Rad A. Drew Photography: 2018

Continental Divide at Dawn

Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Featured iPhone App: Provoke

Palouse Truck, 6-In-One Lens system, FishEye
Provoke Camera
Processed in SnapSeed
Every now and then a new camera app surfaces and gets my attention. The Provoke Camera by Toshihiko Tambo is one such app. 

Images made with the camera app have a high contrast, retro look that really works well for certain subjects like street photography, landscapes, and old stuff.

Provoke captures images replicating various retro black and white film types from the good ol' days. If you shot film, you'll recognize film types like HPAN and X800. There are also some color settings for films with very various contrasts and hues, but for me, the fun of Provoke is in its black and white films.

Looking at the right of the screen below, you have a button to turn flash to ON, OFF, or AUTO. I usually leave it off.

Beneath the flash switch is a switch to choose between 35 mm (3:2 aspect ration) and 126 (square aspect ratio), your choice.

Beneath that is the read out for exposure compensation. Tap the number and the graduated slider appears. Slide you finger up and down on the slider to make brighten or darken the exposure.

I like the large red shutter button that makes it easy while doing street photography to always hit the button while looking at your subject.

The film type selected appears beneath the shutter button where it says X800 in the image above. Tap X800 and the list of thumbnails appears across the bottom where you tap to select your film choice.

The question mark will bring up a job aid showing all the buttons on the interface.

In the upper left corner of the of the image (these appear in the upper right in the vertical orientation), is a setting wheel, the switch for reversing the camera for a selfie, and the button for switching between lenses on the dual lens cameras like the iPhone 8+ and the iPhone X. This is one of my gripes with the interface; these three buttons are very difficult to see, even in the best of light situations. You have to blindly try to hit these switches and it leads to a lot of fumbling around.

Tap on the screen with two fingers, and you get a green square and a circle to select a focal point and an exposure point in your scene.

Another feature of the app is that you can open and edit images taken with Provoke or other camera apps. So, you can make an image with Provoke using one type of film, save it, and then reopen it and save it as another film type. And, you can do this with any image, not just Provoke images.

To edit images in Provoke, open the app and tap on the image thumbnail at the bottom of the column beneath the red shutter button (see image above). Your camera roll appears.

Select the image you want to edit from the camera role and it will appear in Provoke's edit mode like this:

Tap the Magic Wand icon on the bottom right and the black and white film choices appear for selection as shown below.

Why the color options don't appear is a mystery to me, but I don't like the color options much anyway!

Select the film choice. In the image below, I've selected X800 and the image has changed to black and white.

To save the edited imaged to the camera role, tap the download icon. The image of the church below was taken with the iPhone X native camera. It was first processed using SnapSeed and Enlight for a painterly effect before applying the X800 film effect.

I like the results I get with this little camera app! Here are just a couple of examples of images. Give it try yourself and see what you come up with.

Hair Cut and a Shave, Havana
iPhone Camera, B&W Film added in Provoke
Processed in SnapSeed

Provoke Camera, iPhone X
Processed in SnapSeed

Canola Field in the Palouse
Provoke Camera
Processed in SnapSeed

Retired Work Trucks in The Palouse
Provoke Camera
Processed in SnapSeed
Lanconing Silk Mill
Provoke Camera App, no post processing
Cables and Belts, Lanconing Silk Mill
Provoke Camera App, no post processing
I enjoy shooting infrared with my big boy camera and I'm often asked by iPhone photographers if I know of an app that will produce an IR image. Although some apps have what they call IR filters, they aren't very good and don't really replicate the IR look.

Provoke comes the closest to having an IR look of any app I've found. The black and white for most of the film selections is very high contrast and blue skies tend to go black, almost like an infrared image does.

Abandoned House in the Palouse
Provoke Camera
Processed in SnapSeed

This image was made with Provoke, processed in SnapSeed,
and then had the effects applied using the App Formulas

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9 Camera Review

Is the Samsung Galaxy S9 Right for You?

By Rad A. Drew

Samsung Galaxy S9
Stock Photo

In choosing any camera, it’s important to consider what you’re going to do with it. That’s especially important with the Samsung S9, because in my test run I found it to excel in some areas but not in others.

