Aperture 3 for Bike Bloggers

Apple released Aperture 3 earlier this week with all kinds of new in it, including chronologically Google-mapping your photos.

Aperture Places View


Europe and India leg of our Mobile Social Worldwide

Ok that’s cool and fantastic for your rides and tours because you can create a book like this


Indiana Jones Map style

and share it with readers and friends. The mapping feature becomes a killer app when we connect our Mobile Social (MoSo) photos to rides and the locations we’ve been. Even better, group-produced photos will show the ride, where we all stopped, and when.

Note that iPhoto does some of this now, but Aperture exponentially increases the functionally by importing GPS track data and then uses the data to assign locations to photos already in your library. That means you can track your ride with a Garmin, shoot in RAW with a camera that doesn’t have GPS, and map the photos. Or even simpler, moblog with your iPhone while your prosumer-photo Bro shoots high rez. Later at your computer, map both sets of photos in Aperture and upload them to Flickr.

To see the potential, check the test I did last month with the Biologic iPhone Mount. While riding around Seattle, I periodically shot photos. Besides getting some awesome action photos of a front wheel, I also geo-located my ride and can see who was was uploading photos around the same time as me.

Streets of Prague



Following my post earlier this year about shooting with the Canon 50d, this takes it to another level, which is the point of Aperture 3. In context to Bike Hugger, we’re better curating the content produced during the MoSos. For your blogging and photos, you’ll likely find all the other 199 features Aperture 3 offers worth the upgrade. For cyclists, the GPS feature is worth the price of admission alone. It’s like the drive-train on your bike; likely still works good, but the new stuff works much better.

Now for the Codes

moso_code.png Starting with the MoSo SXSW, we’re using QR Codes (a barcode that links to websites). You’ll find this code in the SXSW program. It links to a simplifed view of the event: date, time, and details. You can scan it yourself now by downloading an app for your phone and pointing it at the code. Try QuickMark, Scanlife, and Ricoh iCandy.

After our Spring campaign, the MoSos will become more socially networked. We’ll incrementally add metadata about the rides to the QR codes destinations based on what we’re shooting with the 50d and mapping with Aperture.

Aperture 3 (Amazon link) retails at $199.00 and $99.00 for an upgrade. A 30-day trial is available.

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