I don’t claim to understand the machinations of the camera market but my workflow involves shooting with a DSLR (for quality, dynamic range and DOF) and posting to social media (or my blog first then social media). The ability to capture, quickly make minor edits and then post to social media is among one of the top features I want in my next ILC.
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There are still some challenges that could keep you going back to your old computer from time to time just to get things done. If you are looking to put off a computer upgrade a little longer, or leave your personal computer days behind you all together, then the following tips to get over some of those hurdles may be useful to you. Geoffrey Goetz via GigaOm

Geoffrey summarizes many tips and tricks I’ve learned in the fours years since I replaced my MacBook with an iPad. Some thing’s I do much easier now. For example, I no longer use the iPad Camera Connection Kit. The Eye-Fi Mobi card lets me shoot straight from my DSLR to the iPad. The Apple keyboard comes in handy for typing out long emails or blog posts. The “Open in..” feature of iOS 7 has allowed me to extend my iPad storage capacity while using Box and Dropbox to open, edit and save modified documents.


I love HDR photography. In case you don’t know what that is you can head over to Trey Ratcliff’s website for an explanation. Here’s my quick version. In HDR photography the photographers take at least two (three or more is better) exposure bracketed and through the magic of software, algorithms combine them into a single image. As you can tell from Trey’s photos, the results can produce a striking increase in dynamic range.

I capture most of my images for HDR work on my Nikon. However, setting up a tripod, DSLR and wide-angle lens while stopped at the side of a narrow country road with cars whizzing by is a less than ideal experience. Sometimes my iPhone is the most convenient camera I have with me. I’ve experimented with various HDR apps for the iPhone over the last few years but I always found them lacking in some aspect. I’ve installed and deleted about half a dozen HDR apps from my iPhone. vividHDR is the first HDR app that has a chance of remaining on my iPhone long-term.

vividHDR is a simple app. This simplicity is one of the reasons I like it. Most HDR app overwhelms me with a million pre and post-processing option. Contrast that with vividHR, which launches right into camera-ready mode.

Tapping the icon on the bottom left of the screen brings up several HDR presets. When I started writing this review the app only had three but a recent update raised that number to five. It doesn’t really matter which one you chose up front since you can switch between presets after the HDR is created.

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Tapping the lightbulb in the lower right corner overlays icons indicating how to use the app.

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Swiping to the right reveals a vertical menu. From here you can toggle on/off geotag, overlay grid, auto-preview, select and setup sharing options, and how you want to save the original and HDR images.

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Swiping to the right will let you swipe through each image in the photo gallery. You’ll get another set of menus on the bottom of the screen. You can compare the original photo to its HDR version or share the HDR image, make editing changes or delete the photo. I’ve never used the image editor. I usually stick with the results from the presets. If I do want to make an edit I prefer using another app like Photogene4.

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Tapping the i in the upper left-hand corner will bring up some meta information about your HDR image.

I like the fact that vividHDR has its own internal gallery/lightbox and saves images exported to the Photos app to its own album. The iOS Photos app can get so cluttered and sometimes I have difficulty finding the photo I want. Whether I am snapping a photo to post to [Pressgram ][http://pressgr.am]or upload to a blog posing using Poster, being able to navigate to an album with just the images I need makes things simpler.

Although the app is simple to use taking a good quality HDR image requires some patience. The app has to take three photos and merge them together. It is important that neither the camera nor the subject move or change while the images are being captured. Although the app can be used handheld I recommend bracing yourself against something — a tree, a pole — to reduce movement. For the photo below I leaned against my car to get the shot. Or maybe you can keep a mini tripod and iPhone mount such as the Glif in your glove box.

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