For some reason, the Apple’s OS X 10.9.3 update has been hiding the /Users directory for a lot of users. So, if you need easy access to that folder, you’ll need to enter in a Terminal command. To bring back the Users folder, just enter this command into Terminal:sudo chflags nohidden /UsersEnter your password, and your Users folder should reappear in Finder. It seems like not everyone out there who updated to OS X 10.9.3 is seeing this behaviour, but if you are, this Terminal command does the trick. Many users experiences a hidden /Users folder after upgrading to OS X 10.9.3, here’s how to fix | 9to5Mac
Camera straps will give you safety and security, but they’re not always comfortable and they can get in the way. The photo experts at Stack Exchange offer some advice on whether you need a strap and present some alternatives. What are the pros and cons of using a camera strap? My personal preference is to use no strap at all, which I find best for my shooting habits. And what other straps are available? How do they address the problems of the default strap?See the full original question here.Context is what defines what a photographer should use. Without knowing in what context people use camera straps, it’s tough to pick if a strap is right for you, and if so, which.The strap I use is a heavily padded version of the standard neck-strap. It makes a world of difference for comfort, but otherwise works much like standard strap, although it does have a quick-release system which I rarely use.Faster lens changes: Straps allow a camera to hang conveniently right in front of me—a great spot to change lenses, which I sometimes do dozens of times per day. When strapless, it takes me at least twice the time.Fail-Safe: The neck-strap I use stays on my neck most of the time. If I set up my tripod on a precarious location, I keep my neck through the strap. Shooting downwards from a balcony, you better keep the strap on!Security: Keeps the camera safe from accidental knocks. If it gets knocked or I get pushed, chances are the camera will not fall. In some environments such as crowded streets or markets, it is impossible to prevent something from knocking the camera.Hands-Free: There are plenty of things to do while taking pictures that work better with both hands free: handing out business cards, writing people’s emails, handing out model-release forms, etc.Anti-Theft: There’s less risk someone can take away my camera if its attached to my neck. Some camera straps have an embedded metal wire to prevent slashing.Multiple Cameras: The straps may get entangled but at least it makes it easy to shoot with multiple cameras.Noticeable: A camera strap makes it obvious that there is someone with a camera taking photos.Shooting Down: When shooting the nadir shot for a panorama, the strap needs to be carefully folded up to prevent it from showing up in images.There are a few different straps which I use regularly, mostly with smaller cameras. My favorite stealth strap is a Hand-Strap, which wraps around the palm, though some photographers prefer a wrist strap. There are pros and cons for these straps as well:Pro: More safety than no strap. Particularly from accidental knocks.Con: Strain risk. With a hand strap, you support the weight of the camera at all times, so I rarely use it with something big.There are tons of custom straps and I have had some of the following issues with all of those that I’ve tried, except for the Bosstrap:Block the tripod mount: Most rapid straps hook to the tripod mount which can be annoying when using a tripod.Poor tripod contact: Even the few models with a pass-through offset the mount making it so your camera is no longer aligned on its optical axis. Straps can also reduce the contact-surface between the camera and quick-release plate.Issues with camera bags: Have you seen the videos selling rapid straps? People never use a camera bag! My guess is that it would get entangled with a shoulder-bag (my favorite), not work at all with a sling (second favorite), and probably cause difficulty with a backpack, which you should probably never use for photography anyway.There are a few more complex options aimed at professionals that I haven’t yet tried:Harness: A harness can provide good comfort and distribution of weight, while holding multiple cameras easily. It can be extremely secure.Holster: You can have holsters which attach to your belt (a friend actually had two sewn to a padded belt) and simply draw the cameras out and drop them back when you need to free your hands. This worked well for two cameras with one lens each but probably won’t work if you need to carry more.Belt-Clips: Clips are also available that attach to an ordinary belt with a matching piece that screws into the tripod-mount, but lets the camera slip and lock into the clip quickly.In addition to camera bags designed as a “holster” such as the Naneu C5, there are systems such as the Capture Clip, and the Spider Holster which allow you a little more versatility.The Capture is pretty nice because the mounting plate is Arca Swiss (you have to use their plate with their bracket, but their plate works with other Arca Swiss products, like tripod heads), and it has a fairly low profile. I have medium sized hands and I can use my camera in portrait mode with my hand wrapped around the grip and over the bracket without any issues. It’s not uncomfortable like other brackets I’ve tried. The only disadvantage I can think of is that the bracket can be uncomfortable if you’re sitting down and it’s around your waist. The Spider Holster comes highly recommended from some pros I know. At over $135, the Spider is relatively expensive, but it is supposed to be very comfortable and secure. Disagree with the answers above? Leave your own answer or submit a comment at the original post. Find more questions like it at Photography Stack Exchange, a question and answer community for professional and enthusiast photographers. And if you’ve got your own question that requires a solution, ask. You’ll get an answer. (And it’s free.)Image remixed from Dennis Cox (1, 2) and Diego Schtutman (Shutterstock).
