Light It Magazine – My HDR Composite in Gallery Section (April Issue)

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.

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REVIEWS: 100 Cameras in 1 / Instagram

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!!

NEWS: WordPress blog version for IPads

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.
  • Switch fonts.
  • Choose from 9 different skin colors, to best match the feel of your site.
  • Enable or disable the whole thing.

 

REVIEWS: Blueslr (control your DSLR w/your i-device)

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.

Flipboard – Now has Google Reader!

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.

 

Austin, Texas – Austin Mural (HDR)

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!

News: Best IPhone/IPad App!! – The Photographers Ephemeris

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.

Ah technology!!!!  Enjoy!