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How to Photograph Fireworks with your iPhone

July 4, 2013
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1. Use a tripod:

To capture the light from the fireworks, the camera must operate at a slower speed which means that if you move even a tiny bit, the image will be blurry and shaky. If you can’t get your hands on a tripod, try to place your iPhone on a steady surface where you can easily capture the action. I’m a big fan of Joby and their famous GorillaPods, they’re very versatile and portable. Now they have a GorillaMobile just for the iPhone!

2. Turn off your flash

3. Use self-timer:

Even a minor bump can cause the iPhone to shake when you take a picture. So it’s always a good idea to use an app that has self-timer.

For a great camera app that has self-timer you can try

It seems to be on sale for the 4th of July holiday!

4. Use long exposures:

The best way to capture the beautiful light trails from the fireworks is using longer exposure times.

has an actual light trail option. You select that option by first going to the “Capture Mode” menu:

I’ve use the following settings:

  • Shutter Speed: 1 s.
  • Sensitivity: 1/4

Just remember that the rule is:

The lower the sensitivity (1/32 lower than 1/4), the slower speed you can use to capture the action.

The slower the speed, the more time you have to get longer exposures with longer light trails. Try out different settings, eventually you’ll get to one you really like.

5. Get an app you like:

There are many options other than Slow Shutter Cam on the App Store for camera apps with slow shutter speed settings, just do a search for “Slow Shutter” and download one that suites you the best.

6. Have fun!

Just have fun, experiment and be surprised with what comes out. No two images will be alike.

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Don’t forget to share with us your lovely creations! You can post your beautiful pics on our Facebook Page!

Disclaimer: We have no affiliation with either Joby or Slow Shutter Cam, we’re just big fans!

How to import photos into your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad

January 26, 2012
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It seems as though photography apps have been increasing at a breakneck pace lately. They’re so much fun to play with but sometimes we don’t want to use them only for photos we take with our devices, or maybe your device doesn’t have a camera.

Many people have asked me how they can get photos from their computer to their devices without having to send them through email. Good news! You can sync photos from folders in your computer using iTunes. Here are the simple steps you must follow:

  • Connect your device to the computer to which you usually sync to
  • Load iTunes
  • After selecting your device on the left menu, select the “Photos” tab at the top right

  • Check the “Sync Photos From” option

  • Click on the drop down list to find the folders you wish to sync from

  • Browse and select the folders you wish to sync photos from

  • Click the “Apply” button at the bottom right

  • And voila! You are done! Now you will have a folder in your device’s library containing the photos you have just synced. As easy as that!

Did you know Kid-Capsule has scrapbook style layouts for sharing your events? – Part II in a Series

January 26, 2012
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“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” – Charlotte Brontë

Kid-Capsule has 3 ways of sharing your family photos, memories, milestones and events:

  • Send an e-mail
  • Post to your Facebook wall
  • Send the packaged event to other Kid-Capsule users

All three methods have the option of attaching a photo to go along with it. Each photo will be highlighted with a scrapbook style background and a vellum style tag with the event details written on it.

As of Version 1.2 there are 2 backgrounds to choose from: Classic and Winter. But get ready for version 1.2.1 of Kid-Capsule, it will have 3 new backgrounds to complete the seasons and it will offer an easier way to select the background for your image.

This is how easy it is:

Every event is equipped with a sharing button:

Once you tap the sharing button you will have 3 sharing options as described above:

If you decide to share a photograph with your event, you will be presented with the event’s image gallery:

As of version 1.2 you will have the option of selecting the classic green background and a winter wonderland background:

Kid-Capsule then works its magic and you have a beautiful scrapbook style layout for sharing your event:

For more information on sharing this and other features, visit our help.

Did you know Kid-Capsule has a category for Imagination? – Part I in a Series

December 29, 2011
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“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

This is one of my all time favorite quotes and it’s very fitting for this post.

Kid-Capsule has a comprehensive collection of categories under which you save your memories and events. We believe it helps guide and inspire parents along the way. One such category is “Vivid Imagination” and it’s one I use quite often. Children have amazing minds so it’s important to document them in their life story, it just might help create a spark of inspiration at some point in time, right?

