I was having dinner with my friend, Mark, at Daliah Lounge in Seattle last week. The restaurant looked lovely, and so did the food! You know how I love taking photos of food, especially for Foodspotting. The restaurant was a little bit dark though. I was going to use my regular camera (with a flash) until I saw Mark pull out his iPad and raised it over his food. Then he took out his camera and snapped a photo. I thought it was funny at first, but then I found myself doing the same. It was quite a clever idea. ;)
Albert snapped this photo of me putting just the perfect amount of light on my food. :)
How to use an iPad as a light source for photos
- On your iPad, go to Settings -> Tap on Brightness -> Move the scrollbar to the max
- Hold the light at the right angle on your subject.
- Snap a photo on your other device in the other hand.
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Here are a few steps to get your iPad camera up and running!
- On the iPad, download and install the “Camera-A” app. (99 cents)
- On the iPhone, download and install the “Camera-B” app. It’s available for free.
- Once you have them installed, turn bluetooth on both devices. (Do this by going into Settings-> General-> Bluetooth -> On)
- Instead of Step 3, you can connect to the same wifi network also. (Do this by going into Settings -> Wi-Fi -> On -> Choose a network.)
- Now launch Camera-A and Camera-B on the iPad and iPhone, respectively.
- Camera-A on the iPad will show you whatever image Camera-B on the iPhone is pointing at.
- When you’re happy with an image, click on the shutter button in the middle on the iPad and that image will be saved to both devices.
Camera-A and Camera-B are two very simple to use apps. The hardest part is remembering to turn on the bluetooth! Camera-A on the iPad also have options to zoom in on an object as well as a toggle to turn off saving to the iPhone.
Since the camera is on the iPhone, it’s much easier to maneuver it to point to the subject you want. Also keep in mind, the image will only be as good as the iPhone camera, so it may appear noisy on the iPad due to the higher resolution. There is also no auto-focus in the Camera-B (iPhone) app, so you can’t tap and focus on an area like with the default camera app.
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Now that I have an iPhone, I can actually use Photography iPhone apps! I’ve downloaded a few, but I thought I’d ask the experts. ;)
So I sent out a tweet asking for Photography iPhone suggestions and got some wonderful responses! Here they are in case you’re looking for Photography iPhone Apps too:
emilychang @daynah pano (love), camerabag, mobile fotos (to upload to flickr if u don’t want to use email), pixelpipe (cross-upload to services)
christyxcore @daynah photogene/photoforge for editing. Colorsplash, camerabag, photo fx..
NctrnlBst RT @daynah: Looking for good photography iPhone apps. Any suggestions? :) ~ Eye-Fro! Hours of fun for the entire family!
Fee501st @daynah I like CameraBag http://bit.ly/v5Y4M
colinrcampbell @daynah pano
johngarcia @daynah camera bag is pretty good!
jackiefreeman photogene is my fave!!
heyitskenn @daynah Flickit for uploading to flickr… Camerabag, nightcamera, and Pano.
Thanks so much for the tweets! I greatly appreciate them. :)
I was walking by the hallway and saw this Photography Contest ad. It sounds like fun! I’m going to bring in my SLR to work this week and start taking nature photos!
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