The April issue of “Light It” Magazine is out and my HDR Composite of the amazing Priyanka is out and available for IPad now! The photo is included in the Gallery Section. I love reading Scott Kelby’s “Light It” Magazine and hopefully you do as well! It an honor to be included into the magazine! Also, another shout out to Joel Grimes for the inspiration!
Some info from the web: Light It: The How-To Magazine for Studio Lighting and Off-Camera Flash is the first digital photography lighting magazine from Scott Kelby and KelbyTraining.com made exclusively for the Apple iPad.
With the advent of better cameras on on mobile devices, photo apps are key! I am amazed at the pics my IPhone takes. Not sure it will ever replace my DSLR, but still great for easy walk on by type pics!
I have an IPhone and IPad and truly love my friend Trey Ratcliff’s app called “100 Cameras in 1“. I just have the IPhone version and do have an IPad…but not IPad 2 with the camera. The phone version is so cool! IPad 2 version is also available. I love textures and this app will give you some great effects on your phone pics! Trey has come up with some cool names and sweet effects. Your pics become instant art! So many choices to choose from. Check out the link here “review” to get all the details you want. For $0.99 on your phone…thats tough to beat!! Kudos Trey!!
After I create art with Trey’s app…I have found a cool up and coming photo app site called “Instagram” (thanks to Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane). Its free and very cool. Kinda like a Flickr for your phone without the “Awards” and “Bling” that makes Flickr kinda blah to me. When you add or take a pic…you can also make a simple color/effect change to it in the app. Download and you are off!
You can find me at “Talkephotography”. You can add friends and follow others. But what is cool about the pics is that they are phone versions (or at least most of them). I take some phone pics and they are basically my everyday views. A different style for me. Fun to post em! So my flow is take a pic…use 100 Cameras in 1 then add it into Instagram. Here are a few of my recent posts below.
For those camera phone photographers…go have fun! I know I do!!
I just finished dinner and logged onto my blog via my IPad. I was amazed at the new look for my blog! Sweet! I checked both my phone and Mac..no change. So I assume WordPress had an update today only for IPads/Tablets. Great job!!! You can swipe and view the blog just like Flipboard. Ah technology! I love it!!!! Check it out if you can! Just read this one WordPress:
With the launch of Apple’s iPad we have seen the future of computing and it is touch. Nothing matches the visceral feel of navigating your digital world with your hands. The past four months we’ve been working closely with Onswipe to bring your iPad visitors our vision of what a blog can look like re-imagined for a touch experience.
Our iPad-optimized view is app-like in its functionality, but pure HTML5 goodness on the backend: it supports touch interactions, swiping, rotation, and many other features of the iPad. Like when we launched our smartphone-optimized WP-Touch integration in 2009 (now responsible for over 150 million page views a month) this is immediately available and active on the over 18 million blogs on WordPress.com.
There are some fun options to play with too. If you browse to Appearance -> iPad in your Dashboard you can:
Have the theme use an image from your recent posts as a cover.
Upload a logo to showcase your brand or personality on the cover.
Upload an image to be used as a loading graphic when visitors add your site to their home screen.
Choose from 9 different skin colors, to best match the feel of your site.
I have always had gear lust for one of these new style camera controls. On the market you can find Blueslr and onOne’s DSLR Camera Remote. Both have pros and cons. But my choice in the field is Blueslr! onOne must be connected to a computer…so only for studio shooting. Blueslr can be used anywhere…thanks to Bluetooth! But only for Nikon cameras at this time. Cost: $149.00
For a great video review…click the Real Estate Photography Podcast’s link. This is where I found this cool product was available. Mike Miriello does a great job breaking it down in detail.
Pros (my thoughts)
*Use your phone/IPad to release your shutter (so cool!)
*GPS tagging of photos (if you want)
*Small size & easy to install and use!
*Great for HDR bracketing!
*Use up to 300 feet away!
Cons (my thoughts)
*Only certain supported devices (check the site for details)
*No picture review on you i-device (but I hear Version 2 will have this?)
*No ability to change camera settings (A, S, ISO, etc..)
I have heard on forums beforehand that it does not fit with an “L Bracket” on your camera due to the design. It is flexible and I had no problems with my bracket. Pic of my camera is above with the bracket on. This is one cool gadget! We all carry our phones with us everywhere…to have an app to take pics is awesome! Blueslr just needs to add pic review and camera setting adjustment to the next version and it will be perfect! At this stage of Blueslr…I’d give it a 7 out of 10.
Do you have an IPad?? Flipboard is one of my fav apps. Flipboard now offers Google Reader! Why is this great! You can subscribe to your favorite blogs and now have them served up in the contents “Google Reader” section! So if you would like…please subscribe to “Places 2 Explore” in your reader and you can get my feeds of every post on your Flipboard! Thanks! Technology is great!!
If you have note heard of it…here are some scoops…
Flipboard is a new, free application for the iPad which has one basic function: to take your social networking tools (read: Facebook and Twitter) and turn them into social “magazines.” As you can see from the screenshots — which are all culled from my Twitter stream — the application is very attractive. Read on for my full impressions.
