Remote Shutter Release for your iDevice

Many photo sharing sites have noted that the iPhone is the camera used most often to take the pictures published on their sites. Despite owning a nice DSLR, my iPhone accounts for over 90% of the photos I post online. There’s nothing handier than the camera you have with you all the time.

When trying to capture low-light shots, there are times I wish I had a remote shutter release. Even when taking photos with lots of light, there are times when I find it hard to hold the camera still while simultaneously taking the picture using only one hand.

The iPhone ear buds can be used as a remote shutter release. While in the Camera app, press either of the up/down volume buttons to take a photo.

Shutter Release

This also works on an iPad and iPod touch. Check it out!


iOS 6: Organize Your Camera Roll Photos into Albums

By many accounts, the iPhone is the world’s most popular camera for taking photos and posting on-line. If you’re like a lot of people, your Camera Roll (the collection of photos you’ve kept on your iPhone) has gotten so overgrown, it’s hard to find the photos you’re interested in. Did you know you can organize the photos in your camera roll into albums?

1. Launch the Photos app (Not the Camera app) and select the Camera Roll.

2. Tap on the Edit button on the upper right hand corner and tap on all the photos you want to assemble into an album.

Create Photo Album

3. When you’re finished selecting photos, tap on the Add To button, then select Add to New Album. Next, enter a name for the album, then press Save.

If you wish to add photos to an existing album, follow the same steps but choose Add to Existing Album instead.A photo may belong to more than one album. 

You can delete photos from an album at any time. This will not delete them from the Camera Roll. However, if you delete a photo from the Camera Roll, it will also delete them from all albums.

Note: Prior to iOS 6, the process is the same but the position and style of some of the buttons may be different.

A Quicker Way to Post to facebook or Twitter

iOS 6 offers a faster way to tweet or post a facebook status update without the need to bring up the respective applications. This can save time. I’ve also found that posting this way seems to take less “cellular resources” when I’ve got a questionable connection. When I’m in Yosemite competing for an over subscribed data connection, I’ve found my status updates are more likely to get through. 

Bring up Notification screen by swiping from the top down on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. At the top of the screen, you’ll see Tap to Tweet and Tap to Post. (If you don’t, I’ll explain why below and how to .)

Tap to Post


At the top of the screen are two buttons for posting to Twitter and facebook. 

Posting from Notification Screen


If you don’t see either of these posting options, it’s likely because you haven’t signed into these accounts via iOS 6. To sign in, go to Settings > Facebook and/or Settings > Twitter and log into your accounts.

Any Printer Can Be an AirPrint Printer

Since the release of iOS 4.2, you can print* from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to any AirPrint enabled printer. But what if you don’t have an AirPrint enabled printer? What if you’re using a 15 year old HP LaserJet that wouldn’t know an iPad from an iHop?


AirPrint for the rest of us…

There are a variety of solutions that turn any printer into an AirPrint accessible device. I’m using one called AirPrint Activator**, version 3.1.0., a DonationWare application from Netputing.

AirPrint Activator is a software application that runs on a Mac or Windows PC and turns your computer into an AirPrint print spooler. (I’m using the Mac version.) It installs in System Preferences.

AirPrint Activator 1

After installation, share your printer from the computer. AirPrint Activator fools an AirPrint device into thinking it’s printing to an AirPrint enabled printer.

Let’s begin:

1. Download AirPrint Activator:

2. Install AirPrint Activator.

3. Share one or more of your printers via the computer on which you installed AirPrint Activator. (The computer and printer must be on the same wireless/wired network.)

4. Turn on AirPrint Activator. Go into System Preferences, select AirPrint Activator and set the sliding switch to On. The printer(s) you shared will show up in the list on the right.

AirPrint Activator 2

In my case, the printer name is Mr. Laserjet.

Next, on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, bring up an application that supports printing. Depending on the application you’re using, you’ll tap one of the following symbols to bring up the printing option: 

 Printer Symbols copy

I’m using iOS 6 and Safari for this example. Follow the next four screens to select the printer you shared, then hit the Print button.

Select Printer 0

Tap on the Print icon.


Select Printer 1

Tap on Select Printer >.


Select Printer 2

Tap on the printer you wish to print to.


Select Printer 3

Tap on Print. That’s it!

* iPad (All models), iPhone (3GS or later), iPod touch (3rd generation or later)

**Netputing is renaming AirPrint Activator to handyPrint™ when it release version 3.1.1. Only the name is changing. If you installed a previous version, upgrading to version 3.1.1 will change the name of the application and update the icon. No need to uninstall anything.