The iPhone is the most widely used digital camera on the market today, and with the phone currently pushing 8 megapixels with the 4s, image quality is getting better. The one problem though with this phone, and most camera phones in general, are the difficulty in which they sometimes can be hold to shoot an image. Let’s face it, the iPhone form factor isn’t all too conducive to shooting photos or videos. It is cumbersome and can get unwieldy just trying to hold the phone to frame a shot. PhotoJojo has come up with a solution that helps photographers (did I just say photographers? using an iPhone?) and videographers to better get a handle on their phone to shoot better pictures with a device called the iPhone Shutter Grip. The iPhone Shutter Grip is a piece of hardware that attaches to your iPhone 4S that puts a shutter release button in its natural place, right where your index finger would go if you were using a regular digital camera. You connect the grip via the iPhone charging slot that also acts as the communication port to the release button. No more tapping the screen to get the shot or to start the video, And the grip expands to accommodate most iPhone cases, so you don’t have to remove the phone from your case. Plus, there is a tripod mount built into the grip as well. $40. Get it at PhotoJojo.com. Get it. Use it.
02 Jul 2011 Leave a Comment
Did you buy your parents an iPad? Or are you a luddite when it comes to all things Apple? Wiley has released iPad for Seniors for Dummies, 2nd edition, aimed at those of us who are of the older set who have an iPad or ipad 2 but want to learn more about the features of the device by following along to a guide rather than turn the thing on and figure out what to do next. Want to learn how to exchange email? There is a chapter on email, including setting up your Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL account, setting up a POP3 email account, opening and reading mail, replying to email, creating and sending a message, searching your email and deleting and organizing.
Want to go into the future and Facetime with your grandkids? There is an overview and a chapter on using Facetime, that Jetson-esque technology that is here now, and available on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4. Chapter topics include:
- Buying your iPad
- Looking over the Home Screen
- Getting Going (charging the battery, download iTunes from your computer, etc.)
- Taking Advantage of Accessibility features
- Browsing the Internet with Safari
- Working with email
- Face to Face with the Grandkids using Facetime
- Shopping the iTunes Store
- Using your iPad as an e-reader
- Playing with Music on iPad
- Playing with Photos
- Getting the Most out of Video Features
- Playing Games
- Finding your way with Maps
- Keeping on schedule with Calendar
- Managing Contacts
- Making Notes
- Troubleshooting and Maintaining your iPad
The book, obviously targeting the baby boomer generation, is an easy read and offers images that are easily viewable that accompany the text. Screenshots of the iPad interface are enlarged and there are generous use of arrows to help readers along the way as they explore the book and work on their iPads at the same time, which I think is the best way to work with this title.
iPad for Seniors for Dummies
05 Jun 2011 Leave a Comment
drahtwerk Matrix Camera 1.0 for iOS enables you to shoot video and images on your iOS device that maintain the look of 1990s style video games. The retro style look is created by using an edge detection algorithm, the company said. Matrix Camera 1.0 takes the place of the built-in camera in your iOS device and supports realtime camera preview, adjustable sensor sensitivity and built-in Noise reduction filter, fully customizable dot-matrix display colors, authentic retro sounds, and support for the front camera and flash. System requirements are an iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 and 4th generation iPod touch running iOS 4.0 or later, and 1.5MB free space. It is priced at $0.99 at the Apple store in the photography section.
