Equipment for Videos or Better Quality Photos/Selfies Using Your iPhone or iPad

ipad-training-ad-bluenoregister-highres-peggy-duncan02I’ve been recording and editing how-to videos for years. And I’ve recently started an Instagram page with selfies of outfits I find when bargain hunting and thrifting. I’ll use either my iPhone, iPad, or a Logitech Webcam.

Here is a suggested list of what you could use to get started. These links are either Amazon or to a post right here on my blog, and I use everything listed.

NOTE: I’m on Instagram posting photos I’m taking myself with my iPhone, tripod with mount, and Bluetooth clicker. Check me out here and see my various fashion choices. Follow me!

Microphones/Headsets

iRig microphone is made for iPhone/iPad and plugs into headphone jack. This microphone is designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad. I’ve been very satisfied with the quality. (See below for tripod mount – microphone arm – I use.)

Movo Lavalier Microphone. Depending on your video setup, you might also need a lavalier mic that will clip to your clothing. I purchased this one, but have only used it a couple of times during a speech.

Order the windscreen that you’ll see with it. This helps to reduce wind interference when you say words beginning with “p”, for example.

Logo Mic Flag. In the photo above, you’ll notice the mic flag around my iRig. Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your brand while all eyes are on you. I created my own labels using Avery labels. I might at some point get this done professionally.

Bluetooth Headset. I use this headset so I can hear while the microphone is plugged into the headphone jack.

Tripods & Mounts – Desktop and Floor Model

Microphone arm for desk. You’ll need something to hold the mic, either a stand, tripod, or desktop arm. I’m currently using this space- saving mount so I no longer need a floor tripod.

Desktop Tripod for the iPhone or iPad. In addition to this unit, you’ll also need a tripod mount to hold the device (see below).

I also use a floor-model tripod by Velbon (get a good quality for stability).

Tripod Mount for iPad: Whether you use an iPad or iPhone or a desktop tripod or floor model, you’ll need a unit to slip the device into so it’ll attach to the tripod. I have the iPad 4 and use this tripod mount.

Tripod Mount for iPhone: I use the Puroma Universal Tripod Mount with my iPhone. It easily adjusts to portrait and landscape.

Remotes to Snap Camera App

Bluetooth wireless remote. This Bluetooth wireless remote will start and stop the Camera app without your having to tap your device. These less expensive units didn’t work consistently so I opted for something better (see below).

(Dollar Tree has the wired remotes that work consistently.)

Better Wireless Remote. If you have a multimedia remote for doing PowerPoint presentations, check to see if it has multimedia capability with Bluetooth. I have this Satechi remote, and can also use it to operate the camera/video function on my iPad and iPhone remotely. Very reliable for every shot. And sense this uses Bluetooth, it leaves your headset jack open in case you decide to use an external microphone (such as my iRig Mic described above).

OTHER

Mirrored Phone Case. I’m using the rear-facing camera on my iPhone 6s because the quality of the photos are much better (12 megapixels as opposed to 8 megapixels with the front-facing camera). I solved the problem of not seeing my image from the back of the iPhone with a mirrored case by Ringke. I place the phone backwards in the tripod, and the rear-facing camera will take whatever is in front of it. (There are apps that will use voice to let you know when the rear-facing camera sees you, but I prefer the ease of the mirrored case.

Note: To take a selfie with the rear-facing camera, put the camera in selfie mode as you normally would, turn the back of the camera towards you, and snap. It’ll look like you don’t know what you’re doing, but you’ll show them.

TelePhoto Lens. If you need a photo or video and want to capture more of the scene (e.g., a group family photo), the telephone lens that snaps to your phone will help. It fits perfectly over my mirrored case.

Targus CleanVu Cleaning Pads. Keep your device screen clean with this pad that fits on your hand.

Logitech Webcam. If you choose to use a Webcam instead of an iPhone, iPad, etc., you’re going to look better a high resolution Webcam as opposed to the one installed on your computer. I have this Webcam from Logitech.

