I Wasn’t Ready For This, no wait….

A favorite quote:

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
– Seneca the Younger

Or if you prefer a more recent version:

I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.
– Oprah Winfrey

Preparation to me includes practice, education, fascination, and plain old playing around. Also a lot of failure and occasional nuggets of success.

Enjoy the journey.

—- David

P.S. Also:

Luck be a lady tonight.

Preparation H (because sometimes it’s a pain….)

Opportunity knocks:

  • Once
  • Twice
  • You over
  • When you least expect it

I Wasn’t Ready For This, no wait…. was originally published on Creative Uploads

It Only Takes A Minute

…To set up a camera on timelapse.

Okay, maybe a few minutes, since I plugged the Go Pro via USB into a portable battery that would keep it charged and recording for the duration. Then I connected to the “Capture” GoPro app on my phone to position it just right.

Since I was planning on possible cropping and panning I decided to use Photo mode. This gave me a 4×3 frame with lots of extra pixels I could crop in on without losing quality since I only needed 1920×1080 of them versus over 5000 wide.

Sometimes I prefer shooting video then just speed it up hundreds of percentages for smoother motion on frame changes. Vehicle-driving timelapse videos benefit from this in my opinion. I don’t mind the jerkier stop-frame animation look, but in that case smoother in-between frames help convey more speed, in my opinion. You lose some detail and editing options later, since it’s already compressed. But you can also capture for longer times depending on your settings, and can pick just the right frame and smoothly adjust between different speeds.

In the end, using the Go Pro Studio program, I adjusted my shot for a distorted wide view with no cropping, tweaked to make the center less stretched, and centered on the lower edge of the captured frame since they didn’t install carpet on the covering

Oh that would look cool. Not this color though.

—–David

P.S. I love portable batteries from Anker. This is the latest upgrade from the one I have. It comes with a pouch that I also keep cables in for my iPad (and daughter’s iPhone) plus my Android phone. Since it has a micro-USB I can use the same cable to charge the battery from any USB power source.
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It Only Takes A Minute was originally published on Creative Uploads

Surf’s Up, Plan Ahead

New Prisma style out, called “Surf”. 

Why does it make me look so old here? Most be too much sun. 🙂

Actually, it has to do with how the Prisma styles work, emphasizing shadows more in some cases, and needing certain colors for better results. Most dramatically to me, fine details versus more coarse shapes makes some pictures great and others awful, which is why the photo you use is critical to a good result.

Here is a set with my dogs using “Surf” with the setting put at 67% to leave a little of the red in one dog’s fur.

And a version with Mondrian, one of my favorite styles, but only when matched with the right picture. This pairing doesn’t work for me.

Too many curved edges and fine color differences leave us with two disparate sections.

But the Mondrian style also netted this result with the other dog earlier this year, so it only demonstrates my point.

Play, experiment and learn where something fails so you can plan your photo for the filter style sometimes, instead of only hoping for good luck.

—–David

P.S. You bet this applies to anything you shoot, filter or not, angle, lighting, subject, timing… Planning can get you closer to stunning (as can a bit of judicious editing like bringing the style down, but also brightening, contrast adjustments and more.)

P.P.S. Of course some of my best photos were taken almost by accident or on the fly, so you never know. When you need consistent results plan ahead and enjoy the experiments when you can.

Surf’s Up, Plan Ahead was originally published on Creative Uploads

Busy

So when you get busy with house painters and carpet installers and end up upending your life for a month, it’s important to keep up your creative habits with wandering thoughts and notes to yourself,  even if you don’t finish, fine tune or publish any examples for a period of time.

Then find whatever motivation you can to get back on the sharing horse: guilt, overwhelming urge to share something cool,  boredom, missing the habit… Just do.

There you are. I have done some fun stuff in between moving my entire house from room to room and back.  Just been quiet about it.

—-David

P.S. Patience is a virtue but procrastination isn’t? That doesn’t seem fair.

Busy was originally published on Creative Uploads

LastPass Now Free On All Devices

Next best thing to an iris scanner, and no one will pluck out your eye to get into your vault.

https://blog.lastpass.com/2016/11/get-lastpass-everywhere-multi-device-access-is-now-free.html/

Used be be a measly buck a month as a premium feature, but so helpful and convenient to have secure access to your passwords anywhere. For a while I had the free version and used a browser set on “request desktop site” when I went mobile, but I went back to premium for the convenience.

Just click here to get Lastpass and try it for yourself.

Now I only get some secure storage and better support, and oh, the ability to share a folder with five other users, so my wife for example doesn’t have to ask me for the Netflix password or my credit card login when it’s bill payment time. Worth it.

If I can get her to use it more. I get it, it took me a few months to get it.

My tips on getting up and running:

  • Sign up.
  • Use a long password for your master password. Misspell something, use a sentence, spaces, heck throw some of your old useless passwords together at the end.*
  • Write it down in a few parts and keep them in three obvious random places as a hint. Leave off the really stupid part you will never forget anyway. You can not recover your password. You can recover a previously logged in web page in order to reset it, and I had to do that several times. No kidding.
  • I use Android and it drove me crazy when I was trying to recall a password and LastPass popped up as if it knew it but when I opened the app it didn’t! Why are you bothering me when I am not sure what it is yet either! So when it actually knows the login, it lists possible logins you can just tap. When it doesn’t that’s blank.
  • So install it on a desktop and try logging in to your uncertain sites and click the X on remember login until you are successful and then click yes when LastPass asks if it should remember it.
  • On IOS you can’t auto fill login boxes but you can open LastPass and copy the login or the password and paste it in, without even making it visible.
  • If you want to see the password click the eye icon at the end to make it visible.

Did I mention sign up and it’s free on any device, and as many as you have?

Once you get used to your password, you can actually start changing your other passwords to things you can’t even remember, because you can copy them, or auto fill. Imagine, one password to remember! And still have different passwords everywhere so if one login gets hacked the rest don’t tumble like dominos….this is where you gain back the amount of time setting this up.

—-David

* N0t password1, never password1.

LastPass Now Free On All Devices was originally published on Creative Uploads