Benjamin Mautner – Photography News From Apple, Canon, and Instagram

It’s been an exciting month in the world of photography and B&H Gear News Roundup covered some key announcements that will soon affect shutterbugs all over.

Apple announces iOS 8, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and more.

On Monday last week, Apple held its annual developers conference in San Francisco, announcing the latest versions of their mobile and desktop operating systems: iOS8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Though it’s yet unclear how the upgrades will affect photography software, we can be sure that some compatibility issues will arise. Hopefully, the industry will deliver for photographers.

Canon teams up with Irista for cloud storage.

Today’s photographers know they have several options available when it comes to cloud storage, including Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more. Now, as announced this week, Canon will add their name to that list with Irista. Like the other services, Irista backs up photo files offsite in the cloud, allowing access from anywhere, but where it hopes to stand out is in accepting raw files, including raw formats from camera manufactures, and shareability on Facebook and Flickr. Any user can sign up for a free account, which included 10GB of storage. Unfortunately, only European countries can sign up for paid accounts, but this is likely to expand to the U.S. soon.

Instagram debuts creative tools.

Everyone’s favorite popular photo-sharing app has added new tools for editing and manipulating mobile photos. The iOS and Android versions of Instagram have been updated this week to include a new icon, which provides customization on brightness, contrast, warmth, highlights, shadows, saturation, vignette, tilt shift, and sharpen tools. The menu is easy to navigate and definitely brings a much-needed option to phone photographers looking to post the best snapshots.