SMART PHONES ARE BECOMING SMALLER AND BIGGER!

Samsung’s folding phone is becoming the new norm fast!

FOLDING PHONES, ARE THEY THE FUTURE OF SMARTPHONES?

Many years ago, it was way cool to get the new “flip phone”. It was like a regular phone that just folded in half, and you had one very small phone to carry. It also made it seem like it was self “encased” to make it more protected. The screen, the keypad was all inside the clamshell.

Now I’m kind of a “techy” person, who looks carefully at designs and tries to get an opinion of things before I have a chance to evaluate them in real life. And that was the case of the folded Phones, which are obviously different than the Flip phones of latter years. My opinion was that Samsung, who appeared to be the first to market such a phone, will end up with a nightmare on their hands.

Folding phones to have problems?

The screen folds in half????

What kind of magic would it be that you could fold your touch screen in half? And then how long could that last? So many questions about this technology. And I was sure I didn’t want them.

Until I found someone who had owned one over a year now. These fold-able phones are in to their 2nd or 3rd generation already. And this person was showing how beautiful the picture was on his new fold-able phone. And the line where it folds??? Hardly anything. It was amazing to me.

So if you want something small, similar to the old flip phone, then Samsung has the answer. The model Z-fold3 5G is the answer (shown above). This is about 3 1/2 inches when it is folded up. When you open the phone to full size it is 6.7 inches in screen size! Is your regular phone screen size that big? No. Very few are. Except for the “”Note” type phones.

REGULAR SIZE FOLD-ABLE PHONE IS HUGE!

Samsung’s fold-able phone is almost as big as a tablet!

On the photo above, you will see their regular size phone on the right, and the other model phone on the left, folded out. Now you have a screen that is a tablet sized phone. In fact, Google likes this idea so much they are soon to be coming out with their own model of fold-able phones:

Even Google phones is coming out with their fold-able phone

Until now, most people have been calling it the Pixel Fold but the latest leak suggests that it may be known as the Pixel Notepad instead.

A source told 9to5Google that ‘Notepad’ is the working brand name internally at Google and that the name ‘Logbook’ was also being considered.

Of course, this could all change before the official announcement, but it’s interesting to hear that Google isn’t looking to lean into the Fold branding that so many of us expected.

The source also said that the Pixel Notebook will cost less than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 which launched at $1,799.

This is reassuring as first-generation devices can often be extremely pricey, Samsung’s first-gen Foldable was much closer to $2000. We don’t expect this to come cheap, though.

The Pixel Notepad is likely to launch in a similar fashion to the Pixel 4a in 2020, landing with the US first before expanding to other countries. The source suggests that the rollout may take longer in the case of the Notepad, while the Pixel 4a had about a one month gap in international availability.

CHECK OUT THE NEW FOLD-ABLE PHONES NEXT PURCHASE

With all the major companies now getting on board of the “fold-able” phones, it seems like it should be something we should all look to. Check them out at your local retailer and see what you think. About the only one that hasn’t announced this type of phone is Apple. Interesting as they usually like to be a leader in new innovation, but this time Samsung may have them beat by a long shot.

Motorola’s new folding phone

GET DIFFERENT “MESSAGING” APPS FOR BETTER PRIVACY

How private is your messages? Get a new app for messaging and get better privacy!

DO YOU EVER WONDER ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY WHEN “MESSAGING”?

Secret messaging comes to mobile devices primarily as third-party apps. If not in the form of apps, it is an optional feature within a regular messaging app that will help you keep your private messages even more private. If you are a fan of sending sensitive or confidential details via third-party messaging apps you’ll appreciate that secret messaging is already common in those. As regards which apps support hidden or protected conversations, read on.

PRIVATE MESSAGING APPS TO TRY:

End-to-end encryption ensures that your private messages cannot be accessed by third parties — including the company behind the messaging app you are using. You should look for that among many other features when choosing your app. It might be a chore to pick the best app from the rest, though. That is because there are plenty of options that subtly incorporate the privacy feature and secret messaging apps that look like games. To make the selection process faster for you, below are the top 15 secret messaging apps to check out. 