After downloading Flipboard you enter your Twitter and Facebook details into separate streams, and those streams are then turned into “magazines,” — and they do, indeed look just like magazines. The attractive print-style layouts present you with pages of recents tweets, articles (pulled from the links in the tweets of those you follow), and the opportunity to respond from right within the app itself.
From downtown Austin, Texas…you can find this cool mural postcard located at Roadside Relics store. It is on 1st and Annie, just a few minutes from downtown. I was going for that 70’s look and thanks to onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 (Photo Tools 2.6)….the preset gave the photo that vintage look! With the 70’s look in mind I recall seeing a Photo Frame preset that had a Polaroid in it….one click and it adds your photo (just resize) and here is my fun shot…maybe a cool wallpaper for your IPad/Phone/Computer Screensaver? Click my Facebook Page and you can download this for free!! Enjoy!
I recently have been using this app for my IPhone (can be used on IPad also) called The Photographers Ephemeris. I cannot even pronounce Ephemeris…but it is awesome! So I just call it TPE. An ephemeris is a table of values that gives the positions of astronomical objects in the sky at a given time or times.
If you are a nature/landscape photographer…this app is great! The pic above is a general one, the app is just slightly different to fit on your phone. A must have!!! It will show you the direction of sunrise and sunset based upon your current location! Sweet!!! I use it to plan my shoot locations every time I head out!
Here is info from their website: The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) is a tool to help with the planning of all types of outdoor photography, but particularly landscape and urban scenes. It is a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land. TPE’s map-based approach means you are not limited to a predefined list of locations, which often don’t include the places many photographers go. Instead, search for any place name on the planet or position the map pin exactly where you want it. Advanced features including automatic time zone and elevation detection, correction for atmospheric refraction and height above the horizon, ensuring that you have the best possible information for planning your shoot.
I purchased the IPad 64GB 3G version and now have had it for about a month. I must say it is one great powerful tool to have! I can just imagine future generations will be even better. I know it does not support flash and does have its drawbacks. And in my opinion is is not a laptop. I still bring my laptop for above and beyond work that they IPad cannot handle. What the IPad is to me is a super fast instant on for (no particular order)…
1) Email 2) Internet 3) Movies 4) TV Shows 5) Podcasts 6) Games 7) Files 8)Music-Music Videos 9) Apps 10) Photographs!!!
I am an Apple fan and really enjoy my IPhone…now the apps never get played on my phone…IPad is the choice! I think if you can afford it..get the largest available IPad. Storage space goes fast! I have a ton of stuff on it and still have 16 GB remaining. So thinking as a photographer…the photos look amazing on the IPad! Like HD!! I have many shots on there. For an example of usage..I brought my IPad the other day to a Real Estate shoot…I whipped out the IPad and gave a slideshow of my previous Real Estate HDR’s to the sales person…he was impressed! A picture is worth 1000 words indeed! A great platform to show your photos! The IPad is small enough to fit in my photo backpack…nice!
Another big benefit is the available “Camera Connection Kit” from Apple. For $29.00 you get 2 connectors to your IPad (USB and SD). As I shoot with Nikon…no problem at all downloading Jpegs or NEF files! So now you can download your shots on location and then view them in a beautiful format in minutes! I find myself downloading my shots on my MAC and then putting them also on my IPad. I grab the IPad and sit on the coach (or anywhere in the house) and view my shots. A nice mobile photo viewer.
On a glad I didn’t moment..I was thinking of buying an EPSON photo viewers for the same reason a few months ago ($600)….now it is not even necessary! I can assume that in time as the storage gets larger for the IPad…these photo viewers will be obsolete. I also enjoy video Podcasts like DTown TV, Photoshop TV, Geek Brief TV…and now they are large and wonderful to view! I even now have a subscription to “Digital Photographer UK” magazine on my IPad and can read the current or back issues any time! I’d say if you are a photographer and have some extra cash…the IPad is a must!! An unreal tool that has already changed life as I know it. Technology is amazing!
As for some negative comments, yes, the IPad is not equal to a laptop yet (as I stated above), but will be in my opinion in about 2 years. I am not a big fan of the very reflective screen. It also is a fingerprint magnet! So I tried a film cover and that helped. I was still not happy about the reflective screen with the std film cover. I then found another film that reduces glare…Screen Guardz. Works awesome, but of course reduces brightness/quality just a tad. But I will accept that in order to have less glare.
The IPad is revolutionary. If you own one, I am certain you are extremely happy!!! Kudos Apple! Keep making our lives easier!!
As of last Friday I received the IPad 3G – 64 GB. I have had it now for about a week. It is truly amazing. Yes, it is just a larger IPhone/ITouch…but having it in a larger scale is fantastic! If you have any Apple product…you will love this as well. Super fast and worth every penny! I just received the camera connection kit – works perfect with my Nikon DSLR! Now I have another back up area to download my pics when I travel! The pic on the left is my IPad. I’ll write a review soon and tell ya what apps are fun!
So I put 25 photos up on my website Talke Photography for use as IPad Wallpapers. They have been scaled down to fit perfectly! I will keep adding more. I have priced them only at $0.30 each!! So take as many as you like! When the order is processed, I will email them to you myself! =) Most are about 500KB in size. Thanks! Have fun!