Feb 28 2012

Instagram Photography App

Instagram on the iPod Touch or iPhone is simply brilliant! We’re fanatics of all the photography apps on OS devices and this one really is proving to be one of our favorites!

Here, below is how the initial view of the Instagram App begins. It’s called the ‘Feed’ view and resembles, in my opinion, Twitter, but is with photographs. Here it is possible to view the live stream of photographs people are taking. Of course, just like Twitter, you have to begin to ‘follow’ a particular person/photographer before anything appears here in this feed area.

How the Instagram App Feed view looks like

Feed View of Instagram

If you happen to see a photo that you like, double-tap that photo and you’ve ‘liked it’. Alternatively, you can click the ‘like’ button down below the image or can even leave a comment. Tweeting this image or any of your own images is possible as well. Sharing images on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Posterous or Tumblr is also possible as well as just emailing an image.

From this view, there are also a ‘Popular’, ‘Share’, ‘News’ and ‘Profile’ menu items to navigate elsewhere in the App. They are fairly intuitive and easy to figure out what each of them lead to. Popular leads to a live stream of ‘popular’ images being taken at the time, based on number of likes or so it seems? Share allows you to share you own photos, either from your built-in camera or photo library. News, shows which people liked or commented on your shared photos. Profile allows you to edit your profile settings, etc.

Below is how the ‘News’ section appears. It is split into ‘Following’ and ‘You’, where you can see which people liked or commented on your images you’ve shared or view what photos others are liking or commenting on.

The view in the news section of the Instagram App

Display of people liking your images in the 'News' area of the app

When you are ready to share your images, this is how things begin. You first have to crop your image to a square, which is the accepted format of image within Instagram. Then you can move and scale the image within that square.

Initial share view while cropping an image

The share view allows you to crop an image

Next, you can select what type of frame and photographic effect you’d like to apply to your image. I’ve chosen below the ‘Earlybird’ setting which warms up the image and puts an old-fashioned cloth-like, rounded-edge frame around the image.

Frame and stylize your Instagram images

Choose from a wide variety of photographic frames and styles

Furthermore, you can add a soft, blurred effect to your image quite easily. You can choose either a circular or vertical pattern to the soft focus effect, which adds even more of a ‘vintage’ feel to your images.

Editing your images in Instagram is easy

Adding a soft blur effect to an image

As a photography enthusiast, I would highly recommend this app. In facet, I’ve met a few fellow photographers on what’s called ‘Instawalks’ and there’s nothing better than meeting like-minded people who also have a passion and love for the photographic medium as an art form.

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio”


Feb 1 2012

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Jul 19 2011

Jimmy Page Official Website Launches

On July 14th, 2001, Jimmy Page launched his brand new website to the world at www.jimmypage.com. I had been waiting for this moment for a long while, being the Led Zeppelin fan that I am. Although sparse, it does not disappoint. I especially like the daily changing of the homepage and it’s correspondence to what happened in Jimmy’s career on this date…. it adds allure to the site and certainly will keep people like myself coming back daily to see what’s new.

Jimmy-page-guide

The Website comes complete with a guide, pictured above. Within this guide, a map is lain out out on how to navigate the site:

The site is broken down into 5 distinct sections, ‘On This Day‘, ‘News‘, ‘Live‘, ‘Photos‘, and ‘Discography‘. The ‘Live‘ section allows one to click a button to tell everyone visiting this section whether they were there at the concert. It’s a great run-down of Jimmy’s extensive career and illustrates how much he’s performed live over the years. In the ‘Discography‘ section, all of Jimmy’s recordings are listed and you can favorite them. Here’s how my account looks now:

Account

Notice the live dates I’ve attended over the years and some of my favorite albums! :)

Here are a few collaborations Jimmy has done with Roy Harper (Roy Harper Official website), one of my favorite singer / songwriters / guitarists:

I believe they actually had some earlier material they did together, but it’s not listed here as of yet. My favorite is ‘Jugula‘ from the mid 1980s, just before Jimmy joined The Firm with Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company and Free fame). In fact, Roy’s bass player, Tony Franklin went on to become the Firm’s bass player!

I really enjoyed the ‘Photos’ section, as I am a photography enthusiast. Here are some images shared within this section… some from The Firm, some from the Welsh cottage of Bron-Yr-Aur, some of Jimmy’s guitar collection, some of Jimmy in the studio, and some from a 1975 Madison Square Garden concert:

Jimmy is even on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Jimmy Page on Twitter or give a like to Jimmy on Facebook.

There are even credits given out on the site and some notable mentioned include the great rock and roll photographer, Ross Halfin and Jimmy’s own daughter, Scarlet Page on some of the photo credits. Jimmy is listed as the executive producer:

Credits

Posted via email from Chris J Politzki’s Posterous


Jul 30 2010

Twitter Suggests Who You Should Follow

You may have missed this new feature in Twitter. Read about the New Discovering Who to Follow on Twitter feature on the Twitter Blog. Or see it for yourself in Twitter by going to ‘Find People’ from the top of the page, then select the ‘Suggestions for You’ tab. Once there, you should see a list of people suggested to you based on:

The suggestions are based on several factors, including people you follow and the people they follow.