Green Screen and Studio Lights. Are you considering taking things up a notch with Chroma Key (changing the video background with high resolution images or video), you’ll need more equipment: a green (or other color) screen and the right lighting. If the lighting is not right, the Chroma Key won’t work. There are tons of YouTube videos on how to Chroma Key, and I won’t get into that here, but here are links to my purchases. Full lighting kit with screens. Lots of choices so shop around. Portable green/blue screen for smaller space that I’m in now. It’s green on one side, blue on the other. I also have a clip stand for this to hold it up.

App – Grab Photo Frames from Video. You can grab that perfect frame from a video and get a high resolution photo from it with the app, Video2Photo. Check the App Store.

As with everything you do, having the right equipment will make the job easier. Look your best and you’ll do your best.

PEACE.

 

A Quick and Easy Way to Add Multiple Hashtags to Instagram Post – iPhone iOS (with video)

I’m new to Instagram, and understood the importance of adding multiple hashtags to each post so they show up in searches. Hashtags are a pain to tap, and I didn’t want to have to remember them or type them every time.

This quick video shows you how I used the Text Replacement feature on my iPhone to create a set of hashtags once and use them as many times as I want. No going back and forth with cut and paste.

Tip: Initial cap each new word in the hashtag to make it easier to read.

Follow me on Instagram I post photos of outfits I find at Ross Dress for Less (as a senior citizen who refuses to dress like an old lady).

Leave a comment to let me know when you’ve tried this.

PEACE.

Streaming Sound from a TV to Your Gadget with the Tunity App

Have you been at the airport too far away from the TV to hear it? Or have you wanted to watch somethinTunity app streams audio to your device from digital TV networksg on TV while others are sleeping or studying? The Tunity app offers a solution by streaming audio to your device, and at this writing, it’s free.

To get started, you simply hold your device in front of the TV and tap to run a scan (of a live show). Within seconds, the audio from the TV streams to your device. If the sound isn’t synced, the app offers a way to adjust it. The scanning doesn’t work with all cable networks, and antenna TV apparently doesn’t work.

Here is a how-to video on YouTube that’ll show you how it works.

Let me know what you think.

PEACE.

 

Now I Can Charge My iPhone in the Car Without Its Cable – Retractable Cable Built Into Charger

I was out recently and had to use GPS unexpectedly. You know how that drains the power in the iPhone. I had my car charger, but I didn’t have the iPhone cable.

I went shopping. I didn’t know if what I needed existed, but, of course, someone had solved the problem with this tangle-free lighting retractable cable with USB car charger.

iPhone car charger with built-in cable This little gadget is the answer I was looking for. The cable is built-in, and it retracts with the push of a button. It also has a USB port so I can charge two devices at once.

This is small and compact enough so I keep it in my backpack/purse. The quality feels good, so I hope it’ll last.

I love gadgets that simplify my life. Now I won’t have to worry about being caught without my cable because it’ll be right where I need it.

Check it out on Amazon.

PEACE.

 

How to Add a Webpage to Your iPad Home Screen (with video)

“It will cost you $0.00 to share this video on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, etc. It’s also free to give it a thumbs-up on YouTube. Thank you.” – Peggy Duncan

My how-to video shows you how easy it is to add a link to a Webpage to the Home Screen of your iPad (or iPhone). For example, I’ve added links to the following:

  • All of my Websites so I don’t have to go to Safari first to get to them. They’re together inside a group.
  • A YouTube playlist I’d created on hula hooping (I’m learning how and love it).
  • My local library Website.

NOTE: In the video instructions, if you don’t see “Add to Home Screen” right away, tap the and/or look for “Open in Browser” and continue with the instructions. I had to do this when adding the icon link to my Pulse page.

open-in-browser

This is an easy thing to do, and will save you time going forward.

PEACE.

