25 September 2008

iPhone 'App' Of The Week : A Free Level

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25/09/2008 – iPhone 'App' Of The Week : A Free Level

This week's iPhone 'App' of the week, A Free Level, may seem whimsical at first, but for a photographer in the field this 'App' can be a fantastic tool!

Many photographers use tripods or heads with a level built into them, however on the road I don't know any ultra compact tripods that have a level integrated into them. To get around my hatred of an uneven horizon in certain architecture photos I downloaded "A Free Level" for my iPhone.

A Free Level is just that....a completely free 'App' that turns your iPhone into a level! Now whenever I am struggling to line up a straight horizon, especially when working with tilt-shift lenses, I whip out my iPhone, place it against the hot-shoe of my camera and get my camera straight and level.

This tool may not be ideal for general travel use, but you can always place it on the tray table in front of you and find out what direction the plane is leaning.

Happy Flying!
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2 comments:

Karen Lisa said...

That's a really neat app. I definitely will have to look into downloading it!

Steven Pam said...

Cool toy. The HTC Touch Diamond phone has a level, too.

Just one thing...

"you can always place it on the tray table in front of you and find out what direction the plane is leaning."

If the plane is being flown properly, the only way you'll be able to tell which way it's leaning, is by looking out the window! A plane in a coordinated turn is just like a bucket of water being swung around on the end of a string - the water stays level with the bottom of the bucket, and just gets "heavier".

I bet you're glad we got that straight now :-)