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Tools for the iPhone Photographer

Emily Griffin December 3, 2013 TECH
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Most people have ditched their bulky digital cameras and now exclusively use their iPhones to take photos. New accessories and apps being introduced to iPhone users are making picture-taking easier than ever. We found six really cool products that are turning iPhone users into amazing photographers.

Luxi — Luxi is a small diffusion dome that fits securely over your iPhone’s front-facing camera. When attached and used with a light meter app, Luxi will help you determine the best settings for your DSLR or other camera so that you can take perfectly exposed pictures. With Luxi, your iPhone becomes a convenient and easy to use incident light meter. Professional light meters with the same features can cost several hundred dollars and require you to carry a whole separate device. The Luxi sells for $24.95 and is available online at www.esdevices.com.

Shuttr — Redefine “selfies” with Shuttr, the one-touch shutter release. You can put your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 (most iOS and Android devices) up to 30 feet away, and with the click of the Bluetooth remote shutter release, you’ll have great photos. No timer, no apps, no clunky arm in the picture! Shuttr is small enough to be concealed in your hand during photos and designed to attach to your keychain. $39; www.mukulabs.com

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Phogo — The Phogo iPhone case not only protects your iPhone, it turns it into a powerhouse photographic device.  The Phogo allows you to mount your iPhone to a tripod, monpod or bike mount, has custom opening for wide, macro and telephoto lenses, and has a sun hood accessory for better outdoor visibility and privacy.  The case fits easily in a pocket or can clip to a lanyard to camera bag.  Despite its functionality, it preserves the slim design of the phone. $34.95;www.diffcase.com

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Photofy — Photofy is a sleek new photography app that allows you to easily enhance your photos with thousands of professionally designed graphics, stickers, typography and frames. In just a few seconds, you can transform your ordinary photos into instant works of art and expression, and then share them with the world. Photofy is a free photo app for iPhone and iPad (as well as Android) and you can choose how to share your unique photo creations. It’s fun, easy to use, and will forever change the face of photo sharing via Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.www.photofy.com

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The iHome 13″ Smart Brief provides an elegant, portable, slim and lightweight case to safely carry your iPhone, iPad and electronic devices. Designed with three storage pockets for devices. The first is a quick access iPhone pocket with plush lining on the front, to always keeps your iPhone close at hand. An integrated magnetic closure makes sure it doesn’t come out unless you want it to. The second is a zippered iPad pocket with plush lining, that perfectly stores all five generations of the iPad, including the new iPad Air, as well as the iPad mini and most tablets up to 9.7 inches. And the third is a zippered pocket with plush lining that holds up to a 13-inch MacBook Pro or laptop. A uniquely designed compartment allows you to organize your headphones, chargers, cables and power cords. A padded and adjustable shoulder strap keeps you comfortable, no matter what way you wear it. Dimensions 13.8 x 10.5 x 2.5 inches ; 6.7 ounces. Available in four color linings to suit your taste: neon blue, green, pink or orange. Retails for $49.99; sold at Amazon. www.ihomecases.com

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Artifact Uprising — What do you do with all of the great photos piling up on your hard drive? Artifact Uprising, an internet-based company, creates beautiful keepsakes from digital photos. Driven by a mission to move stories off devices and into your life, Artifact Uprising offers a product suite that is striking in both its minimalistic design and eco-friendly roots. Signature products include beautiful hard cover books ($69 and up) and soft cover books ($12.99 and up) made with recycled paper, as well as wood boxes ($95), wood calendars ($24.99) and wood block + prints ($21.99) — all handcrafted from reclaimed mountain beetle pine. Uploading images and designing are simple and fun. Artifact Uprising is driven by the belief everyone has a story to tell. www.artifactuprising.com

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