1. Telegram9. Pryvate Now Messenger
2. Signal Private Messenger10. WhatsApp
3. Viber11. Smiley Private Texting App
4. Threema12. Secret Messenger
5. Wire Secure Messenger13. Calculator Pro+
6. Dust Messenger App14. Message Locker
7. CoverMe Private Text & Call15. Silence Private Messenger
8. Wickr Me

ARE THESE FREE?

I am not going to go through 15 different app links on this blog at this time. Just be aware that to get extra security on your phone, you may have to pay for that.

I am attaching here a Video Clip for THREEMA (#4 listed above) so you can see how important security is to people. Please watch…. it’s less than 1 minute:

There are a lot of good apps to try out, and if you are serious about your privacy, then click on each of the 15 links above and decide for yourself which one is best for you.

A special thanks to “cellular news.com” for this article. They are one of my favorite links to learn about cell phones and what is going on in the cellular world.

3 TOP CELL PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY APPS !!

Photo by Alex Guillaume on Unsplash

One of the nice things about photography is that you don’t need an expensive camera or exotic lenses to produce good photos. Although such gear ensures the best image quality, to some degree that need has been nullified by the way today’s photos are shared. When viewed on a high-res smartphone or tablet, the technical imperfections of a phone image all but vanish. Cell phone photography is as legitimate as any other form of photography.

gray samsung smartphone showing chocolates
Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

In recent years, as the Internet has grown in power and influence, cell phone photography has become widely accepted by picture libraries and agencies. A huge market exists for web pictures, and it doesn’t always take DSLRs or even compact cameras to supply it. After inheriting an iPhone a few months back, and acquainting myself with various apps, I began sending phone photos to picture libraries.

When it comes to cellphone photos, libraries are surprisingly open-minded about the use of filters and effects. A conservative approach to editing is not necessary and may even be unhelpful. This article looks at three of the apps I use most for preparing images: MIX, PS Express, and Snapseed. Any of these three allows basic manual adjustments of color and tone. So instead of attempting repetitive in-depth reviews of all three, I aim to show you some of their individual features.

Three top cell phone photography apps
The opening screens of MIX by Camera360, Adobe PS Express and Snapseed by Google. All three are available for iOS or Android phones.

MIX by Camera360

MIX is filter-oriented with 100+ free filters and some in-app purchases. Of course, it also lets you make straight edits to your pictures (e.g. brightness, saturation, contrast, sharpness, spot removal). I’ve always liked presets and filters. If other photographers know exactly what they’re going to do with every photo, I’m not one of them. Sometimes it’s fun to try out different stuff and hit a few buttons.

Cine Filters

When you want to apply a color cast to an image, the Cine filters in MIX work well. They have various effects, including warm-up, cooling, and a classic orange & teal combo for movie-style color contrast (try Googling “orange and teal photography” to discover more). Using these filters is a bit like tuning the temp and tint sliders in Lightroom. They affect the white balance of the image.

Three top cell phone photography apps - teal and orange Cine filter from MIX
This orange (warm-up) and teal look is similar to an effect used in modern movies and comes from one of several Cine filters in MIX.

Slide Film Filters

As my photography predates the digital age, filters that imitate last-generation slide films appeal to me. I can’t testify as to their accuracy, but if I want a deep blue sky or just a bit more punch in color and contrast, MIX gives me an easy solution.

Three great cell phone photography apps - MIX Slide Film filters
These deep-blue skies were achieved with the Fuji Velvia Slide Film filters in MIX and are true to the effect often seen in Velvia transparencies.

Holiday Sky Filters

Being an old-school slide shooter (or old at any rate), I struggle with the idea of grafting new skies onto photos, but then photography rarely tells the whole truth. MIX offers a range of Holiday Sky filters that might just rescue disappointing photos. To make artificial skies seem realistic, you must take notice of how the light falls in your photo and make sure it doesn’t blatantly conflict with the new background. There’s also a MIX “Magic Sky” filter series for more dramatic effects.

