Prisma Android Updated (iOS too)

Behaves a little better now.

Discovered the images are just over 800 pixels by 800 pixels, so not good for printing very big. Still amazing onscreen.

This set is off my iPad, in the featured image (at the bottom here) the blur is my daughter jumping in the pool of course, and it just feels like a painting, but then I planned the shot for the app. Wish I did it with a real camera to get more detail on my swimmer, and brought it through the iPad, but that’s a lot more work for 800 pixels.

Still a fan.



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Virtually Damn You, Windows 10, Okay Fine

You know the Windows 10 upgrade gave you a bad day when you are typing these searches into Google:

recover unallocated partition windows 10

win 10 deleted my partition

windows 10 set partition to unallocated space

where are my itunes files and torrents and videos and family pictures!!!!! And other stuff I don’t even remember !!!!

#*@& $%0 WINDOWS 10!

I completed the upgrade (another annoying story of repeated downloads) and to try it out had opened iTunes and clicked to play some music first, and there was no sound plus a warning that iTunes couldn’t find the track, or ANY track. And so I opened Windows Explorer to find only my C and D drive, not the drive I called M for music.

(it used to be an external USB drive and I just keep mapping it to the same letter as I upgrade the space.) My  2 terabytes of “M drive” was gone, set to unallocated space in Computer Management.

I actually gasped in horror. Noooo….

Now I know Windows doesn’t lose everything when you delete, that it’s hiding there in the dark and you can usually use any number of programs to recover the files by file and folder and time and copy them back out if you haven’t done anything else to the drive, since newer files start to overwrite them. But why! I started such a program and decided to see if I could recover the partition in total.

I had bad luck trying this when I recently cloned a blank new drive over the one I really wanted to copy. Can’t restore a partition table without a backup… (unless someone knows, I still have the drives…)

So somehow I got to this site:

Which had some thread comments that weren’t quite right for me but where  user GALAXOR posted in February 2016:

“I had the exact same problem. running a Seagate HDD with 6TB, 2TB C:/ and 4TB for storage

I spent 2 weeks trying out various recovery programs, popping it into a toaster and seeing if I could pull the data off the unallocated storage onto an external, and even booting into a live USB of Lubuntu but nothing was working.

Then I tried running the seagate tool that came with it and it gave me a flag saying that it needed the Virutal Disk Driver to be installed

I installed the driver, gave the partition a letter and presto, all files and the partition were back good as new!

yup, all that effort for 2 weeks when all that happened was that the upgrade from 7 to 10 deleted a driver.

Here’s to hoping my experience will help others especially since this board was a top result when search for answers!”


This led to me to search for info on my Seagate SSD hybrid drive (which I love but have had bad block problems with, possibly because it’s oversized and hot in this PC’s tiny cramped computer case.)

st4000dx001 win10 driver

and just reading the results list and not the details I improved the search as:

seagate virtual disk driver

Which took me here:

Titled: DiscWizard Extended Capacity Manager partition is missing after updating to Windows 10

Why, yes it was and it took a terabyte of data with it! But that had a link to the driver:

“In some Windows system configurations, you need a Virtual Disk driver from Acronis installed to let True Image 2013 successfully operate a 2 TB+ drive.”

I installed that, just like I had in the dim recesses of my memory when I first installed the hard drive on Windows 7.

Well, Windows 10 forgot about it too.

Now it knows who the boss is, and I can listen to my iTunes again.

“Wait for it, wait for it.”

“Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room? Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?”

Oh, Hamilton, you know….

(And you too, internet, thanks!)


P.S. TL;DR If you have a giant drive missing a partition after upgrading to Windows 10, download and install this:

because your older system may not have recognized your drive since it was more than two terabytes (even if you partitioned it to several smaller partition sizes like I had.)

P.P.S. TL;DR means too long, didn’t read. And there used to be a hilarious Tumblr on it.

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Inspiration Prog-Rocks?

I took this photo over the holidays late last year, which spawned a tongue-in-cheek post on Facebook:

If I ever do a vinyl double-LP prog-rock record, I have the cover photo.
(from the Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden).

Luminarias and I

I was just experimenting with long-exposures that night, and while waiting for my family I decided I could stand still for a long while like they did in the old days. Realized later I had a gatefold shaped cover, so I made my silly post, which pushed me from photography into music.