31 May 2011 Leave a Comment
Independent developer Ken Tidwell has released D700 DSLR v2.2 for iOS, a learning guide for Nikon DSLRs. It offers a handy pocket reference to Nikon’s D700 right on your iPad/iPod and other iOS devices. It features a list of D700 Quick Specs, instructions on using the built-in flash, compatible lenses, error messages, supported standards, digital photography & DSLR lens glossaries, tripod tips, Nikon product previews and iPad Camera Kit overview, according to a press release. It features seven chapters of step by step instructions covering the following topics:
- Active D-Lighting – ADL Bracketing
- AF Area Modes – AE Lock
- AF Assist – Available Shutter Speeds with Flash
- AF Focus Area Selection – Control Panel Reference
- AF Focus Modes – Custom Settings
- Auto Low-Pass – Dust Reference Photo
- Filter (Sensor) Cleaning – Exposure Bracketing
- Battery Information – Exposure Compensation
- Color Spaces – Exposure Modes
- File Numbering Options – Flash Exposure Compensation
- Focus Lock – Flash Modes
- High-ISO Noise Reduction – Flash Output (FV) Lock
- Image Quality – Flash Sync Modes
- Image Size – Image Overlays
- LCD Brightness – Image Playback
- Long Exposure Noise Reduction – ISO Equivalency
- Manual Focus – Live View
- Memory Card Formatting – Manual Low-Pass Filter (Sensor) Cleaning
- Menu Reset – Maximum Flash Shooting Distances
- Metering Modes – Multiple Exposures
- Movies – Playback Options
- Picture Control – Scene Modes
- Reset to Defaults – Viewfinder Reference
- Self-Timer – White Balance Bracketing
- Shooting Modes – White Balance Options
D700 DSLR v2.2 for iOS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, iOS 3.1.3 or later (iOS 4.3 tested), and 5.6 MB free space. It is priced at $5.99.
31 May 2011 Leave a Comment
Fusioncam 1.0.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch is a classic toy camera application that enables you to shoot multiple exposure images. It features three different modes that enable you to re-expose the shot with the flick of a switch, with the previous photo overlayed in the viewfinder so you can prepare your next shot with a different exposure.
* Classic Toy Camera Photography
* Multiple Exposure of your photos
* Flash for iPhone 4, for 3GS it’s an emulated flash
* Open up the camera to see the film roll, and choose which photos to develop
* Steply Photo Network
* View beautiful shared photos from around the world
* Easily share everywhere - Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Sina Weibo, Flickr & Posterous
* Discover new photo apps.
* iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 13.9 MB
28 May 2011 Leave a Comment
Petrol Bags has released a new DSLR bag called the Dr. DSLR Camera Bag that is based off the Dr. Petrol camera carrier. The bag is built using 900D and ballistic nylon fabrics and is designed to hold the latest video capable DSLRs and accessories. It features a wide opening, the capability to hold the camera with the lens attached, and includes removable internal dividers for storing a mattebox, camera plate, follow focus, camera light, viewfinder, cables, spare lenses, virtually everything needed to create a mobile studio. It also features an LED lighting system built into the bag that illuminates the interior. Other features include laminate panels, ergonomic neoprene shoulder strap, flash memory card pouch with room to hold four cards, and “easy glide” zippers, the company said. More information can be obtained at http://www.petrolbags.com
Dr. DSLR Camera Bag
25 May 2011 Leave a Comment
Canon U.S.A. has announced a collection of five L series EF lenses ranging from an 8-15mm fisheye priced at $1,399 to a 600mm F4L priced at $11,999. The EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens, scheduled to ship in July, offers a 180 degree diagonal angle of view for EOS SLR cameras for full-frame and APS-C digital cameras, and 180 degree circular fisheye images for full frame EOS cameras.
Canon’s EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM features improved image quality, image stabilization, and durability and now features two fluorite lens elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic abberation, according to Canon. It weighs in at 82.9 oz and is priced at $6599 with availability scheduled for August 2011. Canon’s EF 400mm F/2.8L IS II USM lens, ideal for sports such as soccer and baseball, is the fifth generation of this lens and also uses two fluorite lenses for better image quality and reduced chromatic abberation. It weighs in at 135.8 oz and is expected to ship for $10,499. The EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM is targeted at both sports and nature photography as well as photojournalism. It is also built around two fluorite lens elements and weighs in at 112.5 oz. It is expected to ship in December with an estimated retail price of $9499.
The new line of cameras is rounded out by Canon’s EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens, targeted at wildlife and photojournalism. It features a pair of fluorite lens elements and weighs in at 138.3 oz. It is expected to ship in December with an estimated retail price of $11,999.
No other information was provided on the new line of L lenses.
25 May 2011 Leave a Comment
OWI (Booth #2971) will showcase an Energy Star compliant Audio amplifier, a 4 channel audio mixer, a Low Voltage Surface Mount Self-Amplified Speaker System, and an infrared wireless microphone system at InfoCOMM 2011.
