We’re not kidding. It’s finally here! We originally built the original Camera Awesome app for iPhone in 2012 and received such a huge wave of responses from mobile photographers all over the world. Since then, Camera Awesome has been downloaded by over 20 million iPhone users, but Android users asked us every single day when we’d have something for them.
Today’s your lucky day, Android!
What’s the deal? Why should I use it?
Camera Awesome is your ticket to taking great photos at any moment of the day. It’s a powerful, easy-to-use camera app perfect for photographers (but easy enough for non-photographers). It’s for creative people who love capturing their everyday memories and sharing them with those who matter most.
Unlike other camera apps, Camera Awesome combines
- a powerful, easy-to-use camera feature that helps you take fabulous photos and videos,
- a creative suite of editing tools – including the one-tap Awesomize button
- tons of filters, textures and frames
- an integrated share function that lets you save or send your photos.
You don’t need a SmugMug account to use Camera Awesome. But we recommend it because we’re all about backups, archivability and peace of mind.
See what our friend, photographer, educator and Android user Colby Brown from the Giving Lens has to say about it!
Will it work on my phone?
To hit the most popular phone models of the many out there, Camera Awesome works on the following:
* Samsung Galaxy SIII, S4, Galaxy Nexus, Note 2, Note 3 (UPDATE 11/13/13: The Galaxy SIII is now available in the Google Play Store. Go wild!)
* Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, (Nexus 5 coming soon)
* Sony Xperia Z, HTC One, LG G2 (UPDATE 12/3/13: Support added for LG G2)
* Moto X, Motorola Droid Razr
* Kindle Fire HDX 7″, 8.9″ (UPDATE 11/27/13: Now available on Amazon Apps!)
Since each phone and tablet is a special snowflake, we’ll keep adding to the list as time goes by. You can get the most up-to-date, detailed specs on our store page right here.
Where do I get it?
Right here, baby! It’s ready and waiting for you on the Google Play store.
Wait, it’s not free?
The initial (AKA iPhone) version of Camera Awesome was free to download and use, and we got a lot of feedback from users who wanted – and eventually purchased – the many premium filters and effects. With the Android version we decided to keep it simple and bundle the goodies right into the app, resulting in an easier process for you… and lots more to play with right from the start, for $2.99.
New to smartphone-ography?
Our very own world traveler, Michael Bonocore, shares his Top 10 Travel Photography Tips with Camera Awesome .
What if I have problems?
Our support heroes are standing by to lend you a hand, as always. You can also refer to our Android help page here for a basic overview of what the different symbols mean and how you can get started.
Hey, what’s this SmugMug thing?
If you’re thinking about opening your own SmugMug account to store and archive the photos you shoot on your phone (or your DSLR), you can get started right from within the Camera Awesome app. It’s totally free for two whole weeks, and when you start your account from the app we’ll even throw in a 50% discount automagically.
Thanks to all of our Android fans who waited for this! We hope you love it as much as we do.
Halloween is upon us! What better time to announce our latest inspiring Success Story with Todd Atteberry from History Trekker? Todd’s beautiful, haunting photos of historic northeast locations echo classic, timeless Dutch paintings. He talked to us about how he got into the art of photographing haunted buildings and how his SmugMug website helped him find a firm foothold in the historic community.
Todd is also the man behind Green Man Studio, one of SmugMug’s Certified Customizers. You can tell that his creative skills reach well beyond simply digital art in his beautiful and thoughtful website designs.
Read the full interview with Todd, and don’t be surprised if you hear something go bump in the night.
Have a safe, happy and haunting Halloween!
With Apple’s latest announcements, we’re stoked to announce that Aperture and SmugMug have finally joined forces!
Yes, that’s right: You can now connect and sync your SmugMug account with your account in Aperture and easily browse, upload, download and organize all from one app.
