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How to format an external hard drive?


Have you ever ended up trying to use your HDD on Mac & couldn’t write anything?

Yeah, Its the most irritating situation when you try to clean up or organize your photos or other data.

Its because your HDD by default will be on NTFS format, you can reformat it to exFAT format, which allows you to use an external HDD on both Windows & Mac.

Here is a video to show how you can do this.

Note: Make sure to take a backup of your data before reformatting it.


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DJI, GoPro & Beyond: Not everyone can afford, but there is Rental!


There was a time where photography gadgets were out of reach for the masses. When the Digital era emerged, camera industry filled the market with hundreds of new camera models year after year & increased the competition in market. Vintage companies like Fuji and Pentax had a great come back with their new digital models. There is always Nikon, Canon and Sony in market with beginner to professional camera with various price ranges. Finally new technologies made it possible for the masses to afford cameras and lenses that matches their interest levels and skills.

A decade after this happened came the action camera era, GoPro made it possible for everyone to afford it with their wide range of products, each year a new model cam is released, it entered the market competing against its own camera with price, advancement in features and so on. It’s unfortunate that it failed in the aerial photography debut with Karma.

However this made many of us notice the aerial photography industry DJI, which is hot in market since more than a decade, though initial years it was known only for film industry as the products were new and meant for the industry, recent years and their products from Phantom is the hotcake for photography enthusiasts and the professionals. Leading the market, setting high benchmarks with amazing features and the quality, DJI proved to be the Leader in this industry.

Starting from Phantom, Inspire & Mavic series (from 2018) are the hotcakes, with Spark, Air and now the brand new Mini are the toys grown ups want to play with. Yet, there is a slight hiccup with the price if you want to try it all and choose the best for your best needs or even if it’s a temporary use for a month or two, price is not super friendly for Mavic 2 pro or few of them. And the brand new debut in action cam, DJI Action being in market everyone want to get a hands on and try it out.

Not everyone can afford it right away and cannot wait for a year for a new model launch that reduces the current model price, so here is a new way to afford it like your own. Rental is a great option if you want to get a hands on or have a need for a week or a month or for a season. There are few to several rental providers in market that rents out the latest Drones, Action Cameras (GoPro & DJI), Nintendo Switch, VR (Oculus) and so on.

It’s important to choose a provider wisely that you get a great a best value for the money you pay. As a freelance photographer & photography enthusiast I had a long time desire to buy a drone for me, though I almost had bought a Spark last year but the color choice made me leave Best Buy! (Why does DJI prioritize Alphine white over other real colors!! You freak!!)

In any case I didn’t want to miss capturing this Fall 2019 using a drone and I didn’t want to buy a drone in hurry and spend almost a thousand bucks just for few days, so I thought to rent a drone and started a google search that ended up with an ample of results, I spent a quality time doing my research and finding best value for money and so on, I then decided to rent my first drone from Crisp, the process was simple, delivery was amazingly fast, package came with quick tips to use the drone, full charged batteries. Before and after placing my order Bryon responded to my queries promptly with patience.

And then there is the luck that plays every time with me like its a childhood friend of mine! Sigh! It was raining heavily the whole week when I had the drone with me but luckily not during the two days during my visit to New Hampshire and Vermont. I was able to make nice memories with it during the time I used it and some post memories as well (Only my wife, my friend & Crispthat team knows that! ūüėČ )

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If you plan to experience aerial photography and want to get your hands on a drone, this is your place to go. Checkout what interests you from their catalogue and rent what you don’t want to buy now, not just that, as a gift for reading this post & to encourage you to experience the new gadgets, get a $15 off on your order using my coupon during your order “bhargav15“. I’m sure you will make excellent memories that stays forever.

Checkout Crisp @ Crispthat.com¬†don’t forget to get your $15 discount.

IMG_7442PS: Use & treat it like your own, respect it like others.


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iOS13 is Out! Here’s what’s New!


After a long wait & much hype iOS13 is now available for download, before you install it here’s what’s new. Note: This update is available only from iPhone6s onwards.

Appearances

Soon after you install the new update that takes about 20 minutes, first thing you notice as you continue is the new Dark mode. Yeah! Now you have two options for your phone appearance, Light & Dark. You can schedule this appearance as when you want each of these modes to appear. You can use control center to switch between appearances anytime you want.

Shortcuts

A new shortcuts app is now available in which you can create all possible shortcut to all your applications, including default settings, favorites, calendar etc… You can create an action for each shortcut that you create to call its action. For example you can create a shortcut to a browser and open a predefined URL using Siri. You can use gallery in Shortcuts to glance at all options available.

Memoji

Missed those Memoji that was rolled out in iPhone X and above? Worry no more! It’s available with iOS 13. You can customize your look Memoji & use it on messages & WhatsApp. You can customize everything, hairstyle, brows, nose, ear, mouth etc…

Fun part about this Memoji is that you can press and drag the Memoji on messages you have received directly instead of just sending it as a reply. You can pinch out to maximize the size of Memoji and r

Photo and Video Editing

With iOS13 comes a great photo and video editing options! Now you can kick away those apps that you are paying for and that crop app which you downloaded without any other option. Yeah! Now you can edit photos to instagram and Lightroom grade in gallery with wide variety of all possible options available in the native editing option. Also….. now video editing is made fantastic with an editing similar to photo editing, Video can now be edited with brightness, highlights, shadows and all other options PLUS you can crop videos as well! Isn’t this exciting?

