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Instagram InstaMeet on March 24th in Long Beach, New York (Long Island)


If you follow me on Twitter @LouisTrapani (or Facebook), you will probably already know that I use Instagram a good deal even though I only post a fraction of what I take to Twitter (I try not to flood my Twitter feed with all the photos I post to Instagram. Perhaps that will change at some point, in the meantime, if you are not using Instagram itself (currently only available for the iOS) and following me there (username: LouisTrapani), you can catch most of my postings via my Posterous site). If you are not familiar with Instagram, see my post from October 2010 when Instagram had just launched, I was INSTAntly addicted: Insta-Addiction to Instagram.

Instagram is having a Worldwide InstaMeet on March 24, 2011. What is the Worldwide InstaMeet about? To quote Instagram's blog about it, "The goal of the Worldwide InstaMeet is simply to get together with other Instagrammers in your area."

Giving Your iPhone (Or Any Mobile Phone) Some Zoom

While it may be okay to use the digital zoom in the iPhone 4 in an emergency situation, we all know that optical zoom works best with cameras. In the case with the iPhone or other mobile phones or cameras without any optical zoom, you may do better not touching the digital zoom and just crop the image later and/or enlarge the area of the photo you want to zoom into later on using photo editing software (be it on your desktop or your mobile device).

Mobile Phone Telescope Lens on the iPhone

Commemorate the Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

In December 2010, I had the privilege of witnessing of the rare occurrence of a winter solstice lunar eclipse. I had documented it live over the net via my DSLR camera and iPhone. Since that time there have been several requests for copies or prints of the images, especially the montage images showing the progression of the eclipse.

You can now commemorate the winter solstice lunar eclipse of 2010 on various items from prints, to journals, mugs, tote bags, shirts, etc. They are all available for purchase here at the Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse 2010 Shop.

Filter It with 'PictureShow' and Trey Ratcliff's '100 Cameras in 1'

What has become somewhat of a tradition for me here, I am posting about a couple of iPhone (iOS) apps currently on sale in the App Store that might be of interest to iPhone photographers.

I haven't tried them as yet at the time of this writing, so obviously I this is not meant to be a review or recommendation. I hope to try them out soon though.

Both are similar in respects that they apply filters and/or textures to your photos to alter their look and/or mood.

Camera+ Returns to the App Store and Diptic is Updated


After being pulled from the App Store by Apple for violating its interface standards for apps (by including a hidden function that changed the volume controls into a shutter button for this camera app to use), the Camera+​ - tap tap tap has returned.

Hipstamatic App for iOS Celebrates Its First Year Anniversary with a Sale

HipstamaticI made a mention of this via post on Instagram, but for those not following me on Instagram, yet are still interested in iPhone photography might be interested to learn that Hipstamatic - Synthetic Corp is on sale now until Saturday to celebrate their first year anniversary. It is currently half off now at 99¢ (normally $1.99).

I mentioned Hipstamatic back on Thanksgiving weekend when it was also on sale (see App Store Deals This Thanksgiving Weekend). It was the first time it dropped its price at that time. I purchased it then and since that time, I haven't used it too much, but I will admit that it is better than I had expected. It's not my go-to app when it comes to iPhone photography (that still remains the built-in app and Instragram), but for shots that I know I can take some time with, I may use Hipstamatic.

App Store Deals This Thanksgiving Weekend

Retro Camera Plus in the App Store

Outside of a possible coffee run or something of that magnitude, the one place you won't find me on what is known by some as "Black Friday" (the day after Thanksgiving in the States) is at a retail store. That doesn't mean you won't find me on the iTunes App Store looking for a deal.

This Thanksgiving weekend is no exception and it wouldn't be the same without some great app deals for your iOS device (Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod touch). Here are some deals I discovered this year in the Apple iTunes App Store. I may be updating this article if I find more over the course of the weekend, so check back here for possible additions or follow me on Twitter: @LouisTrapani for shout outs about them.

Insta-Addiction to Instagram


"It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures," is how Burbn, Inc describes their free iOS app, Instagram.

Chiefly for the iPhone and the iPod touch (with camera), it can also be used on the iPad, just without the camera functionality, Instagram has really made an impact on how I and thousands of others take and share photos over the net.