If you’re looking for a smartphone that will create brilliant images with little need for post processing for sharing on social media, online newsletters, web sites, and other electronic postings, the S9 produces brilliant images that look great in electronic media. If, however, printing your images is a priority, you may want to choose an alternative image-making device.

Full Disclosure

When it comes to mobile photography, I am first and foremost an iPhone shooter and I remain loyal to the iPhone and the iPhone apps I’ve come to appreciate. The iPhone and the apps produced for it have consistently satisfied my mobile photography needs since my first iPhone 4 in 2010. 

Still, I love the chance to put another phone camera through its paces, so when Verizon asked me to review the new Samsung S9, I was all in. Verizon provided me with the S9 just before I left for six weeks on the road to lead workshops in Tuscany, Ohio, and Washington. These locations, along with a road trip from Fresno to The Palouse via Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Alabama Hills, and sites in the Eastern Sierra, provided ample opportunity for me to get to know the S9.

After getting accustomed to the unfamiliar interface and snapping a few shots, I was initially blown away by the clarity of the images on the Samsung S9. On the phone’s display, everything looks incredible right out of the camera without any post-processing. I found the color to be very true to the scene without over-saturation and the white balance perfect. 

Canola Fields, The Palouse
Samsung S9, Pro Mode, No Post Processing
© Rad A. Drew
Fire Damage on Hurricane Ridge near the south entrance to Yosemite
Samsung S9, Pro Mode, No Post Processing
© Rad A. Drew
Winding Road through Kings Canyon
Samsung S9, Pro Mode, No Post Processing
© Rad A. Drew

Alabama Hills
Samsung S9, Auto, No Post Processing
© Rad A. Drew

Samsung S9, Auto, No Post Processing
© Rad A. Drew
It wasn’t until I took a closer look at the images on a larger computer screen that I noticed they were not tack sharp, and lacked the clarity I’ve come to appreciate in images made with my iPhone X.

When I compared iPhone and Samsung images on the big screen, I noticed that the landscape photos shot with the S9, especially when enlarged, had the smooth look that comes from too much noise reduction. Samsung’s automatically applied Multi-Frame Noise Reduction Technology, which allows the S9 to capture images with very low noise levels, goes too far for my taste. Please note that this was only a concern when I began to process images for printing; when viewed electronically at the smaller sizes used for social media, the S9 images look terrific.

Here's a side-by-side of comparable S9 and iPhone X images, enlarged to 200x in Photoshop.

 Left: iPhone X, Right: Samsung S9
This may not be a concern for the casual photographer, but, may be an issue for those wanting to print at sizes larger than 5x7. The noise reduction, in my opinion, reduces the quality of the image making it difficult to get a high-quality print.

For the photographer who wants to have control of that noise reduction instead of giving it up to the S9’s automatically applied multi-frame noise reduction technology, one option is to set the S9 to shoot RAW (DNG) in the Pro mode. Theoretically this would allow one to process the RAW images and manually control for noise reduction as well as a host of other variables.

Turn on "Save RAW and JPEG files" to create and capture
RAW files when shooting in Pro Mode.

When I attempted to shoot RAW on the S9, though, I ran into problems. I set the camera to save RAW (DNG) files and shot in the required PRO mode, but when I tried to find the files, they were nowhere to be found. When this setting is on, the camera is supposed to save RAW and JPG files. The JPG files appeared in the gallery, but without the companion RAW files. I checked the S9’s MY FILES folder, but the RAW files were not there either. It’s important to note that I was not using an SD Card, but I did have more than 45GB of storage space available. 

A little Googling found many questions about difficulty finding RAW files, but no answers. I decided to call Samsung Support. The support tech I spoke with was not familiar with photography in general nor the Samsung camera and did not understand what a RAW file was or that the Samsung S9 was designed to produce such a file. 

After I explained that the S9 is designed to allow the user to set it to capture RAW files, but that when I did so I couldn’t find the RAW files, the tech put me on hold to check it out. When he returned 35 minutes later, he said that he and his colleagues had set an S9 to capture RAW files and that they couldn’t find the files either. He told me where they SHOULD be (in the MY FILES folder), but that they did not appear there. 

