This month, new and old iPhone users met in Dolores Park, San Francisco to participate in a world wide Instagram photowalk, where they discussed the concept of the overnight photographer—or “Instaphotographer”.Featuring an interview with @IGERSSF manager, Laura Powell @lpow88
I have been thinking about how I could share video and this app is the perfect solution. In the example below, I started with a well lit area that had a clearly definable area of movement. I filmed the entire flush and then chose the three second portion that I wanted to feature.
Decim8: Digitally Destroy Your Photos (App Review)
Are you tired of using apps and filters that make your photos look vintage and dated? Decim8, based on algorythims that digitally destroy your photos, is the perfect photo manipulating app for you.
This app took me a while to get used to, but once I got the hang of it, I was addicted. To use it, you upload a photo and select the filters you want to use. I would suggest using the randomize feature at first until you get familiar with the different effects. The effect will apply once you hit randomize.
With Decim8, every photo is unique. Once you apply an effect, save the photo if you like it, because you may not be able to recreate it again. I like to save photos that I am on the fence about just incase I change my mind along the way.
Below is one of the photos I recently shot and manipulated with Decim8. I prefer effects that keep the image sharp, but add color or mirror images. Other effects will completely pixilate your image beyond recognition. It all depends on what look you are going for. It usually takes some trial and error before you get the look you want. Once you find it however, you will have a unique image that you can share on Instagram.
You can download Decim8 for $0.99 in the iTunes app store. If you like to keep your photos traditional, this app may not be for you. If you are looking for an innovative, unique, digitilized look, definitely give Decmi8 a try.
Slow Shutter Cam: Making Light Trails (App Review)
Several months ago, I noticed some great night shots with beautiful trails of light and focused backgrounds in my Instagram feed. I asked my go-to iPhone photography expert, David Baer, what app could be used to create the same effect. He suggested an app for the iPhone called Slow Shutter Cam.
I downloaded it on iTunes for $0.99 and have finally gotten around to using it. The first few times I tried it, my pictures were horrible, mostly because I didn’t really understand the settings and what environments to shoot in. After experimenting more, I found that my favorite settings for night time shots were:
Capture mode: Light trail
Shutter speed: 15 (the amount of time the camera’s shutter is open, collecting light)
These settings allowed me to create colorful trails of light that I could adjust to my liking. The photos shown in this blog were taken at a concert at 1015 night club in San Francisco. It was extremely dark, but the light dancers were easily visible. I braced my camera against the bar counter (you need to stay as still as possible when using this app) and shot until the light filled an appropriate portion of the frame. This app is awesome because you see a preview of what the photo will look like. By setting the shutter speed to 15, I can have plenty of time to obtain the effect I am looking for, then manually stop the shutter with the press of a button.
I tried it a few more times with different dancers and was very pleased with my results. The combination of light, color and motion worked perfectly for those settings. I am still trying to take some interesting day shots, but I haven’t shot anything I like yet. Here are a few other highlights of the app.
This semester at SFSU, I am taking a photojournalism class. Our first day, my professor told us that if we are late, the door will be lock and we will not be let in until the break. Since then, my classmates and I have been peeing our pants trying to find stories, edit them before deadline and make it to class in time to avoid the dreaded locked door.
I wanted to make sure that I was ahead of the game, so I took the camera out to the Chinese New Year Parade in Union Square. Luckily, I brought my press pass and was able to get a spot with great lighting and plenty of room for me to set up the tripod.
After fidgeting with the camera for 30 minutes, I finally got situated and started rolling. I quickly realized that the camera was set to manual focus—all of my footage was coming out blurry. I switched it to auto focus just in time to get some great shots before the parade ended. Check out my video and feel free to post what you think about it. I am still learning and appreciate feedback. I will keep posting new assignments as I turn them in.
This weekend, I attended the World Wide Instameet. The San Francisco meetup started in Dolores Park in the Mission District. Several Instawalkers were chatting about what this change will mean for the world of mobile photography.
Laura Powell, manager of the San Francisco branch of Instagram (@igerssf), believes that using Instagram on Androids could lead to a drop in photo quality. If people are using different phone models, she said, the photos will be less uniform.
According to CNET.com, the iPhone is rated as the best camera phone on the market—several Instagram users agree. Rated fourth is an Android powered phone, the HTC Amaze 4G. The HTC features an 8 mega pixel camera and 1080p HD video capability. The iPhone 4S, the most recent version released from Apple, features the same video and photo specs.
The app should be available soon, but no specific release date was given.
I met Andrew last Friday night (3/2/12) near Grant and Green in San Francisco’s North Beach district. I saw him yo-yoing from afar and quickly realized he was quite good! The video is a little shaky, but I think you get the point.