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June 2011


King Camera Updated, Now Supports 1:1 Aspect Ratio Square Cropping

The Javits Center in #NYC (from last week at #BWENY. Clearing out my iPhone camera roll).

The King Camera (App Store link) for iOS had an update appear in the Apple App Store on Wednesday, June 29th which finally includes the 1:1 aspect ratio cropping pre-set. It boggles the mind that it was released in the first place without it considering that there are now over 5 million Instagram users, all of which are iOS users (at this time) and all of which are using 1:1 aspect ratio that the app supports. It's an audience that any photo app shouldn't ignore. Many Instagram users are looking to 3rd party photo editing apps to complement what they can do with the Instagram app.

Now with the much needed 1:1 aspect ratio cropping pre-set included in King Camera, I can now recommend it to Instagram users. No longer does one need to eye-ball it to get the 1:1 aspect ratio square crop in King Camera as I did with this image here (see top left) which I had post processed with King Camera and posted to Instagram.

Happy 91st Birthday, Ray Harryhausen

I am little late in posting this (depending on where you are in the world at least). Today (Wednesday, June 29th) was the 91st birthday of legendary stop-motion animation pioneer, Ray Harryhausen. To celebrate, I was going to post a related photo I took many years ago to Instagram, but then decided to make it a blog entry instead. (I am including the photo I was going to post to Instagram here (see top left photo), although it was shot in 1983 using an analog SLR at the time, I had post processed it on the iPhone in prep to the intended posting to Instagram. Click on it for further details).

The following is lifted from a previous article I wrote here last year about Ray Harryhausen:

Medusa Model By Ray Harryhausen

Medusa Model By Ray Harryhausen

I shot this Medusa stop-motion model by Ray Harryhausen why back in the early 1980s when I saw him in NYC. It was used in the film, Clash of the Titans (the original). It was shot using an analog SLR, but the post processing effects seen here were done on the iPhone because I had intended on Instagramming it in honor of Ray Harryhaussen's 91st birthday… but instead, I decided to simply post it here.

Filterstorm for iOS is Updated and Discounted

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Although I have many, one iOS app not yet in my photography tool box is Filterstorm (by Tai Shimizu) (App Store link). It has been highly recommended (especially in the Instagram community) by others and it has been on my 'want list' for some time now. Well, if you needed an excuse to buy it now (perhaps such as myself), it is has recently been upgraded to 3.0. The upgrade features a new interface along with some new features. It will be interesting to see how this app compares with other full featured photography post processing apps on the iOS such as PhotoForge2 and Photo fx (by The Tiffen Company) (App Store links) among many others of course. It looks to be more similar to the former than the latter. Despite its name, I don't believe it is what we would call a photo filter app on iOS today. To my understanding it considers adjustments to exposure, color correction, sharpening, etc. as filters (as opposed to more artistic filters such as those in Instagram and others). It is now on sale in the App Store for half off (currently $1.99 from $3.99) for June 23-24, 2011.

We Review the Spring 2011 Series of Doctor Who and Celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy in Doctor Who: Podshock 250

Doctor Who: Podshock 250

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 250
Running Time: 2:11:50

We review the Spring 2011 series of Doctor Who and celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy live over the net with live and recorded listener feedback (Brent Johnson, Kobo4747, Stuart Natelson, Adam Pearson, Michael, Carl, D Scott 750).

Hosted by Louis Trapani ( @LouisTrapani ) and Dave Cooper ( @daveac )

Final Cut Pro X is Now Available in the Mac App Store

Final Cut Pro X

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X to the Mac App Store (store link: Final Cut Pro - Apple) today. The long awaited upgrade for this professional movie editor software has been rewritten from the ground up. The big news when it was announced a few months ago was that it would be coming to the Mac App Store with a new price of only $299 (previously FCP itself was $999). Other companion apps that had been included in Final Cut Pro Studio suite such as Motion - Apple and Compressor - Apple are sold separately also in the Mac Store for $49 each. It doesn't look like Soundtrack Pro has made the cut though, at least not yet.

Happy Anniversary! We Will Reviewing the Spring 2011 Doctor Who Series Live on Net on Doctor Who: Podshock Today

Today on the 26th anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy, in celebration, we will be reviewing the Spring 2011 Series of Doctor Who live over the net on Doctor Who: Podshock. If you missed out on our previews live review shows or if you have something to say about the spring series as a whole, join us live. See the link below for further details.

Doctor Who: Podshock Live Show Reviewing the Spring 2011 Series Scheduled for Saturday, June 18 -

Doctor Who: Podshock will be once again be taking to the net this Saturday, 18 June 2011 for a live-over-the-net show reviewing the spring 2011 series.

Doctor Who: Podshock Live Show Reviewing the spring 2011 series

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Ten Go-To Apps for iPhone Photography

Often I am asked which apps I use to do produce the images I do using just an iPhone. I decided to collect some of the apps I go to most for my iPhone photography at this time and list them here with some comments on each.

Ten Photo Go To Apps

'A Good Man Goes to War' is Reviewed in Doctor Who: Podshock 249

Doctor Who: Podshock 249

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 249
Running Time: 2:07:54

We review Doctor Who: A Good Man Goes to War live over the net with live listener feedback (Kobo4747, Terry Lightfoot, Mark Goodacre, Mattheous, Darth Skeptical, Russel Hale).

Hosted by Louis Trapani ( @LouisTrapani ) James Naughton ( @JamesNaughton ), Ken Deep ( @kendeep ). and Dave Cooper ( @daveac )

David J Howe and Sam Stone

David J Howe and Sam Stone

David J. Howe and Sam Stone enjoying a walk on the pier on the California coast (Hermosa Beach) earlier this year (2011).

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