Urban Reflections – An Artist’s Approach with ProCamera

When the ProCamera team asked if I would create a guest post for their blog, I happily agreed. I was introduced to ProCamera in the summer of 2012, and it’s been my go-to photo app ever since.

I’ve created this post from the perspective of a visual artist who uses mobile photography as a component in my practice. You might ask — how exactly does mobile photography feed into my work as a visual artist? I’m still exploring this, as mobile photography is a relatively new medium for me. I hadn’t before considered mobile photography as an art in its own right, but ProCamera began to change this notion for me when I noticed the high quality photos it has helped me achieve. Sometimes, the photos are starting points for drawings and paintings. And at other times, the photo itself becomes the work of art.

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As I walked along the Landwehrkanal, I was struck by the autumnal colours and this lone figure sitting beside a tree. Without the figure, the photo wouldn’t be as interesting. If someone or something catches your eye, don’t wait around as things can change quite suddenly. Find a good vantage point and take the picture before the moment passes you by.

I’m here in Kreuzberg, Berlin at the moment. This wonderfully diverse Stadtteil forms the backdrop of the photos contained throughout this entry. Below, you will find the photos I took along with a description of my artistic process. Continue reading

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SHOTS OF THE YEAR 2014 – only one week left to submit your photos!

The end of SOTY2014 Simplicity exhibition is drawing near. You can still submit your photos until January 15th.

Each day new photos are added. Check them out here!

Read more about SHOTS OF THE YEAR 2014 and how to submit your pictures.

Below, we have compiled another selection of the strongest photos uploaded so far. No final decisions have been made.

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Dave

 
Hamid Ahang

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SOTY2014_Stream141221Bella

SOTY2014Sebastian Frank

SOTY2014Carlos Ritter

 
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SOTY2014Thomas Lim


 

Check out:
Shots of the Year 2014 – Presented by ProCamera & EyeEm

SHOTS OF THE YEAR 2014 – Submission highlights

 
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SHOTS OF THE YEAR 2014 – Submission highlights

Since December 9th, mobile photographers have been sharing their interpretations of the concept of Simplicity on EyeEm in our “Shots of the Year 2014″ Exhibition. Each day new photos are added. Check them out here!

You, too, can submit your photos until January 15th, 2015.
Read more about SHOTS OF THE YEAR 2014 and how to submit your pictures.

Below, we have compiled some of the strongest photos uploaded so far to give you an idea of what we are looking for, although no final decisions have been made.

 
 
Alfons Teruel

Snev Rotbok

SOTY2014_Stream141221Teresa Madruga
 
SOTY2014_Stream141221Elaine

SOTY2014_Stream141221Jens

SOTY2014_Stream141221Nathan Budge

SOTY2014Felix

SOTY2014Anne Østerby

SOTY2014Tovrist

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SOTY2014Markus N.


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Interested in entering this exhibition?

Entries should be submitted through the ProCamera app. Here’s how:
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  1. Select the photo you’d like to submit from the ProCamera Camera Roll or Lightbox.
  2. Tap the Share button in the bottom left corner.
  3. Tap “Exhibition”.SOTY2014_ProCamera8-to-EyeEm_820x450px_post_2
  4. The photo will then open in the EyeEm app.
  5. The tag “ProCamera – Shots of the Year 2014″ are set automatically. Add any additional tags you’d like.
  6. Share!

All photos must be submitted through ProCamera and EyeEm, so both apps must be installed on your phone or iPad. EyeEm can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.
Submissions are open until January 15th 2015.

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Shots of the Year 2014 – Presented by ProCamera & EyeEm

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10 Tips For Taking Stunning Landscape Photos With Your iPhone

Have you ever taken an iPhone photo of a stunning view, but for some reason the photo didn’t work out as you expected? Most iPhone photographers have had that experience, because the views that look great in real life don’t necessarily result in great landscape photos.

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On the other hand, even an average landscape can be turned into a spectacular photograph if you know how to take full advantage of each photo opportunity. In this article you’re going to discover 10 simple and powerful tips for taking stunning landscape photos with your iPhone.

 

1. Include details in the foreground

Including interesting details in the foreground is probably the easiest way to improve your iPhone landscape photos. However, this is counterintuitive to most people. After all, they want to take a photo of the stunning view in the background, so why worry about the foreground?

