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Five Tips To Shoot The Eclipse With Your iPhone.

August 21, 2017

Here are some simple steps to take to shoot the Eclipse with your iPhone. First, to protect your eyes, please wear some approved eclipse glasses before looking at the Eclipse and the sun. Now onto the tips! 🙂

  1. Make sure you’ve cleaned the lens on your phone and turned off your flash. (The first part of this tip will make you happy, and the second part will make you and everyone around you happy.)
  2. If you have one, use a tripod. One that bends, grips and attaches anywhere is a good bet so you can put it on a branch or a truck mirror or wherever you might find yourself in this situation and since it’s low light (and you’ll be excited), a tripod is recommended.
  3. You don’t have to put a filter on your phone lens (especially when aiming at the sun for just a few seconds) but if you’re going to use one anyway or if you’re going to use autofocus (which I don’t recommend because it will probably distort it with too much light) you can simply use the filter from a pair of eclipse glasses. Just remember, if you use the ones from your shiny, happy face, you can’t then look up at the eclipse, have a second pair — please.
  4. If you want to skip autofocus (I will), you can manually focus. To do that just click and hold on the brightest part of the Eclipse for Auto Exposure/Auto Focus Lock. Once you get that you’ll see a little sun looking icon (to the right of the yellow box), that’s to control for exposure. Put your finger right on top of it and move it down a hair to knock down some of the intensity of the light. It will help to keep it from blowing out your photo. And, if you accidentally move your AE/AF because the icon is way too small (I hope they make that bigger in an update), don’t panic, just hold it down in the brightest spot again to refocus — it just takes a second.
  5. Shoot. That’s it. *Option to shoot. Burst mode: Click and hold the shutter button on your phone to get ten shots per second. You can also use your apple earbuds (for less shake) by clicking the volume buttons.

I hope these tips help and even if you don’t get one shot of the Eclipse I hope you watch it and I hope you enjoy it. If you miss your shot I hope you laugh about it and get a shot of that and then get some photos of the people around you — celebrate being there — I like that about you. 🙂

Happy Eclipse Day everyone!

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“It’s all so crazy — how do we possibly begin to sort this out?”

August 17, 2017

Times like this make me think about something my mom always says, “Sometimes your house has to get messier before it gets cleaned.” Sounds funny, right? But let me give you an example that she might give you. Let’s say you’re cleaning out that “junk drawer” in your kitchen because one day you’re going to have to pull out all the stuff you’ve been throwing in there. All the stuff you didn’t have time to deal with, or you didn’t know what to do with, or you thought you might use later but then forget about. One day, that junk starts falling out of the bottom of that drawer or onto the floor every time you open it, and that drawer can become so full and heavy that the knob starts to come off when you pull on it. Sometimes it gets so full the drawer can come completely off track. There’s no getting around the fact that eventually, you’ll have to start pulling everything out of that drawer and take a good look at what you’ve let pile up out of sight there, put everything out in the open and sort it all out.

“Hopeful people make me nuts!”

Hahahaha! I love my friends. I love our conversations just as much. ☺️

Happy Thursday everyone!

View from the Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B on the Oregon Coast.

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“Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso

July 22, 2017

This is Melanie Kern-Favilla, a talented artist, and photographer. She also happens to be a train engineer on the Long Island Rail Road and a KelbyOne.com member. Melanie entered and won our international member competition and, last night had her work featured in a solo gallery show at The Gallery at KelbyOne. Melanie is the real deal, the genuine article and an all around awesome person. I like that about her, and I couldn’t be happier for her. Congratulations, Melanie, you rock! Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all. 🙂

And you see that encourager standing next to her? That’s her husband, Dave. Dave encouraged her to enter, ensured her that she’d make the final round and then on announcement day was racing home and on the phone telling her she’d better be watching The Grid (Kelby TV) because she was “Going to win!” I like that about him. Dave, you rock! Don’t ever stop being the power of the other because, well, it’s a wonderful thing to be. 🙂

Thank you to everyone at KelbyOne that makes this event happen each time. From the artist selection process to installation, to video, graphics, marketing, member services, web, IT, our wonderful host for the evening, Mr. Larry Becker, right down to the selection and placement of the wine and cheese there isn’t a single person who isn’t involved. Heck, I even saw our book team taking promotional shots last night. Hahaha! We’re all excited for our members and this opportunity for them, so I want to thank our team, from the bottom of my heart, it means a lot to me.


