Review – Apple TV (3rd Generation)

This post reviews the Apple TV (3rd Generation), Apple’s $99 internet streaming box designed to fill your home with great entertainment.  I recently got an Apple TV and have been using it in my home for about a month.  I’ll give my impression of setting up the Apple TV, walk through the device’s main features, and then overview the pros and cons I’ve found since using it. The Apple TV I received was a refurbished model.  If there are any in stock, I really recommend going the refurbished route if you decide to purchase an Apple TV.  Apple’s refurbished products Continue Reading →

3 of my Favorite Wallpaper Photos for iPhone and iPod Touch

Wallpaper for iPhone and iPod Touch

Placing the right wallpaper photo on the background of your iOS home screen can make a big difference in the aesthetics of your device. I have taken some photos over the past several months that work amazingly as wallpaper for the iPhone and iPod Touch. All 3 photos were shot with my iPhone 4S. For the 2 macro photos I used the Macro Olloclip Lens attachment (check it out on Amazon: Olloclip Lens for iPhone 4/4S, Olloclip for iPhone 5). The other one I shot using an app called SlowShutter which gives the photo a soft blurry feel. Here are 3 Continue Reading →

Quick Tip: Take a picture while you are shooting video on your iPhone 5

iPhone 5 photography how to

One of the helpful features that the iPhone 5 offers that none of the other iOS devices offer is the ability to take a picture while shooting video. This means that you get the best of both worlds. You can be capturing a memory or experience on video and when the perfect photo opportunity arises, you can capture that too. Taking a photo in video mode is simple. While you are recording, simply tap the Camera icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. This will capture the photo while continuing to record video. The only downside is that Continue Reading →

3 Essential Photography Accessories for your iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5

iPhone 4S photo with Olloclip Macro Lens

It is amazing how the smartphone camera is quickly replacing point-and-shoot cameras. There are times that I even leave my Nikon DSLR at home because I know I have my iPhone 4S with me that will take incredible photos. In addition, the improved optics on the iPhone 5 make your pictures look even better and allow you to take clearer photos in low light situations. Who knows, with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 7, wedding photographers might get rid of their fancy cameras and start using their iPhone… (ok, that’s taking it a bit far, but you get my point). Continue Reading →

11 Tricks for How to use your Apple Earphones or EarPods with Inline Remote

11 Tricks you can do with your Apple EarPods or Earphones using the inline remote

One of the things I love about Apple is that the company has figured out the art of putting incredible functionality into very simple and elegant products. Unfortunately, the simplicity sometimes hides features. When the iPhone 5 was announced, Apple also introduced the EarPods. These are specially designed earphones that add additional clarity, deeper bass, better fit for more ears, multiple mics for noise cancellation, and the inline remote. The inline remote is packed full of all kinds of features. Here are 11 of these features: 1. Volume up/down When you squeeze the plus sign on the inline remote it Continue Reading →

Take your iPhone Camera to the next level – Add Fisheye, Wide Angle, and Macro with Olloclip for iPhone

I love taking photos with with the iPhone. As the saying goes, “The best camera is the one you have with you!” And, it is an added bonus that the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 have excellent optics for taking fantastic pictures. Olloclip is a company that created a unique lens adapter kit for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and iPod Touch (with adapter). If you want to take your photography to the next level, then this accessory is for you. I recently received this as a gift and so far I love it. The lens system has 3 lenses: Continue Reading →

Quick Photo Tip: Tap and hold on the screen for 3 seconds to lock focus (AF) and exposure (AE)

One of the features in the camera app that I use all the time is the AE/AF Lock. This is where the focus and exposure settings lock in even if you point your device at a different location. For example, sometimes if I am trying to take a photo of someone or something where the object is off center, the camera will automatically focus on the background but I want it to focus on the foreground. There is a simple way to remedy this. Here is how: 1. Open up the camera app. Point the camera directly at the foreground Continue Reading →

Quick Tip: Pinch to zoom when using Camera App on iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch

If you find yourself in a place where you need to zoom in when taking a photo, you can simply place your thumb and a finger on your iPhone or iPad screen when in the Camera app. Then, with your thumb and finger still on the screen slowly spread them apart. The subject of the photo will get bigger as you zoom in. Keep in mind, this is a digital zoom meaning that the more you zoom in, the less you will get in photo resolution (your photo will become slightly pixelated). To zoom out, simply reverse the process. Alternatively, Continue Reading →

Pulse News Reader (Free App) – Best blog, news, and web content app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

This is by far the best new reader app I have found on the App Store – and it’s FREE! You can add any type of blog, news feed, and a lot more web content that can all be viewed in a beautiful layout. If the news feeds have images in them, those will come through as well. The user interface on this app makes it so much fun to use (Check out the gallery below). I have never enjoyed consuming digital content as much as when I got this app. Some of my favorites are MacRumors.com, Tuaw.com, CultofMac.com, TheAtlantic.com, Continue Reading →

Use “Volume Up” Button to Take a Picture

Anytime you go to take a picture with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can use the “Volume Up” button on the side of the device as the shutter release. This makes it much more like a point-and-shoot camera avoiding the need to touch the right part of your screen while taking a picture.