Live Broadcast from your iPhone with Periscope



Last week Twitter delivered their competitor to Meerkat and it’s called Periscope. Periscope is an iPhone application that allows you to do LIVE video broadcasts to your followers. You can show your front or rear camera at any time. Doing something cool and want your followers to see it? Just launch Periscope and start a broadcast. It will automatically tweet to your Twitter followers if you like and anyone following you will get an optional push notification that you’re doing a broadcast. If by chance some of your followers couldn’t watch it live you can choose to have the broadcast upload after you’re done for replay. It can also save to your camera roll as a video file to share anywhere else that you like. Best of all your audience can interact with you while you’re broadcasting. They can tap the screen to show you love (hearts) while you’re showing or saying something good and they can enter text messages that display on your screen while you’re broadcasting and if you choose you can address those comments/questions live. 


 I used it quite a bit this past weekend while at Professional Imaging in the Netherlands. I was joined by Scott Kelby, Frank Doorhof and Glyn Dewis. You should follow all of us by the way.

You can get Periscope here (it’s a lot of fun): iTunes.

Layout from Instagram

Layout from Instagram



We have reviewed several different photo layout apps here before and apparently the idea has caught on with Instagram as they have just released their own. Layout from Instagram is a FREE app for iOS that allows you to quickly put together multiple photos in one frame for posting to social media sites such as, well um “Instagram”. The interface is very straight forward and actually kinda fun to use as it automatically lays out your selected images based on the number of images you choose. No need to choose a layout first as with most other apps. If you deselect or add more photos the layout automatically adjusts. You can flip or mirror any image in your layout as well as resize the frame containing them. If you don’t have enough selfies ready to go you can use the Photo Booth feature to actually snap several selfies in succession. However, unlike my favorite App in this category “PicPlayPost“, currently Layout from Instagram doesn’t allow you to layout videos. The other glaring omission is that you seem to be limited to just the images on your Camera Roll and not the ones in your existing Albums. I find that limit pretty odd, but at least it will force you to use “fresh” images.


The Bottom Line

Layout from Instagram isn’t mind blowing, but it does have a slick UI (user interface). It won’t make me give up my other app, but If I’m only going to layout “recent” photos then I’d likely use it simply because it’s faster.
Get it here from the iTunes.


The 100 Best Apps of 2014


It’s that time of year again. That time where I look back at 2014 and the iPhone and iPad in my hand and I come up with my picks for the BEST APPS of 2014. These are my favorite apps and more importantly the ones that either came out in 2014 or got significant updates.  There are hundreds of thousands of apps on the App Store and no one list can cover them all. When I sat down to put this list together I asked myself of the 551 apps I have on my iPhone and the 508 apps on my iPad, which are the Top 100 Apps that I couldn’t live without? You put all those things together and you come up with a list of Apps that I have no problem recommending to you. So here they are:


1Password – App of the Year!


Not only is this one of the best apps of 2014 but it’s also my pick for BEST APP OF 2014. I couldn’t imagine life without it. In this world of daily hacks with big name retailers and banks it’s more important than ever to have different passwords with each of your online accounts as well as passwords that are more secure with random letters, numbers and symbols. However, it would be impossible to remember them all. That’s where 1Password comes in. I use it to manage all of my logins as well as to generate more secure passwords with new accounts. In 2014 this app reached a whole new level of usability by implementing Touch ID and Safari browser extensions in iOS 8.


Get it here from the iTunes.




I have been using GPS turn-by-turn with voice navigation apps for years, but in 2014 I found myself using Waze more often than the others. Waze has the same basic features of all the others, but it also has a “community” aspect where other Wazers are reporting traffic situations and hazzards in real-time. This is by far the best one I’ve seen for up to the second traffic info and automatic re-routing around situations before you get caught in them. in 2014 Waze also added a nice widget that lets you easily tap to navigate to home, work or another location.

Get it here from the iTunes.




Avairy became my favorite photo editor in 2014 by offering a straightforward user interface with the tools exposed in just the right way as well as dizzing array of effects and filters.

Get it here from the iTunes.