I suddenly wondered what the music might sound like, especially since I sometimes listen to but don’t really  write in that style. So I sat down at the piano and this came out, and I liked it so I turned on the camera
and recorded this (click to play video)

Seriously, I just decided it should probably be in the key of Eb, and that suggested a set of related chords so I set the drum machine for a little oomph, and tried a progression and a variation and, well, it sounded like music.

Yes, you really should have a song or an album before you do a cover….but creativity is not always linear, or direct. You don’t always know where it comes from or where it will lead.


P.S. You can be creative or inspired on purpose too, but that’s for a later discussion. It’s okay to force it, as long as you give it room to grow where it wants to.

P.P.S I think I just shot this on a super long exposure without using a timer so I could take my place before it started, which is why the lights shine through me, but I liked the effect. In a more professional setting I would have shot it both ways, and edited this with some vignetting on the edges and exposure and contrast (levels) tweaks.

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Prisma Is Available for Android!

Red Piano

It’s hard to find the right one and it’s buggy, but it’s there!

The real one from Prisma Labs will say the real website which is so don’t let the rest of them fool you.

OR click here for Android   

AND here for IOS

And you can’t just save photos on demand like in the iOS version. There’s no icon for that yet. You can email them to yourself, and then back up in the app to change the style, or you can go to settings and choose save them automatically. When I did this they didn’t seem to be saving, so I rebooted my phone (something you should do occasionally anyway) so it could start fresh and read all the configuration files. That’s when my gallery added a Prisma folder which had the previously saved pictures, now visible, and it collects the new ones, so I can post inside and outside the app.

And yes you can shoot outside the app and then modify with Prisma.

I saw a cropping issue before rebooting where it showed what I chose but trimmed extra off the bottom and left on the actual export, so watch for that.


P.S. When I tried the Share button to post to Tumblr it seemed to crash Tumblr when it opened and go back to Prisma. I discovered later that it opened Tumblr with the picture ready and then switched back. So if that happened to you, try tapping the app task bar and switching back to Tumblr so you can finish your post.

P.P.S. Not sure it posted everything I asked, but my Tumblr crossposts to Facebook are sometimes flaky, so not blaming the app yet.

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Wait for it

And then snap the picture you want, instead of “almost the picture” you want. Or take a bunch of pictures as you fine-tune your angle, your subject and background, and your settings, then share the only best one, which is the one you want to get in the first place if you could only take one picture.

AKA Get all your ducks in a row.

Editing means tossing out anything that’s not needed, and sometimes that means you didn’t have to touch what you kept.

These is my philosophical intention although I have major problems with the throwing things out and with not sharing.


P.S. Tweaked in Snapseed for exposure but not Photoshopped or repainted in anyway.I would have taken that extra double duck out. But then he may be the exception that proves the rule.

P.P.S. I followed them around for a while…

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Filtered Through A Prisma

I have a love-hate relationship with my Android phone camera as you may know. Well, love-irritated relationship. I like my iPad Air camera even less since they didn’t bother putting a better camera in the iPad for far too long. It’s always lagged behind the iPhone in specs.

But I have been enjoying it today because of the Prisma app, only on iOS at the moment, from Using neural net and artificial intelligence, according to the developers, it repaints your photo in your choice of numerous artistic Styles in seconds, which you can save, post easily Instagram or Facebook, or forward to another app or site connected to your device. 

It’s not exactly a filter, but you can blend the Style result with your original by swiping, and when going into Instagram you can apply their filters as well. It saves your original if you take photos in the app, or you can open something from your camera roll. It works in square format only, so there’s a crop tool, which you can size with and rotate by 90° at a time. I urge you to consider the styles you might apply while you were planning and shooting the pictures because this can lead to some very excellent results.

It’s an iPhone app so it’s not sized to take advantage of the real estate on the iPad and I haven’t checked on the output resolution yet, but I won’t expect to print giant posters. Still it’s fun and inspires you to take different kinds of photos and edit and share. And that’s the kind of thing that inspired this blog.

So check it out.

I’ll probably talk more about it later, the Android version is planned for the end of July. Price: Free. Probably will have in-app purchases for more features — they have to pay for this stuff somehow — but very little info on the website at the moment. There seems to be a sponsored filter/feature from Palmolive right now.


P.S. Here’s a gushy review with some cool info that I found while looking for the main website (which is not, a strange little site has other gushy stuff about them….)

