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iPhoneography.com shutters its shutters

Damn!  A great blog is about to drop off the intertubes.  iPhoneography.com will be closing up shop at the end of October.  With Glyn Evans at the wheel, iPhoneography.com has been reporting on iOS based still photography since 2008. According to yesterday’s post, Glyn has decided to focus more on shooting and less on writing. When HHH launched in 2009, there were very few quality websites devoted to iOS use in the visual arts. iPhoneography was one of the first, and I’m very sad to see it go. I wish Glyn all the best in his future endeavours!

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HHH Fave, Luma Camera, has been snatched up by Instagram and pulled from App Store

I’ve got good news and bad news for fellow fans of Luma Camera, the excellent video camera app that provides impressive real-time image stabilization and marginally impressive filters. Because I feel like ending on a high note, let’s look at the bad news first. Luma, the company behind Luma Camera, has just been purchased by Instagram . If you didn’t already know, Instagram is owned by Facebook (a little known, productivity halting, privacy eating, advertisement dispenser. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?). As a result of this acquisition, Luma Camera has been pulled from the App Store. So, if you haven’t

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HHH Filmmaking eBook 63% off until Saturday!

I just got some very exciting news – Peachpit Press has named my book, Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone, their eBook of the Week! Not only is this awesome for my fragile ego, but it’s also great news for starving filmmakers who love a bargain. For a limited time, the ebook is on sale for $11.99 – That’s 63% off the normal price ($31.99). The deal only lasts until Saturday, so grab it while you can! If you’re looking for the paperback version, you can find it on Amazon.com. If you’re not familiar with the book, you can read all

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Back to Basics: How to turn on Airplane Mode

Recently, I gleefully posted about Apple finally making Airplane Mode (along with other settings) quickly available via iOS 7’s new Control Center feature. Turning on Airplane Mode prior to shooting video will prevent your otherwise awesome footage from being wrecked by the audio glitches that often accompany radio interference. After posting that story, I received several emails, asking how to turn on (and off) Airplane Mode in the current version if iOS. Not to worry, fellow filmmakers. It’s no big deal, and you should do it every time you shoot. Here’s how: On the iPhone 1. Lauch the Settings app

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The new Control Center in iOS7 will save your recordings

After watching the WWDC keynote for a second time (yeah, that’s how I roll), I realized that iOS 7’s new Control Center feature will be awesome for filmmakers!  Here’s why… This new feature provides quick and easy access to useful toggle switches (i.e. Wifi, Bluetooth, Flashlight, etc.) without having to launch and navigate through menus in Settings.  Among these toggles is a switch to enter Airplane Mode (very subtly pointed out in the screenshot above). In case you didn’t already know, you should always shoot in Airplane Mode (unless you’re live streaming).  If you forget to enter Airplane Mode, there’s a decent

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Gear

60fps shooting returns to iPhone in iOS 7

At today’s WWDC Keynote address, Craig Federighi (Apple’s Senior V.P. of Software Engineering) walked audiences through the highlights of iOS 7 running on his iPhone 5. Aside from a clean new look, and several nifty new features, there wasn’t much for filmmakers to get excited about… until a keynote slide popped up behind Craig that listed several new APIs available to developers — including 60 fps video capture! This is major news! The last time iPhone users could capture true 60fps video was with an app called SloPro (covered in my book), but that particular feature was lost when iOS 6

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Map Camera puts location scout maps right on your photos

Map Camera is a new app for iPhone & iPad that inserts maps directly on your photos, which is very handy when location scouting. While the default iOS camera app captures GPS metadata with each photo, if doesn’t present that information on a map until you view the photo in an application designed to display maps. With Map Camera, the photo’s origin is visible the moment you glance at the photo. Very handy! Looking for a location (or tech) scouting app with more power? Check out these alternatives in the directory. SOURCE: SeeSawApps https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id

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Welcome to Hand Held Hollywood 3.0!

Because the site is rapidly approaching its 4th anniversary, I decided it was time to give the code a much-needed overhaul. Just adding a little chrome siding wasn’t going to cut it this time. When considering the new design, I thought about all the sites I enjoy reading most. I’m not talking about content — I’m just talking about the experience of reading. Most of the sites I enjoy reading are clean, simple, and generous with space. They feel lightweight. By comparison, the old HHH design felt bloated and heavy, and never looked ideal on iPhones and iPads. So, I

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The Hoodi Sunshade for iPad comes to Kickstarter

I’ve got three questions for you… 1. Do you remember this year’s MacWorld/iWorld? Sure you do! 2. Do you remember the Hoodi magnetic sunshade? I hope so, because it was one of the coolest things I found on the show floor (even though it wasn’t officially being exhibited). In a nutshell, the Hoodi blocks the sun from reflecting on your iPad’s screen — making it an ideal accessory for outdoor shoots. Naturally, it can block indoor lights as well. Ok, last question… 3. Would you like a Hoodi of your very own? If you answered yes to these questions (especially

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GIVEAWAY: Close-Up Film Language Glossary hits 2.0

Close-Up Film Language Glossary ($2.99) (one of our favorite reference apps) just got a nifty 2.0 update, and we’re giving away 10 copies (more on that in a moment)! Along with several new glossary entries, iPhone 5 support, and some bug fixes, the app now offers an optional set of 17 intriguing film analysis tools (available via a $0.99 in-app purchase). These tools require a little additional explanation. Sometimes the best way to learn filmmaking technique is to study the work of others. For example, after watching a particularly effective scene, I’ll re-watch the scene multiple times (usually with the sound off

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