Getting Synced With SmugMug
When you open up the new Aperture, first open up the File > Preferences and click on the “Accounts” tab. Hit the little + symbol to open up the available services dialog:
Once added, you’ll be prompted to sign in to your SmugMug account and authorize the connection. Remember that if you change your mind, you can visit your SmugMug Account Settings > Privacy and revoke permission of any previously authorized accounts.
Now you should see all of your SmugMug galleries in the Viewer on the right. You’ll still see your account listed in the Source List on the left, along with any of your local files and projects.
From here, you can:
- Manage your gallery settings for any gallery on your site
- Create new galleries on your SmugMug site
- Upload photos to new or existing SmugMug galleries
What we love: Aperture will sync down all of your SmugMug images even if they didn’t previously exist in your Aperture library. Best of all, images shared from Aperture stay synced, so if you share an image to SmugMug and then make further edits to it in Aperture, those edits will sync up to SmugMug without having to re-Share (upload) the image.
Take a look at our brand-new Aperture help page that has more info about where to find all the important bits and pieces.
We hope that all of your Mac-loving SmugMuggers find it easier than ever to edit and upload the photos you take every day and get them seen by the ones who matter most.
P.S. SmugMug has long been a part of Adobe Lightroom, and we’ve gotten a lot of requests from customers to be included in iPhoto, too. If you agree and want to see SmugMug in iPhoto, please leave feedback at Apple and tell them why! We’d love to see SmugMuggers everywhere uploading and managing their photos from everywhere that counts.
It’s that time again, happy SmugMuggers! Here’s a quick update on what we’ve updated and fixed over the last few weeks.
Choose Where to Search
This is just what the doctor ordered for all you folks who want to cordon off your viewers’ searches to a specific portion of your site. Now when you click the settings you can choose exactly which folders and galleries get searched using the input in this field.
So, for example, if you took several galleries’ worth of photos on an epic world vacation 2013, fans who are looking for photos of “elephants” in India won’t dig up photos of elephants from your local zoo. Keep in mind that the regular search tips apply, so be sure you’re up to speed.
Tip: This new setting applies to the Search Box content block ONLY, and not to the search box that appears in your site header. That one will continue to search only the page that you’re currently viewing.
NEW AdSense Content Block
We’ve never forced SmugMug customers to display ads on their site, but we do have a fair number of business customers who wanted the ability to display paid ads to their own viewers. Due to popular demand, Power, Portfolio and Business accounts now have the ability to add Google Adsense units to any page on your site using the new AdSense content block.
You can add up to three of these blocks to any page, but please refer to your AdSense Terms of Service for specific information about what you should and shouldn’t do. Enjoy!
Filenames in Organizer
You gave us a lot of feedback about those thumbnails you’re seeing in your site-wide Organizer, and how you wanted to be able to see the filenames for each and every one. It was one of those “Why didn’t we think of that?” moments, so now we’ve added in a toggle for your organizing pleasure.
Find it in the upper right corner of the browsing pane of your Organizer.
Two Slideshow Improvements
Thanks to your feedback on our forums, we’ve added a randomization option to your Slideshow content block, found under the “Display” tab of the block settings. So now you don’t have to decide which photo gets seen first.
We also brought back edge-to-edge, full screen slideshow displays. This applies to the big slideshow that appears after you hit the “full screen” button in any gallery style as well as the Slideshow content block. Note that this applies only if you have Originals enabled in the photos’ gallery settings and if your Original photo resolution is large enough to stretch across the screen. We also won’t stretch (AKA distort) images to fit screens, so you may still see some letterboxing if your image isn’t the perfect shape.
Last but never least, here are our top picks from the mix of other fixes:
- Added back “Sharpening” settings for Power User accounts.
- Properly updated the preview URL when you click Hide Owner.
- Fixed stuttering video playback in some public galleries.
- Photos in passworded galleries with external linking “Off” will display properly when collected and used as featured photos.
- Gallery privacy levels (unlisted, private, passworded) are shown in all gallery picker windows.
Till next time. Keep the feedback coming!
