Saturday, March 23, 2013

Digital Negative App Lets You Shoot RAW Photos with Your iPhone Read more at http://www.petapixel.com/2013/03/22/digital-negative-app-lets-you-shoot-raw-photos-with-your-iphone/#P3f2iLxqZAcE0rJt.99

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About a year ago, we shared an app called 645 Pro that saves photos shot with the iPhone (and other iOS devices) as TIFF files. Now there’s a new app that’s even more “raw”. Digital Negative, a new app by a company called Cypress Innovations, claims to be the first app that captures uncompressed images that retain 100% of the information captured by the camera sensor.

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The app works on the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch, and stores DNG (Digital Negative) files, just like the RAW DNG files produced by cameras that have signed onto the DNG standard.
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This means you’ll be able to pop the files into your favorite RAW processing program (e.g. Adobe Camera RAW, Lightroom, Aperture) and post-process them there.
The app has preview tools built in for on the go reviewing, and also features a built-in RAW developer for if you’d like to produce JPEGs on the go. You can also set it to capture TIFF or JPEG images for times when you don’t need to store RAW files.
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When capturing a photo using the app, it’ll show you a real-time histogram to help you avoid under- or over-exposing your photos. Other camera features include exposure locking, flash control, focus control, and zoom controls.
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Once photos are captured, DNG files can be stored on Dropbox, or JPEG images can be shared on Facebook.
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The app is available for $3 over in the iTunes App Store. Reviews are mixed so far, so even though the idea is interesting: caveat emptor.
Digital Negative [App Store via The Phoblographer]

Monday, March 18, 2013

More Americans take Israel's side over Palestinians' as Obama heads to Middle East

New data shows that 55 percent of Americans sympathize with Israel over Palestine, while only 9 percent side with Palestine. But despite the stark preference for the Jewish nation, 70 percent of Americans wish the US would stay out of the conflict.
Thirty-six percent of respondents in the ABC News / Washington Post poll said they were undecided or favored neither country. But of those who picked a side, 86 percent chose Israel over Palestine, confirming the stark preference that has existed since similar questions were first asked in the 1980s.
But despite 64 percent of respondents siding with a country, two-thirds said they do not want the US to have a leading role in the conflict. And of those who had no preference, 70 percent said the US should stay uninvolved. 

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A second poll, published on Friday by Gallup, is consistent with the findings of the one conducted for ABC News. Gallup found that 64 percent of Americans sympathize for Israel, which is up from the 60 percent who said so in 2010 and is “the highest-recorded in a quarter century”. Only 12 percent of respondents said they sympathized more with Palestine.
And Israeli sympathy has been on the rise: since Gallup first asked the question in 1988, there has been a steady increase in preference for Israel and a steady decrease in those who had no opinion or favored neither side.
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The results come as US President Barack Obama prepares for his visit to Israel, Palestine and Jordan on Wednesday.
But despite Americans’ preference for the Jewish state, the feelings are one-sided. Israeli sympathy for Americans has gradually declined. Many blame President Obama for failing to keep up the relationship with Israel. For example the president did not sit down with an Israeli journalist until July 2010.
In 2009, the Jerusalem Post reported that only 4 percent of Israeli Jews viewed Obama as more pro-Israel, while 51 percent believed he was pro-Palestinian. Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post says that Israelis are surprised that such a pro-Israel country elected a president who “they see as hostile to them”.
But as Obama visits Palestine and Israel this week, most Americans hope for him to stay out of the conflict.
“When it comes to US involvement in the peace process, there’s agreement across religious, partisan and ideological groups (from 66 to 70 percent) that the two sides should handle negotiations themselves,”the ABC report states.
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