Gallery

Gallery got a new redo. You can sort photos by years, months, days. This was already available in a vague way, now it looks organized.

Screenshot

In addition to the existing screenshot feature, now you have a new feature what is called full page screenshot. Once you take a screenshot and open the captured page, you will see an option called full page, toggle to that tab and scroll down the page until where you need the screenshot to save, this will get stored as a pdf file. You can save it to google drive or where you want to save it. Full page screenshot is available only where a page scroll is applicable.

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There are few other minor improvements/changes with the new iOS13, volume control now has a new graphic at left side of the screen, when you toggle between silent mode and back  there is a new popup to confirm that, when phone is charging, charge symbol is within the battery icon, it use to be outside of the icon sometimes leaving you to stare at it to make sure phone is charging.

After installation is complete you might lose all the images on your gallery, it takes a while to sync all the photos from iCloud to your gallery, so if you are not really in hurry you can update it at night, so by the time you are awake all photos will be available on your gallery.

Thank you for reading. Go on and explore the new update, Did I miss any feature? Let me know in comments.

Update:

Apple released iOS 13.1 update today (September 24th 2019), it has addressed few bugs. I’ve installed the update, If I see a considerable changes, I’ll update this post again. So, visit back to know the updates. Thank you!


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Mandatory accessory, Powerbank.


Have you been out for long without having enough battery on your mobile & realized you should have carried a power bank with you? Missed taking those sunset snaps just because you ran out of battery after using mobile the whole day?

Google maps, WhatsApp, Instagram, Music consume most of your battery with and without your knowledge. How often do you check which app consumes most of your battery?

We spend a lot of time in commute and at outdoors, you can’t expect your phone to have full battery all the times. You can save or extend the battery for a day by turning off data, reducing brightness, closing all unused apps & even turning off location sharing & data for apps that uses it in background.

 

Over the period I used few power banks and I’ve recommended few to my friends and relatives. Here is my power bank collection. I use it on a regular basis.

1. Anker, 2. Vinsic 3. GuliKit 4. Reconnect

Before looking at the Powerbank options…

Rule #1

Use your own Powerbank, do not lend it from others. If you do so, do not use mobile while charging using Powerbank. You’re not only draining the backup charge for its owner but also not optimizing the value of charging time.

Rule #2 

There is no Rule 2! Once power backup is gone, its gone. so use it productively!

Anker

I’ve been using Anker power bank since 2015. Its ultra compact, 10000 mAh portable power bank. It can do a full charge of my iPhone 5c & 6s for 5 times. It comes with a pouch to make it easy to carry. There are two ports in this power bank, so you can charge two mobiles at once. Indicator is helpful in identifying how much battery is left until next charge. It also comes with a scratch guard to protect the power bank.

After house key & laptop if you can find one accessory on my bag, it is this power bank! (Don’t try to snatch it when I’m away, I’ll find you!)

As Anker became a major player in power bank and other accessories, there are various options available from Anker in market. You can checkout these power banks from Anker.

Anker Ultra compact 10,000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2Kzqgjg
Anker Ultra slim 10,000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2H9n1wR
Anker Ultra small 10,000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2YQkqCK

 

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Vinsic

This is a beast! It’s ultraslim & 20000 mAh, it does full battery charge for iPhones 5,6 for almost 10 times. I carry it when I go on a road trip. Irrespective of devices, this can be used even to charge your camera and camera battery, provided you have the right cable.

Best part about this power bank is that, it comes with digital indicator, so it’s very easy to know how much battery is left and you can plan to charge this power bank accordingly. It comes with two USB ports as well, so you can charge two devices at a time.

Checkout this power bank here –¬†

Vinsic Ultraslim 20000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2HlqdFZ
Vinsic Ultraslim 20000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2H5yiyo
Visit New upgraded version 20000 mAh – https://amzn.to/31CSpLX

 

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Gulikit

This is a new addition to my power bank, this has a battery indicator as well, which is easy to know how much battery power left for further charge. It has one USB port, it is smaller than your phone! Best part is that you can attach it with your Nintindo switch and use it. It’s a 10000 mAh power bank, it charges phone fast and it can charge your phone more than 6 times.

Gulikit 10000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2TBmN6D


Reconnect

My wife uses this power bank from close to 7 years and it’s great. It’s compact, light weight and it can charge android phones for more than 5 times.

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I’m sure you’re already on amazon to get your power bank! Which power bank are you using? Do let me know in comments!

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DJI – Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom: Price & Features


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DJI is certainly the go to brand when it comes to a Drone. Its used by cinematographers of all grades ranging from a novice to elite film professional. 

Drones ranges from a basic Tello to Phantom 4. Every drone has got it’s own quality & excellent features for what it costs.