 

Using a Tripod with my iPad to Save My Neck

I’ve recently started using a tripod with my iPad, and wish I’d done it sooner. My neck feels so much better as I’m no longer bending it over the iPad for hours.

Using tripod with iPadHere, I’m using it at the dining room table. The tripod allows me to adjust the height and alignment to fit any situation, including when I stand to work. The Bluetooth keyboard gives me the option of typing when tapping won’t do.

Here are Amazon links to what I’m using.

  • Quality tripod. You could use a more lightweight unit than this one, especially if you’re not using it for anything heavier. I travel with my tripod and didn’t want to take a chance of it tipping over.
  • Tripod mount for the iPad. Slip the iPad into this unit so it screws into the tripod. Be sure to get one to fit your model.
  • Desk clamp tripod (optional). I use this unit when I’m recording videos at my desk. It saves on floor space because I don’t have to accommodate the wide legs of a typical tripod.
  • Bluetooth keyboard. (This link is to my next keyboard that has a mousepad. Otherwise, it’s very similar to the one I currently have.)

I know I’ve already done a lot of arthritic damage to my neck over the years, but this is definitely making a difference. Just wish I’d thought of it earlier.

Have you set up something similar? Leave your ideas in comments.

PEACE.

 

I Came Close to Getting a New iPhone. I Did This Instead

iPhone 4/4s CaseI had a momentary lapse of sanity and considered purchasing a new iPhone. By the time I’d get all the adapters, etc., that I needed and wanted, I’d be out of close to $1000.00. For a phone!
 
I decided to purchase this new case to upgrade how my iPhone 4 looks. Works for me. The case is good-looking, nice quality, and a perfect fit, all for $8. 
I’m not a big phone person and communicate mostly via email for business. And I spend way more time on my iPad. Going this route just made more sense to me.
PEACE.

iPad/iPhone – Take Photos/Videos from the Lock Screen

 

Customized iPad training with Peggy Duncan, personal productivity expertYou’ve probably set a password to access your iPhone or iPad (Settings/Passcode), and also have Auto-Lock set to kick in after so many minutes of non-use (Settings/General/Auto-Lock). This can be inconvenient when you have someone using your device to take photos (or record videos) of you while you’re speaking.

Instead of turning off Auto-Lock, do this. From the Lock screen (not the Home screen), look in the lower-right corner. You’ll see an almost transparent icon of the Camera app. Put a finger on it and flick up (not slide) to access the camera and video functions. They will not be able to access your other photos.

PEACE.

Customized iPad training with Peggy Duncan Personal Productivity Expert conference speaker

How to Use Your iPad as a Second Monitor with Duet Display

iPad training with personal productivity expert, Peggy Duncan Duet DisplayI’m accustomed to working with a dual monitor in my office. If I work somewhere else in the house or if I’m traveling with my laptop and iPad, I use the iPad for the second monitor.

Just this week, my ceiling bulb blew in my office, and I wanted to wait for my husband to switch it out. I moved to the dining room and set up my iPad as the second monitor. Excellent resolution and no lag time with the app, Duet Display.

Download Duet Display to your computer (works with Windows and Mac), and also purchase the app for iPad. Connect your iPad to your computer using your Apple Lightning cable, and open the app on both iPad and your computer.

Once connected, you’ll see your computer’s desktop on the iPad. Open your software on the computer to work, and slide it over to the iPad. Work on one thing on your computer and something else on the iPad.

I especially like to work on a PowerPoint slide while looking at it in Slide Show mode. Or have my Outlook calendar open on one while working in the Inbox on the other (in Outlook, right-click on Calendar icon, click Open in New Window, and drag over to iPad).

Note: If you’re seeing a duplicate image of your Windows Desktop on the iPad, hold down the Windows key (next to alt) and type P. Choose Extend.

Check out this video tutorial if you haven’t used a dual monitor setup on your computer.

Leave a comment if you’ve needed this setup or tell us how it’s already helped you.

PEACE.