Check Out My Brand New iOS Photography Apps

App StoreI’m excited to announce the release of my brand new photography apps for iPhone and iPad.

Capturing Action and Capturing Landscapes are both full of photography tips designed to help you shoot better, more dynamic images, whether you use a DSLR, a mirrorless camera, or with the amazing current mobile technologies that are available, even a phone.

Each app features around 30 of my favorite images in that style, as well as detailed “behind-the-scenes” info for every one of the shots. In addition to full camera, lens, ISO, and exposure data, I’ve included a specific technical and/or compositional tip for each photo that highlights exactly what I did, or what I looked for in order to make the shot come alive.

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Each apps also features an insider’s look at my Gear Bag, which includes a full list of the current equipment I use, although the images in each app span from nearly two decades of work and a variety of different cameras. Each app is self contained, so you don’t need an internet connection to run them.

Please note, that since these apps use some of the latest mobile technology, they require iOS 8 to run them. I realize that not everyone has upgraded to iOS 8, but for what it’s worth, I upgraded my iPhone 4S so I could preview these apps and so far I’ve had no problems. It runs fine.

Working with Go Mobile Masters, we wanted to create apps that inspire and educate, and I’m very excited with what we’ve done. Just as with my blog, my eBooks and my brand new print book, Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography, my goal is to help other photographers create the best, most exciting outdoor imagery possible.

Here’s the thing- I love photography, and I love it when other people get excited about their own photography.

The bottom line is that it feels the same for all of us when we see an exciting convergence of light and moment in the viewfinder and we’re able to click the shutter at just the right time, so I’m more than happy to share my experience and insight with you.

Both apps are available at the Apple iTunes Store, so either click the links below or search the iTunes store for Dan Bailey Photography. I hope you enjoy them!

Capturing Action – Dan Bailey Photography

Capturing Action – Dan Bailey Photography – for the iPad and iPhone – is an interactive education app that features detailed photo information written by an internationally published outdoor photographer. While flipping through the screens, using Flip Book technology, you’ll view a stunning collection of Dan’s action and adventure imagery, and gather photo tips along the way that will help you get shots like these.

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Capturing Landscapes – Dan Bailey Photography

Capturing Landscapes – Dan Bailey Photography – for the iPad and iPhone – is an interactive education app that features detailed photo information written by an internationally published outdoor photographer. While flipping through the screens using Flip Book technology, you’ll view a stunning collection of Dan’s favorite landscape images, and gather photo tips along the way that help you get shots like these.

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Download the New Fuji X-T1 Version 4.0 Firmware Update

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Today, Fujifilm has given us a brand new camera. It’s called the X-T1. You may have heard of it, since it’s been out for almost a year and a half.

Of course, with the new version 4.0 firmware update that just became available for download today, the X-T1 feels just like a new camera. That’s because Fuji has completely revamped the autofocus system, which makes the X-T1 an even more capable performer for shooting action, sports, portraits and just about anything that moves.

The new system incorporates a number of advanced features and 9 AF modes, including Zone and Wide/Tracking modes, Eye Detection AF, Auto Macro mode, improved Movie AF, and they’ve optimized the autofocus algorithms for improved Phase Detect AF performance in low light. Before the PDAF system worked down to EV2.5; it now works down to EV0.5.

I’ve been using the new firmware for almost two months now (it comes already installed in the new X-T10), and I can attest, this is a major update. Whereas the original X-T1 predictive autofocus system was very good, the new version is remarkably better. Compared to DSLR autofocus performance, this blurs the lines even more and makes me glad I’ve switched to mirrorless.

With DSLR, much of the performance with regards to AF is tied to the physical AF sensor, which is a mechanical piece that can’t be swapped out. If you want better performance, you have to wait for the next model. With mirrorless cameras, much of the componentry is software based, so it can be improved with firmware updates, as we’ve seen numerous times with the Fuji X camera system.

