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Discussion in 'iPad for Photographers' started by Richard Brown, Jun 2, 2013.

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    Thank you for your post Andrew. That's a great story. I can see why you were so keen to but the OM D kit. It's very classy looking, and I'm so pleased to read that your interest in photography has been rekindled.

    It's a great story.

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    I would like to introduce another area for discussion. What apps do you use for getting images, processing images and annotating images.

    This screen shot shows what I have on my iPad . . .

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    The apps fall into 4 groups.

    1. Taking images - AmpliVision for taking zoomed photographs. The greater the zoom, the photo quality drops off quickly.
    Fotoscan HD turns the iPad into a hand held scanner. A pretty neat utility which turns the iPad into a more
    versatile field instrument.

    2. Processing images - Snapseed allows you to crop, adjust colour brightness etc. it does a pretty good job.
    PhotoStudio HD does much the same job as Snapseed plus there is a gallery of special effects, frames
    etc. to give nice colour effects to turn photos into works of art.

    3. Annotation and production - A+Signature. Add symbols, notes etc to an image. Its handy, but can be clumsy to use.
    Lightt. Produce time lapse sequences with the iPad and post on line. I find this app limited in
    scope, and hardly use it.

    4. Image journals by others - NASA. For those amazing space shots etc.
    Amazing Universe. Much the same as NASA.
    Eye witness. Press photos of the day etc.


    There's a taster of what I use and enjoy.

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    Here are my apps, also under the general folder captioned "Photography"

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    "Slideshow" I have found to be a nice app to control displays of my photo albums.

    "Best Album" I've found to be a good album manager, mainly for displaying on the iPad overseas travel shots and various archives of research material catering for a few interests of mine where I have synced them onto the iPad from my PC**

    "PS Express (Photoshop Express) I use almost exclusively for my photo manipulation/correction of shots taken with the iPad** (I think the PhotoStudio app you see here is also very good. But I use PS Express mainly; I guess just what I'm used to:) I find it works nicely with the Tapatalk forum app that I use to interact with this forum.

    **I said I use PS Express for photos taken by the iPad to manipulate/correct shots in the iPad's Camera Roll and Photo Stream albums. For most of my "important" photography, travel, research etc I upload from the camera onto Google's "Picasa" album management/manipulation app on my Windows8 PC. I then, once manipulated where necessary, and arranged in suitable albums, sync those over to an app on the iPad called Web Albums. This works very well, where I can view all my albums on both the iPad and the PC. And if I like, I can still alter any of those shots with PS Express. I've tried to limit the number of apps here under the KISS principle;)
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    There has been some talk about occasional problems with putting photographs into posts. One suggestion was that this problem could occur with images which are larger than 15Mb.

    Is there a size limit? I've never had any problems - then I tend to load small files of less than 2.0Mb. I have tried loading files of less than 500Kb, but the quality suffers, and the images cannot be readily enlarged without a loss of viewing quality.

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    No, it has nothing to do with file size. The image appears to upload, but at the end there's a dialog box that says the server has a bad plug-in or something and failed. Other times it works OK.

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    Nevertheless, that is what is happening. The forum software spits out that error message when the uploaded file is too large. The limit is around 900Mb. If you attempt to upload too large a file from a Mac, it simply won't do it. Here's a partial screenshot, showing the error condition.

    Screen Shot 2013-06-16 at 9.12.53 AM.png

    The attempted file was a full screenshot from my 15" MBPr.
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    Here's what I get with the IPF app:
    image-3647658559.jpg

    The image that failed is 2.8 MB.

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    Yes, that's the one I've seen before, when I've attempted to upload large files. If you can trim it a bit, you will find that it will upload with no problems. I believe emailing it to yourself through a Hotmail account is a simple way to shrink an image. Gmail won't do it, because it doesn't attempt to compress the file.

    EDIT: When I say "trim it a bit" I mean to less than 1 Mb. I know 850Kb works. I'm not sure exactly where the limit lies, but I think it's slightly greater than 1Mb
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    It doesn't seem to be consistent, I've successfully posted photos larger than that using the iPF app. Maybe the large photos I posted were automatically re-sized?
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    Possible, I guess, but why would it do it on an arbitrary basis? The error message that Lanny managed to generate seems to indicate a problem with error handling, rather than a deliberate policy to limit file sizes.
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    I have noticed that the resolution of the photos I post is visibly less than the originals in my camera roll.
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    Does the resolution deteriorate if you tweak the image in any way?

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    this is without doing anything to the image .
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    Don't you think it's absurd for an iPad app to reject photos taken by an iPad? If there's insufficient space to store 5-megapixel images, then reduce them on the server as they arrive. Don't simply fail the upload with no explanation and make us guess what we did "wrong." If it really is a filesize issue, then build reduction into the app. Don't make us buy another app on speculation that it *might* solve the problem. And no, I'm not about to switch to Hotmail, which would ban me from several mailing lists because of the trouble it causes for list admins.

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    I agree with your point Lanny. The technology to reduce the image size exists within the iPad apps. Sometimes, when I have sent out images from my iPad I've been given the option to choose a file size. Small, medium or large. This facility is provided randomly by the app. I cannot remember which app, but I think it is for sending emails.

    In fact, a nice little app would be one which provides a pop up notification that you are within ##Mb of filling spare memory. The app could be run to scan the iPad memory to root out duplicate files for possible deletion and to list very large files to be compressed or deleted.

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    I tried out my Olympus point and shoot camera zoom.


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    Cars opposite us. Note the Peugot wearing a Denver boot. It was clamped by Merton Council enforcers - that authority is next but 1 West of Bromley. It's unusual to see out of authority clamping.



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    This was taken at the max 5x zoom, which isn't bad.

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    I find that first picture interesting Richard.
    We have clamping here, I've never seen it myself. That must be a real source of embarrassment to have that done in full view of your neighbors.
    Sorry for all the following questions:
    What would he have been clamped for? Exceeding a time limit or something worse? Here they get clamped for speeding, drunk driving, non registration etc.
    Would not that car, facing in the wrong direction, have got a ticket or worse? That's a no no here as far as the sticker lickers are concerned.
    How in tarnation do cars parked so close together get out without bumper dents? I've seen that particularly in London, France, Italy. That's always intrigued me. We don't seem to do that here, treating our car bumper bars as definitely not needing to be bumped;)
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    I'm not sure why the car was clamped. The road tax was current. I was surprised to see the sticker placed by a local Authority (Merton) which isn't Bromley.

    Because of the clamping by Merton, it wasn't a local traffic offence. Perhaps the driver had a fine to pay, and courtbaliffs or traffic wardens from Merton had caught up with the motorist. The clamp had been removed within 24 hours which adds to my theory that a fine of some sort had been paid off.

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    I'm posting some more examples of what Amplivision, the iPad camera zoom app, can do. The quality does deteriorate rapidly as you zoom in. However, it's a handy app for taking quickly zoomed photos with the iPad.


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    The text in the following example isn't too bad. Perhaps the app would work well for magnifying the very small print in contracts, etc? ;)

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    I'm just now getting around to "scanning" some of my slides. This is a first cut using my nex-6 with a 16-50mm power zoom lens. I have plenty of other lens and techniques to try.

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