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SynthCam Brings Shallow Depth of Field to Your iPhone [Video]

iPhone/iPod touch: Small sensors in smartphone cameras always lead to everything being in focus. SynthCam uses some clever tricks to allow your iDevice to emulate the shallow depth of field look you can achieve with DSLR cameras. More »

Cartoonize Converts Photos into Cartoons [Image Editing]

While it’s not quite the same as hiring your own cartoonist, Cartoonize does a pretty decent job converting pictures into cartoon versions for those times you want to customize an avatar image or otherwise “cartoonize” a picture. More »

How to Take Better Vacation Photos [Photography]

It can be very tempting to snap a photo of everything that happens on your vacation, but you might be better served by thinking of your trip as a story and carefully selecting the most interesting moments to capture. More »

The Best Photography Apps for Your iPhone [IPhone]

With the quality of cellphone cameras approximating that of yesterday’s point-and-shoots, you can take some amazing photographs on your iPhone. It gets even better with the right apps apps. Here are our favorite photography apps for your iPhone. More »

How to Enable HDR Photography on Your iPhone 3GS [Downloads]

Apple’s iOS 4.1 update brought HDR photography to the iPhone 4 but left out the iPhone 3GS. Here are two ways to add HDR photography to your unsupported device. More »

Turn a DVD Lens into a Cellphone Macro Lens Redux [Lifehacker Video]

Last year we explained how to turn spare parts from an old DVD drive into a macro lens for your camera phone. We had a spare DVD drive and decided to show you how effective this simple DIY is. More »

Turn a Sheet of Paper into a Simple Flash Softbox [DIY]

If you're looking to soften up your camera flash on the cheap—perhaps because you were startled to see how unflattering direct flash is—this clever softbox turns a sheet of office paper into a lightweight flash diffuser. More »

Top 10 Photo Fixing and Image Editing Tricks [Lifehacker Top 10]

You probably know what Photoshop disasters look like, but your photos can benefit from more subtle and elegant touch-ups. With these tools and techniques, you can sharpen, texturize, re-contextualize, and remove tourists, among other problems, from your shots worth saving. More »

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Take a People-Free Photo in a Crowded Place [Photography]

You’re at a popular location and you really would love a photo of the place without all the people in the way. Looks like you’re out of luck and you should just buy a postcard, right? Not with this clever trick. More »

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Understand Your Camera’s Histogram to Take More Balanced Pictures [Photography Tip]

Whether you’ve got a DSLR or you’ve turned your point-and-shoot into a super camera, those fancy features are useless if you don’t understand them. Want to capture a perfectly exposed picture? Learning to use your histogram is a good starting point. More »

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