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Archive for September 2011

29
Sep

iPhone Lens Systems and Fostex Audio Recorder

Hey there,

I’m discovering all kinds of hardware add-ons for the iPhone. There are specialty lenses like the iPro system from Schneider Optics. This looks pretty darn awesome I must say. Two lenses, wide-angle and a fisheye. They are not yet available for sale but should be by mid October. Ok are you ready for the price? $199, Hey now, that’s serious cash!!

Another lens kit is the olloclip. This kit includes 3 lenses, wide-angle, macro & fisheye. This kit is much more affordable at $69.95 and you get an extra lens compared to the iPro system. I wonder if the optics can compare to the iPro?

Photojojo also has a system of lenses for the iPhone. All 3 lenses are only $49.00.

All these 3 lens systems may be a question of you get what you pay for and it depends what you want. I like the idea of adding optical options to the iPhone. I’ll wait and see some reviews when the iPro system comes out and perhaps I can convince my wife that one of these systems would make a wonderful Christmas gift ;-)

And well I’m kinda lusting over this audio recorder by Fostex. The idea of using my iPhone to record high quality audio is really great. It’s officially on my wish list.

iPhone audio interface by Fostex

Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface

I’ve been thinking of the popular audio recorders like the Zoom products and other similar models. B & H have a good buyer’s guide here. You see my other big passion, besides photography, is music. I’ve played drums for a long time and although not as seriously as I used to, I still get together with friends regularly to jam, write and record music. My idea is to use the AR-4i to record audio of jam sessions so we can later go back and listen. Many of my friends have home studios and I also have a basic home studio set up (older pro tools system) but that is more for serious recording. You have to set up all the mics, cables, open a session, get the levels etc… but if I want something quick to capture an idea and still get good quality I think this may be it. It’s available as a pre-order at B & H Photo for $149.99.

On another note I ordered the iRig from the Apple store. It’s basically a cable adapter that allows you to go from a 1/4″ cable to the iPhone. It’s $39.99 so not too expensive compared to other solutions I’ve seen, but very expensive when you consider it’s basically a cable adapter that probably costs $5.00 to make including the packaging!! Anyway moving on…  With this I’ll be able to plug my guitar directly into the iPhone and get much better recording audio compared to using the iPhone mic. My cousin (who is a great guitarist) has one and he’s really happy with it. There is also a free app from AmpliTube that I’ll try.

All this iPhone photography/recording stuff is just awesome and lots of fun.

Thanks for reading, Patrick

27
Sep

The Art of iPhoneography, by Stephanie C. Roberts

Hey there,

image of book by Stephanie C. Roberts

The Art of iPhoneography by Stephanie C. Roberts

I just received my copy of this new book “The Art of iPhoneography” by Stephanie C. Roberts. At first glance and after a quick flip through, the layout is very nice and it’s filled with great images. The shape of the book is the same as the iPhone 4, that’s fun. It is almost 4 times the size though !! Thankful for that.

There are app reviews and tips on how to use them and lots and lots of creative ideas to get you out shooting with your iPhone. There is also a section where the author features iPhoneographers from all over the world. I am looking forward to this section most.

We are also invited to join various communities like Flickr, Tumbler, Posterous & Twitter. There are all kinds of references to iPhoneographers on Twitter which will be great to explore them all.

I haven’t read the book yet so I’ll refrain from giving an actual review. I may later after I’ve gone through it cover to cover.

Thanks for reading, Patrick

25
Sep

Image of the Week #2

Hey there!

This week I selected an image from James Ephraums entitled “See You on the Other Side”. It’s a very eerie image with a vanishing focal point. Very dramatic and really makes you wonder what’s going on here. Who is this person? Where are they going?

See you on the other side" by James Ephraums

Taken from James’ Flickr profile page “iPhoneography is about spontaneity, being endlessly creative, experimenting, collaborating, finding photographs rather than seeking them, and making art from whatever you found. It’s democratic, levelling, time consuming, global, uplifting and pure good fun!”

His image was selected as one of the finalists in the IPPA 2011 Awards. James submitted a different version of the image I’m showing here. Both are equally impressive. Have a look at this collection of very impressive images.

James completed a 365 project that he called The Polarize Project. He started April 1, 2009 and managed to make it all the way, which isn’t an easy thing to do. I know how difficult in can be because I also did a 365 project in 2010 and  was able to get through it.

So go have a look at his Flickr photostream and make sure you have some free time because you’ll be there for a while ;-)

Thanks to James for allowing the use of him image.

Thank you all for reading, Patrick

24
Sep

New Twitter Account

Hey there Twitter people! I created a Twitter account for this Blog. For anyone who likes to “tweet” please connect with me there. The handle is @GMPhotoBlog

That’s it!

