I’ve had an interest in all things photography and video related for a very long time (at least long compared to how old I am, I guess). When I wasn’t taking pictures, a hobby that became an unstoppable force in college, I was a kid running to be IN them at all times. I am not shy about my past camera-hogging ways, that’s for sure.
When it came to life goals, since the age of about 7, it’s circled around writing (novels, then later screenplays) and animation. I had a light desk in elementary school, so I could practice animating — without a camera, mind you, I basically just wanted to be the people working at the desks at the Magic of Animation offices in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. My dad always liked to remind me that I didn’t want to WORK in animation, I wanted to RUN the animation department at Disney. So my entire life, I’ve bounced around my career in one way or another. Currently, for the curious or those keeping track, I still would like to end up at Disney, though I’m thinking I want to try a more developmental role, vs the animator at the desk. Or maybe I want to find a way to do both. We’ll see.
That was basically a very long intro to say, I love the photo app goodies I’ve discovered on the iPhone 4, and I’m going to share 2 of them now:
1. HDR capability
This stands for high dynamic range photography. Honestly, this is something I didn’t know much about until recently, but basically, it’s the process of taking 3 (or more, on a real camera) of the same photos, all at different exposures and layering them on top of each other to create a more “realistic” photo, closer to what your eye actually sees when it looks at something. Let’s go to the examples!
The original photo has much richer colors overall, but the HDR photo works to expose all of the colors, as well as the foreground and the background of the photo. Another example (can anyone figure out the movie reference to this location??):
2. Stopmotion Recorder
This app helps you frame and shoot stop-motion animation videos, and is optimized for the new retinal display camera on the back of the iPhone. It has a grid that helps you line up the shots so you can keep the movement as minimal or jerky as you’d like. It is really fun, though definitely a reminder that stop motion is VERY time consuming. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend on my first effort, but I did make a quick 10 second film using some of my Disney vinyl toys. I wasn’t sure how to enhance the video quality, since I didn’t spend a ton of time yet with the app, so sorry about the grainy quality!