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More First Friday in May Moments

May 11, 2019

I have a new favorite Havre de Grace Street image – above. Maybe it's the compositional lines, maybe because it tells a story – the singer turning to look at her drummer husband. Then there's the arrangement of "round things" in the center. All I know is that, for me, this one rocks. Printed a little larger than here, the background is showing just the right amount of motion, while April is very, very slightly our of focus. And of course the foreground is razor sharp.  Cool, a First Friday moment.

Below, a straight shot (still in B&W however) of The Hushdown performing in front of Josephs Department store this First Friday. Below that, the image on the left is lead guitar from the group. To the right of that I included the night shot I took of them April last year on First Friday. I just really like that one.

And, as always, check out the Album for First Friday in May on the Havre de Grace Street page for large view, and they are downloadable.


iPhone Apps for Photographers and Artists Update

Recently an artist-photographer was querying me about my use of the iPhone and iPad in connection with our art. So I thought I'd do an updated list of what's available that I take full advantage of and why:

Scanning apps

     These apps use the phone camera to take a shot. You have a choice, in the controls, as to whether the result will be a JPG (for images) or PDF for text (that's a real PDF with real text). Slightly tilted exposure? No problem. The app corrects and renders a perfectly rectangular image as if you had it framed perfectly. If it fails, there are corners you can drag to correct the problem. I have Scanner Pro and Jotnot Pro, both very good, although there are even free ones. Scanner Pro is my go-to. For what they do, the price is dirt cheap – I rely heavily on mine. 

Camera Remote

     Not all that often, but occasionally I use the Fuji Remote app for my X-T3 or X-T2. Most cameras have these, all you have to do is check.

Tap Forms

     Tap Forms is available for iPhone, iPad and computer – and it auto-syncs between them so that you have your art records, complete with images, with you at all times. It is a wonderful, easy to use, flexible database. We use it for art records – I set up our own template designed specifically for keeping art records. Beginning with someone else's template is the easiest way to go here.

PhotoSync

     Even though there are as many ways to get your images from the iPhone or iPad to your computer (or other device) as can fill a page listing them, I use an app called PhotoSync, for it's straightforward simplicity. Press a button and the images auto-flow to your computer, opening up in a new window (not to mention sendingit to another phone, iPad, etc.). The controls are easy and choices extensive, accessing your Photos app and giving you myriad choices as to where to send them – including facebook, dropbox, etc.

Third Party Cameras

     OK, maybe I overdo it a bit here. I have almost two dozen of these, if you include third party video camera apps. Many are very specific, including one that does nothing but shoot lightening. I use (play) with a number of these, but my go-to camera apps are:

Camera+ 2: awesome camera app that gives me all the control I want, along with RAW plus JPG files of every exposure. Any one of these does something the others don't, this one shoots RAW in burst mode. I really love that.

For copying art work, the 12 megapixel camera with Camera+ 2 shooting RAW takes better than good enough images of Nan's paintings for making her hard-bound record books.

Video

MoviePro: it's handy to have a video app that lets you zoom while shooting, pause and restart without moving to a separate file, use a remote trigger on a separate device to prevent movement and have complete control over video formats.

How about the video camera that mimics old 1920s style flickering movies, an app that simply reverses movies or clips, a camera app that mimics a fisheye lens, cameras that do just panoramas (nicely), HDR without having to set up your regular camera app for it, multishot cameras for low light that combine 10 to 99 exposures to make one? Lots out there.