August 27, 2017

Panning in mobile photography: tips, samples, strategies

Panning is an interesting effect to freeze motion of the main object while creating blur motion effect of the background and all other objects in a photo. There are many other aspects that you have to consider (besides practicing and experimenting with combination of settings). The most important is to set slow shutter matching speed of a moving subject of photography (see below) and to stabilize camera (hold camera steady or stabilize your hands against a tree, a wall or a mailbox) while having enough space to move camera in the same projection with a car, a bike or a runner.

June 29, 2017

M43 Photography: smallest cameras from Panasonic and accessories for them

In case of Micro Four Thirds (M43 or MFT) photography size matters. Many users of this system are switching for one simple reason: smaller size of cameras and lenses while producing very good quality of photos. So, the smallest cameras among this family are Panasonic GM1 and its successor GM5 (added small electronic view finder EVF).
With convenience of being powerful pocketable systems paired with any walk-around prime lenses (Lumix 20mm f/1.7 prime lens or more expensive 15mm f/1.4), it gives some difficulties due to lack of decent grip.
Here are few solutions from Aliexpress that solves this problem easily (besides camera's original grip for $75 or multiple hand straps:

  1. LB-GM1 Vertical Quick Release L Plate/Bracket Holder hand Grip for Panasonic GM1 GM1K Arca-swiss RRS Compatible for $17.50 from Aliexpress
  2. Camera Leather Case Bag For Panasonic lumix GM5 GM2 GM1S GM1 digital camera with 12-23mm lens for $9-14 (case has small grip). I have exactly the same one with Velcro strip attached to case grip to increase gripping.

July 24, 2016

Official Android version of popular app Prisma was released

android app prisma
Prisma Labs, Inc has released Android Version of Prisma mobile app that is available for download at Google Play Store. You may see below some examples of this photo editing application posted to Instagram.
With this application you may apply unlimited number of filters to convert your ordinary photo into a stunning artwork, sharing them to other social networks or printing them out as you wish.

July 16, 2016

OnePlus One: fix battery drain issue related to Google Play services

oneplus one phon
Oneplus One smartphone.
Oneplus One smartphone is known to have one of the largest battery among mobile devices even today (2016). However, software issues, settings and configuration of the device may cause battery to loose its charge very quickly. One of the known issues (that may exist even on new Cyanomod 13.1 updated version) is the problem with Google Play services that constantly drains battery due to its improperly set "awake" state. How to fix this problem? Here is the step by step explanation with screen shots (if you find any mistakes in this post, have questions or it worked for your as expected, please, leave your comment):

March 16, 2015

OnePlus One or OPO

I got my OnePlus One phone about two months ago after one of the members of the Google Plus social network was kind enough to shared his invite with me. Originally I was planning to get cheaper 16GB version, but due to low demand of this version most of the invites were for 64GB. I don't regret my decision.
I was surprised with how nicely it was packed. See photos below. As soon as I ordered my new phone, I went to ebay and to order recommended TPU cover and protective screen. Everything arrived almost at the same time, so I just needed to sit down and to put everything together.
OnePlus One smartphone unpacking
OnePlus One smartphone package
I have to admit that after using my Nexus 4 for almost two years I was scared with size and weight of OnePlus One. But everything else (battery life, camera features and many other features) was way better than in old Nexus 4.

January 04, 2015

Oneplus One invites for free

Oneplus One phone invites. Image from
ONEPLUS ONE phone has great specifications and features. It's true flagship killer device, specially if you think of money/value ratio.
However, due to limited availability and supply it is not so easy to get this phone. Company ONEPLUS implemented system of personal and shared invites.

On this page we would like to connect lucky oneplus one phone owners sharing their invites with those who are looking for invites in order to buy this phone.
Remember, currently price for 16GB version - $299 and for 64GB version - $349.

Good Luck! Please, feel free to requests invites in the comments area on this page.

August 11, 2014

How to fix Ubuntu 14.04 USB problem

I experienced problem with USB ports after upgrading my HP laptop from Ubuntu 13.10 to Ubuntu 14.04.
I did some research and so far no luck fixing this problem. Mouse does not work, Flash USB memory stick unrecognizable. One of the latest articles with possible solutions is here:

After I will test it on my system, I'll report back