Instagram – follow Peter Talke

Instagram Account: Peter Talke

Hello everyone! I am enjoying Instagram these days! I post random IPhone photos and my standard pics as well. Please feel free to follow me! Here are some of my recent posts…
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Austin, TX – DSLR vs IPhone – Texas Tower


We were walking through the University of Texas yesterday and walked by the Texas Tower. I looked up and enjoyed this view! I snapped a few shots and said why not try the same shot with an IPhone. I’d like to compare. I know we all take tons of phone photos. How do they really compare? Conditions were favorable…light was solid and the sky was blue. I will post the IPhone shot below and then see how they stack up! I am curious. Both shots were processed…DSLR in Photoshop. IPhone in Camera+.

Hmmm…well, I know I take lots of shots on my phone and say to myself…wow…looks great! But in reality, its mediocre. I guess those bright screens give us a false sense of security. Will phones ever over take DSLR’s??? Probably never. The details a DSLR sensor can capture are too impressive. This was a fun quick Saturday exercise! Have fun! Remember…carry your DSLR when possible! =))

Reviews: WordFoto App


We all now have these powerful phones and I must admit, they take great pics and can do amazing things. I am always curious about photo apps and found one super cool one the other day! It just came out and is called WordFoto. It can take your pics and add words and create super cool art! In playing with it for a day or so…I have noticed that close up shots work best. Some feature highlights:
– Fast and fully automated word filling algorithm.
– Manual word filling fine tune parameters.
– Inspect detail in zoomable preview.
– Eight unique preset styles.
– User defined custom styles with lots of parameters.
– Import images from photo album or camera.
– Crop editor.
– Manage and create your own word sets.
– Resulting word images are full resolution.
– Save, email or share on Facebook.
– Save original and cropped original.
If you are creative…a must buy. Cost is $1.99. Available now in iTunes and Andriod will be TBD. WordFoto gets 8 out of 10 from me!

Innsbruck, Austria – Airport Video

I have never posted a video on my blog…this is my first. I was recently in Innsbruck and while walking to my plane (yes that is my prop plane!) to this vid with my IPhone. This is my fav airport in the world to fly in/out of…just unreal mountain views (especially when snow is on the mountains). Here is a shot from out my window flying in. Photo via my IPhone and Camera+ App to add the effect.

Hope you enjoy! I will be working on some video reviews coming soon…with a better camera! =) Have fun!

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!!

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.

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!