Upgrade Your Skill, Beautiful Black and White Photography Using Your iPhone

Do you want to take a stunning black and white photos with your iPhone? Capturing beautiful black and white photography may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here you go some tips for capturing beautiful black and white pictures.

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1. Plan For The Best Black And White Photography

If you want to create amazing black and white photos, then you need to plan your shots in advance. The best photos take thought and previsualization. Think about what you want to convey. Like a huge building, or you can use a dark shadow and a silhouette to create drama.

2. Backlighting For The Most Dramatic Black And White Silhouettes

Use backlight if you want to create the dramatic back and light silhouettes for your best shots. To get a backlit photo, place your subject between you and the sun. The light should be coming from behind the subject–toward you.

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Backlighting is easiest on sunny mornings or evenings. That’s when the sun is low in the sky. And this is why planning is essential. You want to make sure that you’re in the right place at the right time–when the sun is low in the sky and backlighting your subject.

When you backlight your subjects, the light source comes from directly behind them. The light is extremely bright. And this ensures that everything in the photo loses detail.

Before you take your shot, simply tap on the sky or light source behind your subject. The iPhone will darken the photo to compensate for the bright background. And your subjects will become dramatic silhouettes.

3. Keep Your Images Simple For The Best Compositions

Simple is the keywords for making the very best compositions. Choose a single subject and one focal point, so will make it very powerful. Make sure that your main subject doesn’t overlap with any objects.

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So just keep your images as simple as possible. If you can do that, you’ll be well on your way to creating beautiful black and white photos.

 

 

4. Include A Tiny Figures Stand In The Frame

pexels-photo-959323If you want to tell a great story, then include people in your photos. People are great for establishing interesting characters.

When there’s a person in your photo, the viewer is often drawn to them. The viewer wants to know: What is the person doing? Why are they there? How are they feeling? The pictures will tell some story and make it more interesting.

5. Use Burst Mode To Get Your Subjects In The Perfect Position

You need to make sure that your subject doesn’t overlap with

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Burst mode is an iPhone camera feature that allows you to take over 10 photos per second. It’s fantastic for ensuring that you capture that perfect moment! With burst mode, you never have to worry about missing a critical shot.

 

Once you really understand iPhone photography, you’ll be taking the kind of photos that nobody will even believe were shot with the iPhone! Good luck..

 

Source : iphonephotographyschool.com

 

 

 

Ultra Thin iMac 2019

APPLE HAS JUST refreshed its line of iMac all-in-one desktop computers. The iMac updates are largely focused on processing power, which nudge the machine closer to the performance levels of what you might consider a “pro” computer. 

The iMac family was updated with 8th- and 9th-generation Intel processors, faster memory, and new Radeon Pro Vega graphics options in March of 2019.


27-INCH iMac, 5120 x 2880 Retina display, Coffee Lake processors, faster 2666MHz memory and Radeon Vega Pro graphics options.

21.5-INCH iMac, 4096 x 2304 Retina display, Coffee Lake Processors, Radeon Vega Pro graphics options, faster 2666MHz memory

The new iMac has had the same design since 2012 when the sides of the iMac were slimmed down. However, the aluminium look is now over 10 years old – the first aluminium iMac launched in 2007. Some people have been calling for a facelift, or at least some internal changes that could allow Apple to slim the unit down even further, and perhaps reduce the chin.

For the screen, the 4K Retina display still offers 4,096 x 2,304 resolution with support for 1 billion colours, 500 nits brightness and wide colour (P3) and the 5K Retina display still offers 5,120 x 2,880 resolution with support for 1 billion colours, 500 nits brightness and wide colour (P3).

Up to 8-Core Intel 9th-generation processors. With updated processors across the line, customers will experience dramatically faster performance for a wide range of everyday computing tasks, from editing photos to playing demanding games, composing music or even creating a feature film.

  • The 21.5-inch iMac now features 8th-generation quad-core, and for the first time 6-core processors, delivering up to 60 percent faster performance.1
  • The 27-inch iMac now for the first time features up to 9th-generation 6-core and 8-core processors, delivering up to 2.4 times faster performance.
Apple iMac’s is an ultra thin all-in-one desktop computer, available in 21.5 inch and 27 inch sizes with an array of build to-order upgrades.

All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content, Stacks organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups and FaceTime supports group calling. macOS Mojave also brings iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home to the Mac and features a redesigned Mac App Store with rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.

