Category Archives: Want List

The Radian Is In The House


Also see my unboxing post with info about the iOS control app to go with the unit.

I am very excited about the arrival of my new Radian time lapse device.  For those of you that haven’t seen it you can check out their page on Kickstarter.  I helped to fund them last August and they were very diligent about keeping us updated about what was going on.  Unfortunately they had some production delays but I would rather have a viable product than something not ready for release.  I’ll be posting later this week some photos of what I received, and maybe even a sample time lapse video.  My first task will be to look into some time lapse software I can use in concert with Lightroom and photoshop.  I am extremely excited!

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch Users – Did you get Your Ice Cream Sandwich Yet?

UPDATE – Here we are a week in to the rollout.  I have yet to get the update.  I check every morning, and the updater tells me I am already up to date even though I am not running ICS now.  I was curious if anyone has gotten the update yet?  Have you had issues?   I saw some forum posts around the web referring to issues many had after upgrading to ICS.

I was just curious if any Sprint Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G Touch users have seen the Ice Cream Sandwich update yet?  It was mentioned in the Sprint community forums, but I have yet to see it.  When I try to do an on demand update I am told that I am currently at the latest rev which is Android 2.3.6.  This was supposed to start on 7/12/2012.  Still waiting!!!  I am presuming that all of the new UI  features will still be hidden by the Samsung Touchwiz UI?  Beyond that Android 4.1 Jellybean is now out so once again Sprint users are still behind.

Feel free to comment below about whether you got the update, and if you like it.

Are you upgrading your Creative Suite or waiting?

Adobe is going to unveil it’s Creative Cloud service April 23, 2012.  That day there will be a live webcast at 10am PST.

Adobe still has their offer on the table of upgrading to CS 5.5 now, and getting the free upgrade to CS6.  The previous deal gave a discount off CS 5.5, and a no cost upgrade to CS6.  Perhaps not as sweet a deal since there is no discount, but still tempting given that there would probably be a price increase for going from CS5.5 to CS6 in an upgrade.  So you could still save some money.

What are you likely to do?  Buy CS 5.5 now, and get the upgrade to CS6?

Will you consider subscribing to the Creative Cloud service?  It is supposed to start at $49/month for access to the full suite of desktop and tablet apps.

I’m waiting to see.

They have details on the Adobe web site.


Instagram For Android on the Samsung Galaxy S2 – Install from Google Play.

If you have a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch see this post too.

I have been waiting for a while for this app to be released on Android.    I am into photography – obviously – but have been one of the seemingly few enthusiasts that didn’t have an iPhone.  Finally the Android version has been released, and is available for download.  HOWEVER – I don’t seem to be able to find it on the Google Play market app.  Play says it is compatible with my Sprint Samsung SPH-D710, but yet – it is not showing up for me?  Groan.

The market says any Android phone running Android v2.2 or later is compatible.  My phone is running Android 2.3.6.  In any case I went to the website for Google Play, and selected to install from there.  I was prompted to pick the device I wanted to install it to, and then suddenly I saw it being pushed to my phone.  I am not sure why I could not install it directly on my phone, but at least I was able to get it pushed out.  I also had trouble finding it, and had to use a link I found elsewhere to get to the listing in Google Play.

I am about to create my account and see what all the fuss is about.

Adobe Announces Free CS6 Upgrade If You Purchase CS 5.5 Through May 6th


Free CS6 Upgrade

Adobe has announced a grace period for getting a free upgrade to the next version of Creative Suite.  You can get a free upgrade to CS6 if you purchase an upgrade version to CS5.5 now through May 6th, 2012.

There are a couple of ways to look at this.  You could get the upgrade now, and be set to stay with the current version of the software until CS 6.5 would presumably be released.  There will most certainly be an upgrade price for that as there was for CS5.5.  Then of course you have the upgrade price to go to CS7 in two years if you extrapolate the presumed release schedule.

Another option is to wait for the availability of the upcoming Creative Cloud subscription.  With that Adobe states you would have access to all of the CS applications plus the tablet apps, and cloud services as well starting at $50/month.

Decisions decision!



Instagram Signup Page Announced

Instagram is coming to Android
Instagram is coming to Android

Instagram set up a sign up page for their Android app that is in development.  I wrote about this a few weeks ago.

I’ve been waiting for Instagram to come out on the Android platform for a while.  I’d see so many of my friends taking, and sharing interesting photos from their iPhones.  I wanted in on the fun.  I switched to OS X on the desktop, and iOS on the tablet, but still have my Android phone – a beautiful Samsung Galaxy S II that has me locked in for another 2 years.  So as far as Android is concerned I say BRING ON THE APPS!  Android obviously has its problems with market fragmentation, but there are a ton of users, and devices out there.  Let’s show the developers that it’s worth hanging in there to develop for Android.

Instagram Finally Coming to Android

Instagram is Coming to Android

I am pretty excited about this.  Instagram is finally coming to the Android platform.  I’ve been an Android user for the past 3 years, and have watched all along as really cool apps have been released only for iOS.  Android has some cool, and very useful apps that I use daily, and also enjoy.  Perhaps it’s just a case of the grass being greener on the other side of then fence.   I’ve seen my fellow photographer friends constantly posting Instagram photos.  I wanted it too!

It was announced at SXSW on Sunday that Instagram will finally be coming out for Android.  It will share photos to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr among others.

Want List – Promote Control

While reading through some photoblogs today I was made aware of a device that allows you to dial in custom exposure, and camera settings for bracketing and time lapse photography.  I must have it!

I am sure I would find other uses for this besides auto exposure bracketing, but for now the prospects of being able to do expanded sequence shooting has me salivating.  My current workflow has me shooting 3 shots, and I adjust the exposure compensation based on the histogram.    I have been doing an expanded version of this more recently where I do two sequences of 3 shots at 2 EV spacing.  I am planning on doing a sequence where I shoot at 1 EV spacing from -3 to +3.   From what I read about this device you can dial in settings so you can shoot up to 29 exposures using fractions of a stop? Wow. When I get one I will post a review, and some of my experiences.

There is a very nice review of the device here.