3 top cell phone photography apps - MIX holiday sky filters
Sky grafting might be anathema for some, but Holiday Sky filters in MIX make it easy to replace a dull sky.

Adobe PS Express

As a long-time user of Photoshop, I tried PS Express hoping for a level of familiarity. I wasn’t disappointed. You can adjust photos using the same editing sliders found in other Adobe products: much of the toolbox seems intact.

Transform

If you shoot architectural photos, one of the best things about PS Express is its ability to easily correct the verticals and/or horizontals of a building. This avoids the “falling over” effect you get when pointing a camera at architecture. It helps if you leave space around the building when photographing it, otherwise, the transform tool will slice the edges off it.

Three top cell phone photography apps - transform tool in PS Express
The verticals in this photo of Florence were corrected with the Transform tool in PS Express

Filters

PS Express has a decent selection of filters. I’m fond of the ones that apply a vignette, such as Basic/Autumn or B&W/pinhole. These give photos a sense of drama, and like all vignettes focus attention on the middle of the photo. You can give your photos a lot of mood with these filters.

Three top cell phone photography apps - PS Express pinhole filter
The PS Express B&W Pinhole filter focuses attention on the face of this effigy in Rouen Cathedral.

Text

Adding text to photos can seem a complicated process in some apps and programs, but PS Express makes it easy. You can easily create website graphics, greetings cards or memes and have plenty of control over fonts and opacity. As well, you can send your creations as layered PSD files to Photoshop CC on a computer.

Three top cell phone photography apps - PS Express text
Adding text with different fonts, opacity and colors is easy in PS Express.

Snapseed by Google

Developed by Google, Snapseed is an intuitive app that offers single-click “Looks” (filters by another name) and “Tools” for adjustable edits. It’s capable of great results with as little or as much input as you want. Among the tools, you’ll find anything from regular brightness, contrast or saturation sliders to more adventurous edits like “Double Exposure” or “Grunge”.

Looks: Fine Art

For black and white conversions, I find the “Fine Art” filter in Snapseed particularly pleasing. There is always a full range of tones to pack plenty of punch without much loss of shadow or highlight detail. The pictures are also very clean—no mid-tone noise in skies like there is with some B&W edits.

Three top cell phone photography apps - Snapseed fine art filter
The Snapseed Fine Art filter gives a well-balanced B&W conversion with a pleasing range of tones. I use it as my B&W cell phone default.

Tools: Drama

The Drama tool can easily produce overcooked results if you’re not careful, but it’s useful for bringing out the detail in clouds and/or lifting an otherwise dull photo taken on an overcast day. You can adjust the filter’s contrast effect as well as saturation to fine-tune the result.

Three top cell phone photography apps - drama tool
The Drama tool emphasizes mid-tone contrast and bleaches saturation on its default setting, often resulting in more dramatic skies.

Tools: Lens Blur

Snapseed’s Lens Blur tool lets you emphasize a particular area of a photo by controlling background blur and vignetting. The “Transition” slider lets you control the feathering area between the main subject and background, enabling natural-looking results.

Three top cell phone photography apps - Snapseed lens blur tool
The Snapseed Lens Blur tool emphasizes the face of this wooden sculpture of Christ in Venice.

Summary

The apps in this article will not be new to seasoned smartphone photographers, but I hope I’ve inspired others to use their cell phone cameras creatively. Phones have their limitations for some genres of photography, but that’s true of any camera and lens combo. They offer unrivaled portability. And while cell phones aren’t often seen in pro photography, they don’t rule out the chance of publication. Smartphones and their apps let you express yourself in countless ways.

This article was written by Glenn Harper. And was originally done with “Digital Photography School”

The best camera is the one you have with you!

Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash — taken with a cell phone

I will confess that I am an avid photographer. I love to just go out and take pictures with my regular DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses. In fact, if you haven’t figured it out yet, you can see I have a very large website that I have developed just for photographers. ( www.123photogo..com )

But you know, even I know that to get good pictures, you have to be ready all the time. I don’t have my camera with me all the time because of certain factors. So, my choice of camera that I have with me all the time, is my cell phone.

