Switcher Studio: Live Studio Production from your iPad


In its most basic form, Switcher Studio lets you record HD video from the built-in camera on your iDevice, which can either be recorded and edited, or streamed live directly to sites like YouTube, Ustream, and Twitch.

But, the magic happens when you enter Director Mode. This is when you disable video recording on your main mixing device (probably an iPad), and wirelessly connect up to 4 other iOS devices, all which can be used as video sources.

The pro version of this is 25 bucks a month.  Hardware like tripods and such will probably be needed, but I think this is a really reasonable solution for a startup video solution that also gives a professional appearance.  

Merge HDR In Lightroom


 ...if you have Lightroom 6 or CC, you can create HDR images right within Lightroom itself, without having to buy a plug-in. There are several advantages to using Lightroom for your HDR conversions:

Hits all the points for me.  Easy to understand, and emphasizes that you can do this without spending any more money for plug-ins.  

More to the point, Adobe in particular is winning where Apple is failing.  More on that in another post coming up. 

Smoovie: Easy Steady Video for Phone and GoPro


Smoovie is a video stabiliser that fits in your pocket, is easy to use for all abilities and the most affordable option for recording smooth video on the go!

I very rarely fund Kickstarters, but I really want to get my hands on this one.  Works out to 23 bucks American right now if you're interested.  Frankly, I can really use this. 

Once I have this (provided it's funded), I'll do a video review.   

Resistance Is Futile


In addition to the Save to Facebook button, a new quote-sharing feature is supposed to make it easier for people to share content they love with their friends. When a developer integrates with Facebook’s quote-sharing feature, users will be able to share from an article or book without having to copy and paste from one app into another, or take a screenshot of the text before posting it as an image to Facebook.

Because Facebook is the Internet.  

I read that on Facebook, so it must be true. 


We've Reached Peak Hipster


The camera uses Impossible type 600 film—which was reverse engineered from the now discontinued Polaroid 600 film, which the camera can also use—and while it may look extremely simple from the outside, it’s got a few tricks up its sleeve.

Polaroid.  Elsewhere, Vinyl and cassettes are coming back.

Did I wake up in 1981?  Where's my Betamax?




Micro-Composition: Every Picture Tells A Story, Don't It?


This involves not just getting the big things in your picture set up and aligned properly, but making sure to capture your image in such a way that the smaller elements work together as part of the cohesive whole. It’s a technique that can be tricky to learn and take years to master, but through practice can elevate your photography to a whole new level.

These are the types of photos I remember seeing inside Life Magazine in my misspent youth, back when I thought about being a photojournalist when I 'grew up'.  

Layer upon layer of brilliance here.  



Tell Me More Live: Adaptations


You try to hold onto the past, but sometimes change isn’t as bad as you feared. Come out and join us 7 p.m. April 17 to hear stories along these lines.

A source from deep inside Roley's shirt says you may be interested in this one.  

I'll be participating in this evening of storytelling.  I love this podcast, but I've never been to the show.  I'm really looking forward to stepping out of the comfort zone and performing in front of people again.  Haven't done that in about four or five years now.

If you're in town, come out.  Should be fun. 



Using The Google NIK Collection?


When a friend shared with me the news from Google that NIK software was released for free, I was excited. I downloaded it right away and then came across some negative aspects of the free download.

The bad news is that it's no longer being supported, so what you see is what you get.  

Free is as free does.  Still, I've played with it and while it's not Lightroom, it's not half bad.  I would certainly download this and play with it until you wake up one day and find your OS no longer plays nice with it. 

Working Blue?


Blue hour is a special time for photographers. The sky turns a different shade of blue, it’s velvety and delicious. It’s easy to take photos during blue hour because you don’t have to worry about harsh lighting or shadows.

I am REALLY looking forward to trying this out at a few places.  There's a Lantern exhibit at our local Botanical Gardens, there's Neptune down at the Oceanfront of course, and who knows how many other places I could find for this.  I HAVE to try this one out. 

Welcome To IP Hell

Kashmir Hill (Fusion):

For the last decade, Taylor and her renters have been visited by all kinds of mysterious trouble. They’ve been accused of being identity thieves, spammers, scammers and fraudsters. They’ve gotten visited by FBI agents, federal marshals, IRS collectors, ambulances searching for suicidal veterans, and police officers searching for runaway children. They’ve found people scrounging around in their barn. The renters have been doxxed, their names and addresses posted on the internet by vigilantes. Once, someone left a broken toilet in the driveway as a strange, indefinite threat.

This reminds me of the Atlanta house where all the missing and stolen iPhones go.  It's referenced here as well.  An early idea about data mining that has very unintended and very dangerous consequences.  

Aside from shredding the lie of anonymity online, I find it deeply disturbing, and I'd like to know how this gets fixed for not just the poor people mentioned but for everyone.   This has the potential to be chilling, and I suspect it's already been used in a bullying manner. 


Missing The Shot


Chimping, for those who aren’t familiar with popular photography jargon, is the act of looking at your camera’s LCD over and over again after every photo you take to see what you got. It can distract you from your subject at hand and cause you to miss something while you’re looking down at your screen… as this video plainly (and painfully) demonstrates:

No kidding.  That could have been the shot of the day.  

Hope for the News of the Future?


As the editor and publisher of the Orange Street News, in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pa., about 50 miles north of Harrisburg, Lysiak is a dedicated multi-media journalist who loves going after crime stories. Her father is an author and former New York Daily News reporter who took Hilde to his newsroom and to stories he covered around New York and hooked her on the rush of chasing news.

She's 9 years old, and she loves journalism.  How freakin' cool is that?  

Free Webinar: Build Your Own Audio Video Post Facility


Learn the five things that you need to know to build your own studio and start making money, along with proven design workflows and how to make your small home edit bay into a large post house!

I registered for this webinar, and if you're interested in creating a home studio for yourself, I suggest that this may be useful to you.  Hope to see you there!