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How to Photograph Fireworks with your iPhone

July 4, 2013

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.


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

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!

App Dev Tips – App directories change after every update

July 8, 2011

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:


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


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


- (NSString *) trueUrl;

will take the relative path you have stored


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.

iPhone apps and Polaroid Legal Issues

June 10, 2011

I love vintage style photo frames, I believe they bring a particular character to photographs and they evoke a certain familiarity. That is why initially, I chose to frame the profile image of Kid-Capsule’s main screen in a Polaroid-esque frame and make the caption screen resembled the bottom of the Polaroid where you add handwritten notes to them. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this was going to be the factor that would have my app rejected.

I’ve used several photography apps that have Polaroid style frames and I have also seen other brands of actual film with similar frames. It honestly never occurred to me that it is their Trademark.

This whole issue set my app approval time back about a week even though I submitted my changes the same night it got rejected.

After the app rejection, I found out about others that had the same problem. My reason for posting my experience is to let other developers out there know that this is still an issue with iPhone apps so be cautious and get the appropriate licenses or just change your graphics like I ended up doing.