We’ve always been thrilled blown away by the incredible quality of our four print labs, but we still run into quite a few SmugMug customers who don’t know that we offer a way to print photos, period. So in the spirit of spreading the good news, we’ll periodically feature our labs’ favorite print products and dig a little deeper so that you can dig right in and try them for yourself. Remember that print products and merchandise are available for purchase direct from your galleries at any time.
Our first featured lab, Loxley Colour, is located in the UK to more conveniently service our Portfolio and Business customers (and their clients) in the EU, although they will ship your goodies anywhere you wish. Today they’re talking about their robust, waterproof Alumini prints, which feature your image, a durable aluminum surface and a total of 4 optional finishes. Enjoy!
Where does Loxley Colour find inspiration about new products that it offers?
We continually strive to offer our customer the best products on the market, and that takes a lot of research. We study what’s going on in markets all over the world and we listen to what our customers need to make their business thrive. Everyone in our company is encouraged to give input into what our portfolio offers our customers. We have a dedicated research and development team that takes our collective inspiration and creates products of the highest quality. We never stop thinking about how we can make our existing products better and how we can bring new products to the market to inspire our customers and our customers’ customers.
Alumini Prints: What and Why
We introduced the Alumini print to the market in 2010. Loxley Colour was the first lab in Europe to bring this product to the market. We worked closely with specialists in the USA to perfect the process and bring it to photographers in the UK and Europe. The product has a real WOW factor, unlike anything out there in the market. The Alumini print process adds a whole new dimension to wall products. We’ve worked tirelessly fine-tune and improve the process to allow us to offer our customers bigger sizes, up to 60×40”.
What do your employees think about the experience of crafting your products?
Every one of our products is developed and honed to perfection in-house. The team at Loxley have a hands-on approach in creating every one of our products, including the Alumini prints.
Gary, our Alumini team leader & creator extraordinaire, gives each order a personal touch from start to finish, taking the time and care to ensure the quality of each image is flawless as it can be.
“Working with such a unique product is both a challenge and a delight. Because of the nature of the material, it takes time and care to ensure the final product is perfect for our customer.” He adds, “I see some of the most amazing images arriving in the Alumini department. From the vibrant wedding scenes to awe inspiring landscapes, they’re all a real pleasure to produce.”
How do you ensure consistent quality and durability with so much demand?
Each product within the Loxley Colour portfolio is tested, fine tuned, tested and tested again to make sure it’s the best product possible. We never bring a product to market which hasn’t painstakingly developed in house beforehand.
Before introducing the Alumini an intensive research and development process ironed out the finer details of the process and ensured we’d bring to market a unique product, with a range of options straightaway. Since its introduction, much like its popularity, we’ve gone from strength to strength and not only gone bigger and better with our range, offering sizes up to a show-stopping 60×40’.
What makes the Alumini prints such a fabulous product?
The Alumini has so many appealing features: it’s unique, durable, versatile, weather and moisture resistant. Its ability to make vibrant photography stand out and create real impact is second to none. Clarity of image is truly something to behold, particularly in our most popular finish – Gloss.
Finally: What’s your advice for keeping Alumini prints looking perfect forever?
The Alumini from Loxley Colour is an innovative metal print wall product produced using state of the art high definition print technology. Due to the nature of aluminium, from time to time there may be slight imperfections by way of subtle craters or bumps. Whilst we take the greatest care to ensure each sheet is inspected and these are avoided, or kept to an inconspicuous area of the print, some may still be visible.
Whilst the Alumini is weather and moisture resistant, direct sunlight may fade the print, so please keep them out of direct sunlight. The Alumini is at its most impressive teamed with vibrant, colourful photography. It’s the perfect product for landscapes, high key photography, feature wedding and portrait images and any image that creates impact.
We hope you’ve all learned something new about our labs and what they offer, regardless of where you live and what you love to photograph. If you’ve never before turned your images into beautiful prints at SmugMug, we recommend that you give it a try! Simply log in to your account and look for the Add to Cart button in any of your SmugMug galleries. If you’ve disabled printing to visitors, the button will read “Owner Buy.” Learn more about printing at SmugMug.
