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Featured, Personal Side Interviews

The Personal Side of Terry White

August 26, 2018

I admire how Terry White has fused his passions for tech and photography into a most interesting life and story. Even though I consider him a friend I still learned some fascinating things from this interview — things that take us all the way back to his childhood. Reinforcing how some of our early experiences can help influence and shape us. Thank you, Terry, for making “talking tech” so interesting and fun. KelbyOne members can watch the full episode here.

Thanks again, Terry!

Featured, iPhone, Nature, Things I Hope My Kids Will Read One Day, Tips

On Waiting…

June 25, 2018

My husband and I recently returned from a glorious trip to Norway. It is now one of my most favorite destinations, and if you were considering it, I highly recommend that you go. One of the things I wound up, most unexpectedly, falling in love with were the seagulls. They are very different from their thinner, fry chasing, cousins here in Florida in that they are big—very big—very healthy looking birds. They are also plentiful and seem to love being around people (very close) but not uncomfortably close. Hard to explain but they soar above and around a person with a subtle confidence that makes you feel at ease. I loved them! The photo above is of seagulls that followed our boat out to one of the Fjords. It was exciting because there were so many birds, flying so many patterns, and with so many amazing backdrops, and I knew, if I were patient, paid attention, and fired off enough shots that I would get something I liked. This photo above definitely qualifies as one of my favorites as these precocious birds wound up perfectly framing the landscape. I was lucky enough to get several well-timed images, and I credit them to waiting or actually, how I wait.

Waiting for things to line up the way I want used to be difficult for me until I discovered a secret. One day while I was waiting, I could feel my heart rate increasing as I felt myself getting anxious—and then it hit me…

I realized that, ultimately, what I wanted was to have the image—to have the bird, animal, subject or moment, captured. What I was most fearful about was not getting the image at all. I knew if I didn’t get it at the exact right moment—I might have waited too long and it (or the moment) would be gone. Aha! Figuring that out was key. So, what I’ve started to do is take a few (or more) shots before that all too critical moment so that I know I have it. I have something; even if it’s not perfect, I have it. Once I’ve taken a photo or two, the pressure is off, and I can relax and wait.

When using the iPhone (and it’s time to get a shot like this), it’s probably best to let the camera autofocus (you’ll know if that’s the case because you’ve already taken a few shots, remember?) Also, you’d better be taking advantage of Burst Mode—I use it all the time. Any iPhone above the 5 will take ten shots per second and will continue to fire as long as you press (and hold) the shutter button. Then, all you have to do is go through the images and pick your favorite.

I hope this makes your waiting a little easier and if you use the burst mode, you won’t miss a thing.

Have fun!

Kalebra

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

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!

Featured, Moments, Nature, Uncategorized

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. 🙂