Now, I know that taking pictures with my cell phone has it’s limitations, but, if you are serious about taking pictures with your cell phone, the better cell phones have grown into amazing cameras. The Apple Iphone, the Samsung top of the line cameras, The Google Pixel, and the Motorolla Razr phones are all amazing cameras, bragging about their high resolution.

Do cell phones really produce a good photo, that’s sharp and worth using as my secondary camera? Well, here is a few of my cell phone photos so you can see:

Photo by Lanny Cottrell – editor of Smartphone Smart photographer —- shot with Samsung S20ultra Plus phone
Photo by Lanny Cottrell – editor of Smartphone Smart photographer —- shot with Samsung S20ultra Plus phone, taken at night, while walking the dog.
Photo by Lanny Cottrell – editor of Smartphone Smart photographer —- shot with Samsung S20ultra Plus phone
Photo by Lanny Cottrell – editor of Smartphone Smart photographer —- shot with Samsung S20ultra Plus phone

More than a few times, I’ve chatted with talented photographers who scoff at the idea of serious photography with a smartphone. Knowing I shoot both phone and dedicated camera images, they sometimes admire an image I’ve made, but then ask, “Did you take that with your real camera?”

My “real camera?” Why do some think a smartphone camera isn’t real, or that a person that shoots with one isn’t a real photographer?

I would argue that if you make a nice image, it doesn’t matter what you use to make it. Has anyone ever looked at a da Vinci painting and asked whether he painted it with a real brush?

HERE’S A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO GET GREAT PHOTOS WITH YOUR CELL PHONE:

Photo by Lanny Cottrell – editor of Smartphone Smart photographer —- shot with Samsung S20ultra Plus phone

1- Make photographs, don’t take snapshots

I have written article after article about the importance of carefully thinking about the photo you are about to take. A photograph is not something you usually just grab a camera or phone and snap something. A good photo takes some planning, some thought, and some feeling into make a good photo. You can do that whether you shoot with the bigger dslr camera or your smart phone.

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

Ansel Adams

2- Learn the rules of composition:

One of the rules of composition is to put your subject in the quadrant of the lines, or in one of “thirds” of the photo.

There are several different rules of composition that will make your photo look great. Here is a link that goes over the rules of composition: https://123photogo.com/2021/11/12/rules-of-photography/

If you learn these rules, and study the effects, then every time you take a photo, you will think of the composition rules, and you will love it.

3- learn to see the light!

Photo by Pamela Locke –

Seeing the different things light can do is also not easy, but, anyone can do it if they look for it. Look at the shadows created by light. Look for the direction of the light. Sometimes light can be good, and sometimes it will ruin your photos. So learn to see what the effects light will do with your photo. This takes practice to learn how to see light, so don’t get discouraged if you have a hard time getting a good photo. Here is a link on learning to see light: https://123photogo.com/2021/11/18/learn-about-light/

(You can see that I am using some articles from my other website, but, that is a good place to learn, and I don’t mind sharing these articles on this website, so you can learn too)

4- If you have more than 1 lens, then use them.

You have 3 lenses on your smartphone. Learn to see what your choices are.

If you have additional lenses, take advantage of them! On the other hand, don’t use digital zoom. Sure, it might seem easy to “zoom” into a composition with a simple touch of the screen, but you’re actually just cropping the image and losing resolution in the process.

I’d also discourage clip-on lenses for smartphones. These are always fiddly to work with and almost never produce quality images. Save your money. If you need a more versatile lens than your smartphone but still want something pocketable, check out some of the great point-and-shoot cameras that have superzooms and good specs.

5- You’re not done until you’ve edited

Edit? How do you do that? Most smartphones today have an editing feature on the camera program. It looks like a little “pencil” that you click on and then you can change the outcome of your photo. Most photographers get real good at this, and you can too.

before and after editing
You’re not done until you edit! The top shot is straight out of the smartphone camera. The bottom version is edited with the edit feature in your smartphone. You can almost always improve a photo with a little editing.

