martedì 9 settembre 2008

Top 5 iPhone Camera Tips for taking pictures

  1. Clean your lens! (I got 3 full days of burry pictures).
  2. Clean again your lens!, if you can cleanup your lens before each picture will get best results.
  3. Don't be afraid to take pictures in full sun, as for my experience, the camera really sucks in artificial and low light.
  4. Take at least 5 snaps of the same photo, you have enough space to store more takes than you'll ever be able to watch and, believe me, at least 3/4 of them will show badly severed heads or closed eyes (I have 3 pic with a black face and the Statue of Liberty and 1 with my face and hers left leg!). It's not the best option to use the provided 3.5 inch screen as preview after all.
  5. Activate the localization service. If you use Aperture or iPhoto to get the photo off the iPhone will likely keep EXIF tags for geolocation, and once uploaded online will be fun to see where they were been taken . (see pic location at a friend of mine marriage below)

Take offline Google Maps on your iPhone/iPod touch

I've recently been to NYC for an holiday vacation (gorgeous) and I had a HUGE problem.

NYC is Enourmous, and it's hard to always find your way, even if after a couple of hours you get that as long as you go Downtown (lower Manhattan) the street number gets lower.

60th street is near the beginning of Central Park South
110th is on the top

Same is for the avenues (left-right), but then you get Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.....

However, I got my iPhone with me and started asking at every MObile Phone Shop for a prepaid card to be able to browse (I'm Italian and I don't want to loose a leg in roaming traffic).

The best you can get it's probably a prepaid with AT&T at cheap 0.05$/KB.
Great deal!

Although you can continuously sniff for open networks like a zoombie, here's the best option to take your google maps with you.

When you bookmark a place in google maps (when you have a decent wifi), the maps application automatically store a certain area (map size).

So if you want to go to Apple store in 5th Ave just find your place on google maps and then add to your fave.

Even when you're offline (you can try it in Airplane mode) the area nearby your bookmark will be visible, movable and even zoomable.

For best results:
Bookmark the location when in map view (no SAT view)
Before Saving the bookmark zoom out a little beet so that buildings and smaller stuff it's gone away, keeping the street names.

If you need to visit many places, you can bookmark as many location as required.

At the end of the vacation I almost got the whole Manhattan offline.

Oh yes, one more thing.
The localization still works! (most of the times)

Enjoy and don't forget to post a comment.

P.s. guess where the map and the guide were left?
iPod Touch Firmware 2.1 final direct download link

Buon divertimento
..waitin' for iPhone 2.1 and Dev Team to Unlock