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Margo Armstrong’s interview Part 2

December 14, 2013 by Bob Difley · Leave a Comment 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminBy Bob Difley Margo Armstrong, who writes the website and blog called Moving On With Margo did a two part interview with me on RVing, specifically boondocking, and photography. The first part was published last Friday here and the second part, which is the photography part, went live Friday. You can read the photography part of the interview on Margo’s blog. For more RVing articles and tips take a look at my Healthy RV Lifestyle website, where you will also find my ebooks: BOONDOCKING: Finding the Perfect Campsite on America’s Public Lands (PDF or Kindle), 111 Ways to Get the Biggest Bang for your RV Lifestyle Buck (PDF or Kindle), and Snowbird Guide to Boondocking in the Southwestern Deserts (PDF or Kindle), and my newest, The RV Lifestyle: Reflections of Life on the Road (Kindle reader version). NOTE: Use the Kindle version to read on iPad and iPhone or any device that has the free Kindle reader app.  Read More →



Take better landscape photos with your digital camera

October 29, 2013 by Bob Difley · Leave a Comment 

By Bob Difley If you are among the photographers that recently acquired a digital SLR camera but find yourself still shooting the majority of your shots in Auto mode, you are not taking advantage the differences between a point-and-shoot or smartphone camera and your SLR. This will result in you taking only marginally better photos, essentially still in the snapshot category. This does not mean you have to memorize the SLR’s manual and perfect all the features that are available to you. By learning the camera’s features one at a time, from the ones that will make the most difference, and practicing these you will see a marked improvement in your final photos. For instance, in their new book, Living Landscapes: A Guide to Stunning Landscape Photography, Todd and Sarah Sisson write, “As with camera equipment, I promote simplicity when it comes to camera settings. Cameras are expensive, so I like to make them earn their keep. I embrace as many automatic functions as possible when photographing, over-riding these only when necessary.” This makes using an SLR’s unique features an easier transition, since by making some simple changes in the way you shoot, you  can produce instant results–and you don’t have to fiddle with the settings on each shot. Todd suggests that since most landscape photography tries to achieve maximum depth-of-field (in focus from close up to infinity) that setting your default to Aperture Priority (A) instead of Auto,... Read more



Don’t Settle for the Camera that Came with Your Smartphone

August 16, 2013 by Chris Guld · Leave a Comment 

by Chris Guld, GeeksOnTour.TV Your smartphone has a camera lens, a sensor, and a shutter, but it’s the software, the Camera App that makes it a camera.  All smartphones come with a stock Camera app, but there is so much more!  Here is an article by CNET on the 12 best Android camera apps around.  And, here’s an article from howstuffworks on 10 Great iPhone Camera Apps. What is HDR I just want to tell you about the one extra camera app that I use – it’s called Pro HDR.  No, HDR doesn’t stand for High Definition something … it stands for High Dynamic Range.  It is a special photographic technique intended for scenes that have a wide range of exposure needs.  A lot of light, and a lot of dark. The HDR technique takes 3 separate photos of these scenes at 3 different exposures.  This way it can get the perfect exposure for the light parts AND the perfect exposure for the dark parts.  It also takes a middle exposure.  When these three pictures are put together, you not only get a great exposure but also depth in the color.  I love taking HDR photos – they look so special. Professional photographers actually take 3 different exposures manually and put them together later to produce HDR photos.  See some excellent examples here. HDR on a Smartphone To take an HDR photo with a smartphone, you just need an app that automatically takes the 3 exposures and puts them together.  On the iPhone with iOS 6 HDR is a simple on/off option on the stock camera app.  It takes... Read more