As a bonus, each category is equipped with several sub-categories. In “Vivid Imagination” we have “Drawings”. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved to doodle. I’ve often wondered what life and adventures those “masterpieces”, ahem, had in my mind. Now, my little girl won’t have to wonder. Every time she’s enthralled in a drawing, I always ask her about it, snap a picture and save the details in Kid-Capsule.

Here’s a chance to document your little one’s imagination in action. Print this free Ellie fill in the blank coloring page at the bottom of this post on a standard letter sized sheet of paper. Ask them to replace the pencil she usually carries around with whatever they want. Then just sit back and be mesmerized by what they come up with. Don’t forget to save it in your Kid-Capsule!

If you would like to share their creations, go to our Facebook page and post them in the comments.

Have fun!

Pesky reminders: please do not reproduce without our written consent. All materials on this blog and website are copyright Zen Labs LLC

Apps are great Stocking Stuffers

December 23, 2011
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Everybody’s so busy these days that it’s very hard to plan ahead for the Holidays never mind come up with the perfect stocking stuffers.

Thinking about going out tonight or tomorrow? THINK AGAIN! I went out today and it was madness I tell ya MADNESS!

These are hard times for our pockets and every little penny counts. So if you’re looking to get more bang for your buck,  I’ve got the perfect solution for all you folks who still haven’t gotten around to those good ol’ stocking stuffers, you know who you are!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that apps are quite affordable. I mean, you can’t beat 99 cents, right? What can you get for even 5 bucks lately? A cup of coffee?

When you download an app, you are gaining a very special tool that will last you a lifetime. You can download it from anywhere, so no checkout lines and it will not break the bank, so everybody’s happy.

If you need some ideas, the developers at Moms With Apps have put tremendous love, effort and dedication into making  top notch family friendly apps. They’re also very accessible so if you have a question or concern they’ll be there for you. You can also find a listing of great review sites that will steer you in the right direction.

After you have downloaded your brand new app the fun begins! Just print out the logo on a sheet of cardstock and cut out the shape, glue it to a Popsicle stick and voila, you are done! The perfect stocking stuffer.

I wish you all an amazing Holiday and New Year filled with great family, great friends, health, peace and happiness.

Sharing Events with Other Kid-Capsule Users

December 19, 2011
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One of the features we are most excited about in Version 1.2 is the ability to share events with other Kid-Capsule users. Now grandma and grandpa won’t miss a thing. They will have their very own copy of all the priceless moments you have saved. Kid-Capsule will package your event in a file which will be sent via email and can then be imported by the recipient into their own device.

This is how it works:

Send an Event to other Kid-Capsule users:

As usual, tap the button from your event and you will have the option of sharing your event through email, Facebook or Kid-Capsule.

You will have the option of sharing any type of media via email, as long as you have linked photos and videos to your event.

Tapping photo or video will open the appropriate gallery and prepare the media that will be attached to your message and exported to a special kca file.

Kid-Capsule will package your event in a file which will be sent via email.

After sending your email you will return to your event screen.

Receive and Import an Event from other Kid-Capsule users:

When you receive a shared event from a Kid-Capsule user your email will have a kca file attached to it. You will easily recognize it because you will see the Kid-Capsule logo on the attachment while viewing it on your device.

Tapping on the file will prompt you to open it in Kid-Capsule.

Once you open the file, Kid-Capsule will launch and you will be presented with the Event Import Wizard.

The wizard will guide you through the steps to import the event.

Once you finish and the event has been imported, you will be presented with a success message. The imported event will be a replica of the event that the sender has on her device including the child’s profile, the place (together with coordinates if applicable) and the media files that were attached.

For more detailed information, visit our help or if you have questions or suggestions drop us a line.

If you don’t yet have Kid-Capsule, download it on the App Store:

Kid-Capsule is not a social network. Nobody else will have access to your information. For more, visit our FAQ or download our Privacy Policy


How do you use Kid-Capsule?

September 20, 2011
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I have found it very interesting in speaking to Kid-Capsule users that different people have different ways of using the app.

I will be posting a couple of ways I love to use Kid-Capsule but I also want to hear from you and the great ways you choose to use the app and interpret the different categories. The goal is to inspire other people to keep track of the amazing moments they share with their kids.

