|Earliest: September 26, 2013||Latest: July 23, 2016||Total: 11|
|July 23, 2016|
Here's a short time-lapse video of tonight's sunset in Framingham. This was taken with my old iPhone 5s.
The time lapse functionally on the iPhone works really good, and the video quality on the old iPhone 5s is still pretty decent.
Some tips on making the video:
|July 13, 2015|
If you taking any video with any type of smartphone it helps to hold the camera the proper way. When taking videos, you should ALWAYS hold the camera so the longest side is parallel to the ground.
The logic behind this is simple all TVs and computer monitors are in the landscape format ( also known as X in the media business) and have been that way since the 4:3 display format was adopted in 1999.
When you hold the camera the other way, you cause a display issue when you try to view it on other platforms - that includes YouTube and Vimeo. What ends up happening is you'll see black bars that are vertically align to the video. The video basically looks weird every place but on your phone.
Some television networks have created an effect to make a blur version of the video in the background so it looks a bit better. Still not an optimal way to show amateur footage.
Get in the habit of holdings the camera correctly and you'll have much better quality videos to show on YouTube and TV.
If you do take a lot of video with your iPhone, you should look into using FiLMiC Pro ($5). It's a great application that helps you take really good videos, as you have a lot more control than the standard video capture that comes with the phone. The only downside is the application does take some time to learn how to use. I use it off and on and find it to be a useful app.
If you disagree with my opinion, on how to properly hold the camera, let me know. I would be interested in hearing from my blog readers.
|May 30, 2015|
Do you want to play a Podcast on your next run using the MapMyRun+ application? Are you frustrated that when you play a podcast that it's hard to stop or skip to the next broadcast while your running?
Here's how to "hack" your iPhone so that you can sync any number of podcasts broadcasts so that it will work with MapMyRun+ application. This should also work with other applications that play music, but my goal was to make it work for MapMyRun+.
After you completed the above steps, you should be able to go into MapMyRun+ and select your new playlist in the Music category. The Podcast will play in the order that you put it in unless you selected the shuffle option.
Note: If you check out the playlist using the Music App, you won't see anything. Technically that's correct since there isn't any music in the Playlist. Yes, you can mix music with Podcast clips.
You can only manage this playlist from your computer, so if you want to add or remove clips from the Playlist you will need to connect the phone and manage it in iTunes.
Bonus: Since you may listen to multiple broadcasts from the same author, did you know that you can change the start time of a Podcast? You may want to do this so you don't have to keep hearing the same intro during your run. In iTunes, Simply right click on Podcast and select info, then select the Options tab and adjust the start time. Usually most Podcast run their intro during the first 45 seconds of the broadcast.
|December 10, 2014|
By downloading the Google+ App, you can have Google automatically back up your photos. Even better, you can set it up so that backup only happen when your connected to a WiFi network. (No burning valuable cellular minutes.) All backup photos and videos are kept in private area of Google+.
Photos that are at least 2048px are backup for free on Google+. The iPhone uses 3264 x 2448 for photos. If you choose to have the full version backed up, just make sure you manage your account frequently. Google gives you 15GB for free, which means that you would only be able to store approx 7,500 photos. The 15GB is shared with other Google Apps such as Mail. Taking movies, that uses up more of your Google+ space.
I know that 7,500 photos sound like a lot, but remember if you don't manage your photos, the storage space can add up very quickly.
This is very handy App to have when traveling to Disney World. Take all the photos you want during the day. When you get back to the hotel room, you can backup your photos when you connect to the free hotel wifi. When it's all done you can go through the photos camera roll and delete unwanted photos or videos. Do you really need to keep 200 photos of the parade?
If you only plan on using the photos online, don't bother using the full size backup. You wouldn't notice the difference of quality, and you don't have to worry about how many photos you have on Google+. Basically you'll be able to take a years worth of photos without paying Google anything.
|September 24, 2014|
Great tip from LifeHacker on changing the Twitter notifications, this is how you turn off the dreaded "@blah and 1 more just followed @someone"
Lately, Twitter has been rolling out some extra notifications that you might have seen show up that you really don't care about like "People are talking about this" or "Three people you follow just followed this guy." If you'd like to get rid of these, there's a setting for it, but it's buried.