Autumn is kicking off to a great start. Here are the top features that we’ve added to SmugMug since our last update.
Map This in the New SmugMug
We love taking cues from your feedback, and this was one of the big ones you missed when going from legacy to the new SmugMug.
If your photos are geotagged, we’ll automatically display a little globe icon underneath it in your gallery or lightbox. Click it and you’ll see that pin highlighted on a map that displays pins for all other geotagged photos in that gallery. We’ll group the ones close together until you zoom in enough.
Gone are the old 150-pin limits – If every photo in your gallery is geotagged, we’ll pin every single one of them on your map. Special galleries like your Popular Photos, Keywords and Date are capped at 1000 pins.
One last thing: Map This now works for unlisted and passworded galleries, so anyone you share those with can enjoy browsing by location, too. Catch up on all the mappy goodness on SmugMug.
New: Google Calendar for Your Site
Busy photographers, this one’s for you. We added a new content block for Google Calendar, so you can show your fans (or clients) when you’re busy and when you’re not.
Simply drag in the content block to any page on your site, then copy your Google Calendar ID and paste it in. Voila! There’s plenty of ways to tweak the settings so that it’s exactly what you want.
You’ll also notice that we’ve created a brand-new customization section called “Services” where you’ll find the new Google Calendar content block as well as the Wufoo form block that we recently debuted.
Look to our help pages for explanation on everything you need to know about embedding your calendar, and you can find more help about Google Calendars on their site.
A Fresher Shopping Cart
Since we rolled out a new look for SmugMug, we’ve got some catching up to do on some other parts of the experience. We started with the shopping cart:
In addition to giving it a beautiful, smooth new skin to match the rest of your website, we also added more options to the sidebar to make choosing a print product a heckuva lot easier.
In fact, we’ve gotten so much feedback from you (and your customers!) to display print sizes that didn’t need cropping, so now you can just uncheck that box to see all options that don’t require any trimming.
Happy buying and selling!
New Education Site
Last but not least, we’re proud to point out the fact that this news blog may have gotten a bit quieter in the last few weeks. We’ve officially taken the extra tips, tricks, and guest posts and will be publishing them on our brand new Education Site:
The new School.smugmug.com site will be the place to go if you’re looking for photography advice, how to get the most out of your SmugMug account, money-making business tips and inspirational posts by successful SmugMug photographers. We’ll also include a complete newsletter archive, featured SmugMug photos and dates when you can talk to us next.
You should continue to watch this space for announcements about product-related stuff like release notes, bug fixes, contests and other Smuggy goodness. And, as always, our help pages are the place to go if you need help with your website.
Let us know what you think and what you’d like to see in the coming weeks both on School.smugmug.com as well as in your galleries. Cheers!
Since our relaunch you’ve been unveiling gorgeous new SmugMug sites and we’re in serious SmugLove. From elegant to inventive, funky to funny, your photo websites are wowin’ us, so we’re kicking off a contest!
From now until December 27, 2013, you can “Show Us Your SmugMug” and enter to WIN a 1-year free membership! We wanna see your new site, share your inspired vision, and get you hooked up with fabulous freebies. Celebrate the all-new SmugMug!
Enter via Twitter or Facebook
Step 1: Follow SmugMug on Twitter or Fan us on Facebook
Step 2: Tweet @SmugMug or post on Facebook.com/SmugMug a link to your site with the hashtag #NewSmugMug
Step 3: Stay tuned and see if you won! One winner will be picked at random, weekly.
You must have a new SmugMug site to enter or win. Not on new SmugMug yet? No worries. Go to smugmug.com/migration to start playing around with the new SmugMug today.
1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. You must be following SmugMug on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/SmugMug) or a fan of SmugMug on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SmugMug) to win.