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To give you an example, in real life the mountain in the background looks a lot more impressive than the simple tree in the foreground. However, taking a photo of the mountain alone would result in a flat landscape photo where all the subjects are located far in the background.

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By combining subjects in the foreground and the background, we can show depth in our photos, which in turn makes them immersive and inviting. There’s nothing worse than a flat landscape photo, and adding detail in the foreground is the easiest way to show depth in your photos!

 

2. Use human subjects

Using human subjects in landscape photography is a great way to add foreground interest to your photos. But instead of the typical holiday photos with someone’s face next to a landscape, I prefer taking photos of people who are admiring the landscape and not posing for the shot.

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Including a solitary human figure in your landscape photos is a great way of adding an element of story to your photos, while at the same time providing the image with a sense of scale. This works particularly well when the person in your landscape photos is not posing for you.

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3. Use sky in the composition

While the sky rarely stands out enough on warrant a photo on its own, having an interesting sky can make or break your landscape photos. In general, perfectly clear or uniformly overcast sky is boring, while partially cloudy sky can be used to greatly enhance your landscape photos.

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Whenever there are interesting clouds in the sky, look for creative ways to incorporate them in the composition to add yet another layer of interest to your landscape photos.

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4. Pay attention to light conditions

Seasoned photographers know that photography is all about light, and even subtle changes in light conditions can make a huge difference in the resulting photo. This is especially true in landscape photography where small changes in light have a huge impact on your photos.

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While this might not always be possible, you’ll get the best results if you visit the same place in different light conditions, or even at different times of the year. These two photos show you just one example of the kind of difference light can make in your landscape photos!

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5. Follow the diagonal principle

The diagonal principle – which suggests that important subjects should be positioned diagonally from each other – is one of the most important composition guidelines. The diagonal principle works particularly well in landscape photos where composition can often be a challenge.

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This photo has two important subjects (or focal points) – the smaller rock in the foreground and the large orange rock in the background. By positioning these diagonally from each other, the photo becomes balanced both horizontally and vertically, creating a harmonious composition.

 

6. Include leading lines in your photos

There’s nothing worse than a flat landscape photo. But if you can show depth in your landscape photos and make them feel immersive, they are going to have a much stronger impact on the viewer. And one of the best ways to make your photos immersive is using leading lines.

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While any prominent lines in your photos can work as leading lines, some of the best leading lines in landscape photography are created by roads, paths and rivers. The best leading lines extend from foreground into the background, inviting the viewer to explore the landscape.

 

7. Use a wide angle iPhone lens

Several photos that you can can see on this page could only be taken because I was using a wide angle lens. While I generally advocate zooming with your feet, there are times when you simply can’t get the entire landscape into the scene without using a wide angle lens.

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In these situations it’s extremely helpful to have a wide angle lens for your iPhone. Based on my experience I can recommend wide angle lenses from iPro and Moment. While there are cheaper alternatives available on the market, their optical quality is disappointing.

 

8. Take sharper photos using a tripod

One of the advantages of landscape photography is that you have a lot of time to prepare the perfect photo, which makes it possible for you to use a tripod. A tripod will not only help you take sharper photos, but it will also force you to think about framing your photos more carefully.

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While any tripod will work with your iPhone, for landscape photography I recommend getting a serious DSLR tripod that can support your iPhone on wet rocks and other slippery surfaces. You will also need a tripod mount such as Glif to attach your iPhone to the tripod.

 

9. Take HDR photos

Getting a well balanced exposure can be a challenge in landscape photography, especially if the sky is also included in your photos. Without HDR, you will either get dark foreground or the sky will be overexposed, resulting in loss of detail in clouds as seen in the example below.

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The best solution to this problem is HDR photography, which automatically combines different exposures of the same photo into one better-exposed image as seen below (both unedited).

Blogpost: 10 Tips For Taking Stunning Landscape Photos With Your iPhone - Emil Pakarklis

You can take simple HDR photos using the native Camera app, but you can get a more powerful HDR effect using VividHDR app, which is now available directly inside ProCamera 8.

 

10. Always keep practicing

These tips and techniques provide a great starting point for iPhone landscape photography. But if you really want to achieve extraordinary results, you’ll have to put in some work and apply these techniques until you find your own once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities.

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You might not get extraordinary results the next time you’re taking photos with your iPhone, but if you’re persistent and if you keep practicing, your iPhone photos will definitely improve!

