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Ten Fail Proof Gifts For Photographers In Your Circles

Ten Fail Proof Gifts For Photographers In Your Circles

Whether we’re ready to admit it or not, the holidays are upon us. I tried as long as I could to ignore the names of the months passing by on the calendar, but, well, once Daylight Savings Time hit, denial turned to grief turned to acceptance turned to ‘ok, fine, let’s do this thing!’ Anyhow, chances are there’s a photographer in your family or group of friends that you’ll have to shop for, and while we're certainly a famously finicky bunch, I guarantee you, there’s still something that photographer “needs.” So here’s a list of things that will help turn that psychosis-inducing task of figuring it out into the easiest checkmark on your shopping list. Here are 10 fail-proof gifts for photographers in your circles.

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What Apple iOS 8 Manual Camera Controls Means For The Masses

What Apple iOS 8 Manual Camera Controls Means For The Masses

So as we already know, Apple has opened up it’s manual camera controls for developers and users in it’s new iOS 8. What this means for pro photographers is that they can finally take charge of their images similar to the way that they’re used to with their professional gear. What this means for amateur photographers and those who use their iPhone to snap their lives’ memories, is that they’re going to be insanely confused at first and wonder what the hell it all means and why can’t they just point and click like they were used to. But then, as they start to play with it all, they’ll realize they’re getting better images, and start to wonder why. So, to minimize that time between ‘wtf’ and ‘oh wow,’ here is a quick breakdown of the Apple iOS 8 manual camera controls that developers will have access to - what it all means and what it all does:

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A Collection Of iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Background Wallpapers

A Collection Of iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Background Wallpapers

For the lucky ones who managed to snag an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, I figured I’d throw together a collection of my images sized and optimized to serve as background wallpapers to grace the face of your new device. There are several scenes covering various locations from Yosemite to Venice to a gorgeous Grist Mill in Washington. Hopefully there’s something in there that’ll tickle your fancy.

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Why Apple iOS 8 Will Create Better Photographers

Why Apple iOS 8 Will Create Better Photographers

With Apple opening up controls to iPhone’s native camera in the soon-to-be-released iOS 8, allowing access to manual photo controls, and the fact that the iPhone camera is already the most popular camera phone, we might just see a significant uptick in the quality of all those selfies and your coworkers lunches, cats, and margaritas (well that depends on how many margaritas I suppose). Most people that use their iPhones as cameras use the native app, and with that comes no controls other than aspect ratio and front or rear facing camera, and most third party apps that offer some version of manual controls proving either clunky or digitally over-ambitious at best. But now, with iOS 8, they're going to see a lot of options that they may have never even heard of before.

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The Proof Sheet – Photography News In Review For The Week of July 14

The Proof Sheet – Photography News In Review For The Week of July 14

Welcome to The Proof Sheet, where each week I'll post some of the more notable photography news in sweet, chewy, bite-sized, easily-digestible morsels. Click the Read More for this week's stories.

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Thank Apple’s OS X Yosemite Announcement For This Collection Of Desktop & iPhone WallPapers

Thank Apple’s OS X Yosemite Announcement For This Collection Of Desktop & iPhone WallPapers

In honor of Apple’s latest operating system announcement, OS X Yosemite (which, if you know me, that word alone gets me excited) I figured I’d rehash some of my images from my Yosemite adventures last year. In case you don’t want to (or can’t) wait until the fall for the official release, after the 'read more' break below, you'll find a few of my favorites optimized for your desktop backgrounds, and below those are the iPhone-optimized versions. To save them, just right click and choose ‘Save Link As...’

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Let The Topanga Gradient Take Over Your iPhone!

Let The Topanga Gradient Take Over Your iPhone!

Every now and again I throw out an image I feel fits well as a background for the iPhone, and now is one of those agains. Here's an image I captured last week on the Samsung NX30 as the sun was dropping behind this Santa Monica Mountains ridgeline overlooking Topanga Canyon, California.

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California Finally Got Rain And Left Us With A Gift – Another Perfect iPhone Wallpaper!

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So I was out on a job on Monday afternoon, and it was the day after Los Angeles finally got a bout of MUCH needed and necessary rain to break the spell of the drought, and the Southland's citizens weren't the only ones happy about it. The skies and trees and flora and fauna went kinda nuts as well. So here's a capture taken on the Samsung NX300 that's optimized for iPhone 5 parallax fantastica, and, as always, if you'd like it for a different device, let me know, I'll be more than happy to size it for that as well. Anywho, just right click and save the source image. If you missed my last few batches, here are some others that might work for you:

A Fresh Selection Of iPhone 5 Parallax Wallpapers If You Wanna

Happy iOS 7 Day! Here’s A Fresh Wallpaper For That Parallax iPhone Action!

Happy iPhone Day! Here’s Some Teasers & iPhone Stuffs

Some Autumn Themed Parallax Wallpaper Madness for your iOS 7 iThings

Some Autumn Themed Parallax Wallpaper Madness for your iOS 7 iThings.

