iPhone News

Oh, baby! Apple announces iPhone X

September 12, 2017

Hel-lo! Did everyone else hear “improved portrait mode AND real time studio lighting effects?!” Built in — on the front and the selfie side cameras — be still my heart!  And wonderfully, finally, we now have an OLED screen that fills from edge to edge (except there are no edges of course) for true blacks and richer more beautiful colors. I’ll be moving from a screen size of 5.5 (my 7plus display size) to now 5.8 on the iPhone X. The telephoto lens (super important for low light situations) went from f/2.8 to f/2.4. Something that I’m thrilled to see improved and honestly will always be glad to see improved no matter how good it gets. Better in low light will always be better.

Believe it or not, one of the things I will enjoy the most is the size. The 7plus has always been just a little too big to hold comfortably, and this X goes down in size, but magically the screen size goes up. Well, not magically, it’s because of edge to edge but magically sounds so much more magical.

Lots of other cool additions like face recognition to get into your phone (I’m pleased that the recognition stays on your phone and doesn’t get stored on a server) which also lets you animate emojis and doesn’t that sound like fun. And the last thing I want to mention, which is no small thing, is that they increased the battery life by two more hours! But I was waiting for the camera advancements and hoping the new phone would go down in size, and I got my wish on both counts so sign me up!

Once I get one in my anxiously awaiting hands, I’ll write a review and let you know more.

Can’t wait!

Kalebra

Moments

Yesterday was fun — especially the flare!

August 22, 2017


The first two images were taken with the selfie lens on my iPhone7plus. I wasn’t planning on using that lens but I started experimenting with it at the first phase of the Eclipse and I really liked it. The final image is the more expected (and cropped) 82% Eclipse that we experienced here in the Tampa Bay area. We had a lot of fun at the office celebrating with a cookout and trying all sorts of ways to shoot the event. I hope you all had a good time too!

Tips

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.

Featured, Moments

“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.