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New MacBook Pro Keyboard Issues

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Some of the MacBook Pro and MacBook owners have experienced problems with the keyboard.

Recent models of the MacBook and MacBook Pro have been plagued with hardware issues since 2015 (MacBook) and 2016 (MacBook Pro). While the main complaint about the MacBook relates to the keyboard, an issue shared with the MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro owners are also contending with a problem causing both the SSD and logic board to require replacement, an issue that can cause data loss or drive failure, an issue with the Thunderbolt port, and speaker issues – which are also appearing on the 2018 MacBook Pro according to reports.

The most issue is the keyboard is stops working, both on MacBoo and MacBook Pro. As of the end of June 2018 Apple has admitted that there is a problem with the current keyboard design on the MacBook and MacBook Pro and is offering free repairs to customers who have been affected.

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Apple maintains that the new keyboard design is purely to quieten the keys, but it looks like this new design will also avoid the problems that have plagued the past few generations of keyboards with the ‘butterfly’ design.

Apple itself previously recommended using compressed air to blow the dust from under the affected key. But this is not the solution for fixing the keyboard problem, due to it was impossible to remove the dust without removing the entire keyboard. It is not possible to take individual keys out to clean the keyboard as it used to be with older models. And it’s not just the keyboard that must be removed but also the battery, frame and ports – a repair that can only be performed by an Apple service professional.

 

 

source: Macworld.co.uk

 

 

 

iPhone 8, X, XS and XR are not waterproof !

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It’s not like an Apple watch that you can wearing it and do water sports, like swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or taking part in other types of water activities. The iPhone models are not waterproof, they are however water resistant (to a degree).

With an IP rating of IP68, Apple designed the iPhone XS to be waterproof in situations where it’s submerged no deeper than 2 meters or about 6 feet in water for 30 minutes or less.

The iPhone XR and the original X are rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529 much like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus models when it comes to water resistance.

Examining the tech specs for these iPhone models, you find a small footnote that calls out the details of this.

As per Apple’s disclaimer via the footnote on the new iPhone XS Technical Specifications page:

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are splash, water, and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.

 

This means that your iPhone XS or iPhone XR/X/8 will not get damaged if it is exposed to a little rain splash while you are on the run.

Likewise, if you accidentally dropped it in the toilet or splashed some beer on it, you will be ok. Your iPhone will not be permanently damaged.

 

Remember Apple iPhones are Water-Resistant but not Waterproof!! 

 

source: appletoolbox

How to save your MacBook from water or liquid damage

How to save your MacBook from water or liquid damage

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Your chance of success depends greatly on the liquid spilled. A glass of water and you might be lucky. If it was a glass or baileys you’d probably be better off downing the bottle.

Don’t be a fire starter

It’s important that you stop anything worse than spilling your drink on your laptop from happening. Stop the spillage and disconnect the laptop from power – carefully. You don’t want to get an electric shock – wet hands, and a wet plug don’t mix.

Next press and hold the power button – again, be careful. If you have something like a pencil handy we suggest you use this to press the power button as it won’t conduct electricity.

How to save a soaked laptop

Follow these steps, and good luck!

  1. Having stopped the spillage and cut the power the next step is to turn the laptop over in a bid to drain the liquid out.
  2. The next step is to remove the battery if you can. Chances are this isn’t an option though as most Macs bought in the last decade will have built-in batteries that can’t easily be removed.
  3. Once the water has drained off grab some absorbent cloth and use it to dab the exterior of your Mac dry. You can also try using a cotton bud to dry any ports and vents.
  4. If you have the necessary tools and know-how, you could open your Mac up and attempt to dry the insides. This will, of course, void your warranty, but since you already did that when you drowned your Mac, that’s hardly relevant anymore. This step is really only for the experts though. If you are able to, then remove the battery, memory, and so on, and attempt to expose the logic board so that you can dry it.
  5. You may benefit from removing and cleaning the keys – especially if the drink is likely to make things a bit sticky.
  6. To help your Mac dry out you could turn on the central heating, or grab a hair dryer, but use a low heat setting and don’t put it too close to your Mac or you may do further damage.
  7. Another option is to sit your laptop near a fan. Just increasing the flow of air will help evaporate the water.
  8. You can also try the rice trick (often recommended for drying out wet iPhones) You need to transfer your damp Mac into a big bowl of uncooked rice and cover it completely. Leave it like that for about 48 hours. Apparently the rice will absorb the moisture. But beware, you may end up with rice residue in the ports.
  9. Once you are happy that your Mac has dried out, you can attempt to turn it on again. If you are very lucky you may find it powers up again and springs into life. If it does we recommend immediately making a back up if you didn’t already have one.

