Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mobile Apps Buyer’s Guide

Finally  guide to find apps and get in control of shooting with your smartphone! this is for the professional

Mobile Apps Buyer’s Guide

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The camera sees you.

Article in Wall Street Journal, Selfies Proves a tool for IDs, tells of how a Russian start-up NTechlab offered photos of people showing them at a big electronic music festival. "they didn't have to bring a camera or even their phones."

Just send them a "selfie" and they'd find you at the concert!

Founder Alexander Kabakov says, "simply owning a smartphone means you can't opt out of surveillance. There is no private life."

Ntechlab beat Alphabet in 2015 identifying celebrities in one million photos at University of Washington's Megaface Challenge.

Readers have made some interesting comments online, suggesting we watch Tom Cruise in his movie Minority Report and/or we all need to start wearing a burqa!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Moto Z gives you a choice

New Moto Z offers a range of clip on features, want to listen to music the get the JBL Soundboost, and get a zoom lens for your pocket smartphone with the Hasselblad True Zoom!

Moto as in Motorola was sold to Lenovo, a Chinese company and who the largest computer maker in the world.

They should be showing up in stores this fall! About time

Monday, September 19, 2016

Talking and snapping with the iPhone

New Apple iPhone has two lens, a wide angle and a telephone. Now get optical lens rather than simply enlarging, digital lens, and cropping into the image. Who'd of thunk?

The smartphone does it all!

But I missed getting a photo this morning. Going on my morning walk I saw a lady wearing  big hat and leading her two dogs, one large the other tiny, the sun was just coming over the trees and highlighting the path. Looked like a nice moment, lets take a photo. First, need to get my smartphone, sign in, push the camera app walk closer to get a better angle and look up. She's walked out of the bright sun, and I missed the shot.

Sure, it's nice always to have a camera with me, but maybe if I had my mirrorless DSLR camera I could have captured the moment. Maybe not, I still would have to turn it on and would lose a few seconds. Street photography is hard in the digital age. With the old mechanical film camera, I just had to raise the camera up and click. Hopefully, and most probably it was already set at the right exposure (daylight bright sun) but it was quick and easy to stop down or open up on the lens barrel. Manual focus set the lens at 15 feet and you had enough depth-of-field to get everything from 5ft to infinity in focus. Quick and in control. Didn't have to fight the camera. Those were the days.

For me the problem would have been that I probably had black and white film in the camera and this morning shot with golden sun hitting the ground. Oh well, another missed picture.

I recently had my network crash, using Western Digital "MyCloud," external hard-drive ensured lost data from desktop computer, downloading photos from my tablet and smartphone. I could see it and didn't have to worry about the data being manipulated, lost, stolen, etc. when I upload to the online cloud! Better be safe, you never know whether Google, Microsoft, Amazon or Apple will change things and compress all the files.

But then the on light in from of my WD My Cloud, turned yellow. Was this because of a software upgrade and compatibility with Windows Anniversary upgrade? Finally called Western Digital customer service and went through diagnosis. Changed cords, unplugged from modem and into the computer. The light stayed yellow.

The tech rep concludes the 3 Gig external drive couldnt be fixed. Can I crack it open and pull the data off the hard-drive, like I did with another external drive? NO! I had it hooked up to my Windows machine, BUT the external drive translates everything into LiNUS Lexus OS!?!?  To get to the files I need a computer operating on Lexus!

I'm now a big fan of uploading your photos and video to the cloud, save them on Dropbox, Google, Apple iCloud, Microsoft One Drive, etc., etc. That appears safer than having something to hold like a DVD or jump-drive or floppy disc.

Wondering about preserving the images brought back worries in the past, where once you had a negative, now the digital file can quickly disappear. and hard-drives crash. We have to constantly upgrade.

There is also a case for playing it safe and taking printing a album, do it online and pick it up from the corner drugstore in a few hours. Now you can see the photos without worrying about the computer, tablet, or smartphone crashing. A safe back-up.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Gosh it sounded like such a great idea - - -RIP Google Ara

I was waiting to buy it, the modular phone that would let me customize the smartphone for video and let others customize their phone for medical needs, or music, or extended battery, whatever. A great idea. But it has been terminated. Why?

Is it simply the accountants fault? Trying to rein in expenses and balance the books. I like the Single Lens Reflex, but most amateurs go for the less bulky point-and-shoot. The modular android phone would be bigger and bulkier.

Maybe it is simply the fact that Google saw Lenovo and LG Electronics releasing such devices, so who needs another.  I'm guessing there is also a problem with patents. Google launched the modular phone idea when it owned Motorola, but then sold the cellphone line to Lenovo.

Question now is whether enough consumers care about getting a modular phone to customize it for improve VR viewing, have better sound, better camera, etc.

Okay it's possible, but isn't it easier to simply buy a camera that is focused on taking pictures. Sorry, but you'll have to carry two devices. It won't all fit in your pocket, nothing wrong with shoulder bags.

This is the 40th anniversary of the Domke bag, back in 1976 photographers had a lot more stuff to carry. Film and fixed focal length lenses were too big for coat pockets, and you'd miss the shot if you left it in the trunk of your car. Learn the story and see the evolution of photojournalism from 35mm to smartphone.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Smartphone is always with you, but you need to change lenses

Technology marches on and amazing pictures are captured everyday. Thanks to the smart phone. But as an old-timer, use to changing lens. Seeing a need for a telephone to isolate the subject, get in tight and remove distracting elements, the one lens smart phone meant missing some shots.
Multiple sensors stitch together an image.

It is interesting how the challenge is to never miss a shot. So the first launch of the Light camera (claiming to be "world's first multi-aperature computational camera) moves closer to capturing what you see 24/7. It can always be with you! So when you see it you can capture the moment. Size of a smart phone it weaves images together to: produce a large hi-res image, build images to simulate different depth-of-field focus (f/2 to f/16), and it can be set to wide-angle, normal or telephone capture.

The first launch at $1600 has sold out, it is amazing camera for the photojournalist and street photographer who wants to be a "fly on the wall." It beats having to stick auxiliary lens over the lens on a smart phone.

I doubt it can shoot bursts of shots, but wait, maybe it can take a burst of shots and let you pull sections from all the shots and create a "perfect photo," where everyone is smiling with their eyes open!?

George Eastman saw how everyone should capture images, not just the rich who could afford to hire a painter or professional. His dream is finally becoming a reality.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Portable Lighting Equipment

Portable Lighting Equipment

Make it look professional, here are some tips from Videomaker to help shoot better looking video with your smartphone. I'm going to check out the Coleman lantern mentioned at the end...