PhotoSlate – the movie slate app for digital still photographers.

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Have you ever found yourself looking at your photograph archive and wondering “Where did I take that photo?” or looking at a photograph and trying to plan the best time to go back to that location?

Perhaps you took a single shot of a landscape, and then decided you should also take a couple of sets of bracketed exposures, and you even shot a set of images for focus stacking. You move your composition slightly and repeat. Back in the digital darkroom, you’re trying to figure out which images belong together.

In the past I used a cue-card system to solve these issues. It’s really quite simple; I would carry a stack of index cards, and write down pertinent information about the photograph I was about to take. I would first photograph the cue-card then photograph the subject—I even had an END cue-card to mark the end of a sequence. The movie industry has been doing this for quite some time to keep track of their takes using what is commonly referred to as a Movie Slate or Clapper Board.  This syncs sound and provides other pertinent information that is needed in post-production. 

For the past few years I have been searching for the “movie slate” app for digital still photographers. An app that would provide location information GPS, Compass Heading, Location Name, Address, as well as the type or sequence and the number of images that make-up the sequence. 

I have yet to find one…

So, I created my own.

AlwaysPhotographing is proud to announce PhotoSlate. A pre-production in-field application to capture the photographic meta-data that your camera doesn’t.

Start up PhotoSlate and in a few seconds, PhotoSlate will get your GPS location, heading, and using reverse geocoding will also find the location name and address of where you are standing. Tap the SHOT and FRMS fields, and quickly change the type of photo sequence and number of frames. Tap the LOC or ADDRESS fields, and you can provide your own location name and address. Return to that location in the future and PhotoSlate remembers your inputs and uses them.

In a location where there is no internet or cell service? Although PhotoSlate will be unable to reverse geocode, as long as the GPS is functioning, you can still manually enter your location and address information, and when you return to the same spot in the future, PhotoSlate will remember your information and will reverse geocode using your local data.

Additional Information PhotoSlate.

Link to the PhotoSlate Manual.

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How to Take HDR Photos with an iPhone

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Learn how and when to use your iPhone camera’s built in HDR mode.  You don’t need to be an expert on High Dynamic Range photography to leverage this powerful feature to capture better photos. Your iPhone camera has a built-in HDR mode that will automatically produce HDR images.

Camera Settings

  • Select the “Settings” icon
  • Scroll to “Photos & Camera” on the Settings page
  • Enable the “HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) option
  • Enable or disable the “Keep Normal Photo” option. If enabled, this will save both an HDR and a normal version of each photo. It is recommended that you enable this feature because HDR will not always produce a better photo.
  • Take photos. You will get HDR photos as long as you keep these settings.
  • Turn HDR on and off for individual photos by tapping “HDR On” or “HDR Off” on the top bar of the Camera app.

Try HDR in the following situations

  1. Closeups
  2. Outdoor shots. HDR will be particularly useful for portraits and scenes with strong lighting differences
  3. Scenes without moving subjects. HDR works by blending multiple images (normal, under-exposed, and over-exposed) so if the subject moves between these shots, the final HDR image will be blurry.
  4. Dimly lit scenes when you are not using flash. HDR is not available when using flash, so you will have to choose one or the other. HDR is the better choice when photographing a scene beyond the reach of your flash. You may also prefer result in cases where either approach would work. Try them both!

Related links

  • How to Create a High Dynamic Range Photograph