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Spy Feature

Using Spy Feature

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

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

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

iWatch Zoom Feature

Who knew my new toys would open up a new career for me…International Spy.

Yay for ME!

Photoshop in the Mix

Photoshop Mix Meme

Photoshop Mix Meme

My creativity is on fire!  Well my attempts at being creative have doubled at least, my actual creativity is about the same, luke warm.

Since getting my new toys at Christmas, I have been intentionally trying to take time and find ways to be creative, whether it is just taking a picture or learning how to use the graphics apps I have on my phone.  So today, I was thinking about what I would do and I looked at my phone and noticed an app I had downloaded about a year ago, but hadn’t used, Photoshop Mix.

I have used the full computer version of Photoshop but many, many years ago. I was by no means an expert, however I grasped the concept of layers and basic functions in the program. The full version is not an easy-user friendly program, so I was a little wary of how hard this pared down phone app version would be, but I opened it up and started on my first graphic.

Photoshop Mix Creative

Photoshop Mix Creative

I am not even kidding, the above graphic took me about five minutes to complete.  Now, I know it is nothing to write home about, but I did use four layers of individual items that were independently editable, one being a stock photo from Adobe.  Within the program I was able to cut out just the blocks spelling out “Creative”, delete the rest of the picture and then position what remained how I wanted it in my project.

Five Year Anniversary Pictures

You can use your own photos as well. In the above graphic I was able to cut my husband and me out of one picture from our five year anniversary trip and place us into another photo taken on that trip.

The edges might not be the smoothest, but keep in mind this was done on my phone in mere minutes and done by me, who is decidedly not a graphic artist.  So all things considered, this little program is not only powerful but super easy to use.

I can see more Photoshop Mix in my 2018 year of creativity.

Sadie Dog

Sadie Dog

Yay for ME!

Live Photo Effects

iPhone Live Photo

Live Photo

Having had an iPhone 6 for about a year now, I have had the “Live Photo” option, where for a split second they are animated, for a while. I thought they were pretty neat, and liked the animation on my iWatch, but never really knew how to do anything with them, other than as a static picture.  Recently, I had heard or read somewhere about the new effects for the Live Photos with iOS 11, but I hadn’t figured out how to view them until today.  And man they are COOL!

When you take a Live Photo you also get a “Bounce”, “Loop” and “Long Exposure” option as an effect for that live photo. These effects are pretty awesome, but it wasn’t so easy for me to figure out how to share them or export them out of my photos as a GIF file. But where there is a will, there is a way.  And after a bit of cussing, a bit of research and this awesome article, I finally figured it out and voila!

Bounce Effect

Bounce effect on live photo

Loop effect on live photo

Long Exposure effect on live photo

Right now, I am thinking that my favorite effect is the bounce effect.  It makes me smile, feels cleaner and gets me excited about the new creative things I can do with it.  Really looking forward to experimenting with these effects and my live photos on iPhone.

Creative in 2018. Yay for ME!