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Shots of the Year 2014 – Presented by ProCamera & EyeEm

ProCamera, in partnership with EyeEm, is pleased to present an
International Open Call
for the best shots of 2014 that represent the concept of simplicity.
Submission period:
December 9, 2014 to January 15, 2015.

Click here to see the amazing photos uploaded so far for our SOTY exhibition.

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In our busy and complex world, simplicity is a luxury. But what exactly does “simplicity” mean? How can you capture it in a photo? As a mobile photographer, show us how you have personally explored the concept of simplicity. In a few words (160 characters max), please share your interpretation of simplicity in the caption of your photo (optional). All photos will be considered, but we encourage you to submit photos that have a simple yet strong composition.

 


The exhibition will be displayed online throughout the entire submission period. The 100 best photos will be showcased online by ProCamera. The 12 winning shots will be printed and sent to the photographers. Photos can be taken with any type of smartphone camera. All genres of photography are welcome: from portraits to street photography, nature to animals, color, black & white, and HDR.

Once the submission period closes, we will review all entries based on EyeEm user ratings, and then select the photos to be included in the top 100, as well as the 12 winners. Winners will be selected for the following categories:

Main categories:
People & Animals, Nature, Street.

Sub-categories:
Color, Black & White, HDR.

Winners will be announced on February 5, 2015.


 

Prizes
The top 4 photos will be printed on aluminum dibond and sent to the winners.

The next 8 best photos will be printed on canvas and sent to the winners.

The top 100 images will be showcased on the ProCamera and EyeEm blogs, and selectively showcased in ProCamera’s “Hall of Fame”.

 


 

Eligibility and Entries
All photographic processes, shot on any type of smartphone camera in color, black & white, and HDR will be considered. All entrants are encouraged to document their process of creating the final photos, including apps, techniques, and the stories behind the photos. If HDR or heavily edited photos are submitted, please keep the originals (upon request) or submit it along with the final photos. There are no entry fees for this exhibition. Photos may only be submitted by their copyright owners. Entries that infringe copyright laws are invalid.

 


 

Submission
Entries should be submitted through the ProCamera app. Here’s how:

  1. Select the photo you’d like to submit from the ProCamera Camera Roll or Lightbox.
  2. Tap the Share button in the bottom left corner.
  3. Tap “Exhibition”.
  4. The photo will then open in the EyeEm app.
  5. The tag “ProCamera – Shots of the Year 2014″ are set automatically. Add any additional tags you’d like.
  6. Share!

All photos must be submitted through ProCamera and EyeEm, so both apps must be installed on your phone or iPad.

There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.

 


 

The Jury
The judge for this exhibition will be from the ProCamera and EyeEm teams:

From EyeEm
Gen Sadakane, Co-founder & Creative Director
Lucy Pike, Photo Editor
Severin Matusek, VP Community

From ProCamera
Jens Hedtke, Photographer & Lead Designer
Lance Hewison, Visual Artist & Art Educator (Academy of Art University, San Francisco)

 


 

Hold Harmless Agreement
By submitting to this exhibition you release EyeEm and ProCamera, and their members, from all liability of any and every kind.

You understand that information contained in this form may be released to the media, and that by entering this exhibition you understand that your artwork may be used or photographed for marketing or other promotional purposes. All credits will be given.

 

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Manual Focus, Manual HDR – Even More Features and Optimizations for Mobile Photography

As the first update following our epic ProCamera 8 release, version 6.1 offers more than just usual fine-tuning and optimization for iPhones 6 and 6 Plus: even more functions for manual control of the iPhone camera.

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Manual Focus

One long press to set focus manually – Manual Focus in ProCamera is convenient and easy to use. … read more

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HDR optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and new Manual Bracketing feature

The in-app purchase „vividHDR in ProCamera“ is now optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and performs better in low-light situations. Additionally, HDR experts can set all three exposure values of the bracketing. … read more

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UI adapted to New Screen Sizes

 

What else is new in PROCAMERA 8 v6.1

Gray Card Calibration
A long press on the White Balance (AWB or WB) performs a gray card calibration for the most true-to-life colors in your photos, even in situations with very tricky ambient light.

Slow Motion Video Player
Play back your action videos in slow motion. You can even adjust the pitch of the audio in your video for realistic playback or creative sound effects.