The Mysterious Black Box that is the Apple TV: The 2nd Generation


Three weeks ago Apple unveiled the new Apple TV. It is now housed in a mysterious black box, as opposed to the silver of the previous Apple TV. It's much smaller and without a hard disk spinning inside plus a more efficient processor, it runs much cooler.

A black mysterious box is most fitting for this product because there's still so much about it that we don't know yet.

A Day of Reflection and Looking Forward

As this day draws to a close. Nine years onward since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, I made some observations. First, I must say that I have yet to turn on my television or visit any mainstream news websites or have been exposed to any what I was informed would be taking place in Manhattan today. I suspect some people chose to make this a day for leveraging the election season in one way or another. That is not what I am writing about now.

What is left of a fire truck responding to the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. 

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© 2010 Louis Trapani

A Day in a Life - WWPW 2010 (Video)


If you read my previous post, Photo Walking 2010… Officially you will know that I took part once again in this year's Worldwide Photo Walk (WWPW). It took place on Saturday, the 24th of July 2010, the same day that YouTube was soliciting videos shot on that very day for their Life in a Day project. With the material sourced from these video submissions, director Kevin Macdonald will edit select footage to create a documentary movie executive produced by famed director Ridley Scott to be shown at the Sundance film festival in January.

Photo Walking 2010… Officially.


After participating in last year's Worldwide Photo Walk (WWPW), I contemplated leading a walk myself this year. Before I knew it, it was July already (the month of the walk). When I checked to see what walks were available locally to me this year and saw that there were none, I immediately scrambled organizing a walk myself. Once I had the details worked out, I proceeded to submit my application to lead the walk prior to the posted deadline only for their website to erroneous tell me that applications were no longer being accepted past their deadline and therefore would not allow me to submit it. There was no recourse either.

Interesting Observation on Syncing Photo Libraries to iOS Devices

Before getting an iPad, I belabored over the model size I should get. I knew that 16GB would be out of the question, as I have too much media. 32GB seemed right because I have been managing the same storage size on my iPhone quite well over the past year.

My plan was to sync my Aperture photo library to the iPad. After all, making the iPad a portfolio for my photography was part of the reason of getting one. With that said, the iPad has a larger screen than the iPhone 3GS. Will it need more space? iTunes may optimize the image files larger than what it does for the iPhone 3GS.

Aperture 3. Is it Right for Me?

aperture3box.jpgLast week, Apple finally release the long awaited update to the their image post-processing workflow application, Aperture from Apple®.

As I expected and hoped for, the latest upgrade to Aperture incorporates many of the great features introduced in iPhoto '09 (which is part of Apple's iLife suite of software). Chiefly, it now brings "Faces" and "Places" from iPhoto '09 to Aperture. I had been waiting for this upgrade before making the switch from iPhoto to Aperture for my photo post processing workflow. I would had moved over to Aperture long ago, but after iPhoto '09 came out, I became addicted to its (then) new aforementioned features, especially the geo-tagging of photographs. With "Places" in iPhoto '09, it allowed for geo-tagging of photographs, so location data stored in the metadata of image files will be used to place that photo on a worldwide map within iPhoto (via Google Maps). Photos taken with the iPhone will automatically contain the location information (via GPS and/or Skyhook technology). For photographs taken without a camera that will embeds location data in the metadata, you can assign them yourself. I had done just this with the several decades of photos already managed by iPhoto. In addition, iPhoto '09 introduced "Faces" which used face recognition technology to identify faces in your photo library and it would learn faces and make suggestions. I was already tagging certain people in all my photos using keywords, so this made the process easier and also allow me tag more people than I had been doing perviously with earlier versions of iPhoto.

My Take on the Apple iPad or is it iPADD?


Earlier this week, on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Apple announced the long rumored tablet device. Like many Apple announcements, it has generated a flurry of talk in the media and tech circles. Not since the Apple iPhone announcement three years ago have I seen such a reaction to this new device, the Apple iPad.

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© 2011 Louis Trapani arttrap.comGiant spiders invade Manhattan! (June 2001, posted for @freemail_ggg )TIP: If after updating to iOS 4.3 iTunes tells you it can't sync all your photos because there's not enough space. Try syncing a third or half first, then try syncing your entire library again. iTunes over-estimates the size when it re-optimizes your imag© 2011 Louis Trapani

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