When I post my photography online I usually watermark them with my logo right in Lightroom. However, If I’m posting a shot from my iPhone or iPad then I need a way to watermark them right on those devices. iWaterMark+ is simply the best watermarking app for iOS that I’ve seen to date. Nicely integrated with iOS 8 as a filter in the native photos app.

Get it here from the iTunes.


Squaready Pro


The format for Instagram is a square 1:1 aspect ratio. If you take pictures with the Instagram app you’re all set. However, sometimes I want to post a portrait or landscape image that if I crop it square just won’t do it justice. That’s where Squaready Pro comes in with not only the ability recompose your shot onto a square frame and make it all fit, but also some very cool framing features too.

Get it here from the iTunes.


500px - Discover photos from the world's best photography community

500px App Integrates Adobe Creative Cloud Features and More


When it comes to social photography sites, 500px comes to mind as being one of the best and definitely one of the most inspirational. I go there when I want to be blown away by photographic images. With that said, I rarely used their iOS App for more than just browsing. I upload to 500px from Lightroom using their Publishing Plug-in. However, with the latest update their App just became a whole lot more useful.

Integrated Camera with Manual Controls


On iPhone the update adds not only a built-in camera, but also the ability to take pictures with iOS 8 aided manual controls. This is probably one of the best implementations I’ve seen in terms of ease of use. You have a simple button that toggles from automatic to manual. Once in manual you can adjust focus and exposure. Snap your shot and it’s sent to the Camera Roll.

Adobe Creative Cloud Editing


Once you snap your shot with the built-in camera or any other camera app you can bring it up for editing. The editing features are powered by Adobe Creative Cloud in that you have the same editing features found in apps like Photoshop Mix. The same “Looks” and same ease of editing that people love in Mix.

Import from Lightroom Mobile

500px LR Mobile

If you’ve used Lightroom Mobile to sync certain collections with the cloud, those same collections appear in the 500px App for you to import from. This gives me another hook into Lightroom and best of all it’s wireless/cloud based.

1Password Support


I stay logged in, but if for whatever reason I log out it’s that much easier to log back in since the app now integrates 1Password support right into the login screen.

The Bottom Line

This is now by far the most feature rich Social Photography app that I know of. 500px just raised the bar.

You can get it here from the iTunes.

Adobe Premiere Clip

Adobe Premiere Clip for iPad and iPhone

Adobe Premiere Clip iPad

Over the weekend I decided to do a little ariel photography and video with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. After I shot my video, I wanted to edit down to a short clip that I could share on Instagram. Of course one of the biggest limitations with Instagram video is that it can only be a maximum of 15 seconds in length. I figured the NEW Adobe Premiere Clip App would be up to the task. This App would give me the flexibility of starting the process on the iPad and if I could get the edit that I wanted great, and if not I could send the project to the desktop and finish it in Premiere Pro CC. I was able to get the edit I wanted in Premiere Clip.


The editing process

I had one long 7 minute video. The idea was to cut up the video to the 2-3 scenes that I wanted. I also wanted to add a title at the beginning as well as some stock audio. Premiere Clip allowed me to do the edits I needed and I really liked the royalty free soundtrack that I was able to pick right in the app. Once I was done I published the video to the Premiere Clip gallery (optional, you can keep your videos private) and from there I could save it back to my Camera Roll. Now in order to go to Instagram I needed the video to be in a 1:1 square aspect ratio. For this last step I used the Crop Video Square App.

Here’s the video:

OMG You flew near an airport???

The last few seconds show a plane landing at the ATL airport and as soon as I posted the video I had friends and fans freaking out about FAA regulations. Before you lose it and become unglued, note that I’m well aware of the regulations and more importantly so is DJI. In the latest firmware for the Phantom 2 Vision+ DJI built-in “no-fly zones”. The Phantom 2 Vision+ has a GPS that once it detects that you’re near or within a no-fly zone it will AUTOMATICALLY limit the height in which you can fly OR not even allow it to lift-off. I was close, but not that close. My flying height was AUTOMATICALLY restricted and it was fine to make the video that I made. Breathe, breathe… For more info see DJI’s video on their safety features here.

You can get Adobe Premiere Clip for FREE on the iTunes.


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