Histogram³
Choose your preferred Histogram style from three display options by tapping on the Histogram icon in the control panel.

Minor Usability Improvement
Long-press on the flash icon to activate Steady Light and to reveal the torch intensity slider. A simple tap on the torch icon will turn off Steady Light. Long-press on the torch icon in order to toggle the visibility of the torch slider.

Define your Default Text for Sharing to Facebook and Twitter
Your website or preferred tags will be added automatically.

Bug fixes & plenty of refinements


As with all new iOS releases and updates if you have any suggestions or find a bug then please let us know via the in-app support or email us at support@procamera-app.com.We can’t wait to see what you create with the new ProCamera 8! Available on the AppStore now for $3.99.

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Manual Focus

Manual Focus in PROCAMERA 8 is convenient and easy to use. One long press is all you need for activation.

Switch it on and Try it out
Setting Focus and Exposure can be customized according to your preferences. By default, the additional features are switched off. Activate Manual Focus and customize exposure control in Settings > Focus and Exposure. Each option is described in detail.

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Control Panel

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Settings

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Focus and Exposure

As before, focus is locked by performing a long press on the blue focus square. Additionally, Manual Focus Control and Lens Position Indicator can be (de)activated independently of one another.

Once these settings are activated, the small slider at the side of the blue focus reticle shows the current lens position, from macro (bottom) to infinity (top). The point on the slider stops moving when focus is set.

Steps to set focus manually
( 1 ) Set and lock the focus reticle.

( 2 ) Slide your finger up/down (anywhere on the screen). Optionally, keep your finger on the screen and slide horizontally (left/right) to fine-tune focus.

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This is particularly useful in cases when automatic focusing fails, such as with moving objects or areas with insufficient contrast in the subject. A specific scenario might be one in which you would like to choose to focus on the raindrops on a window or the scene beyond the window.

Public Beta
Your feedback on this feature is important for us to further improve the app. We have loads of exciting ideas already planned, and your valued feedback on how manual focus works in PROCAMERA will be of great help. So please let us know what you think. Do you like it, find it useful, have some suggestions? Please write to us via Settings > Support & Feedback, or via www.procamera-app.com. PROCAMERA and its millions of users will benefit from your feedback. (Thanks!)”

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HDR with Manual Bracketing

With PROCAMERA 8 Version 6.1. you can either use the automatic scene analysis – which is one important component that accounts for the high quality you get with vividHDR – or you can choose to set all exposure levels manually. There are two modes for the latter: MEB und AMEB.

Note: When experimenting with manual exposure bracketing, you may find that it’s hard to achieve satisfying results. This is why we recommend AUTO mode.

 

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MEB (Manual Exposure Bracketing)
This mode lets you set the range of under/over-exposure symmetrically – similar to many DSLR cameras – and allows you to reduce or extend the range of contrast and color.

 

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AMEB (Advanced Manual Exposure Bracketing)
In this mode, all three exposure levels can be determined independently. AMEB is an interesting tool for artistic photography and special HDR effects. We are curious to see what you come up with.

 


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How to use ProCamera 8 to Take Great iPhone Photos via Mobiography blog

Andy Butler from the Mobiography blog has written a fantastic post on how to use some of the new ProCamera 8 features found in iOS 8 including exposure compensation and manual white balance control.  Here’s an example from the white balance section.

In digital photography white balance is the process of removing unrealistic colour casts from a photograph in order that objects that are white in reality, appear white in your photo. Different light sources will emit light at various frequency levels which translate into different colour casts on a photograph. Digital cameras use auto white balance compensation which work out the colour temperature of a scene and automatically makes adjustments that neutralise these colour casts.

To gain more control over the white balance settings you will need to enable the white balance control from the settings menu. Once enabled the letters, ‘AWB’ will be displayed on the screen. Tapping ‘AWB’ will display a colour temperature slider at the bottom of the screen. To adjust this simply move the slider left or right until the desired colour tone is achieved.

Head over to the Mobiography blog to read the whole article or download Andy’s excellent Mobiography: The Smartphone Photography Magazine on iPhone and iPad.

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Stunning HDR, manual exposure & white balance. ProCamera 8 – our most epic update!


With stunning HDR, manual exposure, and white balance controls, ProCamera 8 is our most epic update to date.

