There was time for a quick swim at the best beach in Southland, we think. Riverton Beach is not exactly what you’d call warm, even in Summer, but it’s worth a dip. It was also the perfect time to test out this water proof camera I’ve had for a while but not really tested. It was a cheap ‘GoPro’ knock off and took remarkably good video for its price.
Here are some screen shots from the video I took, edited in Snapseed again since the originals are very washed out and over exposed. Could be some fun ahead with this I think.
Over the holidays a while back I was inspired by people posting #infopics on Twitter. They’re simply images that share information – a great way to get simple messages across.
One of the most well known creators of these is @tonvincent who creates some stunning infopics. They’re well worth checking out on his site.
These are some infopics I made using a couple of apps and photos I’d taken. I started with PicsArt to create the filter and border I wanted and then added the stickers with Kiwi Camera.
Did you know you can explore other people’s 360 photos on the standard Google Maps site and apps? Last night we went for a run (in the dark… not intentionally) along the Wanaka Lake walk way and ran past this stunning set of trees. This image was taken with my iPhone 7 Plus which has brilliant low light capability for a phone camera.
If you want to take a closer look at what the lake front is like by using the street view mode in Maps – just drag the little yellow man, in the bottom right corner, and the roads will appear blue since the Google Street Car has taken images down those streets. But what about other locations?
After activating the little man you will see little blue dots appear where people have uploaded their own 360 photos. I’ve found the Street View app to be the easiest way to create these. Have a go on any Google Maps location!
If you’ve got an iPhone, chances are you’ve taken a panorama. I know Android phone have that feature on their cameras but in my experience, and I’ve owned both kinds of phones, nothing beats the iPhone for simplicity when it comes to camera features.
The Apple Youtube Channel now has some brilliant short videos that teach you how to get more out of the iPhone’s camera – from close up shots, to using the flash and of course, how to take great panoramas. In this clip below, the clip demonstrates how to use the pano in a vertical fashion to take images. Why didn’t I think of that!
Here are some recent panoramas from some of my trips this year. The trick is to move slow, keep the arrow on the line and hold your phone steady.
Rugby match, Rugby Park – Invercargill, 2017
San Francisco street, CA, 2017
Sphero workshop, TTP, Melbourne, 2017
GIFs are huge right now – a GIF is a ‘graphical interface format’ and a great way to get a quick message across. It’s something I want to start using more in instructional blog posts.
Here’s a cool GIF making app that you can download (in beta mode) that works pretty well on your Mac. It’s called Gifrocket and the UI (user interface – it’s an acronym morning!) is brilliant. Just drag, drop and enjoy. Love it.
Here’s a GIF I’ve made that will be on an upcoming post. Oooo, the suspense.
Here’s the first ‘App of the Week’ – it could also be the last, who knows. I have @sharpjacqui to thank for sharing the news that this app (she called it one of her favs) was free on itunes for 2 days… so naturally I was curious.
Yes, it was the free part. Can you blame me.
Here are some screen shots from itunes on Halftone
It’s a great app for uploading photos, adding text and a few icons. Very easy to use and, as most apps will allow these days, whatever you create can be shared on facebook, twitter and emailed.
Some fun ahead, I think! My first go is on the side of my blog.
Is this the southern most rugby game played in the world? Stags vs Wellington – 14 – 27. LOVE the stag helmets.
I took these pics on my ancient sony (8 years old) and put them together in Word – who’d have thunk…
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