining with right technique and tools, I can able to take good looking photos. One of the hurdle for me in mobile photography was how to know the amount of light as there is no light metering. I couldn’t find that answer yet. To overcome this situation before taking the shot, I will decide the area of interest. I will tap that area in the screen, so that the camera will calculate the desired exposure for that particular area. For e.g. if I want to take a silhouette, I will tap the brightest part of the scene. So the camera will adjust the exposure for the bright part and underexpose the subject.

Post processing is one of the crucial part of photography. One of the advantage of mobile photography is, I can process the photos in the mobile and upload it from any where. I don’t need to get back home to process my image. Windows phone store has some good photo processing apps, see the summary section for more details.

Summary

I moved to mobile photography doesn’t mean I won’t touch my DSLR again. My Nikon is still a big part of my life. It’s impossible to replace a DSLR with any fixed lens, fixed aperture device. In DSLR I have freedom to choose the aperture, I decide the exposure, I can change lens, I am in total control.

So where will I fit mobile photography? in my daily life, the place I feel difficult to carry my SLR. As you read this far then you might be interested in mobile photography and you might be curious to know my tools.  In my previous posts I explained about the Camera apps and Post processing apps I am using in my Lumia 920. You might be also interested to see some of the photos taken using Lumia 920, have a look at my tumblr page.

Happy clicking…

Written by Sony Arouje

May 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Camera360 crossed 100 million global users

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I started spending more time in mobile photography after I bought my Lumia 920. I experimented with different photography app and one day I saw Camera360 in the store and thought of giving it a try. Then onwards I was in love with Camera360. One reason I was so impressed is it’s simplicity and applying different filters in real time, the big plus factor is, yes it’s free (If it was not free then I will definitely buy it). I would say I become a big fan of Camera360, have a look at some of the photos taken using Lumia920 and for most of the shots I used Camera360.

Recently I came to know that Camera360 crossed 100 million users across iOS, Android and Windows Phone. It’s a big win for Camera360, it’s the first mobile photography app that crossed 100 million users around the world. Check out the press release here.

To my fellow mobile photographers, don’t forget to try Camera360 and please leave your experience with me in the comment section.

Happy clicking…

Written by Sony Arouje

May 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm

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