He advised that I take my phone into the closest BEST BUY store to have it looked at. I found this to be an odd recommendation, since, as the support team had shown, the problem is not with MY phone, but apparently is a problem replicated on other S9’s as well. 

All in all, the entire experience – not being able to capture and work with RAW files, and my experience with Samsung technical support – was disappointing. 

Thinking that I might have a better result with another support person, I called back several days later. Again, I found a support person who didn’t understand the issue and put me on hold. After waiting on hold for about 10 minutes, I was routed to the customer feedback survey and then heard, “Thank you and good bye.” Oops! 

I called back promptly, met yet another support person who was unfamiliar with the question I was asking, and, after 35 minutes on the call with her, finally was told that this was a “known problem.” The only option she could suggest was for me to connect my phone to my computer to see if I could find the RAW files that way. Seeing as I have a Mac and not a PC, this was not feasible without several additional steps and other software installations to allow this to happen, which I was, at this point, unwilling to do.

My conclusion from this experience is that shooting RAW on the S9 using the native camera features is NOT a viable option at this time.

Assuming this problem of locating the RAW files eventually will be resolved, there are several options for processing RAW files on the S9, but none, except Lightroom CC, is great.

Even though RAW shooting and processing is now available for android devices from several apps (VSCO, ProShot, and SnapSeed to name a few) the android versions of some apps that shoot and process RAW files have limitations compared to their IOS counterparts. 

This example from the VSCO Support site illustrates my point.

Due to some device limitations found while developing for Android, there are some key features that are available for the iOS version that are not available in the Android version of VSCO®.

The features unavailable to Android are:

Split Focus and Exposure Tool

White Balance Lock

Low Storage/Memory Warning

Advanced Camera Controls



RAW Support

You could download the RAW files to your Mac or PC and process them using Photoshop, Lightroom, or Topaz Studio (or some other Raw editor), but that means you move them from your phone and lose the portability of processing on your handheld device, something most mobile photographers value. SnapSeed processes RAW the same way on IOS and Android, but the SnapSeed RAW editor is not as robust as other RAW processing apps. 

The BEST solution I’ve found for shooting and processing RAW on the S9 is to use Lightroom CC to shoot and process the RAW files. This eliminates the need to use the S9's native camera app that has the RAW file problems. Instead, Lightroom CC can do it all! Lightroom CC (which runs on both IOS and Android systems) has both a camera and a robust built-in RAW editor. This combination of shooting and processing provides the highest quality images from the S9. And, if you use Lightroom on your PC or Mac, you have the added advantage of syncing your mobile images to your primary Lightroom catalog.

All this said, if your main purpose for the images you create with your S9 is for use on social media, to populate your website, or include in an e-newsletter, JPG quality right out of the S9's native camera is very good for this purpose. But, if you intend to print larger than 5x7, I would not recommend the S9. When I compared similar landscape images from the iPhone X and the S9, and sized them to 10x8, the S9 image was not acceptable for my taste. The noise reduction was overdone, leaving a smoothed-out image with less than acceptable detail and overall image quality. 

Here are a few representative landscape images shot with the S9. What I like about these images when viewed electronically is that they look this good without any post-processing in SnapSeed or any other editor. 

Yosemite Valley at Sundown
Samsung S9, Auto mode, No Post Processing
© Rad A. Drew
Mobias Arch, Framing mountains in the  Sierra Nevada range,
Samsung S9, Pro Mode, No Post Processing
© Rad A. Drew
Yosemite Valley
Samsung S9, No Post Processing
© Rad A. Drew
Bristlecone Pine, Patriarch Grove
Samsung S9, No Post Processing
© Rad A. Drew

The Camera Interface

The native camera interface is very friendly and functional. Here are some of the features of the phone camera that I appreciated while using it these past weeks and a few things I didn't like.

Things I Like about the S9
  • There is quick camera access from the locked phone so you can get a shot that requires quick action.
  • The customizability of the camera interface is a great feature allowing the photographer to select those features most
    frequently used. This list appears in settings and allows for the selection of desired features.

