Works even better than on my old DJ laptop back in the days.
Who says gadgets have to be shiny?
A few souvenirs from a visit to the local botanic garden. All shot with the A7 III and the FE90mm Macro with available light. I couldn‘t resist and added a bit of Lightroom magic afterwards.
I only just released the first big update to my Shortcut for creating beautiful Apple Watch screenshots when PastafariaSard contacted me on Twitter. He came up with a way to reduce the Shortcut from two files down to one. Wohooooo!
Now you don‘t need a manual. Just download this Shortcut and import it to the Shortcuts app:
Shortcut (8.5 MB)
If you want to know how he did it: He converted all the PNG files into code using Base 64. So He could add it to a Shortcut. The file is now significantly bigger. But since it‘s so much easier to use it’s well worth the trade-off.
By the way, you can use a simple shortcut to convert all kinds of files into code using Base 64:
You can download that Shortcut here:
First a big thank you to everyone who got in touch after I published my Shortcut to add frames to Apple Watch screenshots.
After I solved a strange iCloud problem on the iPad I finished the new and improved Shortcut.
So here are the new files:
If you‘re not sure what to do with them, here‘s a manual.
Apple just sent out the invitations to an event on October 30th. But they didn‘t just send one.
I bet they were all done on an iPad. What a smart PR move!
Obviously I had to turn mine into a watch face:
I know. I know. Always wait for the final update. But it was just too tempting...
Let’s start with a flash picture and one with the famous Night Mode:
Not bad, right? Remember, it was rather dark. Now let’s compare Auto Modes:
Upon closer inspection some bottles looked kinda strange in the Mate 20 Pro picture. So I took two more:
Still the same effect with some strangely blurred areas. There is obviously some software trickery going on. But it looks like the software didn’t know where to do what kind of trickery. Better reserve judgment for the final software update before they start selling the Mate 20 Pro in early November.
But there is an even bigger surprise hidden in the comparison: the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium didn’t suck! I had no expectations for that phone. Now I had to stay up past midnight and shoot some more comparisons. This time all handheld:
This last one was interesting: To get the best shot possible I always took a few images. All in Auto Mode. Within seconds the Sony produced one with high noise and one with a lot of noise reduction. Looks like the Sony software also isn’t always sure what to do.
So much for that early comparison. What do you think? Let me know on Twitter.
We spent the weekend in the Swiss Alps in Scuol. An ideal place for some nice touristy photos. Especially of the beautiful castle of Tarasp. The shots that impressed me the most have one thing in common. Both were taken with the iPhone XS out of a moving vehicle and through the closed window.
On the bus back from Ftan I noticed this amazing view. No time to grab the A7. No time to do manual settings. No time to open Halide. No time to avoid reflections. Just press the shutter on the iPhone and hope for the best. Done.
I immediately forgot about the photo. I didn‘t expect much. Back at home the surprise:
The second shot I took on the train to Scuol. I just pressed the iPhone against the Window. Once again I didn‘t expect much. Maybe a nice souvenir of the castle of Tarasp. But nothing I would show anyone. The circumstances were just too bad. Really?
As a bonus, I shot some more pictures on the way back. This time I was ready. I opened the train window in time and had my amazing Sony A7 III with the even more amazing 85mm GM within reach. Even though it was midday and the light everything but ideal the pictures turned out quite ok.
The Masoala Rainforest at Zurich Zoo with one of my favorite subjects, again.
I post Apple Watch screenshots all the time. I always create the screenshots with the very easy to use LightScreen app. The app only has one shortcoming. It doesn‘t offer the watches I like best.
As an exercise for me and a test for Apple’s Shortcuts app I set out to create my own Shortcut with my favorite watches and watch bands. With a bit of experimenting and patience I finally made it work. All on the iPad Pro with Affinity by the way:
Now if you want to use that Shortcut for yourself you need three things.
First you need an Apple Watch Series 4 (44mm).
Next, you have to download the Shortcut and add it to your Shortcuts app:
Finally you need to download the watches and add them to the files app on your iOS device. Make sure you put them in a subfolder called Watches in the Shortcuts folder on iCloud Drive. Since the watches are in a zip file you need to press Preview and add each of them one by one to the folder.
That‘s it. Let me know on Twitter if you have any problems, find better solutions or discover any mistakes. Oh an create lots of beautiful screenshots!
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In my review of the Note 9 I liked the idea to use the S-Pen to control the camera remotely. But I had completely forgotten about the even better remote right on my wrist.
On our recent family vacation I shot some amazing group photos with the Apple Watch and the iPhone XS.
Just place your phone where you want it and open the camera app on your watch. You get a preview and can even change some settings and focus.
I got the best results by choosing the 3 seconds delay. Otherwise, you‘re always looking at the watch or at least always have one finger on it.
Obviously, I‘m not posting any family photos here. But here‘s just one shot of me looking for the best place to set down the iPhone.
As I mentioned in my review of the Apple Watch Series 4 the new Infograph watch face is a secret watch face generator with endless options and potential. Here are some of my first creations:
To find out how the camera of the iPhone XS improves on the iPhone X and especially how Smart HDR works I took the two phones on a walk in the woods. There you have very bright light, hardly any light and often both in one picture.
Bonus: A Few Night Shots
On mobile the iPhone X is on top and the iPhone XS below. On a Desktop the iPhone X is on the left and the iPhone XS on the right.
Could you spot the differences and which do you like better? Let me know on Twitter.
And here are the results:
What do you think? Let me know on Twitter.
That‘s all the gear I bring to Cupertino for the iPhone event...
... and that‘s all the cables, adapters and other garbage I have to bring as well.
When you plan on visiting the local botanical gardens and end up in a natural history museum.
All images with the A7 III and the 90mm Macro.
Visiting the local sand sculpture festival.
All images shot with the Sony A7 III.
A year ago today I started zeipad.com. Someone once told me jubilee journalism sucks. So just a two statistics to mark the occasion:
- iPhone 8 Plus vs. Sony A7
- Third-party Watch Faces For Apple Watch: About Damn Time Or A Can Of Worms?
- My Favorite Lenses For The Sony A7
But the best thing about this little blog isn’t the numbers. It’s the many acquaintances I made over the past year.
Therefore a huge thank you to all those who occasionally read along and maybe even join in a discussion on Twitter now and then.
You are awesome!