If your MacBook doesn’t turn on, you should bring to the Apple store nearby your place for further checking and diagnostic. They might help you to fix it or find a better solution.

 

Source: Macworld

 

New iPhone XS and XR, what is the fun things using this new iPhone?

New iPhone XS and XR, what are the fun things using this new iPhone?

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Design and Size

2018 finds Apple believing that bigger is better when it comes to iPhones. The 5.8-inch iPhone XS is the smallest new phone in Apple’s lineup. The 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max is the biggest iPhone ever, and yet it doesn’t feel too big in the hand because this handset is the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus. Apple just got rid of the bezels. It is still comfortable for user using this big screen.

This handset also features a different material, dropping stainless steel for aluminum. And while XS models come in gold, silver and space gray, the iPhone XR is available in black, blue, coral, red, white and yellow.

Display

The 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch XS Max boast vivid Super Retina OLED panels , their even brighter than the screen on the iPhone X. The 6.1-inch iPhone XR features an LCD screen, which Apple dubs the Liquid Retina display. With OLED iPhones, it shows the more perfect blacks and wider viewing angles.

Battery Life

The iPhone XS Max packs the largest smartphone battery Apple’s ever shipped. The XS Max lasted around 10 hours (while using).  The smaller XS lasted around 9 hours, which is a bit below. For the best battery life, you’ll want the iPhone XR, which lasted around 11 hours while using it.

Performance

If speedy performance is your highest priority, each of the new iPhones will be just as compelling. The XR, XS and XS Max all feature the same A12 Bionic processor, the industry’s first 7 namometer chip with 6.9 billion transistors.

The phones feature a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU, and the CPU feature dual high-performance cores, and four efficiency cores. Apps will launch uo to 30 percent faster, and feature enhanced, real-time machine learning. You can also expect better AR apps, with 60 frames per second performance and improved low-light performance.

 

 

source: tom’s guide

 

The most common Macbook problems and how to fix

If you found some problems in your Macbook, we hope below tips could help you to solve the problems.

1. Startup issues

If your Mac fails to boot properly and you find yourself staring at a blank screen or gray startup screen instead of your desktop, then it’s time to try booting iSTART UP n Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, MacOS will boot with the bare minimum of software and drivers required and will run a check of your startup disk and repair any directory issues that might be the cause of your startup ills.

To start up in safe mode, start your Mac and then press and hold the Shift key. The Apple logo will appear and then the login screen. You can release the Shift key when the Apple logo disappears and the login screen appears. It may take a few minutes before you get to the login screen as MacOS runs its diagnostics on your hard disk. To leave Safe Mode and start up your Mac per usual, just restart your Mac without holding any keys.

2. Incompatible login items

If you find yourself staring at a blue screen when you start up your Mac, it might mean that one of your startup items — apps that start automatically when you start up your Mac — is incompatible with MacOS. With a bit of trial and error, you can identify which app is the problem child.

You can remove login items one at a time and start up your Mac after each removal to see if the problem is gone. To do so, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups and click your name on the left under Current User. Next, click the Login Items tab above the window to the right. Highlight an app and then click the “-“sign below. It’ll get removed from the Login Items list and you can restart your Mac to see if your startup issue has been fixed. If not, you can head back to the list and remove another app and keep going until you find the culprit. You can add items back to the Startup Items list by hitting the “+” button and selecting items from your Applications.

3. Unresponsive applications

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You might find that an app will occasionally trip up your Mac and hang. And when an app hangs, it freezes you out and won’t let you do anything, including quit out of it. Enter: Force Quit. You can call up the Force Quit menu from the Apple icon in the upper-left corner or by hitting Command-Option-Escape. Just highlight the app that’s not responding and hit the Force Quit button. (You can also select multiple apps to force quit by using holding down the Command or Shift keys when making your selections.

 

 

 

4. Spinning beach ball

If you are seeing the spinning beach ball with increasingly regularity, then it’s time to take a look at what might be causing the slowdown. Open the Activity Monitor (by searching for it or finding it in the Utilities folder, which is inside your Applications folder) to see how much of an impact the apps you are currently running have on your system resources. In the Activity Monitor window, you can see real-time stats on the amount of CPU and memory resources each app is using. You can also use the Activity Monitor to quit any app that’s using more than its fair share of resources. Just highlight an app from the list, click the X button in the upper-left corner, and then choose Quit or Force Quit.

