HDR on Nikon D4s and smartphones

HDRMy new Nikon D4s also has an HDR  (high dynamic range) option.  It offers a few more options than the auto HDR typical now on smartphones.

I’m a big fan of using the auto HDR  mode on my Moto X smartphone, particularly when the time to tone and tweet is minimal.

On the phone I can shut it off, or auto sense a situation needing it. It’s pretty good on auto.

These often cropped 10 mp 4320 x 2432 pixel photos from my phone wind up in the daily ydr.com workflow more than you would think.

Great for snow, harsh sun, back lit faces, harsh reflections – HDR basically takes several photos at different exposures and sandwiches them together smoothing out the transitions. 

You can only shoot HDR on the D4s with jpg and tiff. It is not available shooting raw images or video. You have to shut off HDR to move back into raw, if that is what you shoot. If you shoot jpeg or tiff, than it’s an easier transition

  • HDR2Choose how far a range you want from 1-3 stops
  • “Smoothing” adjusts the transitions between high and low contrast in the image
  • Processing is almost instantaneous, but this isn’t a multiple exposure operation on the fly.

This isn’t an automatic setting and takes some user input with each exposure. And you are starting with a manipulated jpg so probably not a use for a high quality images.

Maybe something to add to the arsenal of tools for a crazy sunset exposure moment, or a day when the snow is just blazing away.

 

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Apple profits 2014 is unsustainable?

Apple Took 93 Per Cent of Mobile Industry Profits in Late 2014 – gizmodo.co.uk

Apple profits 2014 seems unsustainable. The other side of this “success story” is that customers willingly gave Apple that profit from their pockets in an eroding middle, lower class economy when other tools exist for much less.

I find it a fascinating model. On the other end of the spectrum, I can run a perfectly competent smartphone for under $300 (even $150) bought outright, no contract on $5 a month wifi only MVNO if I was so cheaply inclined.

Does that profit momentum continue? It is running on desirability, which can be a fickle monster. So if you have 20% of the market share (and less depending on country) and 93% of profits. That could flip pretty quick if demand falls and lowering handset price, even a fraction, in a world that looks at success as only going up. How do you sustain that?

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Review of Twitter’s video platform on Android

Screenshot_2015-02-08-18-24-53A very obvious invitation popped up in an update from twitter tonight in the Android app in my Moto X running Android 4.4.4 to try the new integrated twitter video publishing platform.

The made the walk though really simple and there are popups along the way for each function.

  • 20 seconds of video (record timer turns red when you have run out of time keeps recording)
  • you can record multiple clips
  • can delete a recorded clip
  • can move around the clip order
  • can use front facing camera
  • use your flash
  • record video with phone vertical (frame is almost square)
  • upload time for 20 seconds was 58 seconds on Verizon LTE
  • posting to Twitter was instant with video available instantly
  • embed options available on web interface for video embed only or twitter plus video embed
  • Not easy to embed in Facebook without embedding via page link first
  • Haven’t found a way to save videos created

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Video: Couples marry, hundreds gather at Equality Fest in York

Couples marry, hundreds gather at Equality Fest in York #equalityfestpa #gaymarriage

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Video: Explore a basement built in the mid-1700’s

Explore a basement built in the mid-1700’s, beneath the Dritt Mansion, part of the Zimmerman Center for Heritage

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Video: Together 23 years, Sue Harmon and Amy Lippert will marry

Together 23 years, Sue Harmon and Amy Lippert will marry at Equality Fest York. “The more you acknowledge people, the more they’re part of the fabric of society” #flipsidepa #gaymarriage

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Video: Kindergarten Kick-off

Kindergarten Kick-off is a preview of Kindergarten for @rlschools students. A taste of the concepts and routines of school.

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Video: Medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

Medical marijuana: Mark Knecht says it’s like “your child is in a pool, your child is drowning…it’s against the law to throw your child the life preserver” He plans to split family up to seek treatment in Colorado – press conference with Rep. Scott Perry.

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Video: The toughest moment of the Toughest Firefighter

The toughest moment of the Toughest Firefighter Alive competition is the 185 lb. dummy drag. Follow Landon Myers, a volunteer with the Goodwill Fire Co., as shows us how it’s done.

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Google+ Automated picture story timelines

Google+ picture story timelines are a combination of several Google features that automate editing and place photos in context with time and location. The animated, multimedia picture stories just occur without any user interaction.

For about a year, I have been taking advantage of free cloud storage for my smartphone photos as I take them via the G+ app, while watching G+ create automated creations from the backed up photos.

Weekend in New York   Google

Weekend in New York, A STORY BY Paul Kuehnel appeared in my G+ notifications Monday after a three day weekend in New York City. I haven’t edited it so that you can see how Google edited it.

To make automatic story/video timelines happen, several free Google functions need to be in place. Google+ auto backup has to be turned on as well as location services on your handset. You have to opt into timeline stories when prompted in the G+ app.

Android handsets will more likely have G+ (play link) installed by default, but it appears to work the same way in iOS after installing the app (although I haven’t used my ipod to shoot photos). G+ will also combine pictures from multiple devices if they are logged in with the same Gmail account.

Activate G+ Auto Backup in the Settings of the G+ app on your smartphone. There are several settings to keep in mind.

In options in Auto Backup: Limit photo backup size to 2048 px backups (free option). You can backup photos from your smartphone at full size, but on my 10 MP Moto X that means a 4320 x 2432 huge image. Anything over the 2048 option will count against my total free Drive/Gmail storage of 15 gig.

Next, limit when the photos backup. If you have unlimited data or shooting in a high risk situation you may want to switch back to uploading in real-time over your wireless data plan. Otherwise, you can choose to backup handset photos ONLY when on Wifi, adding only when plugged in (Android) if you are in daily battery conservation mode.

You can choose not to back up videos. Backing up videos (huge files!) will deduct from your total Google storage, like large still images. I allow videos to backup and then clear out in a month or so. Deleting photos/videos from the cloud archive gallery on your smartphone will hold them in a deleted folder that you can retrieve, unlike deleting from the smartphone gallery (that displays what is in the physical memory of the handset). Continue reading

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