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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.

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Travel Planning Insane Brain

Travel Planning

Travel Planning

I love to travel and even though I really haven’t done much, it has always been a big dream of mine. Over the last five years I have been in a position where travel was more feasible and so travel planning I have undergone.

Places like San Francisco, Ruidoso, Los Angeles, Turner Falls and Estes Park to name a few, are places I’ve planned trips to.  Nothing extensive or exotic so far, but still a bit of intense planning was necessary.  Maybe only necessary because I wanted to be cost efficient and time considerate, which I would think 85% of travelers have to be.  So it makes me wonder how those 85% handle the insane amount of time it takes to do all the research and the brain melt it creates to constantly be second guessing pricing, locations, schedules etc.  Or maybe I’m just OCD and the insanity only happens to me.

Here is how I see it, you have four main categories to wrestle with: flights, hotel/lodging, car rental/transportation and sight seeing/activities. And within each category you have questions to be answered but, as you will see below, most of the questions can’t be answered until you answer other questions, which can’t be answered until you answer other questions.  Half of the time it is a big cluster fuck.

Travel Planning Insanity

Travel Planning Insanity

Those are just three questions that I quickly came up with, and that is assuming I already know where we are going, when we are traveling and for how long.  Imagine the above loop times ten, and then picture my brain leaking out of my ears.  I know, first world problems, and I agree.

Lately I have been working on our vacation for July and trying to ease up on the OCD strings a bit with this trip.  Just committing to one solution for one of the category gets me closer to breaking the insanity circuit, but sometimes that isn’t easy for this list making, itinerary planning, type A person, but i’m going to figure it out.  I’m no longer willing to put aside my dreams because they are too far fetched or going to take too much sacrifice and effort.  My future and dreams are worth the work.

Side note:  The graphic at the top of this post was made with the Canva application on my phone.  Super easy and fun!  The second graphic I made in my notes application, then screenshot, cropped, marked-up and saved as a picture all on my iPad Pro.  Love, love loving my new toys!

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Fun Selfie Effects

Snap vs. Insta

Snap vs. Insta

When I use Snapchat, which is only about once a month, the only thing I do is take selfies with the photo effects. And I have fun but don’t normally save them, but today I decided to and see what I could do with them.  So I made a selfie collage.

Instagram Selfie Collage

Instagram Selfie Collage

Then I thought, I wonder if I can do something like this in Instagram, and if so, I wonder which is better.  Instagram is really the only social media I use at the moment, but I don’t really do anything but post pictures, so I started researching.  Sure enough, you can, so I made the below collage of selfies.

Snapchat Selfie Collage

Snapchat Selfie Collage

SnapChat wins, in my opinion, on the photo effect front.  They have more choices and the effects they have are way cooler. Either way, had a great time taking the pictures and making the collages in Enlight.

Also, I used Photoshop Mix to make the top graphic.  The graphic is nothing to write home about, but keep in mind I created it on my iPhone in about five minutes. The logos were screenshots of my home screen that I trimmed down and used as graphics.  It is a little more pixelated than I would have liked, but I was creating it while waiting to be seated at our favorite Mexican restaurant and didn’t have the time to perfect.  But keeping up the creativity in 2018!

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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

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