|Earliest: October 3, 2018||Latest: July 10, 2019||Total: 40|
|July 10, 2019|
Using the iPhone XS Max, have you ever experience a situation where the video would flicker as you zoom. This is because the iPhone XS Max is switching between the two lenses to get the best possible picture.
Apple has set up a way to avoid this by enabling the "lock camera lens settings"
When you have the Lock Camera enable the iPhone won't switch lens when you zoom in during the recording. You'll get a nice smooth zoom.
These settings have no impact when you zoom in to take pictures or when you set up the video before recording. The "Lock Camera" will not prevent you from using the Telephoto lens.
Note this only effects the Camera app. This has no effect on ProCam, Camera+ 2, or ProCamera apps.
|July 3, 2019|
Burst mode, also known as continuous shooting, is a creative way to make sure you catch all the action on camera. What it basically does is take multiple photos which created a sequence of images. You can then later pick the image that works best for you. For example, in an action shot you may pick the photo that shows the runner suspended in Mid-air.
Not all cloud services back up burst mode the same. Here's how some of the most popular cloud services handle burst mode photos. (Google Photos, Amazon Photos, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive)
All burst photos get downloaded.
Only the first image is backed up to Amazon Photos.
By default only the images you select as your favorite are uploaded. You can change this by going to Settings, then Search for "Burst" and then turning on "Upload Burst Mode"
Only the favorite image in a Burst mode set is backed up to Dropbox.
Only the first image is backed up to Microsoft OneDrive.
|June 26, 2019|
A cool feature of ProCam 6 Ios App, is the ability to create transparent images from Portrait mode photos. This is using the Background Remover functionality.
Here's an example of a before/after:
Simple Instructions to Isolate the Foreground Image
A new PNG file will be created in your Photos album.
This is cool when you need a profile picture for work profiles such as Linkedin/Slack. You can easily add the Company logo/building in the background.
You can purchase/download ProCam 6 from the Apple Store for $5.99.
|June 19, 2019|
One of the cool features of Camera+ is the ability to take Macro pictures. This works in both the Camera + version and Camera+ 2 version.
Users can get up very close to an object and take a close up photo:
Apple growing on an Apple Tree. Picture taken with Camera+ in Macro Mode.
When using the Macro lens in Camera+ you are using the telephoto lens. The telephoto focal lens is 6 mm, which is equivalent to a 52 mm lens on a full-frame camera.
This means that you can get your iPhone XS Max up to 6 mm ( or .23 inches) to an object and get a nice clear focus.
You can buy an external lens to take Macro photography, but I think that the Camera+ App does a pretty good job taking close up for most situations.
By using the Camera+ app, It's a great way to get really close to an object without having to buy some third-party lens extension. Which works well, but you have to remember to bring it and in some cases you would have to take the phone out of the case.
|June 12, 2019|
The iPhone XS Max is not waterproof but it is water resistant up to a depth of 2 meters for up to 30 minutes. Apple's iPhone XS Max is certified as waterproof rating of IP68.
Devices backed by an international standard rating of IP68 are deemed fit enough to withstand dust, dirt and sand, and are resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes.
This doesn't mean you could bring the iPhone into the pool to take underwater pictures without an underwater case. (Don't forget the damage salt water or chlorinated water could do to the case.)
What this means is that the phone should function fine in a normal rain storm. If it should get place in water, it may stop working. Worst is that if it does stop working, the water damaged phone isn't covered by Apple's Limited Warrantee. Trust me - Apple will know that the damage was caused by water.
If you plan to take any underwater photography, protect your investment and use an underwater case!
|June 5, 2019|
Some Fun Facts about transistors - which is essential to every piece of an electronic device created.
The basics of transistors... it's a semiconductor device that used to control the current flow. In modern computers, they are used for computer memories, microprocessors and complexI/O. You can learn a lot more about them over on sparkfun.com.