 

5. No internet connection

The quickest fix when the MacBook’s Wi-Fi status shows No Internet Connection is to tell it to forget the network and then reconnect as if it were brand-new. On the Network page in System Preferences, click the Advanced button in the lower left and you’ll see a list Preferred Networks. These are the Wi-Fi connections you’ve connected to in the past and your MacBook remembers for future uses. Highlight your Wi-Fi network and click the “-“ button and then choose Remove to forget it. With your network removed and forgotten, you can click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and reconnect to your network by entering your password and starting anew.

 

Source: https//:www.cnet.com

NEW APPLE IMAC 2018 “POWER TO THE PRO”

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Power to the pro

Pros love iMac. So we created one just for you. It’s packed with the most powerful graphics and processors ever in a Mac, along with the most advanced storage, memory, and I/O — all behind a breathtaking Retina 5K display in a sleek, all-in-one design. For everyone from photographers to video editors to 3D animators to musicians to software developers to scientists, iMac Pro is ready to turn your biggest ideas into your greatest work.

Up to 18 cores in an iMac

An iMac with 4 cores is remarkable enough. But an iMac with 8, 10, 14, or 18 cores is an entirely different creature. Add Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.5GHz, and iMac Pro has the power and flexibility to balance multicore processing with single-thread performance. With new AVX-512 vector instructions and a new cache architecture, the processor handles even more data — even more quickly. Which means you can render images, edit up to 8K video, manipulate photos, create real-time audio effects, or compile your next five-star app — all at lightning speed.

 

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Screen

It is unlikely that Apple will switch to an OLED display for the new iMac, as the technology is still plagued by issues like burn-in and color distortions. Although it did appear on the iPhone X, OLED supposedly isn’t being considered as an iMac candidate at this point.
It is possible that Apple may integrate its FaceID technology into the iMac’s FaceTime camera as a means of securing it. This could potentially enable musicians to control virtual musical instruments using facial expressions.

 

Processor, RAM and storage


With hexa-core options available for Intel’s current-gen i5 and i7 Coffee Lake processors, it is likely that Apple will look into expanding its mid- and top-range iMac models beyond quad-core processing. However, the entry-level iMac will most likely remain a quad-core machine. Processor speeds of up to 4.7GHz are achievable via Intel’s TurboBoost technology in the high-end Core i7. The high-end Core i5 will operate at up to 4.3GHz. Graphics will be (probably) handled by an AMD Vega GPU, rumoured to be the Vega 28 or Vega 32. A new Vega RX GPU, designed for gaming, could find its way into the configuration.

RAM memory should start at 8GB for the base model, upgradeable to up to 64GB. Storage is in question, as it is unclear whether Apple will be dealing away with hard disks in favor of solid-state drives.hLL2LsOhyMMGcOCH.huge_-980x620

iMac 2018 Price

Apple is expected to retain current pricing, or make it slightly higher. This depends on the ex
tent of hardware and design changes introduced with the 2018 iMac.

iMac 2018 Release Date

Last year, Apple announced the 2017 iMac on June 5 at its annual WWDC event. It’s possible t
hat the same will happen with the 2018 version, although Apple may wait until September or October. There are rumors that the company is redesigning its flagship desktop computer as the aluminium concept it introduced back in 2007 is over 10 years old now. Together with possible shortages of Intel Coffee Lake CPUs during the first quarter of 2018, it could happen that Apple takes longer than a year to update the 2017 iMac.
Conclusion

All in all, it looks like we are in for something interesting happening to the iMac this year. Design changes, new processors and faster storage are welcome upgrades for all music producers. With hexa-core processors and ample memory, these machines ought to do an excellent job crunching synths, reverbs, and
other processor-intensive tasks.

 

 

sources: www.gearnews.com and www.apple.com

 

Apple MacOS High Sierra Pros and Cons

Apple has just launched Apple MacOS High Sierra. Users can find excellent Apple MacOS High Sierra upgrade but they must be aware of Apple MacOS High Sierra pilfering hack.

Apple has just released Apple MacOS High Sierra. Some people are eager to upgrade their old operating system with the new one. However, there are several things that Mac user must know about this new operating system. It is reported that MacOS High Sierra is not as perfect as it is expected to. But, it doesn’t mean that it is totally bad.