We’re very excited to offer you incredible HDR photos in ProCamera 8.  By partnering with vividHDR through an in-app purchase, we’ve developed the fastest, highest quality and most advanced three-shot HDR capture on iOS 8. In fact, the HDR capture is so accurate that it’s even possible to capture moving objects without ghosting.

There are five different HDR styles available, including Natural, Vivid, Dramatic, Black & White, and Faded. All styles are custom made from the three shot combination. These can be preset in the Control Panel or swiped through prior to saving.

The HDR Camera can be found under the Camera Switch icon. You can try the HDR for free or purchase to remove the watermark.

Here are some before-and-after examples to show you the dramatic impact that the new HDR mode has on the overall luminosity and vibrancy of photos.

Dramatic HDR 

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After

Vivid HDR 

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After

Black and White  HDR 

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After

With iOS 8 we can now offer real exposure control in ProCamera 8. We’ve done this in two ways.  The first is with a dedicated Exposure Compensation (EV) dial that you can turn on at any time from the viewfinder (top row middle – as shown below).

The new EV dial gives you complete control over the light levels in your photos. We’ve designed it to always be within reach without distracting you from shooting.

The second way you can control exposure is with the dedicated ISO & Shutter mode that you can turn on in the Control Panel. As the name suggests, you now have full manual control over the ISO sensitivity and Shutter Speed on your iPhone. A simple tap on either reading in the top row will activate the corresponding dial below.  The precision dials and readings will help guide your adjustments, you can also tap on the dial to quickly increase or decrease your ISO and Shutter. Both the EV and ISO & Shutter Speed controls work together with our well-loved yellow exposure circle (reticle).

But that’s not all for manual controls. We’ve also added complete color control to the White Balance (WB) function  in the Control Panel.  Tapping on the White Balance icon on the capture screen now opens up a new world of manual color temperature and color tint.   As you can see below, the color temperature dial provides both the Kelvin scale and preset icons found on most digital cameras.

Finally, for the videographers we have included slow motion playback for high-frame rate videos.  You can also adjust the pitch of your audio with one of four new presets.

As with all new iOS releases and updates if you have any suggestions or find a bug then please let us know via the in-app support or email us at support@procamera-app.com.

We can’t wait to see what you create with the new ProCamera 8!  Available on the AppStore now for $3.99.

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ProCamera 7 X EyeEm – Sharing beautiful photos together

Photo @patrickgwalsh

For our latest ProCamera 7 update we have added direct sharing to EyeEm – one of the world’s largest mobile photography communities with millions of members in over 150 countries.

For those that have EyeEm installed you will find the new icon (bottom right) on the Share screen in the Camera Roll or Lightbox. Here’s a quick guide:

Step 1

Select a photo in your Camera Roll/Lightbox and click on the Share icon (bottom-left).

Step 2

Select the EyeEm ‘E’ icon (bottom-right).

Step 3

Clicking the icon will load the photo directly into EyeEm’s edit screen ready for filtering, cropping and tagging.

For those that don’t have EyeEm installed we encourage you to visit EyeEm.com to learn how you can join, discover and even get paid for sharing your photos on their Marketplace.

EyeEm is one of the few photo apps that lets you upload and view photos in different size formats.  It also features a brand new EyeZoom function where you can explore the details of a photo in full screen with a single tap.

To celebrate our collaboration EyeEm is also featuring 20 talented ProCamera X EyeEm photographers on their blog.

Do you share your photos on EyeEm? Share your feed with us below.


ProCamera 7 is available from the Appstore for US$2.99 (30% off) for a limited time.

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New ProCamera HD brings pro photo, video and editing features to iPad!

We are very exicted to announce that ProCamera HD for iPad is now completely re-designed for iOS 7 and full featured advanced editing, video capture, Night Camera, TIFF file format, histogram, capture formats and much more!  We’re celebrating the new release by dropping the price to $0.99 for a short time!

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Here’s a small selection of the new features.

AntiShake stabilizes your shots to get the sharpest photos possible in any situation.

SnapTrigger – you decide where the control bar is located on the screen, this allows you to take photos and videos in your style.

SelfTimer - use the timer to steady your iPad and capture self portraits easily.

RapidFire Burst - Continuously snap photos in full resolution or  even faster in web-quality.

Night Camera – Capture sharp, noise free photos at night!

ProCamera HD is available from the Appstore for US$0.99 for a limited time. 

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