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This is the discussion question I posted for my online class.  I thought I’d share it here and see what you thought.

Video: Tech Tools Students Say They Can’t Live Without

Here is my list:
HP Netbook
iPad mini
iPhone
Dell laptop
External Harddrive
USB drives
Samsung LED smart TV/monitor

Cameras as tech tools

Sony Alpha 700
Lumix

Program tech tools

Photoshop
Firefox
Gmail
iCloud storage
Microsoft Movie Maker

App tech tools

Hipstamatic
Snapseed
Camera+
Super 8
Diptic

Web sites

Blogger
Wordpress
Instagram
Picasso

Figuratively speaking, what are the tech tools you can’t live without?

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Second discussion question

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This is the second discussion question I posted this semester for my online class.

How important is our inherent right to privacy?

Check out this short article on privatewifi.comNot Worried About Government Surveillance Because You Have Nothing to Hide? Maybe You Do

Do you have something to hide?  Are you sure?  lol
What do you think about a government ‘spying’ on its citizens?
How much privacy are you will to trade for security?
Are you really getting more security in exchange for your privacy?
Do you think the information obtained by the government might be misused?
Do we have an inherent right to privacy?

I’ve only read two of the responses so far.  Both of those said government snooping on them was fine with them because it was providing more security.

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What’s in My Camera Bag? Part 1

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This is a two part deal. The first blog will be about the software in my ‘camera bag’. Actually, the software is on my computer and on my iPhone.

For photography

On an iPhone 4

IncrediBooth is like having a little photo booth in my pocket. This is an app I play with occasionally.
Camera+ is a nice app I originally downloaded for the focus and exposure controls. There are other nice features I use: grid, the standard set of sharing options, the lightbox, image stabilization, and the digital zoom. If I’m not using Hipstamatic to take the picture I’m probably using Camera+.
Hipstamatic provides a wide variety of films and lenses. It is currently my favorite app for taking black and white photos.

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Instagram I’m sure you all know about Instagram.
DMD is an easy to use panorama app. Here is an example.

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Pro HDR creates full-resolution HDR images with just a single tap! I like this app, but often forget to use it.
Fisheye Pro, an entertaining special effects app.

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Slit-Scan, another entertaining special effects app. These are full size train cars. The app creates this illusion.

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Snapseed is the app I primarily use for any editing I do to pictures on the iPhone.
Diptic Of all the collage apps I’ve tried, this is definitely my favorite.

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The pictures in the Diptic image above were taken with ToonCamera.

ToonCamera, The Coolest Cartoon Video App You’ve Never Noticed: The name says it all. This fun app lets me transform regular pictures into comic style pictures in real time. It will also record comic style videos.
Perfectly Clear is an easy to use photo correction app that I sometimes forget is on my phone.

On the computer
CS3 – It isn’t the latest and greatest version but it has more capabilities than I need and use. I don’t have any plans to move over to Adobe’s new cloud offering.

For videos
On an iPhone 4

Super 8 – This is the app I am using for my second a day for a year project.
iMovie I use this to make HD movies and trailers. There are 8 unique themes, each with its own set of titles, transitions, and music.
Action Movie is a fun, special effects app.
Intro Designer creates professional style intros and credits for videos. There are 21 templates to chose from.
Youtube – Occasionally I will upload a video from the iPhone to Youtube.

On the computer
Windows Movie Maker is the video editor I use most on the pc. It is simple to use and for my skill level it has all the tools I need.
Movavi Video Editor is more advanced video editor. Maybe one day I’ll have the time and the patience to learn and use all the features. I just don’t make enough videos now to make it worth while.

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Travel Tech

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What do I take with me when I go on photography road trips?

Here is my basic kit.

Netbook to upload my memory cards
Card reader
Extra memory cards and batteries
UV filters which are usually already mounted on the lenses
Polarizing filters
iPhone
Can’t forget all the chargers
Monopod and/or a tripod

Cameras and lenses
Sony Alpha 700
Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Lens
Panasonic Lumix G3
Panasonic H-H014 14mm f/2.5
Panasonic H-H020 20mm f/1.7
Pentax W90 – in case it is raining.

Based on where, when, and what I’ll be shooting, I may also take
A star filter if I’ll be doing a lot of street photography at night
A teleconverter
An off camera flash and batteries
A small messenger style camera bag

I got the idea to post this list from Stephanie Todaro’s My travel Tech Essentials.   I probably should have used pictures in my version too. rofl  Maybe I’ll take some and do an updated list.

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