I have a new blog! And a contest!

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Over the last little while you may have noticed I’ve become a bit iPad centric. To be specific, I’ve been exploring using the iPad as a portable, digital darkroom.

Yes, the iPad doesn’t have a camera (for now, maybe in version 2?), but that shouldn’t stop us from using it to manipulate images imported into the iPad.

A few of my Future Shop posts have explored this concept, most recently this series I’ve started on digital darkroom workflow.

But there’s so much stuff to talk about that I thought it deserved it’s own blog. And now it does:

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iPad Darkroom is a place where I’ll start sharing information on Apps, Tools and Technique for using your iPad as a core component of digital photography.

I hope you take a look around, it’s still quite new and a little rough in spots — that’ll be fixed up in the coming days.

And do feel free to leave your thoughts, here or on the blog itself.

Oh, I almost forgot. To really kick the blog off with a bang, I thought I’d have another blog contest — with the help from my good friends over at MacPhun.

All the details on the contest are, of course, over at iPad Darkroom. So go! Enter the contest, and let me know what you think!

Havin’ a ball

Sometimes it great just to kick back and play ball with the dogs. Especially when it’s -20 something outside and the little Daschunds just don’t enjoy playing outside. Yes, they like their squeaky balls.

Red Ball FTW

As you can tell, I’ve been playing with photos in my iPad Darkroom. This shot was taken with my Panasonic FZ-30, exported from the SD card to the iPad using Apple’s Camera Connector Kit. There, I cropped it using PhotoPal. Then loaded it into Camera+ for a bit of filtering (Tailfins filter) and a nice ‘film look’ border.

Then, shared on flickr and on #mostly365, and Camera+ page.

Kodak All-in-One is awesome asset in the digital darkroom

“Man that sucker’s huge”, was my first thought as I unboxed Kodak’s new flagship All-In-One photo printer. But that stands to reason, as the Kodak ESP 9250 All-in One Printer (henceforth known as ‘the 9250’ or ‘Kodak Unit’), does a lot more than just print.

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And that’s why it’s so hard to write about these Swiss army knife computing appliances — there’s so much that you’d use regularly (printing, scanning, copying), and the other things that you’d never use. In my case, it’ FAX — I don’t use it so I’m not going to talk about it :smileyhappy:

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Christmas Lego

Just another excuse to take some photos of a couple of Christmas lego constructions. Simple layout:

  • Drape a bright red scarf as a seamless background
  • Position Lego object
  • Shoot with the zoom racked in to telephoto
  • Offload image to the iPad
  • Process / crop with Instragram
  • Upload to Flickr
  • Blog about it 🙂

Last year's Lego tree Hey you kids, stay off my snow!

Keeping your holiday photos safe

fz50.jpgThe holiday season is upon us, which means that we’ll be enjoying time spent with family and friends. Many of us will grab our handy camera-enabled data phones and snap priceless shots that we’ll want to share, and keep for posterity.

But that’s where the tech can get a bit tricky. Sure, we’ve tried sharing to our various Facebook, Flickr and Picasa accounts, but what about the ‘saving for posterity’ part.

Photos in the Cloud
Well, two of those three services mentioned above are a great start. Here’s the four that I’ve seen and used that will offer solid photo service over the holidays and into the future:

  • Flickr offers a Pro level account (about $25 per year for unlimited photo and video storage) that will keep all your photos online and available. Free gives you unlimited storage, but only your most recent 200 photos are viewable. Online image editing provided by Picnik.
  • Picasa has a free account that offers 1GB of free photo storage and basic image editing tools.
  • SmugMug is pricier, offers three levels of service, and is geared toward the more serious photographer.
  • Adobe Photoshop Express gives you access to basic online photo editing and organization tools, and 2GB of free photo storage. Additional storage space can be purchased annually.

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So, what’s so great about storing your photos online anyway?

  1. Backup — you don’t have to worry about keeping your images safe; the service you’re using does that.
  2. Sharing — easy to embed the images into blogs, email and twitter messages. Each photo usually has a public URL that’s sharable (or private, if that’s your thing).
  3. Printing — a few of the services are offering partnerships with professional printing labs which lets you produce photobooks, custom prints etc.
  4. Integration — some of the more popular services are already integrated into your iPhone camera applications (such as Instragram). Push a button and your latest shot is uploaded to the service, ready for you to edit and share.

Local storage?
Yep, you can keep your photos on your own computer, but you do run risks should your computer crash or worse. I do keep the majority of my images at home, stored on a network attached storage device that’s got two drives, one a mirror of the other. So if one should die, I’ve got a copy of my data on the other.

Also, I backup my photos weekly, and move the backup drive to an offsite location for even greater safety. Yeah, a housefire would ruin a lot of things, but I know my photos and other important data would be safe.

Your needs?
It depends. Take a solid think about what you plan to do with your photos, how you want to share them, and how important they are to you (can you afford to lose them?). I’ve likely given you some ideas to try and experiment with as we head into the holidays. I’d love to hear what you’ve tried and how it worked (or didn’t).

My iPad steering wheel mount

I’ve written before about using the Joby Gorilla Pod flexible tripod as an iPad desktop stand, but today was inspired to use it as a temporary steering wheel mount while waiting to meet someone. Yes, due to an appointment scheduling issue, I was 45 minutes early so had a bit of time on my hands.

Damn flexible device, no?
Gorilla pod iPad car mount
Gorilla pod iPad car mount

Some of my better photos from 2009

I’ve taken a look back at some of the shots I’ve been fortunate enough to capture this year. flickr has a cool feature called ‘sets’, so I made one — then noticed that I can share the set as a slideshow — embedded below. Enjoy! And happy new year!