The company’s AMP-1SGRN “Green” amplified speaker amplifier with priority audio override is Energy Star compliant, works on a maximum 25-watts power, and goes into sleep mode every 15 minutes with minimal use, and features a line out to support a hard of hearing feed, to support people with hearing issues. According to the company, the device is 10 times more efficient than old style amps, operates with 87 percent efficiency, eliminating the need for an additional heat sink. It features an emergency paging feature via priority override that causes to the device to suspend normal and secondary audio inputs when priority audio is required, required in some states to handle emergencies such as natural disasters and lockdowns.
OWI’s Media Control MC4 is a Mic/Line 4-channel audio mixer that features a 4×4″ footprint and is wall mountable. It enables you to control volume and audio mixing for a variety of devices, including a projector, laptop, MP3 player, and two microphones. It can do a 4-channel audio mix with a “hard of hearing” separate output, according to the company, and also features a priority message input that can’t be disabled with the front panel slider controls. It also supports Line or Mic level inputs on two channels, with balanced inputs and outputs.
The company will also showcase a Surface Mount Self-Amplified AMPLV602-2 Low Voltage Speaker System, a 26-watt self amplified speaker system that can be mounted on walls or ceilings as well as outdoor areas such as garages, enclosed sunrooms and other non traditional areas that require speaker systems. The unit is priced at $199 and features a 6.5” woofer, .79” tweeter, and a matching passive 4-ohm speaker that outputs 26watts of sound.
On the wireless front, OWI will showcase a two frequency wireless pendant microphone that is designed to work with the CRS-101 Infrared Wireless Microphone System. The microphone features a breakaway lanyard as well as the capability to switch to 2.06 MHz or 2.56 MHz frequencies directly from the pendant. The system is priced starting at less than $1000. For more information, visit http://www.owi-inc.com.
24 May 2011 Leave a Comment
VidConvert 1.0.4 from indie software developer Reggie Ashworth gets a Passthrough option in the Advanced panel, a new Same as Source folder output option, a new menubar shortcut to delete files, and files with duplicate names will add a suffix instead of overwriting.
The software enables you to control virtually all aspects of the video encoding process, including the capability to tweak the frame rate and bit rate, as well as the capability to let the software do it for you. In addition to support for video formats that can be played on the iPod, iPad, and Apple TV, VidConvert also supports most other popular video formats, including DivX and MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 video.
Other features include
- Supported input – Most any type of video format
- Supported output – iPhone, iPad, iPod, Retina, Apple TV, QuickTime, .mp4, DivX, Xvid, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DVD (.vob), Windows Media, Flash, .m4a, .mp3, .aiff, .wav, .wma
- Full 64-bit support for the fastest possible conversion
- Normal and High quality presets to make video conversion automatic for most users
- Info panel to obtain Container, Video, and Audio details for each video
- All Apple Devices format to play on all iDevices or Apple TV
- Crop and Trim and more in the Advanced panel to customize your conversion if needed
- Drag and Drop simplicity even with folders of videos and List reordering once videos have been added
- Easily change Save To folder for each batch
- Progress indicator with time remaining for each file
- Sparkle updater to always have the latest version
- Mac OS X Version 10.5 Leopard or later (Snow Leopard Compatible)
- Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
- 2.8 MB Hard Drive space
24 May 2011 Leave a Comment
One Click Publishing from shinywhitebox enables you to publish video, ad free from within the company’s iShowU, iShowU HD and iShowU HD Pro. It is largely a one click affair, according to the company, enabling the publishing of video to Apple’s devices such as the iPod, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as most modern Web browsers that support HTML 5. One Click Publishing encodes the video to ensure device compatibility, with the encoding and uploading occurring entirely in the background.
A link is then created as publishing begins, enabling the user to start the publishing process and then email the link to interested parties who wish to view the video. Pricing varies with hosting credits available on an ad-hoc basis. Videos can then be embedded into other websites and the service will also show a Flash video as a backup, in the event a non HTML 5 complaint browser is used to view the video. For more information, visit http://shinywhitebox.com