On both iOS and Android, the fine-grained notification settings are tucked away under less-than-obvious menus. As Mashable points out, on iOS, you first open Twitter's main settings panel and tap on the account you want to change. Scroll down far enough and you'll see options for notifications for things like "Recommendations," "News," and "Other." While none of these are very obvious labels, they're also not direct interactions with you, which we assume you're most interested in.
You can read the whole article on lifehacker.com.
|April 25, 2014|
On my iPhone 5s I have been using Camera+ and Apple's Camera app for a while. Recently I was wondering if I could tell the difference of photo quality.
I was browsing through my photos in iPhoto and was trying to figure out which photos was taken with which app. I noticed something pretty interesting while looking at the Metadata. There's a very slight difference between Camera and Camera+.
Photos that were taken with Camera+ had iPhone 5S as the camera name, where as Apple's Camera app says iPhone 5s. Yes, the folks at tap tap tap put a uppercase 's' as the camera type. If you see the metadata of a picture with a uppercase 's', you'll know that it was taken from Camera+.
The image with today's posting has the metadata for Apple's Camera on top and the metadata Camera+ on the bottom.
|December 10, 2013|
Have you ever wanted to send multiple photos from your iPhone and thought it wasn't possible, since the Camera Roll only allows you to select one image.
Well it turns out that you can and it's very easy! The key thing is this menu when sending your email:
Here are the steps to send out multiple photos:
That's it! As you can see it is ery easy to send out emails with multiple photos!
|November 15, 2013|
Recently I was reviewing some videos that I have taken over the past few years using various cameras. I decided to record some of the video settings:
|iPhone 5s||1920 x 1080||H.264||29.99 fps|
|iPhone 4||1280 x 720||H.264||29 fps|
|Sony DSC-HX200V||1920 x 1080||H.264||29.97 fps|
|Flip Video H||1280 x 720||H.264||30 fps|
|Fuji FinePix e900||640 x 480||M.JPEG||30 fps|
What this tells me is that I should use the iPhone and Sony cameras to shoot video. The Flip video might be good for some situations, but I will loose out on video quality. The Fuji FinePix is a great camera that I have used to take great pictures, but I didn't realized how poor quality the video are.
|November 8, 2013|
If you wear hearing and experiencing problems with the iPhone 5s, you should know that by default the iPhone 5s didn't enable hearing aid mode. Here are the instructions from Apple:
Activating hearing aid mode in the iPhone 5s
To activate Hearing Aid mode on iPhone 5 or later, go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Hearing Aid mode on the iPhone 5 modifies the phone?s acoustic settings to improve compatibility with hearing aids set in "T" or telecoil mode.
This obviously works best for those that have hearing aids with a telecoil mode. Most newer hearing aids have Blue Tooth so the connection is slightly different and the above settings doesn't apply to you.
|October 25, 2013|
I use my iPhone camera every day to take lots of pictures and send the best ones to a distribution list. I usually do this on my work computer. The big problem is that usually I take 30 pictures and I have to select around 10 to send out. It takes a lot of time to figure out which ones are the best.
Recent updates by Apple with iPhoto and iPhone 5s has made this process a little easier. Here are the steps that I do to move photos from my iPhone to my computer.
The reason why I do this method is because iPhoto makes it easy to see the photo and then tag it. I can quickly look at a bunch of photos and tag them.
I use PhotoSync because the transfer doesn't actually happen until I get on a wireless network, so I am not using any of my bandwidth. The process is very simple and makes transfers very easy.
Doing picture selection on the train is great use of downtime since I don't have to have internet connections to do this. Once I get to work, I can quickly put together the collage and send away.
Technology is wonderful.