CONCLUSION:

Your smartphone is a great camera. It can capture and produce images that make photographers get excited. So learn a few of these tips in this article and you will be so much more excited about what you have. You have the tool, now use it.

NEW APPLE I-PHONE 14 ANNOUNCED

IMAGE OF NEW APPLE IPHONE 14 COMING SOON

There just seems to always be a new announcement of somebody’s new camera going on all the time. The I-phone 13 was announced last September of 2021, and they have sold a lot of those phones. Apple is still a huge player in the cell phone industry. They do make good phones, good cameras, etc.

And it looks like they are getting ready to announce the new Iphone 14 in September of 2022 now. And my source: Pocket Lint is gathering information for me about this new phone.

Here’s what we know so far:

Apple iPhone 14 release date and price

  • Possibly 13 September 2022
  • From $699?

Typically Apple holds its iPhone event around the second week of September and normally on a Tuesday. The iPhone 13 models were revealed on 14 September, following this pattern.

If the pattern continues, the iPhone 14 models could be revealed on 13 September 2022. Of course nothing is official as yet, nor will it be for quite some time.

In terms of price, we’d expect the iPhone 14 models to start around the same ballpark as the iPhone 13 models. Rumours have claimed the iPhone mini model might be scrapped in the future, which if true would put the starting price of the iPhone 14 models up compared to the iPhone 13 models. Hopefully there will be an iPhone 14 mini though.

DESIGN:

  • All-new design
  • Punch hole camera?
  • Flush rear

The Apple iPhone 13 models followed the same design as the iPhone 12 models, featuring flat edges and a design closer in line with the iPhone 4 and 5 compared to the rounded edges we had gotten used to since the iPhone 6.

Rumours suggest the iPhone 14 models could change things up again though, with talk of a move to a punch hole front camera. It’s said the Pro models could see some sort of pill-shaped cutout that would house the front camera and Face ID beneath the display. There are also claims the protruding rear camera may end up flush with the back of the phone in the next iPhone.

We saw a reduced notch at the top of the iPhone 13 models compared to previous Face ID phones, and a patent was previously filed for a notch-less phone, but we suppose we will have to wait and see if this becomes a reality. 

In terms of finishes, we’d expect the Pro models to continue to be more premium than the standard models, and there have been rumours to suggest they could adopt scratch-resistant titanium. There is also talk that the mini model will be ditched and a new standard Max model will be introduced instead but everything is just rumour for now.

DISPLAY:

  • All OLED
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Different sizes

All 2022 iPhones will have likely have an OLED display, like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models offer. It’s also likely the iPhone 14 Pro models will have an adaptive refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz, like the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, though maybe the ProMotion technology will filter down to the standard models too. 

In terms of screen sizes, the iPhone 13 mini has a 5.4-inch display, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro have a 6.1-inch display and the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch display. As mentioned, there has been some chatter about the iPhone mini being ditched and a standard Max model being introduced.

If this happens, the iPhone 14 models could come in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch models, with a Pro and standard model of each. We’re still hoping the mini will continue in 2022 though as we have a lot of love for that device.

Some speculation previously suggested in-display fingerprint sensors could work alongside Face ID, which is a plausible suggestion.

CAMERA:

  • Dual camera on standard models
  • Triple camera on Pro models

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max both have a triple rear camera, consisting of a main wide sensor, ultra wide sensor and a telephoto sensor, while the standard iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have the same main wide and ultra wide sensor, but they lack the telephoto lens.

There have been a couple of rumours claiming the iPhone 14 Pro models would feature a wide angle camera with an 1/1.3-inch 48MP CMOS image sensor and support 8K video recording but it is still very early days.

We expect the iPhone 14 Pro models to continue to offer an extra lens and extra features, like Macro and ProRES, over the iPhone 14 standard models. At the moment, it is unclear what might change for 2022 but improvements over the 2021 models are likely.

As the time gets closer to releasing this phone, we will continue to bring you information about the phone, as it becomes available.

My inside source for new information about new cell phones is: https://www.pocket-lint.com