Screen Capture:

Chris J. Politzki

Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio

Posted via email from Chris J Politzki’s Posterous


Mar 19 2010

Studio 119 Degrees on Twitter

We’ve been on Twitter for some time, but I thought I’d add a screen capture of how we added our own brand identity to our Twitter account. Granted, you can’t manipulated the code on the left-hand side and add links, etc. However, you can create the illusion of having added those. It also stays true to our current web site design.


Oct 19 2009

Twitter For Beginners – Useful Steps

Signed Up and Not Sure What to Do Now?

I recently posted something of an introduction to Twitter. In it, I introduced people to Twitter and asked a few questions to the SEO community. I still think people are struggling with where to start when they sign up though. I constantly get questions from friends and family on what Twitter is really about. It’s all about joining the ‘real-time conversation’ on any and everything that interests you. Such a vast collection of information may intimidate many people and I think this is why I’m asked the same question over and over, “What can I do with Twitter, what is it good for?”

Let’s Take a Look at Some of the Things You Can Do With Twitter

Try finding friends you already know first of all. There’s a great built-in tool that’s in Twitter called, Find Friends on Other Networks tool. If you have a AOL, Yahoo!, or Gmail account, Twitter can scan your contacts list and see if anyone you know is on Twitter that
you haven’t yet started following.

See a screenshot below:

There’s also an application online that helps you find who’s tweeting. It’s called Tweepz. There’s another one called Twellow and they both are very similar to a Yellow Pages site for Twitter. With either one, you can type in a topic you’re interested in and see who’s tweeting about that subject in your area and beyond.

The Tweepz.com search feature with 'SEO Denver' search entered.

The Twellow.com search feature shown above.

Yet another method of finding friends on Twitter is through Facebook. The Twitter Facebook App can inform you of which one of your friends is on Twitter and which ones aren’t.

Another great and often overlooked tool to find like-minded people to follow on Twitter is to use Twitter Search. See what people are saying in real time about a certain topic that interests you and begin following these people if you find their tweets interesting.

So as you can see, there are many different ways to find people to follow on Twitter. There’s also a few that I haven’t mentioned or tried yet, but feel free to do so if you so desire. These are WeFollow, Twubble and Twitterel.

This is how the Twitter for Facebook App looks like.

This is how the Twitter for Facebook App looks like.

Find Local Twitter People You Can Network With

I found Twitter great for networking. Along with all of the fore-mentioned methods of finding people, there’s a few other methods to really find worth while people to follow and possibly network with. Twitter Advanced Search allows one to limit results to a nearby location. There’s also other 3rd party apps, such as TwellowHood and Localtweeps.

Connect and Stay In Touch With People on Twitter

Now that you know how to find friends and other people who may share interests similar to yours, try downloading a free Desktop or Mobile Client. Keeping up with your ‘mentions’ and ‘direct messages’ within Twitter is somewhat cumbersome and that’s why I personally use TweetDeck. It helps you keep track of everything going on with your Twitter account even if you have multiple account to take into consideration. They’ve even built in a nice MySpace and Facebook feature to track things going on there as well.

This is how TweetDeck looks for managing Twitter, Facebook and MySpace

This is how TweetDeck looks for managing Twitter, Facebook and MySpace

Other alternatives are Seesmic, and others you can research further in a 19 Twitter Desktop Apps Compared.

People who are on mobile devices such as the iPhone or iPod Touch can check out many of the iPhone Twitter Apps. There’s also web-based Twitter clients available that make Twitter easier to use on other Mobile devices such as Mixero and PeopleBrowsr.

Learn How to use Twitter Like a Pro

Twitter Help is a great place to start. Or there’s the Twitter Support Forum. Mashable.com also has a great Guide Book for Twitter. There’s also the Twitter App Directory where you can see some of the cool things you can do with Twitter. Most of all, enjoy tweeting and make it work for you.

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio


Apr 11 2009

Into the Twittersphere?

I recently found this hilarious clip on YouTube on Twitter and it’s effect on people and thought I’d share.

Enjoy!

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees


Apr 4 2009

Denver Holiday Lights 2008


Denver Holiday Lights 2008 #1

Originally uploaded by CJPolitzki

Loaded up some images from downtown Denver, Colorado from this past holiday season. See the city decorated with seasonal lighting!

View the Daniels and Fisher Tower, the 16th Street Mall and Union Station all decked out in their holiday glamour!


Feb 14 2009

Flickr Photographs from Chris Politzki

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing. These are our 2008 pumpkins from the garden. These images I’ve initially posted are from the backyard of our Westminster, Colorado home. Check the entire collection here: Fall Color Images 2008.

 

 

Chris J. Politzki

Studio 119 Degrees