With an invite sent to DJI enthusiasts like me to see “The Bigger Picture” DJI has added yet another¬†extraordinary feather to¬†its cap, DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom.

Standing to it’s whooping price of $1,499 & $1,249 respectively, each of this version has got it’s own incredible features. For example Mavic 2 Zoom has got Dolly Zoom feature which was available only to film professionals for more than 6 decades. Both versions has got Hyperlapse while drone is still on the fly, which is personally my favorite and is sure an extraordinary feature for a drone.

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Checkout the features & the drone footage published by DJI this morning at New York City.

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Introducing DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom

This will be a treat for the professionals who is expecting to upgrade their gear!

Do checkout these videos Mavic+Goggles fun of flying,  Mavic livestreaming across the world, Mavic-Shooting waves.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Low light Photography


It’s my first article about photography & I’m starting it with Low light Photography.

Light plays an important role in Photo, be it day light, or night photography, light is the main source and it can define your photo the way you want to convey it.

My interest for photography goes back to the time when I have never touched a camera & we never had one at home. My dad use to express his interest on how we could have shot a photo if we had a camera on that spot, as a child I have grown up cultivating that interest in me. I bought a first digital point & shoot camera in 2010 for my dad & started taking so many photos whenever we went out.

Four years before I bought this Digi cam, the first time I ever got my hands on to a digital camera was when my friend Praveen got his cousin Anand anna’s camera. He gave me the first tips to shoot a photo without leaving space about head & to avoid unnecessary blank space on a photo. After my dad he is my first mentor for photography.

Lowlight Photography:

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I called it “Yin-Yang: The actual meaning is different here

I shot this 8 years back with a point & shoot camera, I held this “Spadiga Maalai” in one hand and shot with other hand. As it was a cloudy day our home was more dark when i shot this pic.

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This is 15th photo in my Flickr account. My friend Vikky’s photo is the first photo that I’ve uploaded to my Flickr account.

I got my first DSLR camera two years back & exploring various categories from Landscapes to Portraits. Though I love all the categories, shooting in low light or at night interests me more. Let’s talk about it now.

Low light photography needs an important quality – Patience. If you have patience & dedicated time to take the shot you have in mind, you can certainly produce good quality photos. You don’t need more fancy accessories to shoot photos, just keep a clear idea of what you’re going to shoot & find a spot for your photo.

I’m not going to explain every details like a pro, I’ll talk about it to the level I’ve exposure about it. You need a camera with manual setup, based on how much light is available in the spot you choose, you will have to manually adjust your aperture and shutter speed. One thing to keep in mind is that you will have to keep your camera absolutely still. You cannot let it move a bit. You will end up with a blurred photo without any details. So, find your angle & keep your camera on floor or compound or if you have tripod you can keep it anywhere you can.

You don’t a remote for all your shots, you can use timer but remember even the click that you press in your camera will shake your photo & will end up as an useless shot.

Here are some low light photos that I shot.

 

Below shot is a form of light trails, my wife posed 30 seconds without moving for this photo. Keep in mind, when your subject moves or your camera moves you will end up in a blurred image.

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This is a light trail shot.

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Now give it a try & share your shot with me & Do let me know if this article  was any useful to you in comments.

Checkout my photo works on my Insta & Flickr pages.


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Home Automation, no more a fantasy!


Remember the car chasing scene in Tomorrow never dies? Pierce Brosnan operates his car using a remote device?

This movie was released¬†almost 20 years before! The remote controlled car in this movie was a very big hit! So how does that matter to this post? Well, let’s see.

Since a long time ago there are many companies that are trying to make a lot of automation to the products that we’ve using. When TV channels were manually tuned to different channels, remote control to TV was introduced. Similarly lot of automation were introduced to what we’re using.

One such automation to the home electronics is WeMo. WeMo is a series is of products by Belkin. There are several products that can be used at home in all power outlets.

downloadAfter talking to my friend, Libin, I’ve ordered a WeMo Switch Insight and was very curious to use. As soon as I’d received my order I’ve started using it.

WeMo switch is a 372.jpg simple device, just plug it in any power outlet and connect it to your home wifi, download wemo app in your android or ios device to start using it.

You can easily turn on and off any device that you’ve connected to this device.The remote access feature allows you to control the device from anywhere in the world using your mobile data!¬†You can also connect a switch hub and control all the devices that are connected to the power hub.

I’m using it for my light and it’s super cool to control it from your mobile. The best part is, you can schedule the device to turn on and off anytime you want. And there is a away mode, using which you can schedule the device to turn and off at multiple times just to make up as if people are at home.

You can also see the energy usage using the device which is the additional feature in the device. There is a basic version which is $10 lesser price than this one which is good and same as this one. The reason I bought this is, it’s an affordable price. Unlike super costly devices, this one is $50 & the basic is $40.

On a lighter note, if you’re buying it, don’t tell anyone at home and make a ghost prank by turning on and off remotely, Don’t do it to a light hearted person who can’t handle a prank!

Check out the 30 secs video, I’ve just recorded the turning On and Off using mobile!

Check out  Amazon for more of WeMo products.

Do comment if you like this post. Thanks for reading.