With few exceptions, I believe moving the camera is filmmaking SIN! I’ll give you mercy IF you have tools to keep the camera from shaking. I believe in simply setting up a shot and letting the action take place in front of the lens. Jerky, quick camera moves might be an Avant-garde shooting style, but it’s a style that sucks. If you’re going to shoot in HD and you don’t have the tools to keep the shot smooth, just please follow this one simple rule:
If you want the camera to move, there are tools like balancing stabilizers, jibs, tracks, and of course tripods. Without them, your shots will be better if you don’t move the camera at all ever. With the right tools, though, you can achieve shots that are down-right cinematic even with an iPhone.
Mobislyder is small little track designed for iPhone, iPod Touch and other small video cameras that gives shooters the ability to capture smooth tracking shoots like you see in film. It has a variety of mounting options including and articulated mount, mobile device mount, 1/4″ standard mount, adhesive ball mount and a 1/4″ ball mount, so really the only limitation on cameras you can use with it is weight.
I tell myself I’m disorganized because I’m creative and I’m male. Maybe my right-braininess is to blame or maybe it’s something else. I try all kinds of productivity Apps to organize my life and my stuff, but every App I try seems to be designed by left-brained list makers. I would love to partner with a developer to create an organization App designed for creatives, but that’s really not the point of this piece. Just putting that out there!
Evernote almost works for me. Out of every tool I’ve tried, I like Evernote best, and I LOVE that they’re tackling new Apps that improve life. Today there are two new Apps I’m looking forward to trying, Hello and Food.
Hello tackles the problem some of us have with remembering names when we meet people at events. I’ve used an App where I’ve explained that I’m bad with names and asked if I could take a photo. That process seemed a little awkward to me. Hello handles it in a way that makes it kind of cool. Hand your phone to the person you meet, they hold the phone up to their face and the App automatically takes four photos that string together to create a mini animation of the person’s face.
Here’s a video so you can see for yourself…
Hello is free in the App Store. I had to search for Evernote Hello to find it. After testing the App, the feature I wanted to see most was the light face animation. I went back and read the Evernote blog post about Hello again, and it looks like that’s a feature coming soon?
Then there’s Evernote Food, an App designed to help us remember as much about a meal as we want to capture. You can capture photos of food, drinks, dining companions and recipes. Give the meal a title and it’s there for you to remember anytime you want to look reminisce.
Here’s how Food works …
During the years I produced GeekBrief.TV, I had a lot of great meals with interesting people. It would be so cool to have them captured like this. I’m looking forward to capturing even more awesome breakfasts, lunches and dinners with this App in the future!
Steve Jobs said 7-inch screens on tablets are a bad idea. He said you’d have to shave down your fingers to type on one and some new research bears that out. I posted a link to a story about it on Twitter and got this:
If you struggle with iPhone’s onscreen keyboard, there are two things to believe that makes a difference in how fast you’ll type and how much you’ll enjoy typing on the screen.
1) The keyboard is smart.
2) Trust it to be smart.
Next time you’re going to type an email, a tweet or a text, don’t worry about touching exactly the right letter. Aim at the right letter, but if you hit the wrong one, keep typing. Go at it as fast as you can. iPhone will compensate for your misses by guessing the right word. When iPhone guesses wrong, you have to backspace, but mostly, it guesses right. As soon as you see the word you’re going for in the bubble, hit the spacebar. You don’t have to type the whole word. iPhone will insert the suggested word when you hit space. Over time, iPhone learns from your mistakes and corrections. It gets better and better the more you use it.
Type fast by aiming in the general direction of the letter you want and hit the spacebar as soon as you see your intended word in the bubble. It doesn’t take long before mistakes are few and you start to really enjoy the virtual keyboard.