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Security issue on High Sierra

A security researcher, Patrick Wardle, said that a hacker can steal users’ passwords from Apple Mac that runs the latest MacOS. Apple MacOS High Sierra pilfering hack is not something that can be ignored. This researcher has tried to steal Bank of America password and social media password from a Mac that is operated by this OS. Apple utilizes the keychain to store users’ password. It is only the users that can access the keychain. However, it turns out that a malicious code can access it too. As a result, the malicious code can send all the keychain content to the hacker without needing any password.

This security issue can be very fatal. However, this issue is actually not only attacking High Sierra. Other MacOS is also prone to security problem. Therefore, it is okay for users to upgrade their OS to High Sierra since the previous ones also have this issue. According to Wardle, it is not difficult to get malicious code running on Apple Mac these days.

Unfortunately, Apple has not made any comment about the security issue on their latest Mac operating system. In addition, this company previously said that this new MacOs has a comprehensive security set fixes.

Is MacOS High Sierra perfect for you?

MacOS High Sierra is a great operating system. It gives some advantages to the users. However, it may not be perfect for everyone. It is mostly perfect if:

– The users’ system has an SSD instead of a HDD or Fusion Drive.

– Users have updated their iPhone to iOS11 and already use it for taking photos and videos.

– Users who are big photo users.

– Users really want to enjoy particular capabilities included in those specific applications.

Improvement on High Sierra

High Sierra offers some new features. One of the most important one is AFS or Apple File System. This Apple MacOS High Sierra upgrade allows users to organize and manage all your data. With this new feature, they can experience faster and smoother operating system that offers more stability. With the AFS, users will be capable of copying files very quickly. Apple calls it Instant Cloning.

The video and upgrades of this new OS is also excellent. Similar to AFS, some users may not notice it but, they will get the benefits. This upgrade is Apple HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding). These days, users mostly take videos on high resolution. As a result, the video files take too much space. But, with HEVC, Mac users will be able to have more compression on their videos without decreasing its quality. In consequence, they don’t need to worry about their free storage space.imac-pro-display_559_112017105819

When users upgrade their old MacOS with this new one, they will be able to edit their photos more conveniently. The photo app on High Sierra offers more photo-editing options. One of them is Curve. It allows users to adjust contrast and color plus selecting color and hues.

High Sierra comes with Safari 11. This browser is excellent. Many experts love it because it offers something that Chrome doesn’t have. Chrome used to be the best browser for Mac. But, it is no longer so. Safari 11 offers more stability than Chrome. In addition, it has Intelligent Tracking Prevention. With this feature, you can browse the internet without worrying much about your privacy. It will expire third-party cookies which track you across the web as soon as the 24 hours are up.

More about Safari 11

Safari 11 have the ability to block autoplay videos automatically if they make noises. Apple claims that this browser allows users to browse the internet faster. However, an expert said that it is only milisecond faster than Chrome. In consequence, users may not notice it very much.

If you don’t want to update your MacOS, you will still be able to enjoy the benefits of Safari 11. It is because this browser does not require the latest operating system. Users can install this browser even when they don’t run High Sierra. Apple MacOS High Sierra is a brilliant operating system despite the security issue. It is more secured than the previous OS.

Source: http://www.techinexpert.com/2017/10/02/apple-macos-high-sierra-pros-and-cons/

Here’s the truth of iPhone X for water resistant!

water-resistant-iphone-x-IPHONEFEATURES0917Technically the iPhone X is water-resistant, but it is basically waterproof. Your iPhone X is waterproof when submerged up to one meter (roughly three feet) in water.

You can tell if the iPhone X is waterproof or water-resistant by looking at it’s IP rating. An IP rating, which stands for International Protection Rating or Ingress Protection Rating, lets you know how dust-resistant and water-resistant a device is.

An IP rating consists of two numbers — the first is dust-resistance and the second is water-resistance. The IP rating of the iPhone X is IP67, which means it scored the highest level of dust-resistance and second highest level of water-resistance. The iPhone X is completely dust-resistant and water-resistant up to about in a meter of water.

Even though the iPhone X is waterproof when submerged up to about one meter in water, your warranty or protection plan will not cover liquid damage. This is also true for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. So, think carefully before showing off this cool party trick to your friends and family!

Source: iphonehelp.expert