There were 10,000 transistors total to make up the Apollo Guidance Computer that help guide the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon.
There were 190,000 transistors in the original Apple Macintosh. (Motorola 68020)
The newest iPhone has a 7nm chip that has 6.9 billion transistors.
A transistor is a miniature electronic component that can do two different jobs. It can work either as an amplifier or a switch. As an amplifier, it can produce a stronger output signal relative to the input that it gets. Like a switch, it can simply turn current on or off.
|May 29, 2019|
Ten years ago I got the Flip Video camera for my birthday. This is a pretty cool device that makes it easy to take quick videos. Earlier this week, I was thinking of how much better technology is the iPhone XS Max to a camera that I had 10-years ago?
I decided to do a face-off of both cameras, on Boylston Street in Boston. Can you really tell the difference? Am I better off bringing the Flip Camera on trips for video when I want to save battery life?
|May 22, 2019|
I have found that one of the best tripod mount adapters for the iPhone XS Max is the Glif - Quick Release Tripod Mount by Studio Neat.
At $27.99, this tripod mount is one of the most expensive on the market, but it's so worth it. The ability to quickly add and remove the iPhone XS Max from the mount is so worth it. The mount quality is much better than the Square Jellyfish and Arespark mounts. It's easier to use than the adapter that comes with the Fotopro UFO2.
It's really easy to use on any type of tripod. I usually have it connected to a Joby tripod - so that I can quickly add connect it when I need to. I usually leave the Glif in an unlock position so that I can get it mounted right away.
The mount works on all my iPhone collections, from the 5s to the iPhone XS Max. I have found that it will not work with the GoPro. The default opening is too big for the GoPro. (You have to use the mount case with the Tripod mount.)
With multiple tripod mounts connected, I can have setup several cameras on the same tripod to catch different angles. All you need is a "Standard 1/4"-20 Male to 1/4"-20 Male Threaded Tripod Screw Adapter" - which can be purchased at Amazon for $8. ?Hot Tip?: You can find similar screws at AceHardware stores for about $.75.
The Glif Adapter has a soft area around the grip. This protects the phone when you have a tight grip.
I would recommend adding the Glif Tripod adapter to Camel Camel Camel product watch. While it has never has gone below the $27.99 price point, it may go on sale in the future.
|May 15, 2019|
There is a sneaky way to connect an audio cable to the iPhone XS Max to record incoming audio. Think of it making your own Mix Tape on your iPhone XS Max.
You want to connect your iPhone XS Max to a sound system and record sound.
The best way to do this is to use a cable splitter that has a connector for audio input. You basically need a TRRS connector, these are visually identified by three black marks on the Audio-In end:
This cable is more commonly found using the "old" apple headphones that had a microphone connected to it.
Using the TRRS Connector, you can plug in any 3.5 mm cable. Now you can easily bring external audio into your iPhone XS Max.
Setting up The Connector
You will need the Lighting to audio-In cable adapter from Apple. (I wouldn't recommend getting a "third party" since they may not work for this particular situation.) You can get these from any Apple store for about $10.
Connect the Lighting to the iPhone XS Max and then the TRRS splitter end to the 3.5mm slot. Now connect your audio to the right slitter. (I would recommend clearly labeling the splitter)
|May 8, 2019|
Did you know within Apple Photos, you can search for "dog," "Grass," and other objects in your picture?
Apple adds additional "smart" tags to photos that work very similar to Google Photos. The key difference is that its right there on your phone. This makes it easier when you looking for that perfect picture of the dog or beach setting.
You can search for GPS location, Date as well as objects such as "Blue House," "Dog" or "Christmas Tree."
If you have some down-time, on the train/bus/store, try to see what unique things that Apple tag your photos. Did it spot the bird in the picture? How about the clock? Try to see how much detail tagging actually get's done!
Simply open up Photos and then click on the search icon on the bottom right. As you type your search query you may get some auto-complete suggestions. Note: I find single word searches to be better.