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olloclip September 11, 2013

Posted by nicholas gill in iphone, olloclip, photography, product review.
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I was fortunate to receive an Olloclip to try out over the Summer. Olloclip clips onto your iPhone and allows you to take photos with fish-eye, wide-angle and macro lenses.  The actual product is small and comes with it’s own carry bag which also doubles as a lens cleaning cloth. You also get a new protective case for your phone which has a simple flip-top to enable quick fitting of the Olloclip. It’s really quick to fit and use. Changing from the wide-angle to macro requires unscrewing one to reveal the other but even that’s pretty easy.  Taking the photos is as simple as it is taking it with an iPhone normally too. The product gathers a bit of attention when you use it too so you end up having to explain and demo it to people. It’s quite hard to see the wide-angle results on the iPhone though. The macro lens was good and the fish-eye too.

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I did find it a pain to try and remember the kit and then to get it out and take shots with it. It’s not for spur of the moment photos but makes a nice addition to your phone if you want some photos out of the ordinary. Here’s a selection of shots I took.

Top: macro lens, daughter’s hair, filtered in Instagram.

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Above: Dam Square, Amsterdam, wide-angle lens.

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Above: Dam Square, Amsterdam, fish-eye lens.

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Above: Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station. View from client office window. Wide-angle lens.

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Above: the team ready for the meeting at client offices, Amsterdam Sloterdijk. Fish-eye lens.

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Above: top of a beer glass, Amsterdam. Macro-lens.

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Above: red rose, macro lens.

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Above: white rose, macro lens

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Above: the duck pond at Beaulieu, Hampshire. Wide-angle lens.

Thanks to Emil for sharing. I have not been paid for this post.

some photos what I took February 20, 2012

Posted by nicholas gill in iphone, photography.
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Following on from the Just Ask Gill side project, I’ve been bumbling about with pictures this time instead of questions. And I’ve curated some photos what I took on my iPhone. Some are untouched, some are touched with various apps on the phone including Hipstamatic, Instagram and Photoshop Express. Hopefully some you may like. If not, don’t be too harsh a critic. I’m not a photographer, just amusing myself.

I have another couple of projects mulling over in my addled mind. Most of which involve words this time. More when the time is right.

flickr clouds with getty September 16, 2009

Posted by nicholas gill in flickr, getty images, ideas, image, photography.
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flickr getty

Been meaning to write about this for a long time as it’s cool. The Flickr collection on Getty Images. But the best thing is the ability to create Flickr Clouds or what they describe as “little packages of your favourite images on a certain theme, photographer or occasion.” I like the way they can be used as an inspirational tool or as a way of creatively presenting an idea. Comes in a variety of flavours including screensaver, Facebook app and widget.

Here’s another cool thing Getty did: 27 letters.

Thanks to Holly @ Bite.

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something i’ve not done for years May 20, 2008

Posted by nicholas gill in digital photography, disposable camera, iPhoto, photography.
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underwater fun

When we were on holiday in sunny Florida, we spent a fab day at Discovery Cove swimming with dolphins (more on this soon, I promise) and generally larking about in the water all day with masks and snorkels. And we bought a $16 underwater disposable camera so we could capture our Jacques Cousteau moments.

Fairly unremarkable except when I realised this: I hadn’t taken a picture and not seen the result immediately on the preview screen on a digital camera or mobile phone in nearly 4 years. The last time I had a disposable camera developed was at our wedding where we had one on every table to capture what our guests wanted to alongside the official ones and my reportage shots of the day. 4 years! That’s a long time to not have to trek to a film developing store (I had to ask where the nearest one to work was). I paid my money for the films and of course for a CD so I could upload it to iPhoto.

It felt odd pressing the button and turning the dial to wind the film on. How antiquated in these new fangled times. And would they turn out fine or a bag o’ cack like the good old days when the pictures came back with advisory labels on basically telling you that you were a photography retard?

In the end they came out pretty decent. Apart from a few of basically nothing or a close up of an arm, they were ok. And I actually enjoyed the sensation of ripping open the pack and looking through the pictures rather than running a slide show on iPhoto.

Although I won’t be rushing back to film anytime soon, I think I will print out more pictures.

Pic is of me & my niece, Maddy.

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