  • The selected features are displayed across the top of the screen. (See Panorama, Pro, Selective Focus, Auto, etc.)
  • There also is an option to allow the scene you’re shooting to fill the entire screen. It makes composing in the camera easier and is a feature I wish was available on the iPhone X.
  • The phone charges extremely quickly.
  • It has a long battery life, although I wasn’t doing much processing on the S9, only shooting.
  • The ability to shoot RAW. (This is a feature that is advertised, but as I mentioned above, is not performing as intended at this time.)
  • The S9 has an SD Card Slot which is valuable for extending the phone’s image storage capacity.
  • The Panorama feature in the S9 camera does a great job and allows for a nearly 300 degree expanse when held vertically and 360 when held horizontally, which is greater than the iPhone’s 180 to 200 degrees. The Pano feature is very simple to operate and, unlike the iPhone, it allows for both vertical and horizontal orientation. This is a great way to show a wide view of surrounding landscape.

    Samsung S9, Panorama Modem, No Post Processing
    © Rad A. Drew
  • The Selective Focus Feature allows the camera to focus on a subject in the frame so that other parts of the image are a bit soft.

    What’s cool is that even after you’ve made the image and focused on something in the foreground, when you open an image shot with selective adjust, you’re presented with the option to “adjust focus.” You can change the focal point from Near Focus, Far Focus, or Pan Focus after you've taken the shot.

    In the first image, the focal point was set on the elephant's eye. When the image is opened in the gallery, the Adjust Background Blur option appears.

    Tap the ADJUST BACKGROUND BLUR button to change the focal point by selecting a different focus option. In the image below, Far Focus has been selected.

The focus is on the rose on the left, while the roses in the background are in soft focus.

The focus is on the purple Thistle flower while the poppies in the background are in soft focus.

Things I Found Lacking in the S9

  • One of the things I found to be poor design is the juxtaposition of the camera’s lens to the fingerprint sensor. The sensor is directly below the camera’s lens, making it very easy to leave a finger print on the lens that can mar your images. To mitigate this some, when the camera launches, a random reminder to clean the lens appears.
  • I was delighted to learn that I could turn off the AR Imoji feature, which I have no use for and was constantly activating by mistake. (There are many complaints about this feature on the internet and one reviewer asserted, “Yes, the AR Imoji feature is THAT BAD.” I agree!)
  • I found Samsung’s AI Assistant, Bixby, to be a royal pain! It’s impossible (or at best, very difficult) to completely disable, and it’s intrusive, annoying, and interrupts at the most inconvenient, inopportune times. If one could kill an AI assistant, I would have been locked up by now for AI-icide! Googling about how to turn it off yielded no useful information, but did turn up a lot of complaints. Even when disabled in the settings, Bixby relentlessly petitions to be activated.
  • I found the “swipe to turn on the selfie camera” to be a frustrating nuisance. Whether attempting to drop a focus point, adjust the exposure, or any number of other legitimate screen gestures, it is likely that one of these will inadvertently activate the selfie mode. I was unable to find a way to disable that feature and a quick check on-line revealed many complaints and questions about how to disable it, but no information about how or if it can be disabled. On more than one occasion I was utterly traumatized at unexpectedly seeing my scary self!
  • The Samsung support experience left a lot to be desired with respect to support for the camera operations. The staff lacked the general photography knowledge and specific S9 camera knowledge necessary to provide useful support about the camera functions.


If you are looking for a snapshot camera and a device that will produce images for purposes where they will be viewed on-line, the S9 is a viable option. And if you want to be able to post images without spending time adjusting in post, the S9 produces images that look great without additional post-processing.

If you’re planning to print larger than 5x7, I recommend another camera such as the iPhone X, as the S9’s noise reduction interferes with print quality. The Multi-Frame Noise Reduction technology looks great on images viewed online.

The RAW capability of the native device currently does not work as intended, so if RAW processing is important, the S9, at least today, may not be the best option, unless you are willing to use Lightroom CC, which is the best RAW shooting and processing option available for the S9.

