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Shooting SloMo Using a Spotting Scope

Sharon Stiteler loves birding and digiscoping with the iPhone 5s and a Swarovski Optik spotting scope. As she explaines: “The iPhone 5s lets you capture video at 120 frames per second, which upon normal playback shows the action four times slower than in reality.” “The combo of phone and spotting scope allows you to take fantastic…

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“The Juggler”: how to shoot a video biography

All around us are people with astonishing skills and stories—too often invisible and uncelebrated.  But armed with your mobile and a few questions, you can put the spotlight on  these stars. Here’s an example—a two-minute iPhone 5 video of Dan Mankin, the director of a community and cultural center in West Marin California. Typically, Dan…

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How to control color values: beyond automatic white balance

Orange colored people…  what’s up with that?   What’s happening when your camera records the image in colors other than what you thought? Did you know that our eyes automatically adjust to the change in the color of many kinds of light.  Your camera doesn’t.   What it does do is guess.   The camera in your tablet…

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