Using Spy Feature
Canon Spy Features
The above picture was taken on my new Canon camera using the built-in WiFi feature, or spy feature, as I like to call it. Using the spy feature, you are able to connect it to a phone as the view finder and remote shutter release.
While my husband was driving the other day, after connecting my phone via WiFi, I sat the Canon camera on the dash with the lens facing us. Since it was connected, I was able to see on my phone screen what the camera saw. I was then able to frame up a shot and take the picture all using my phone as a remote to the Canon.
That is a pretty nifty feature that could allow you quite a bit of room for creativity in your photography. Depending on the noise level, you could totally take pictures without anyone in the room knowing. You could even have your camera set up and be viewing remotely in another room.
Using Shutter Remote
That picture was taken using an actual “shutter remote”. This is also a pretty cool spy gadget. The only draw back with this function is that you can’t see what the camera sees. For this picture I put the camera on a trip-pod and framed up the area I wanted to photograph, then went to that area and used the remote to release the shutter. Would be great for taking family group photos or even elaborate selfies.
iWatch Spy Camera
iPhone Spy Features
The iPhone and iWatch combination can also be used in the spy games. In the shot above, I positioned my phone in the area I wanted to take a picture then went into the other room. In the other room I opened up the camera app on my iWatch. After it connected I could immediately see on the face of my watch what the camera on my phone was seeing. Pressing the the shutter button on the screen I took the picture. And in the picture below, I used the dial on the side of my watch to zoom in and then took the picture.
iWatch Zoom Feature
Who knew my new toys would open up a new career for me…International Spy.
Yay for ME!
It was cold, foggy and dark outside on my train ride into work this morning. The train was about as full as it normally is at this time of day and I was able to get my preferred seat by the window. The train departed and went to the next stop, where more people got on and I was about to fall into the same habit of staring into my phone, when the reflections in the window caught my eye.
That would be an interesting picture, I thought. I almost dismissed the idea, forgetting my vow to be more creative this year, but something stopped me. Having my phone out already, I quickly switched to the camera and snapped a few shots, then got my Canon out and snapped a few more.
Train Reflections In and Out
The red coats worn by two of the passengers in front of me were what really caught my eye in the reflections. The contrast against the darkness outside of the train made it pop. The images caught by both cameras were interesting, specifically in how they captured the reflection of the passengers inside the car and the action and landscape outside the car.
Train Reflections Loop
And Live Photo effects on the iPhone…what can I say, I’m still digging this!
Not only am I excited to be learning and creating with my new toys this year, I am happy to be getting out of my own head and being present in the moments.
Yay for ME!
Eye on Commerce
As previously noted, a couple of days a week I walk half a mile to and from the gym and my office building in Downtown Dallas. Most days I find myself head down, lost in thought and walking with a purpose. I wear my don’t talk to me face and hide behind the headphones in my ears, that may or may not be playing some form of audio entertainment. But for very rare occasions, eye contact is strictly avoided.
What I do notice from my self absorbed and self imposed shell are buildings, windows, signs and words along and on the sidewalks, buildings and lamp posts as I hurry past on my way to and from.
Today I noticed that one of the retailers had changed out their winter window scene and replaced it with a shoe, flower and fruit concoction and I wondered what fruit had to do with shoes, so I took a picture. And I took a few more pictures and the above is what I came up with.
This is my second project with the Enlight application and I am happy with how it came out. The pictures I took on my Canon, but the photo mixing was done all on my iPhone.
Yay for ME!
Final Product – First Spin at Enlight App
New Year and new toys, what could be better. To start off this new year the following have been added to my toy box; a Canon EOS 80D camera, that I saved up for and bought for myself (Merry Christmas to me!) and an Apple iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil, that I got from Santa (aka my loving husband). So needless to say, I made out like a bandit this Christmas and I am extremely excited to learn all there is to learn about my new toys and all the fun things I can do with them this new year.
I have already started the learning and creative process. Using the mixer function in the Enlight application on my iPad Pro, I created the above picture from the following two photos I took with my new Canon.
Not too shabby for my first project. Enlight is a fairly simple, but pretty powerful photo editing software and they have a ton of instructional tutorial videos. I followed this one on how to use the mixer function.
For me, I plan on 2018 being the year of travel, learning and unleashing my creativity, so far so good.
Yay for me in 2018!