Even with the S9's Selective Focus feature, the degree of blur and consistency of depth of field is nowhere near as good as what the dual lens cameras can produce. If your heart is set on the S9 and your budget will allow it, I would opt for the S9 Plus for the added capability of the dual lens system. Not only will you have a longer reach for those shots you can’t get close to, but you’ll be able to create lovely portraits or other images that benefit from a narrow depth of field.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Please extend a warm welcome to my friend and fellow photographer, Gary Potts, of Indianapolis, Indiana. Gary and I are members of the Photography Society of America, and are involved with local organizations, including Photo Venture Camera Club, Indianapolis Professional Photographer's Guild, and Riviera Camera Club – all excellent organizations full of  talented photographers!

Recently Gary presented to local clubs on one of his passions, Infrared Photography. He did such a great job and shared so many inspiring images that I asked him to write a Guest Blog Post. 

Sit back and learn from Gary's experience with IR, and enjoy his spectacular infrared images posted here. – Rad A. Drew 

© Gary Potts

INFRARED Photography in the Digital Age, 
by Gary Potts, Grand Master PSA, EFIAP/bronze

Gary Potts

Years ago, many of us who started a little earlier than others (Oops, maybe we’re just OLDER than others rather than starting earlier!) used this surreal film in a yellow box labeled Kodak Hi-Speed Infrared HIE 135-36. We needed to load it in the dark into our cameras, not touch the emulsion side more than necessary to get it wound onto the take-up spool of our SLR’s, and finally to develop it by unloading it in the dark or taking it to a lab that knew what they were doing. We had very little idea of what we’d see and what we’d get until that wonderful monochromatic proof sheet made its way back to us in a day or two. Oh, did I mention we had to put a deep red filter over our lenses during exposure and sometimes expose for shutter speeds that mandated a tripod?

© Gary Potts
Those golden days are past us, and like so many aspects of photography, we have a new world in the digital age in regard to photographing in the infrared spectrum. It’s novel, exciting, a unique new view of our surroundings, and yet one more tool in the kit of those who want to create exciting images with impact. A recent image made on a trip to Kauai, Hawaii, “Kilauea Moment”, typifies how the ordinary might just be taken to the extraordinary by changing the medium from normal daylight to the world of infrared.

© Gary Potts
Before going further, just what IS the infrared spectrum? We have heard it mentioned in regard to missile guidance systems, intruder cameras, and night vision goggles…but in photography?

Well, quite simply, it refers to a portion of the light spectrum we typically can’t see. Light as we know it is measured by wavelengths, and the unit of measure used is the nanometer. Visible light is measured from 400 – 700 nanometers. Light at this ‘length’ can be seen with the naked eye. Just above that wavelength in the region of 700 – 900 nm we have infrared light or radiation that is invisible to us. However, remove the infrared blocking filter from the sensor surface of a digital camera, replace it with an infrared enhancing filter, and you have a camera that is capable of capturing images in the infrared spectrum. Enough of the Physics of Light101!

© Gary Potts
How is this accomplished? While there are several businesses across the world that will ‘convert’ a camera from digital (visible light spectrum) to digital (infrared spectrum), the one seemingly most popular or more, pardon the pun, visible, is a firm called LifePixel Inc. Based in Mukilteo, WA, this business is focused primarily on infrared photography and all its components. Not only can you pack and ship your camera to them for conversion, you can download and view numerous tutorials and helpful Q&A pages to reduce the complexity of digital infrared photography.

© Gary Potts
[Editor's note: If you choose to purchase from Life Pixel, mention the name of my friend, photographer, Tony Sweet. Dropping his name when you order could save you some money or get you preferred service (not that LP isn't good to every customer!). 

Another company that is new to me (brought to my attention by Tony Sweet) is Kolorivision out of Raritan, New Jersey. I've not used this company, but fellow photographers speak highly of it. There are two things that caught my attention with Kolorivision: One, their IR conversion process is "reversible," (like some vasectomies!). You can convert a camera's sensor and then have the sensor switched back for regular shooting if you should ever need to. Two, they configure neutral density filters for infrared cameras that work well. Tony Sweet uses them for long exposure IR photography to get those sweeping clouds or moving water that add to the drama of the image. If you decide to use Kolorivision, access via Tony Sweet's link (http://bit.ly/kolarivision_tonysweet) for a $10 discount . 