Thanks for reading, Patrick

21
Sep

Evening Swing

boy swinging in the evening

Evening Swing

I followed the kids out to the swing at dusk this past weekend and was lucky to catch this moment.  I’ve always loved silhouettes. One of the advantages of iPhoneography is that you pretty much have your camera with you all the time, as I did in this case. I was able to get a few shots before he jumped off and climbed the tree! I got a few shots of that too :-) You need to be quick when capturing kids. I was a little surprised that the iPhone did such a good job with this shot. The kids were all over the place and I was rushing to try to get in place to take the shot because I knew it wouldn’t last long. I actually had to ask him to swing a little more because by the time I was in place he was getting on to other things like climbing that tree. So he kept swinging some more and I just did the best I could and kept pressing the shutter. I gazed at the screen a little between shots to see how they were looking and adjusted my composition a little and then swoosh times up, moment over. Gotta climb that tree ;-)

I’ve been playing with so many apps recently. I think I used  Snapseed and Instagram for this shot. I’m really starting to get a feel for the apps, their strong and weak points, and so I’m learning a lot. Snapseed is great, especially the control points you can add and then make selective adjustments like the other NIK Software products. I have a few of their products (Silver Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza & Color Efex Pro) that I use all the time with my DSLR photography and really love them.

One new app I discovered is Image Blender, it allows you to blend two images together and also assign various blending modes like overlay, multiply, soft light etc… In the image below I added the music notation in the top left area from a texture. It was originally much larger but I pinched it down to fit into the space to make it look like it belonged there. I also used other apps as well which is becoming the norm. I’ve been using on average about 2 – 3 apps per image unless it is something very simple where I don’t want anything fancy.

edge of frame photo

Framed

Now on to more shooting and apping, ahhhhh so much fun.

Thanks for reading, Patrick

18
Sep

Image of the Week #1

I’m starting a new weekly post where I search out images from other iPhoneographers and post one that I like in my sidebar. I plan on posting a new image each Sunday so keep an eye out for it.

This week’s image is “Alone in the Mist” by Tim Strat. I found his stream just by wandering around in the different iPhoneography groups, I think it was the Life in LoFi group, and had a hard time selecting one image because there is sooo much amazing stuff out there. Tim’s image and his photo stream really had a lot of great stuff but this one just jumped out at me. It has great foreground and background points of interest and amazing mood and colours.

141/365 Alone in the Mist

Tim is doing a 365 project using his iPhone and it is filled with great stuff. Have a look, I’m sure you’ll enjoy his work.

Thanks for reading and also a big thanks to Tim for allowing me to use his image here,

Patrick

14
Sep

iSee iShoot iPhone Podcast

Just wanted to let you know about a new podcast I found. I did a search on iPhoneography podcasts and a few came up but none that were specifically about iPhone photography, except for iSee iShoot iPhone.  The host, Steve Stanger, plans on releasing 20 episodes and perhaps more if the interest in the show is good. The first two shows were very good with lots of good content and even an interview with photojournalist Robert Lachman in episode 2. There is a Flickr group you can join and share your iPhoneography.

So if you’re like me and enjoy listening to podcasts go ahead and subscribe in iTunes for free.

Thanks for reading, Patrick

p.s.: If you know of any podcasts on iPhoneography please let me know.

14
Sep

iPhone Photo Editing – The Future Looks Bright

I was working on an sunset image I took and wanted to try to improve a blown out area in the clouds. I remembered seeing a clone option in the Filterstorm app, so I tried it. I was impressed at how well it worked. Here’s the before and after of the shot in question.

two images showing before and after processing

before and after cloning with Filterstorm

I find it amazing at what can be done with these apps, and there are new apps coming out all the time. I used Filterstorm to clone the clouds in this image but after doing some research I see that there are others like Photoforge & Touchretouch. I did not find the cloning option in Photoforge2!!!! I went and bought the TouchRetouch app and processed the same image with the cloning tool. Here it is…

Sunset

Image processed with Touchretouch

TouchRetouch was easy to use and they even have embedded video tutorials. It has a simple UI and does a great job. Kinda like the Photoshop content aware tool that came out with CS5. Not sure which app I prefer for this situation but TouchRetouch is easier to work with. It was easier to reposition the source point compared to Filterstorm. I do like that you can change the opacity of the brush in Filterstorm when cloning. As you can see I need to play some more… cool. I know I’ll be using these apps a lot.

The future looks fun :-)

Thanks for reading, Patrick

p.s.: Any feedback you have on this blog would be appreciated. It’s a new thing for me and I’m hoping to keep it going.

10
Sep

Apps, apps and more apps!

too many photo apps

iPhone Photo apps

Apps, apps and more apps! Ok, I think I’ve gone overboard. My photography apps have been accumulating up to the point where I need to STOP downloading any more and just learn the ones I have. I use Camera+ for the camera, Instagram (@patgervais) for sharing and then a mix of everything else. I just gotPhotoForge2 that looks amazing and will spend a lot of time learning it. I need to get used to these apps and create a workflow.

Do you have any suggestions?

10
Sep

Yeah! My Highly Processed Silhouette

My silhouette taken and processed all with my iPhone 4

My silhouette

So I was bored today, waiting for a customer that was almost 30 minutes late. So after sitting and walking around in circles I saw my shadow on the cement floor. Ok now I go from bored to excited as soon as I “saw” the image I wanted to make. Pull out the iPhone, open Camera+ and start framing and trying different poses. I got this shot almost right away and then started processing. I mostly used PhotoForge2 but also used Filterstorm and Iris. YEAH!

Thanks for reading, Patrick

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