3. You must use the hashtag #NewSmugMug when you tweet or post a link to your site.
4. The prize value will vary weekly between Basic, Power, Portfolio and Business subscriptions (USD $40-$300 value). The value of the subscription prize that week will be applied to your account as a credit towards your renewal.
All winners will be picked randomly by a random number generator and announced every Friday by SmugMug.
We can’t wait to see your sites! We’ll post the winners in a special Winner’s Gallery – stay tuned for some awesome SmugMug site eye candy.
***Update – Winners!*** Check out the weekly winners so far:
- Tom Chwojko-Frank: http://photos.chwojkofrank.com
Prize: Basic Account
- Anthony Mahieu: http://anthonymahieu.smugmug.com
Prize: Power Account
- George Torres: http://gtsphotography.smugmug.com/
Prize: Portfolio Account
- Kim Volles: http://boll-vils.smugmug.com/
Prize: Business Account
- Lisa B Ellison: http://lisabe.smugmug.com/
Prize: Basic Account
- Frederick Eriksson: http://fredrikeriksson.smugmug.com/
Prize: Power Account
- Emma Fiala: http://www.frostonflower.com/
Prize: Portfolio Account
- Cynthia LeGrand: http://www.legrandlifeimages.com/
Prize: Business Account
- Susan Myhill: http://illuminatingphotography.smugmug.com/
Prize: Basic Account
For the first time since launch, we’re offering a huge sale on our world-famous iPhone app: Normally $.99 per set, $3.99 per category or $9.99 for the whole shebang, but we’re slashing prices on the complete bundle of filters and presets. For one week only, you get everything in Camera Awesome for just $0.99.
We’ll say that again: From today (Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013) through Monday, September 9, 2013, it costs just $0.99 to get every single item in Camera Awesome.
For those of you who missed it before, that’s a total of 262,143 possible artistic combinations. How many photos have you snapped lately?
Discounts are automagically applied when you purchase the bundle in-app, so there’s no reason to wait.
New to Camera Awesome?
If you’ve lived under a rock for the last year, you may not have heard that SmugMug’s powerful iPhone and iPad photo app is called Camera Awesome. Ranked #1 Photography App in 55 countries and #1 overall app in 10 countries, it’s completely free and includes cam-tacular compositional tools, filters and presets.
You can start shooting instantly (photos and videos), edit your work and share direct to your favorite social sites like Facebook, Instagram and SmugMug.
We’ve been fixing a lot of stuff lately so we thought it’d be a good time to update you all on a few more things we’ve shipped this month. Without further ado:
Embed Videos from Vimeo
You asked, we delivered! You can now embed your Vimeo videos into your pages, in addition to SmugMug and YouTube videos. You’ll find that content block under the “Video” section of your customization menu.
Want more than just our basic contact form? No problem – the folks at Wufoo specialize in embeddable forms in all shapes, colors and sizes! If you’ve already got a Wufoo account, simply grab the shortlink they give you and look under the “Social” section of your customization menu. You’ll find the new Wufoo Form content block ready and waiting for you to paste it in.
Keep Better Tabs on Us
What’s more important than the status of SmugMug.com? Probably not a whole lot, so we’ve made it better than ever before. Check it out now and get familiar with it, so if you think you’re seeing something strange, you can peek in and see how we’re doing.
Tip: Want to know even faster? Hit the Subscribe button at the top and we’ll send you an email whenever things get exciting.
- Statcounter and Google Analytics work properly on migrated and unveiled SmugMug sites.
- Added the ability to discard your changes while in customization mode.
- Animated gifs display motion at all SmugMug sizes, not just Originals.
- Fixed UTF-8 fonts to display correctly.
- Added navigation arrows to SmugMug gallery style
- Option to hide the Slideshow button in Gallery Settings.
- Added option to add separators between your menu bar links.
- Cleaned up the lightbox so the same arrows and options show up no matter where you’re using the lightbox.
- Favicons should stick. For really-real this time.
- We smacked Smart Galleries so that they fetch new photos faster.