That’s one of the things I really like about shooting with Fuji cameras, they’re always working to update their cameras, which gives them a long shelf life. It reminds me of when I shot film and used the same camera for a number of years before upgrading.

Version 3.0, which we saw last December, added 27 new features to the X-T1, including a host of customization options and the new Classic Chrome film simulation. With this new version 4.0 update, the X-T1 becomes an even more powerful machine.

If you have the X-T1, download v.4.0 firmware here. I guarantee, you’ll be very impressed. Check out this special Fuji site for a full detail of the new AF system to see all the new modes they’ve added.

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Mirrorless Cameras and the Legacy of Photography

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Last week, I went out shooting with my friend Ryan Greeff, who lives here in Anchorage. He also likes to photograph outdoor adventure subjects and sports like mountain biking. He’s only been shooting for a few years, but he’s got a great eye and as much enthusiasm for photography as anyone.

I first met Ryan a couple years ago when we were both shooting a cyclocross race. He drew my eye because he had the same orange Lowepro Photo Sport 200 pack that I often use, and over the past couple of years, we’ve enjoyed talking about photography whenever we get together. And although he shoots simply for fun and not money, Ryan doesn’t seem love photography any less than I do. I feel that’s the case with just about every enthusiastic photographer out there. We all do it because we love the craft.

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Anyway, one evening last week, I flew us out to the Knik Glacier in my little yellow Cessna, where we spend the tail end of the day hopping around on the icebergs and shooting photos out in this incredible, rugged environment. In short, just two dudes with cameras exploring photography, just for the sake of fun and creative experimentation.

I had my new Fuji X-T10, which is an amazing little camera (read my full review here) he had his new Olympus OM-D EM-1, which he recently upgraded to from the Nikon D90. (Olympus just released their brand new OM-D EM-5 Mark II as well.) In many ways, the Fuji X and Olympus OM-D series cameras are so similar, and so it was cool to check out each other’s gear, compare features and share creative and technical ideas.

Although I’ve spent my entire photography life shooting Nikon and Fuji, I’ve always thought very highly of Olympus, and I’m impressed by their mirrorless cameras.

In my mind, Both Fuji and Olympus are running on the same track- they both are well-established camera companies who have a long legacy with traditional photography, and they’ve both transitioned very well from the film era into the digital age with capable, high performing cameras that retain this legacy and yet continue to inspire with modern technology and a host of creative features.

Both have worked hard to retain a traditional look and feel. However, this is not just a retro-marketing thing. Camera design has evolved over many decades, and some of these designs and features have been retained for a reason- they work and they make sense, both ergonomically and mechanically.

Although mirrorless cameras are largely software based inside, the design of these cameras is still based on fundamental mechanical principles that were established decades ago by companies like Zeiss, Contax, Asahiflex, Praktica, and of course, Leica, Nikon and even Kodak.

The same can be said for DSLRs. Although they’re starting to lose some ground to mirrorless cameras, they’re still solid, well designed photographic tools that can help you explore your creativity in endless ways.

It’s a very exciting time to be a photographer right now, and no matter what camera you’re using, whether it’s a Fuji, Olympus, Sony, Pentax, Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, etc…

So if you came from film, or if your photography life has existed entirely in the digital age, you’re holding a great deal of history in your hands and you’re part of a wonderful legacy that continues to allow for a world of fun and personal expression.

Enjoy it. And Enjoy summer. And check out Ryan’s Instagram feed.

Flying in the #littleyellowcessna with pilot and photographer Dan Bailey. @danbaileyphoto

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More Action and Autofocus Tests with the New Fuji X-T10

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted my full review of the new Fuji X-T10, which is now shipping. I’ve been so impressed with this little camera; it really is a hot little number. The little brother to the X-T1, the new … Continue reading

The Challenge of Finding New Vantage Points

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Recent Interviews and Podcasts with Me Around The Web

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