  • Whimsical Words: I have a toddler so you can imagine the amazingly creative and funny things that come out of her mouth. This is the thing I most love to record at this stage in her journey through life and something I hope to share with her when she is older. I bet she will get a kick out of it. I mostly use the phrases sub-category to record these moments. I use this category for different things, such as when:
    • She says the darndest thing: “Look! It’s the lizard family!” when she saw a group of lizards in a garden
    • She doesn’t quite know her pronouns: “You’re being a dinosaur” instead of saying “I’m”
    • She starts using the correct word: She finally said “I want” instead of “You want”

Kid-Capsule Whimsical Words Category Event

  • Incredible Growth: I know it’s cliché but the truth is that they grow up extremely fast. I like to use this category to record the moments in which an item of clothing doesn’t fit her anymore. I attach a picture of that item for posterity.

Kid-Capsule Incredible Growth Category Event

  • Keen Brains: Specifically the read sub-category. It doesn’t have to be used only when they start reading books it can also be used when they start to understand letter sounds and their place in language. For example, the other day she said the following: “O is for Owl and B is for Búho” (búho is owl in spanish), it goes well in the Whimsical Word category but I thought this was a better fit.

Kid-Capsule Whimsical Words Category Event

If you would like to share your ways of using Kid-Capsule go to our Contact section and drop us a line. We will publish your ideas for others to enjoy!

App Dev Tips – App directories change after every update

July 8, 2011
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I learned this the hard way and wanted to share my experience.

Every time a user updates your app from the App Store, the default document directory changes. The best practice in this case would be to save a relative path to your files instead of the fully-qualified path. If you do this, the only thing you have to worry about is getting the current app document directory and appending the path you have saved in previous versions.

The way I have done this is by implementing 2 helper methods as follows:

- (NSString *)applicationDocumentsDirectory {

NSArray *paths = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(NSDocumentDirectory, NSUserDomainMask, YES);
NSString *basePath = ([paths count] > 0) ? [paths objectAtIndex:0] : nil;
return basePath;

}

- (NSString *) trueUrl{

NSString *directory = [[self applicationDocumentsDirectory] stringByAppendingString:_relativeDirectory];
return directory;

}

So say for example you have created an images directory and saved a PNG image into that directory. You will have a file path such as:

YourAppDocumentDirectory1.0/images/file.png

When your users upgrade to version 1.1, the new path for the previously saved image will change:

YourAppDocumentDirectory1.1/images/file.png

Since you will not know beforehand what this directory will be, you can use the aforementioned helper methods to do the job for you:

- (NSString *)applicationDocumentsDirectory;

will return your current application document directory:

YourAppDocumentDirectory1.0 or YourAppDocumentDirectory1.1

and

- (NSString *) trueUrl;

will take the relative path you have stored

/images/file.png

and append it to the current application directory, thus giving you the true path you wanted in the first place.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Send Birth Announcements with Kid-Capsule App

July 7, 2011
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Share birth announcements through email and Facebook with Kd-Capsule for iPhone

If you have an iPhone or iPod touch you carry it with you wherever you go, right?

Yes, you know who you are, proud daddy who takes your cell phone into the delivery room. That is exactly what my hubby did, no camera, no video camera, just his handy dandy iPhone and the first thing he did when she was born was snap a pic of our bundle of joy.

Now with Kid-Capsule 1.1 you can share that very first memory with our brand new Birth Announcement Layout. Just a couple of taps and your family and friends will have a beautiful keepsake of your new addition to enjoy for years to come.

Sharing Events with Kid-Capsule App is Easy

June 15, 2011
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Share family events through email and Facebook with Kid-Capsule for iPhone

Every parent is proud of their child’s accomplishments and what better way to show it off than by telling friends and family.

Kid-Capsule not only makes it easy to share your child’s eventful moments with email and Facebook, it also creates a great layout for everyone to notice.

Everything is done for you, you only need a couple of taps to send it to everyone on your email list or post it to your Facebook Wall. You can also print your layouts afterwards to send via regular mail or have it as a keepsake in your scrapbook.

Check out our help page for details on event sharing in Kid-Capsule.