Another great company for having cameras converted is Spencer's Camera based in Alpine, Utah. I purchased an IR-converted LUMIX DMC LX7 point-and-shoot with 4x optical zoom from them and have enjoyed using it to make many IR images. Spencer's, too, has a host of educational information on their site and are more than happy to discuss IR or Full Spectrum camera conversion with you. 

Should you decide to purchase from Spencer's use this code: RADDREW25 (or mention my name when you call). You'll get $25 off purchases of $150 or more, and 10% off purchases that are less than $150. In addition to these discounts, you will receive priority service, including faster completion of orders! I don’t make anything on this the one; it’s just a nice thing Spencer's does for my contacts. Software is easier to discount, so any discount at all on the fixed cost of hardware is great!]


© Gary Potts
So, you’ve converted a camera (at a current cost of about $375 +/-) to digital infrared, now what?

But I’m getting ahead of myself, and a better question to ask at this point is “why should I shoot infrared?” The flip answer is “because you can”, but a more cogent answer is that digital infrared images offer you more variety, more latitude, and perhaps greater creativity in your pursuit of the winning image. In general, images taken in deep black and white infrared display bold black and whites, darken the skies, and turn most all foliage to various shades of white. The ethereal effects of infrared are most pronounced in the image “Fallen Dreams”taken at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. Note the skies and equally view the grass and the foliage. Inanimate objects like stone would typically render as normal monochromatic representations in infrared.

© Gary Potts
There’s so much more to say about all this. What shutter speed and f-stop and ISO you ask? Start with a bright sunny day with an ISO of 200, a shutter speed of 1/60th second and shoot at f8 or f11. Your histogram, while not exactly accurate for measuring infrared light levels, gives a decent approximation of your exposure. Adjust your next shot from there. What about focus? Infrared light focuses at a different place in the film plane to daylight. Images can be blurry if you rely entirely on your camera’s AF feature or even focus manually. LifePixel solves that during conversion such that your converted DSLR will now be ‘tuned’ to auto-focus in the infrared spectrum. This takes away much of the guesswork or special lens settings from the film days.

We could go further, but you have the idea, you have some new information, and you have at least one website from which to learn even more. Give it some thought, especially if you’re in the market for a new camera and are wondering if it’s worth it to put the old one on eBay or another similar online site. Your new images in INFRARED may be all you need to convince yourself you’ve added to your photo portfolio and have made a wise choice!


Thanks for reading everyone, and thanks, Gary Potts, for a great post! If you have any comments or questions, please email me here. I'll share any comments that are directed to Gary.

To see some of the IR images I've created with my LUMIX DMC LX7, visit my Infrared Gallery

Also, I process my IR images using Topaz Studio and Topaz Labs plugins and adjustments, and I love the results! To see how I process IR images in Topaz, see my Topaz Webinar videos on YouTube. I usually process one IR Image per webinar.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Registration Open for How I Did It!™ Webinar 1 of Mobile Webinar Series

Webinar 1: The Magic of SnapSeed & Your Mobile Images

At long last, I've opened registration for my How I Did It!™ Mobile Photography Webinar Series! 

To provide a foundation for subsequent webinars in the series, Webinar 1 will delve into the nooks and crannies of SnapSeed, arguably the most widely used (and underutilized) of all mobile photography apps. Read on to learn more and to register!

Wisteria, iPhone 7 Plus, Processed with SnapSeed


SnapSeed is one of the most widely used apps among mobile photographers and for good reason: It’s a virtual dark room in the palm of the hand. 

But are you getting the full benefit from this powerful app? Because of the breadth and depth of this comprehensive app, it’s possible that you are using only a fraction of SnapSeed’s potential. 

In this webinar, I'll take you on an exploration of the nooks and crannies of SnapSeed, revealing its hidden powers, and introducing you to new steps to include in your post-processing workflow. 

