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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!

Gift an App this Mother’s Day!

May 9, 2012
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Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

NOTE: If you are interested in any of the featured apps, scroll to the bottom and you will find all the links!

Everybody agrees that times are tough and of course we all know shopping for mom can have its challenges. So why not mix modern day technology with a little nostalgia from the old Kindergarten days and give mom a special app she will enjoy for a long time and wrap it up in a little craft project. I assure you, she will love you going the extra mile.

With over 500 thousand apps in the App Store alone you are bound to find something for everybody. And come on now! You know you can’t beat the prices. The average app costs less than your average cup of coffee.

The great folks at Moms with Apps have written a wonderful tutorial on how you can gift an app.

On a side note, as our friends at KinderTown have pointed out, it’s Teachers Appreciation Week and this craft would be perfect for that very special teacher in your little one’s life!

OK, now comes the fun part!

After deciding which apps you are going to give mom, assemble the following tools and materials:

Mother's Day Craft Materials

  • Printer (preferably full color)
  • Card Stock: this is the best type of paper for it’s sturdiness. You can find many options at your local craft or office supply store.
  • Scissors
  • Glue: craft glue and regular white glue
  • Markers or pens
  • Skewers or Popsicle sticks: you can find these at your local supermarket or craft store.

Steps:

  • Get the icons for the gifted apps: The appropriate way to gift an app for this type of project would be to select the “print” option instead of the email option. As you can see from this post on gottabemobile.com, when you select the print option, it will compose a card that will contain the icon for the app you are gifting and the redeem code. You can use the print to PDF option and then use your favorite photo editing software to crop the icons and put them all on a single page.
  • Print out the icons on a sheet of card stock: For the best results, you should print the icons in color. Normal quality is fine. And make sure to choose card stock from the paper type choices.

Mother's Day Craft - Printing App Icons

  • After you cut out all the icons with a pair of scissors, turn them over and write down the redeem code for the corresponding app. You could also write down a nice message representing what your mom means to you.Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower
  • Lay out the icons unto a pretty flower. Just eyeball it to your liking, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Mothers Day Craft - App Flower

  • Make sure the last one you lay out has it’s left corner on top of the left icon and the right corner at the bottom of the right icon

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

  • Take out one of the icons and add some glue to the bottom right corner on the front. Flip it over and add glue to the bottom right corner on the back. You will now have 3 connected icons.

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

  • Take out the next icon to the left and follow the same procedure as before.

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

  • Follow the same procedure with the remaining icons

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

  • Take the skewer or Popsicle stick add a dab of white glue and glue it to the back of your flower.

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

  • And voila! Your final product!

If you are interested in the apps featured in the craft, they are all proud members of Moms with Apps. You can download them all at the App Store:

Pesky reminders: please do not reproduce without our written consent. All photographs are copyright Anahelena Natera.

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

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!