BEAT THE HEAT with a Quick Dry “Fishing” Shirt

July 19, 2013 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

What is the best outdoors shirt for summertime RV camping? The best I have found is the Columbia PFG (“Performance Fishing Gear”) line of shirts. They are an ideal blend of style and function, and help keep you cool on hot days. I bought one of these shirts (in the Tamiami II style), and liked it so much I bought a couple more. I wear these “fishing” shirts even though I’m not much of a fisherman. They are amazingly comfortable, and they look nice too. Mine are short sleeve, but Columbia makes long sleeve and a few different styles. Sporting a Columbia PFG shirt (in the Tamiami II style) at the Yukon's awesome Kluane Lake. Never let grizzly bears see you sweat! What makes these shirts so great? They contain Columbia’s “Omni-Dry” moisture wicking technology. The material draws moisture away from your body where it evaporates into the air. I’m sure there’s a little bit of marketing razzle dazzle here, but this stuff really does work. The material has “quick dry” properties for both water and perspiration. This is the lightest weight fishing shirt that Columbia makes, and the material is state of the art. Columbia simply calls the material polyester, which doesn’t sound exciting – but it is strikingly lightweight, soft and stretchy. Build quality is top notch, with robust threading, stitching, and buttons. Available for men & women, in long & short sleeve, these "fishing" shirts boast clever design features to... Read more



REVIEW: “Valentine One” Radar Detector

July 9, 2013 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

Radar detectors are fascinating devices. These gadgets are used by motorists to detect if their speed is being monitored by someone using a radar gun. In a sense, radar detectors are safety devices that encourage owners to be mindful of speed. Of course, they also help avoid unwanted “speed trap” speeding tickets (although there’s no guarantee on this point) and the resulting hike in insurance premiums. The Valentine One radar detector is among the best money can buy. First sold in 1992, over time its design has barely changed. That’s because it was so darn good from the beginning. These detectors never become obsolete because the software and hardware can always be updated. (If there are significant desirable upgrades, owners can send their old units to the company and pay a fee for the new stuff.) They are built like little tanks, can withstand scorching summer heat, and are packed with thoughtful design features. Valentine One booting up - normally all of these lights are not simultaneously lit. Note the directional arrows, strength meter, and ability to track up to 8 different radar sources. (Click the pic for more info.) The Valentine One (”V1″) offers complete coverage. It detects five bands (X, K, Ka, “super wideband” Ka, and Ku) of radar. It also detects laser in all directions. The Valentine One detector is incredibly sensitive, and sometimes (especially in open terrain) will detect radar signals miles in advance. Yet it’s also intelligent... Read more



Using DropBox to get Pictures from your Smartphone

July 8, 2013 by Chris Guld · Leave a Comment 

If you’re like us, you find yourself taking more and more pictures with your smartphone instead of your normal camera.  That really messes up our procedures of getting the pictures from the camera to the computer and organizing them there.  How do we get the pictures from the smartphone to the computer?  If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch some past tutorial videos on how to transfer pictures by attaching a cable from the phone to the computer: Import Pictures with Android and Import pictures from an iPad/iPhone.  But now, there is an even easier option. Dropbox, is the indispensible Cloud storage and synchronizing utility.  We’ve written about it several times, and mention it in almost every seminar since it’s our Dropbox folder where we store all our seminar materials!  Dropbox also has a special feature called “Camera Upload.”  It is nothing short of magic!  Now I take a picture on my phone and the next time I sit down at my computer, that picture is there in the Dropbox/Camera Upload folder. Add More Dropbox Storage Space by Using Camera Uploads The Free version of Dropbox starts you out with 2GB of storage space.  If you’re going to upload pictures from your smartphone to your Dropbox account, you’ll need more!  The folks at Dropbox realize this.  If you install the latest version of the Dropbox App on your Android or iPhone, you will earn up to 3GB in additional storage.  You will earn... Read more



Outdoor Fun! with Cheap Waterproof Cameras

June 20, 2013 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

For many of us, our favorite souvenirs from RV travel, shows, and events are the photographs we bring home. Over the years doing the Long Long Honeymoon website, I’ve used a lot of gear – and in this series of articles, we discuss my favorite (and/or recommended) cameras. Today’s recommendation is a simple point-and-shoot, one that goes where tablets and smartphones cannot: a waterproof camera. We occasionally use waterproof cameras to shoot our LongLongHoneymoon.com website. They are fun travel cameras for anyone who loves the outdoors. U.S. Virgin Islands National Park (Photo taken by the author with a simple waterproof camera.). You can hitch a boat to these buoys and use 'em as your "campsite!" Just a few years ago, waterproofing a camera meant you needed a bulky and expensive external housing. Today you can buy waterproof digital cameras for a reasonable cost. The Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 costs less than $80! This Kodak camera is WATERPROOF - and it costs less than $80! A lot of fun for a low price. (CLICK THE PIC for more info!) There are many nice choices from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Kodak, and Olympus. Personally I have enjoyed using the Panasonic Lumix TS series (like the Lumix TS20). At the moment I have a simple Fuji Finepix XP60. It’s nothing fancy, but it does the trick. No special housing is required. These cameras are waterproof (and typically shockproof and freezeproof) straight from the factory. They are very simple to operate,... Read more