Fall_Autumn_Mulholland_Trees_iPhone_Parallax Fall_Autumn_Mulholland_Fence_iPhone_Parallax Had to get out of the house for a bit today just to refresh the brain so got in my car and headed over to Peter Strauss Ranch off Mulholland in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains and found a few things that, well, definitely helped me air out the ol’ noggin’. Seemed like they might make some pretty decent Autumn-themed backgrounds and wallpapers for your iOS devices, so why not…here they are.

Simply right-click and ‘Save As’ or if you’re on your iOS device, just hold down and choose ‘Save to Camera Roll’ and there you go. Again, I only format for iOS because that’s what I use, but if enough of you request for other formats, I’ll be happy to provide those as well. Anywho…Happy Fall Y’all!

fell on mulholland for iPhone 4/4s. Wasim Muklashy Photography. Calabasas, California.

Fell On Mulholland for iPhone 5/5s. Wasim Muklashy Photography. Calabasas, California.

fell on mulholland for iPad Mini_Non Retina. Wasim Muklashy Photography. Calabasas, California.

fell on mulholland for iPad Mini Retina. Wasim Muklashy Photography. Calabasas, California.

fell on mulholland for iPad 3/4. Wasim Muklashy Photography. Calabasas, California

had to get out for iPad Mini_Non Retina. Wasim Muklashy Photography.

had to get out for iPhone 4/4s. Wasim Muklashy Photography.

had to get out for iPhone 5/5s/5c. Wasim Muklashy Photography.

had to get out for iPad Mini Retina. Wasim Muklashy Photography.

had to get out for iPad 3/4. Wasim Muklashy Photography.

My images done showed up on iPhone cases!

But only cuz I put them there...

Earlier in the week, I passed along a few iPhone wallpapers with that parallax dynamic madness in celebration of the iOS7 release, and now that the new iPhone itself has been released today, figured why not...I've gone to Society6 and done some fancy shmancy cases using some of my photographs you've seen on these pages and on my Google Plus page to protect them buggers!

Oh, and if you use this link to order before September 22, you'll get free shipping...

Ok, that's about as much shameless self-promotion as I feel even mildly comfortable with, so I'll back off...for now...

...and the next part of the 3 National Parks, 3 States, 2 weeks, 1 Crap Bag story coming early next week...

Happy iOS 7 Day! Here's A Fresh Wallpaper For That Parallax iPhone Action!

Zion National Park, Utah. Wasim Muklashy PhotographySo to continue in what I hope to be an ongoing tradition (all depends on how my memory decides to treat me week by week...), here's another one optimized for an iPhone background so you can play with all that new iOS 7 dynamic parallax 3D wallpaper psychotica in style. This one's from Utah, just on the outskirts of Zion National Park on the way to Bryce Canyon National Park. Looked in our rearview mirror as we were driving and I hit the brakes immediately. If you missed the latest blog post from yesterday which tells the story of this adventure "3 National Parks, 3 States, 2 Weeks, 1 Crap Bag - Entering The Narrows," click HERE. It's the 3rd part in an ongoing series. If you want to start at the beginning, click HERE.

Anyhow, have fun with iOS 7. All you gotta do with the images below is just simply drag n' drop or right click and 'Download Image as...' or 'Save As...' You'll notice the parallax versions are a bit larger, so if you've got a 4s or newer, I recommend downloading those ones - you'll see why when you start to play... I've also added parallax versions of last week's wallpaper on that post as well. Click the 'Continue Reading' button below the image to access all available versions for your device.

And again, if I get enough interest for other devices, I'll gladly begin to format for those as well. Feel free to drop me a line...

Zion National Park, Utah. Wasim Muklashy Photography

Zion National Park, Utah. Wasim Muklashy Photography

Zion National Park, Utah. Wasim Muklashy Photography

Zion National Park, Utah. Wasim Muklashy Photography

Happy iPhone Day! Here's Some Teasers & iPhone Stuffs

Peel Colorado like an onion for iPhone 5.So I'm sitting here writing the entries and processing photos for the next few blog posts for my recent series "3 National Parks, 3 States, 2 Weeks, 1 Crap Bag," and ran across a few images that I couldn't help but think to myself, these would be pretty sweet iPhone backgrounds. So to break up that series of posts, I figured I'd throw these out to everyone if you want 'em both as teasers for the blog posts and just because I've had a glass of scotch, the new iPhones just got announced, and I'm in a sharing mood. I'll try to post one every other week (if I remember). These are sized for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4, and if I get enough interest and comments, I'll resize for other mobile devices as well. If you wanna, just simply drag n' drop or right click and 'Download Image as...' or 'Save As...' Click the "Read More" button below the image for all the download options...

And make sure to watch out for Part 2 of  "3 National Parks, 3 States, 2 Weeks, 1 Crap Bag" tomorrow...

Peel Colorado like an onion for iPhone 5.

Peel Colorado like an onion for iPhone 4.

Peel Colorado like an onion for iPhone 4s_Parallax

Peel Colorado like an onion for iPhone 5_Parallax