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If Alice Austen only had an iPhone...


Alice Austen was a noted photographer...about 100 years ago.

I admit it ... I like Squares!


Yes, it's true. I'll say it straight out: I like squares!

Square images, that is.

Every since I did wedding photography (many moons ago), I've enjoyed looking at square images. In those days, I used a Hasselblad that shot 2 1/4 square images on 120 film. Today's interest in Holga cameras keep up the use of square images.

When I take photos I frequently think about how they would be cropped for a square. Instagram is very useful when it comes to cropping squares. It allows you to crop images very easily. I like that feature. Here's what it looks like when you are cropping an image using Instagram. I particularly like the idea that you can 'move and scale' the image easily. If you like squares, Instagram is a useful (and free) tool. Try it.

Kansas City Art Museum Adopts the iPod touch for Tours

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City recently replaced their dedicated "Acoustiguides" with a Web-based mobile application accessible on personal Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones. Fifty iPod touches pre-loaded with the "NA Mobile Guide" (naguide.org) are available for use free of charge. The initial reception was a bit tepid; patrons to the Nelson and other art museums tend to be older and not as comfortable with new technology. However, acceptance increased as the content and functionality of the Mobile Guide improved. 


Amazing Camera Apps

Add barcode readers, augmented reality, fax, language translation, heart rate monitor, and more to your iPhone or 4th gen iPod touch

The range of creative and practical apps that use the camera in unusual ways is astonishing. Who would have thought that you could use it as a heart rate monitor or a business card reader? There's even an app for those who are colorblind, to show them the colors present in any object you photograph.

Apple made a brilliant decision when it let developers create apps that access the camera input and use it in non-traditional ways. In this month's column, I offer a roundup of some of these apps.


Tips for iOS

Hidden features that make the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad more powerful

High dynamic range (HDR) photos on iPhone 4

Hdr photos on iPhone 4One of the big pluses of the iPhone 4 is its high dynamic range (HDR) camera, which can capture amazing images. However, the file size of these images tends to be quite large and e-mailing them as attachments can take a bite out of your data plan. Our advice: turn it on if you want high resolution; turn it off if you're going to e-mail a photo to a friend.


8 iPhone Photography Tips for Writers

As a writer for many years, my photographic skills have been very helpful. Now, carrying an iPhone around makes my writing even easier.

Here are some tips for using your iPhone pictures if you want to write articles...

Is an iPhone Photography Workshop in your future?

In the olden days (before iPhones), if you attended a photography workshop, you'd learn some good techniques and write down all the stuff you needed to achieve them. By the time you got home and bought the equipment, you probably didn't really remember how to use it. Now, things are different.

If you go to an iPhone workshop, you can literally get the equipment (i.e. Apps) right then and there. You can experiment with it as the instructor is speaking. And the best part is that the "equipment" you'll get is either free or very inexpensive.

iPhone workshops are popping up all over. Look for one in your area, or better yet, create your own iPhone Photography Workshop. Hmmm...that's a good idea. I think I'll try it myself. :)

Is this a good time for the good old days of photography? I hope so...

Using an iPhone to take pictures is fast, easy, and fun. Using the many iPhone photo Apps makes the experience even better. Now (I hope) is a good time for App makers (at least one, I hope) to consider going way back to the beginning of photography and create an App or add to an existing App what are now called alternative photographic processes. I would love to see an App the allows me (us) to give us the same look as we got from albumen, bromoil, carbon, cyanotypes, daguerrotypes, gum bichromates, kallitypes, palladium, platinum, Polaroid lifts, and vandykes.

If you want to get those old effects, it's very time consuming, and in many cases physically dangerous to deal with the poisonous chemicals. Come on App developers, let us get back to photographic basics...please.

Which iPhone photo App do you use most?

A quick look at my iPhone Apps shows that I've got more photo related Apps than all others...combined. Yes, I really do like photography. I download just about all of the photo Apps I find that sound interesting. I still wonder sometimes what some of them are actually about. I'd love to see all Apps come in English versions. But, that's a different story.

I find that one App is used more than all the others by a large margin. Why? It's simple to use. It provides some interesting effects. It allows me to upload them onto Twitter and Facebook if I want. It also allows me to store them on a dedicated site that is open to the public. I like that too. So, what App is my favorite photo related App?

Drum roll...

My favorite is Best Camera by Chase Jarvis.

Hey Buddy, got $500,000 for an iPhone App?

Yes, you too can create your own iPhone App...for $500,000. That's what the folks who created Instagram, a photography App for the iPhone are doing. Using $500,000 in seed money (according to their own FAQ) they have created Instagram. With Instagram, you can create some interesting effects and then put the image online. Not the best effects and not the best online interface, I may add. It looks like you can do wonders if you know the right investors.

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