Josh Raab, reporting for Time:
Following last year’s Shot on iPhone 6 campaign, Apple is bringing back the concept for the iPhone 6s.
The new ad campaign features 53 images from 41 amateurs and professional photographers from around the world.
While the previous campaign included a variety of photographic subjects – from landscapes to extreme close-ups – this time, Apple has put the focus on portraits, most of them photographed in subtle, everyday moments.
Some great shots in this updated campaign for the iPhone 6s. Billboards have started going up around the world today – I assume a new World Gallery webpage is launching soon, too.
Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer, writing on Medium:
Many followers have inquired about whether a certain photograph is taken with an iPhone or DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera). In choosing the photographs for my year on Instagram, I decided to select only iPhone photographs that were captured in the square format on an iPhone. For many purists, the square format was the original inspiration for Instagram. And I certainly admire those that continue to post only square photos taken with a smart phone.
My approach to my Instagram feed continues to be all square photos are taken with an iPhone, and full-frame horizontals and verticals are taken with a DSLR (usually a Canon 5DMark3, but I’ve also posted some from Sony, Nikon and Leica cameras).
There's a beauty about Instagram's original square format – a creativity derived from the boundaries of constraint – that I still see as the purest expression of mobile photography. Some of Souza's photos are somewhat staged, but the majority of them have taken on the spur of the moment, where a smartphone makes for an excellent storytelling tool. Fantastic shots. I love the last one.
Harry McCracken, writing at FastCompany:
Facebook is announcing that it's begun introducing support for Live Photos in its app for the iPhone and iPad, allowing users of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to upload Live Photos from their devices. The feature will be available to just a small percentage of members at first, and will gradually roll out to more.
People who are included in the app rollout and who view those photos on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 will see the photos you shared as Live Photos. Everybody else—such as those with Android phones, Macs, or Windows PCs—will just see a conventional still picture and be none the wiser.
Facebook follows Tumblr as the second big network to add native support for Live Photos. If only there was also a social network where you could post pictures as quick updates and they could animate in a timeline. That would be nice, I guess.
Never to be outdone by changes in iOS, the Workflow team has shipped a revised Photos integration in the latest update to the app, bringing support for bursts and Live Photos with improved GIF generation.
In addition to dedicated 'Get Latest Bursts' and 'Get Latest Live Photos' actions that will return the latest items from your photo library matching those media types, Workflow's action extension can now be used to pass a burst or a live photo to a 'Make GIF' action. With this simple workflow, for example, you can turn a live photo to a looping animated GIF and preview it with Quick Look directly into the native Photos app. While a number of standalone Live Photo-to-GIF utilities have appeared in the past few months – often with some great advanced controls – this means that a basic conversion can now be done entirely with Workflow and automated any way you want.
Furthermore, because the Make GIF action now supports an unlimited number of images as input, you can create workflows that use hundreds of screenshots or photos to generate a long GIF. You can even pass a video if you want and turn it into a GIF. And the opposite is also true: with the 'Get Frames from Image' action, you'll be able to extract specific frames from GIFs and photo bursts without needing an app for that.
Live Photos are possibly my favorite aspect of the iPhone 6s Plus; having direct support for them in Workflow is just a perfect combination. Workflow 1.4.3 is available on the App Store.
Developed by Tiny Whale (the same studio behind Lean), Lively was one of the first utilities to enable exporting of Live Photos to GIF shortly after the iPhone 6s was released. Today, Tiny Whale has launched Lively 2.0 with new options for video trimming and GIF generation, and it's a lot of fun.
As I've written before, I love Live Photos. They can capture the fleeting nature of a moment like nothing else can, and the integration with the well-known Camera UI is seamless. Unless I'm taking product shots for reviews, I always keep Live Photos enabled.
Apple doesn't provide a lot of options to manage and export Live Photos from the Photos app, which is why third-party developers have stepped up to the challenge with dozens of utilities to export Live Photos as GIFs, clean up their videos, and more.
Alive, developed by Clean Shaven Apps (Dispatch, Due, Clips), is a new full-featured solution that combines management functionalities with handy exporting and stitching tools for Live Photos and traditional videos.
Ever since Twitter rolled out the ability to include multiple pictures in a tweet, I've been annoyed by the lack of such option in iOS' tweet sheet. There are times when I'd rather not open my Twitter client to tweet some pictures or screenshots – maybe I don't want to get distracted by news happening on Twitter, or maybe I just want to share from the Photos app without seeing mentions that I want to reply to.
Twitter's (or Apple's?) decision not to support the feature with the native iOS extension is baffling, but, thankfully, the latest update to Linky for iPhone and iPad offers an elegant (and obvious) solution to the problem.
In the past eight years, each new advancement in iPhone camera technology has made dramatic improvements to image quality. The new 12-megapixel iPhone 6s iSight camera is no exception. With 50% more megapixels than the last four iPhone 8-megapixel models, the iPhone 6s boasts a number of key improvements including: improved auto-focus, local tone-mapping, noise reduction, and colour separation, with that fancy “deep trench isolation” technology Apple is raving about.
In this follow-up post to my previous iPhone comparisons, I present a 9 iPhone comparison from all iPhone versions taken with Camera+ including: the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and the new iPhone 6s, in a variety of real-life situations to test each iPhone camera’s capabilities.
Lisa Bettany's annual iPhone camera comparison is always well worth a read. Make sure to tap on the examples for more details, and check out Lisa's explanation of the photos.
Great take by MG Siegler on Live Photos:
You know the scene in almost every movie where a person is looking at an old picture of a loved one when suddenly it triggers their memory of the moment and we’re taken back to a live version of the scene? In a small way, that’s Live Photos. It’s hard to see right now because these iPhones with the functionality are brand new and so the memories are still fresh in our heads. But just imagine what these Live Photos will be like when you look at them in a year? Or ten years? They’ll be memories, captured in time.
See also: Jeremy Olson on capturing moments of a child's life with Live Photos.