Printing Pictures with Picasa

April 14, 2013 by Chris Guld · Leave a Comment 

I don’t print.  We live in an RV – there’s no place to put printed photo albums!  I love being able to share my pictures by uploading them to Picasa Web Albums / Google+.  (see Member Tutorial Video: Intro to Web Albums)  But that’s me.  I know that some people still like to have prints.  And, I have been known to print some pictures for my Mom to have.    Printing to Your Own Printer Just select the picture (or pictures) you want to print and click the Print button at the bottom of Picasa’s screen (see Member Tutorial Video Printing).  You will have options for print size, Shrink to Fit, printing captions on borders, printer setup options, and number of copies.  For a quick way to get something printed, this works great, but keep reading and I’ll tell you a much better way to print your pictures. Let the Pros do the Printing You will get much better results if you use commercially available photo-printing services like Walgreens, Walmart, Shutterfly, or CVS.  Many people know that already and they export their photos to a USB thumb drive and take them to the store for processing.  Oh no!  It’s so much easier than that!  Picasa will upload your pictures (the edited version) directly to Walgreens, Walmart, Shutterfly, and more.  Then you can go pick up the finished prints in an hour!  Or you can have them mailed to you – or whoever you want to get them. Here’s how:  Just... Read more



THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

March 6, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers A few days ago, I received a comment via email from Diane Lamirande of Quebec, Canada, that begins:  “I know you are seasoned travellers and you probably have this info already, but I am submitting just in case.  My husband and I travelled from our home city in the province of Quebec, to the Yukon and Alaska.  Our best piece of advice … buy the thick directory ‘The Milepost.’  INDISPENSABLE.” Yes, Diane and all RVers interested in traveling to Alaska, we too strongly recommend having “Milepost” handy when you plan and travel on your trip of a lifetime. BUT, NOW THERE’S ANOTHER INDISPENSABLE REFERENCE!! My website is officially launched, and, while still in the formative stages, it includes all the blogs I did while traveling to Alaska, complete with comments from readers. The site is ontopoftheworld.cc [cc is the new extension for “Cross-Country”] While more items will be added on a weekly basis, the primary entries are photographs taken on our journeys across North America in our recreational vehicle and articles published on the RV.net website that fostered hundreds of comments. ▪.  Richard Gregorie on August 20th, 2010 8:22 am  
Wow! We have just started RVing and your series was terrific. It will be a while before we will make such a venture, but you have given us something to look forward to. Thanks so much for taking the time to bring your great adventure into the homes of... Read more



Tips on how to take great travel photos

November 14, 2012 by Bob Difley · 3 Comments 

By Bob Difley Nearly everyone who travels–and what RVer doesn’t?–likes to document their trips with journals and photos. With the rapid advancements in digital devices, the Internet, and social media, travel documentation has become both instant and easy. Instead of journals there is now blogging, sending instant reports to friends, relatives, and followers. Social media permits photos and short text descriptions instantly across the internet. And digital cameras, tablets, and smart phone cameras used with apps like Instagram permit even the most amateur of photographers to take photos of the places they visit and post them with a couple clicks or button pushes for all to see–and admire. But the biggest advance–the game changer, as Kodak followers can tell you–has been the invention and adoption of the digital camera. Film is gone except for special applications–and so is film expense. With digital you can snap away with complete disregard for the cost of the film and processing that will follow every photographic episode. Now it’s possible to take your travel photos from every vantage point, to experiment with different angles, shoot from ground level or from rooftops, change your speed or depth of field, take dozens of shots of the same subject to see what works–then delete all the ones that don’t. And it doesn’t cost a penny to delete even 90% of your shots just to get the right one. And one of the truly neat... Read more



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