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
iPhone 7 Plus, Processed with SnapSeed

In this webinar you’ll learn to:

  1. use multiple methods to selectively brighten or darken specific areas of your image 
  2. level a landscape’s horizon without cropping away part of your image 
  3. correct perspective problems with your composition 
  4. correct keystoning of buildings, trees and other subjects that are skewed 
  5. use SnapSeed’s hidden masking feature for selecting colorization, sharpening, and tonal contrast 
This list represents just the core learning objectives covered in this hour-long webinar. I'll demonstrate these and other features on actual images so you can see how the adjustments effect the image. 

Patricia, Cuban National Ballet,
iPhone 7 Plus 


Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 5:00 to 6:00 PM EDT
Cost: $24.95
Log-on information provided at time of registration.

Due to the size of the group,  questions cannot be answered during the webinar, but will be collected and I'll respond within 48 hours. 

Each webinar is recorded and archived and participants will have access to these recordings for repeated viewing. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

How I Did It!™ iPhone YouTube Tutorial Series!

Capitol, Havana Cuba, with Distressed FX

Camels, Razeen Dessert, United Arab Emirates 
iPhone 7 Plus, processed with Distressed FX

With the new iPhone X and the latest iOS 11 update, the iPhone has reached new levels of photographic capability, and also provides other utilities that make doing photography with an iPhone and sharing about iPhone photography a snap.

Not only do the latest iPhones sport dual lenses and portrait modes that allow us to create remarkable images with a narrow depth of field (once possible only with sophisticated “big” cameras), new utilities like Screen Recording with audio make sharing and teaching iPhone photography easier than ever before!

Timber Heads, Grafitti Underground, Philadelphia, PA
iPhone 6 Plus, processed with Distressed FX

To celebrate the new screen recording capabilities, I’m launching a new series of videos that I’ll feature on my YouTube Channel. I’ll take advantage of this new screen recording capability to demo favorite apps, share processing tips, and create how-to videos that walk through all the steps to achieve a certain look. To brand my instructional videos, I’ve acquired the US Trademark, How I Did It!™.


Here’s a link to my most recent video, 


I hope you’ll enjoy and learn from these videos! I welcome any questions you have and would love to hear your suggestions for topics you’d like me to cover. Email me here with Your Suggestions.  If it’s in my repertoire, or it's something I can research and share, I’d love to!

Cathedral Square, Old Havana Cuba,
iPhone 6 Plus, processed with Distressed FX

If you find my videos helpful, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel. When you like and share my videos, and leave comments, you're helping me grow my YouTube presence and making it possible for me to continue sharing videos. So, please like and share!

Of course I’ll still be offering my How I Did It!™ Webinar Series, and my 1:1 iMentoring Sessions!

To be notified when enrollment opens for my next How I Did It!™ Webinar Series, email me here with Notify Me of Webinar Sessions! as the subject line.

How Screen Recording Works

If you’d like to try Screen Recording for yourself, here’s a quick step-by-step. 

  1. Add the Screen Recording function to your Control Center. (Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls > Screen Recording (set to on))
  2. Go to your Control Center
  3. Press the Screen Record "bullseye" icon

  4. A single press starts the record-only function.
  5. To record sound, press and hold the bullseye icon. The screen recording menu pops up and you'll see a microphone icon; press the microphone to turn it ON.

  6. To stop recording, tap the bullseye icon in your Control Center, or, tap the red status bar at the top of your screen that appears when recording is on
All the screen actions you do and the audio are recorded until you turn recording off. It will record you opening and working in apps, and, if you have the microphone on, it will record you narrating your recording.

I did my final editing (like adding a title screen, taking out hems and haws, etc.) on my computer using the desktop app, Camtasia, but if you prefer to do all your editing on your iPhone, use the app, Splice. Splice is powerful, but intuitive and simple to use.

Thanks for reading. I hope you get some value out of this Screen Recording How To, as wells my How I Did It!™ Create Captivating Images with Distressed FX. Please remember to subscribe to my YouTube Channel and like and share the videos! 

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Sentinel, iPhone 7 Plus,
processed with Distressed FX and Flypaper Texture.