Entries in Photography (6)
Pro HDR - eyeApps LLC
Pro HDR is really amazing for taking outdoor shots that would otherwise be under or overexposed. It basically takes 2 pictures, each one exposing for the light or dark area of your photo. You are given a warning that the camera is about to take the pictures, letting you prep yourself for being as still as possible.
Before saving or emailing your finished masterpiece, you can play with the following adjustments to get the look your want:
The pics below should offer up enough evidence of this must have app!
Even Phil loves Pro HDR!
Being a practical type, I have a hard time appreciating any sort of art project that doesn’t serve a practical purpose. I know, very shallow of me. I’m trying harder to “get it”, but it sure doesn’t come naturally. Ask me my favorite color and I have no answer to give. Black is always great to wear but not my favorite wall cover. A color’s purpose or use is the exclusive factor in picking a “favorite”.
Fortunately, today’s project serves a very important purpose. Anyone that knows me or at least lives under the same roof as me, has come to terms with my constant loss of my keys, phone, bags, $$, clothes, water bottles, and anything else that is not attached to my person. However, there was that one time I was looking for my phone, and it was in my hand. I have been to the DMV to replace licenses enough, that a couple of the DMV girls know my name. I don’t even have to get my picture taken. There are enough to choose from. The 10 copies of house keys I was given were gone within a year. I lived at that house an additional 6 years and never had a key. It was easier just to keep it unlocked. I even bought a Ford Expedition so I could use the key pad on the door thereby keeping the keys in the truck…usually the ignition. Countless contraptions- clappers, remotes- were given to me in hopes that “this” would be the key (hehem..) to all my loser problems. It was not to be.
But today my friends, I’m one step closer to a glimmer of hope. After getting my camera for Christmas, the most frustrating part was the sneaky little lens cap. Once removed, it is no longer attached. It’s A 52mm, thin, black plastic frisbee whose days would surely be numbered with me behind the lens. So today Anna and I got the 2 boxes of buttons from my Grannyma’s 50 years of sewing. Every color of the rainbow is represented in these tin cans of rejects and leftovers. A lucky few will be recycled as Lens-Cap-Cover-Holder Thingies. (oh wow! I may be an environmentalist after all)
Only 4 items are needed:
3m Command strips or Double-Sided RV Tape
1. Pick buttons that when you pinch the lens cap in to take it off, the button won’t get in the way
2. The Elastic String needs to have a little “give” in order to stay put on the lens. You wont need all of it but start off with ~20” to give you plenty to work with. String it through the button(s) so that when the button is placed on the center of the lens cap, both ends of string are sticking up. The button should be in the middle of the length of the string. Go ahead and tie a knot (I used 2 buttons stacked on each other- black and red flower..the knot keeps them together)
3. Cut out a piece of the tape slightly smaller than the button and stick it to the button and then the center of the lens cap. (the tape must be kind of thick to handle the uneven surfaces of the button and cap)
4. Measure enough slack from the button to the area of the lens you want the string to wrap around and stay on the lens and then tie a knot at that point. (my lenses have a groove midway that doesn’t effect focus or zoom)
5.With the new knot on one side of the lens, wrap the leftover ends, in opposite directions around the lens. Wrap fairly tight so it will stay in place and tie a double knot. Cut the leftover ends off.
And there you have it! A wonderful but practical piece of art. It could probably be improved upon as well as a more professional look but it was free and writing this post took more time than actually making it!
*I am not responsible for any nincumput that can’t use string, tape, and buttons safely or who causes their camera harm in trying to make a Lens-Cap-Holder-Thingy