Members chatting with Melanie about her work.


Everyone wanted Anthony Scott (voted to have the “Best Photographer Stance Game”) to take their photo at the gallery step and repeat backdrop. Hahaha!

Thank you to everyone that came and helped Melanie, and all of us at KelbyOne and the whole membership celebrate — can’t wait until next time!

The full artist talk and webcast here.

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I like that about Henry.

July 20, 2017

“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James

Kennebunkport, Maine and one of my favorite little coves in all the world.

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So excited I forgot to burst!

July 8, 2017

Well, Burst Mode, on the iPhone that is. 😉 And because I forgot I got one shot, this one. Last night we were coming home (over the Causeway) when this cheeky pelican invited us to follow him. It was so exciting to see him there, over the water, all silhouetted at sunset and everything. Hahaha! And no idea that we were playing awesome music inside the car with each of us (me, my husband and our Yittle) getting to take turns picking a song, right at the moment he showed up to invite us into this beautiful flight scene. So lucky I had my trusty iPhone because even though he had invited us to follow we were about to pass him! Hahaha! A little cropping and editing in Adobe’s Aviary and voila!

I had to share though because this is a thing I love most about using the camera on my phone — chances/moments like this. Now when I think back on that exciting (soundtracked) moment with our cheeky pelican and that beautiful sunset, I’ll also have an image and that is a beautiful thing.

Have a great weekend everyone — I hope you don’t miss a moment of it. 🙂

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Baby, you’re a firework! And here’s how I shot you with my iPhone. ;)

July 2, 2017

Above photo updated July 4, 2017

Hey, guys, if, like me, you’re taking your iPhone with you to the fireworks this 4th of July, I thought I’d share how I shot and processed these last year and will be again this year. We’re already traveling light so, until we get to the editing (which will take me 30 seconds in Adobe’s Aviary app) all we need to keep in mind is:

1. Get as close as we can. You’ll probably be trying to do this anyway but the closer you are the more light from the fireworks you’ll have which makes shooting at night with your iPhone even better. Regular Photo Mode is usually best for shooting at night and don’t forget to turn your camera vertical for some of those stratosphere reaching fireworks so that you can get it all in.

2. Use Burst Mode (which is holding the shutter button down so that it will fire 10 images per second.) Fireworks are perfect for this feature on your phone and will allow you to choose a perfectly timed photo for editing later.

3. Because fireworks are all over the place, letting the phone autofocus is probably your best bet, however,  if you don’t think it’s focusing where you want then click and hold until you get the yellow blinking box (which will lock your focus where you want). Keep in mind though, that where ever you see that box, that is where the camera is focused (on all your future photos) until you click off of it.

4. You always want to keep your camera steady when shooting but in low light situations, or at night, it’s even more important, so if you can rest your elbows on someone’s shoulders, or lean on something, or even take an iPhone tripod it can be really helpful. I take a few practice shots in the beginning but tend to wait until the finale for most of my shots. That way I get to enjoy the fireworks, and also it’s when there is the most/best light for my camera. Win, win!

Also, if you use Lightroom Mobile, you can set its built-in camera to Pro Mode and set your shutter speed to 1/4 seconds to capture those long fireworks trails (like you would with a DSLR).

P.S. You’ll be tempted to pinch zoom to get in closer — Ack! Don’t do it. Waving giant, grainy, falling apart, flag here. Hahaha! Just crop it in later — you’ll be glad you did.



Have a safe and fun 4th of July everyone, and I’ll see you back here next week! 😃

How I processed these shots in Aviary.

  1. Shot as verticals and Cropped to 3:4
  2. Under Enhance, Scenery then hit Apply.
  3.  Under Adjust, Shadows -35, hit ✔️ then Vibrance 14, hit ✔️
  4. Under Effects (Here’s where it gets awesome) Fireworks! Choose your favorite or the one that closely matches the shot you took and brings it back to what you saw when you were there. I didn’t usually go more than 21% on any of these images but what you do is up to you.