Tablets like the Microsoft Surface try to bridge the gap between tablet and laptop, but if you prefer a larger desktop setup, you can create one with the right peripherals.Chris Hoffman details some of the tricks you can use over at PC World, and it’s a bit trickier than you might think. Unlike a laptop, some tablets only have micro USB ports for your peripherals, while others may not have an easy way to connect to an external monitor. Hoffman goes through some of the workarounds for hooking up your mouse and keyboard, external monitor, and even suggests a few apps for making the experience better. (Note that you’ll want a tablet with Windows 8, not Windows RT, if you want a true desktop experience.)Overall, it’s not hugely different from hooking a laptop up to some external peripherals, but this guide will help you get around the bumps in a road a tablet might present. Hit the link for the full post.Transform a Windows Tablet Into a Full-Fledged Windows PC | PC WorldPhoto by Hal Berenson.
Yesterday, we showed you a way to get $20 in Amazon App Store coins with the purchase of GTA San Andreas for $7. But today, Amazon’s gone even further off the deep end with $9 of free Amazon Coins just for downloading nine free photo editing apps (listed below). The apps are normally paid, and many of them are actually quite good, so you’d be wise to grab them regardless.Yesterday’s GTA deal is still live, so if you missed it, you can actually buy the game with these free coins, and still collect your $20 bonus. Make your own crazy dashcam videos with this 1080p model from Timetec. It’s listed at $300, but once you get to the final checkout screen, you’ll see a $100 discount.
Word Lens–an app that originally launched on iOS 4 years ago–and its parent company, Quest Visual, are now under the ownership of Google according to a post of Quest Visual’s website. The app, which translates words seen through a smartphone camera and displays them on-screen in real time, wasn’t released on Android for almost two years after originally being touted for use with the iPhone 3GS.
Interestingly enough, this app was recently featured in Apple’s “Powerful” ad, a TV promotion which showed a variety of applications and their “powerful” uses when paired with an iPhone 5s. Other apps shown in the below TV spot include Luminair, AmpliTube, and StarWalk.
The announcement in full, as posted at Quest Visual:
With Word Lens, we’ve seen the beginnings of what’s possible when we harness the power of mobile devices to “see the world in your language.”
By joining Google, we can incorporate Quest Visual’s technology into Google Translate’s broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future.
As a thank you to everybody who supported us on our journey, we’ve made both the app and the language packs free to download for a limited time while we transition to Google.
We’re looking forward to continuing our work at Google – stay tuned!
Even more interesting regarding this transition is that the application, on top of being featured in the above advertisement, is listed on Apple’s website on a page created for the ad itself along with all of the other apps featured in the ad.
The good news is that Google won’t likely be pulling Word Lens from the App Store. While Apple doesn’t currently have any apps published to the Play Store, Google has more than 30 counting just the iPhone; this will likely be just another addition to that huge number.
Why was the app acquired by Google? There hasn’t been any official word yet, but it’s said that the Word Lens team will be joining Google Translate. Notably, and potentially something that spurred this acquisition, is that the Word Lens team recently launched an app for Google Glass.
How do you feel about Word Lens being picked up by Google?