P.P.S. They make no ownership claims  on your work and I don’t see a line about not using the results commercially yourself though I may have missed it. They do get a license to use your creations royalty free without paying you, in pretty much any way they like, and forbid you from using otherwise copyrighted materials to start your creation, so no Mickey Mouse or Obama Hope photos, right? Just so you know going in. But that boilerplate is usually in place so they can promote their app and publish your material online in the first place. The Devil’s bargain we make to play on the Internet. 

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Comparison of Video Resolutions

I’ve used this chart to better  visualize how much I can crop a higher resolution frame in post and still stay at 1080P natively. It can also help in planning shots and digital pans.

In a pinch you can crop/zoom in on 1080 in your editing software a little bit more and still deliver HD with no one noticing if you start with a nice sharp image that’s well-exposed or are using some weird filters throughout. I prefer the no filter version, since other video magicians can see through the flashy tricks.

GoPro video resolutions

I found it at which is why it shows all the resolutions a Go Pro provides. It’s a useful site though it’s not particularly active now; I found  the older posts useful when I was getting a handle on mine.


P.S. Not an actual handle. Not like this one:

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I Need More Storage Space

Been off filming a dance recital and ingesting the digital files. I usually film two shows and combine the best numbers in each. This gives me inspirational luck the first time through, and familiarity with dances the next. Plus when someone misses their mark or just plain doesn’t show up for a night I have it covered.

This time I shot part of the third show too, by studio request, since there was a special one-time-only guest for it.

Doing two different nights takes a little more time shooting, but I only do a quick multi-camera edit before deciding which numbers to polish, and even that gets me more familiar with the dances and appropriate pace and style presumably speeding my subsequent edit process. Also it’s fun.

So far it’s been a three-camera shoot but this time I upped it to four for just because I could, all different models for later frustration. (Had a second cameraman for a change but only on one camera.) This let me experiment with shooting event video with a Canon Rebel (wide shots) without the fear I had no backup angle. Also I put my Go Pro up in the air on my tall mic boom pole. I like the aerial but think I prefer my usual front stage floor level shot, because it made the young dancers seem more dramatic and imposing. It will be great for the more fluid lyrical numbers though. I’ll see in the edit. I have a wide angle shot like it used to provide but at a higher, less dramatic angle.

We’ll discuss camera details another time, and I also shot some video comparisons via phone, iPad and my Canon during rehearsal for a quality comparison post.

But in the meantime I have over 500 gigabytes of raw files between the many cameras and audio recorder plugged into the sound board.

It all still fits on my system but I need to decide how to backup my projects when done to make room for more, instead of continually adding larger drives to my system, right?

I was torn between buying plain drives as backup, or drives in enclosures because it seems to me that the cheap deals you want to get are not always the most reliable choices. When both the drive and the enclosure can fail, that’s not good. Besides you don’t know which it is until you try to pull the drive out to test separately. So I think I should go with raw drives, plugged into a SATA bay in my computer for the transfer, or connected via a handy SATA/IDE to USB adapter I picked up ages ago for computer support work. They should also take less space to store than my current box of different branded external drives and their various power supplies and cases.

(Vantec made it, like this one: // which is USB 3 and may in fact work for some less strenuous editing projects (maybe not four cameras), though I am still using the USB 2 version

But I don’t want to edit on them, I will do that first in a folder named for the year, month, date and event, with subfolders by which (Friday, Saturday etc.), and in those folders by device (camera, audio).

Those are the assets I import into Adobe Premiere, in a project set to the same folder, with the project file saved under the top directory.

Back that project file up to another computer often. And expand your automatic project saves count. Be aware that you will want to use the file with the last date created to recover your project from these auto saves should you need to, not necessarily the incremental number.

I have had good luck with Western Digital drives but everyone has a favorite lucky flavor. I used to love Seagate but had poor luck with their hybrid SSD/HDD throwing out black errors and don’t like that.

You don’t want to use SSD drives for long-term offline storage; they are built for speed but when not active they do not hold data as long as magnetic disc drives according to several studies. So put them in your system, not your storage closet.

But get some drives, and you can easily back up your complete project folders, prep a project and hand it to an editor or collaborator, or just make room on your editing system for the next big thing, or video game or music library….

While you’re at it, maybe throw some important documents on one and store it with a trusted friend or family member. Trade it  with a second regularly. It doesn’t take a lot of time once you make a habit of it. Like multi camera shoots.

— David

P.S. That document backup habit, you can do that with a couple of flash drives if your documents all fit on them.

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