Must have iPhone Photography App: KitCam

kitcam I'm starting a new series of posts that highlight and/or review iphone photography apps.  To start this party right, lets talk about a brand new app called KitCam ($1.99). Yes, it gives you plenty of awesome retro photo effects, color skews, light leaks, and frame choices, and as impressive as those things might be, there are lots of other reasons for getting this app.

Top 3 things I love that aren't obvious:

1. Seamless integration with PhotoForge2 ($3.99) which is one of the best photo editing apps (think of it as photoshop on your phone.)

2. Live editing of Exposure and White Balance! - Yes, as you see your image on the screen, if it is too bright or dark, you can change the exposure using a slider before you take the image.  The same goes with the white balance, adjust while in the midst of shooting.

3. All effects, retro, blurs, etc. and all editing changes before exposure can be live previewed and shot when doing video also.

Additional amazing features:

Advanced Meta Data, Easy Sharing Options, and Non Destructive Editing:

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The above statement is actually fantastically done in KitCam.  For example, if you apply retro effects to the image before taking the photo, then decide you don't want it, you can remove it afterwards, and better yet, switch it up to a different effect as well.

For further reasons to buy the app, visit the companies website: http://kitcamapp.com

Downsides:

1. Buying for retro effects costs more money.

2. Cannot load an image from a previously taken photo into CamKit, but the developer says it is coming.

If you have any questions about the app, feel free to ask in the comments section.

-C-

RAM Explanation (CNET) and How to Upgrade Your Mac!

RAM (random access memory) is crucial to making all your programs run fast, especially if you design, do photoshop, or video edit.  CNET is a staple for technology news and guidance, and I found this great article on RAM  and what apple machines are upgradeable to top tier performance.  By that I mean, the  brand new precious is the Mac Pro with Retina Display.

Sure the display is really nice, but something to drool over other than pretty pixels is the capability to put 16gb of RAM into a laptop to make it really fast.  Yes, true beauty is on the inside.  On Apple's site, you can only upgrade the Retina Mac to 16 gb, all other models are only allowed to 8 gb (retina mac upgrade screen  below)

However, as you will learn in the CNET article, there are a lot of Mac laptops that can be boosted to 16gb. If your interested, then the start of the article is below, and just click on the image or link to go to read the rest of the article.  Below that is a link on where to buy the RAM and not pay $600, but $160 instead, finally ending with an install video from Other Worldly Computing which shows you scaredy cats how easy it is to do.  FYI, I'm also available to do it for you for $400, New York trip money, but come on, it's more fun if you do it yourself.

Your Welcome,

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Click above or go here for the rest of the article and to see which Mac Laptops are Compatible: CNET

LINK on where to buy the 16gb or at least upgrade from 4gb to 8gb of RAM:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/Upgrade/DDR3_1333MHz_SDRAM

Tutorial Video on installation

http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/macbookpro_13_unibody_early11_mem_h/

Have a different Mac other than than the 13"mac pro, then go here:

http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/

How a DSLR camera works . . . according to Canon!

To mark the beginning of the end of DSLR's, yes you heard it here first. . . we should all learn how they work before this beloved type of camera goes the way of the Laser Disc or CD's.  The latter is more appropriate since people still have CD's and use them, but not to the dominating level they used to.  The DSLR is on that path as sales continue to plummet, and smaller cameras like the iPhone continues to dominate.  Don't think so.  Here are a few small bites to chew over . . . Lytro camera which captures data in a way to let you choose focus later or iPhone with RAW capabilities shooting 12mp. . . or an iPhone with both Lytro technology and RAW.  Hum . . . next couple of years are going to be interesting for sure for DSLR's. Until then, enjoy the video.

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