With the mercury rising and school days winding down, summer is just around the corner. Whether you’ve got a big vacation planned or just doing short trips to the beach or the city, your camera is like an awesome travel mate who helps create an album of memories for you to cherish forever.
Traveling light? You can take advantage of the camera on your iPhone or iPad instead of carrying heavy digital camera equipment, memory cards and cables for connecting to your laptop. As a bonus, you can share pictures instantly, too.
All you need to do is enjoy taking photos. Cooliris handles the rest for you.
1. View your photos in our 3D wall while enjoying your vacation
As you relax in your hotel room, see all the photos you took from your full day of sightseeing, in a swift and easy manner. With one tap, all your beautiful vacation photos will display on the fluid 3D Wall in Cooliris. You’ll heighten your sensory experience just by viewing your photos in this beautiful, fluid viewing environment.
If you’ve posted photos to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter while sightseeing, you can view those on your Cooliris wall as well. Cooliris aggregates all your photos in one place, making sure no precious moments are lost.
2. Share multiple photos on the go
With a standalone digital camera, you have to wait to get back to your hotel room, connect your camera to your laptop, and download your photos, all in order to share photos with your friends. With your iPhone or iPad, you can simply start a group conversation within the Cooliris app.
From the comfort of your beach lounger, you can choose which photos you want to share with your friends and begin a private conversation. Easily send as many photos as you want and let your friends know how much you’re enjoying your vacation.
3. See what your friends are doing
Want to see what the rest of your friends are up to? You can see their Facebook and Instagram photos via Cooliris. See the vacation spots they are visiting or what cuisine they are enjoying, all in one place through the Cooliris app.
4. Save photos for later
There are always certain photos that you want to save for later, either to print or to use on your laptop. With Cooliris you can save your vacation photos to Dropbox or Google Drive, and access them anywhere, anytime. Cooliris makes sure no photo frame in your house ever stays empty.
5. Share photos on Facebook directly from Cooliris
While viewing your photos on the Cooliris 3D Wall, imagine you spot a photo that you want to share on Facebook. Know you can share it directly on Facebook from Cooliris in no time, rather than going out of the app. Cooliris saves you the hassle and time, so you can you can go back to enjoying the rest of your photos and sipping your drink.
Happy travels this summer and do not forget to take Cooliris with you.
The Cooliris experience is all about viewing all your photos in the beautiful and fluid display of our stunning 3D wall. So when we heard about the work Danielle Hark promotes, we just knew we had to interview her for our blog. A mental health advocate, Danielle has written extensively for the Huffington Post about how taking and viewing beautiful photos can help deal with mental illnesses.
According to Danielle, art therapy is a valuable tool for emotional well-being. Taking and viewing photos can help you de-stress, relax and take your mind off thoughts that cause anxiety.
In our second in the series of interviews, we asked Danielle how viewing photos on a beautiful display on your smartphone or tablets can reduce stress in your life. Here is an excerpt from the interview.
Viewing media on smartphones is increasing rapidly. People of all age groups are joining the bandwagon, even young toddlers. How do you think this affects the mental well-being of these smartphone users?
I think photography can be a helpful tool for people of all ages who are experiencing mental health issues. Viewing photos can be a hopeful reminder of positive times and memories, which can be inspiring for people who are in dark places. Photos can also create the feeling of a calming oasis even for someone in a stressful situation. On a personal note, I have found that phone photos and videos can calm my toddler at times. She especially loves scrolling through photos on my iPhone, and pointing out vacations, family members, and her friends. I don’t let her play with it all the time, but when I do, it inevitably makes her smile.
Do you think the way photos are presented on smartphones can have a positive impact on the mind or be inspirational?
Photos that are viewed in a beautiful fluid display can have a positive impact on mental health. Photos can be used to help people de-stress. One way to do that is by uploading nature photos, and meditating while viewing them. With smartphones, this type of meditation is possible anywhere, even in a bathroom or your car.
How much of an influence does mobile photography have on your daily life? Has it altered your need for a digital camera?
I love taking photos, whether that is with my iPhone, my digital SLR, or even a toy camera, I simply love it. The iPhone has made it easier to take photos every day because it is always with me. I still bring my big camera with me if I am going somewhere fun or to an event, but my iPhone will be there too. The benefit of photography goes beyond the quality of the finished product, so the camera is secondary. It is really about the process of taking the photos and viewing them. For me, photography is a creative outlet, a way to express what is going on inside of me. Sometimes it helps me to be more present in a situation, while other times it can help me escape. Unless I am shooting for a professional job, a smartphone will often do the trick.
Danielle Hark is a wellness writer, professional photographer, and freelance photo editor. She is also a mental health advocate, and founder of BrokenLightCollective.com, the online photography gallery for people living with, or affected by, mental illness. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues, her mission is to help as many other people who are struggling, using photography and creativity whenever possible.
You already know Cooliris strives to create a beautiful visual experience every time you browse photos on your iPad and iPhone. But in order to get the most sublime experience, it makes sense the photos themselves should be beautiful and expressive, too.
To help you take the best photos, the Cooliris team is interviewing people who use photography in their daily lives and whose advice can help build your photography skills.
First in our interview series is the famous food blogger Nicole Cook. Her blog Daily Dish Recipes attracts thousands of people interested in recipes, stunning food photos, menu planning, and even growing your own food. With over 20 years of web experience, Nicole shares her tips on how to photograph food in a way that delivers the best visual experience for all your senses.
Food styling and composition are essential when taking photos for a food blog. What tips would you consider the most useful for improving the quality of food photos?
For starters, use natural light whenever possible. It will keep you from needing to do too much editing. Also, Adobe Lightroom is the best editing program out there. Period. With styling, remember that less is more. Sometimes just the food item in the photo can look gorgeous all by itself. Also stay away from distracting backgrounds, colors and other things that can detract from the food itself. Use ingredients as food props too. They are simple and help to “show” the recipe.
Do you feel photos are able to capture and convey the real essence of your recipes, from their aromas to their flavors?
I do think it is possible to create an emotion in a photograph that conveys the aroma or flavor of a recipe. However, I don’t see photography like that very often. I am still definitely learning how to make that come to life in the photograph.
How many shots does it take you, on the average, to get the one perfect shot that you’re looking for?
I usually shoot anywhere from 5-10 photographs at any one session of any one food item. Obviously some recipes require more. Often they are the same shot multiple times with slight movement or with a background change.
According to you what would you consider to be the best lighting and ambiance for food photography?
Natural lighting, absolutely. Cloudy days are my very favorite and when I know we are expecting major cloud coverage, I am often in the kitchen baking and cooking that whole day to take advantage of it.
Which image would you consider to be your best shot? What is the story behind it?
I’m not really sure if I have a “best shot” or which one it would be. I do have one that I really love. (I attached it—titled Blood Orange Marmalade). The story behind it: I was asked to review a cookbook and make a recipe for my blog. I was reviewing the cookbook with several better-than-me-at-photography bloggers. At the time, I did not have a lot of props or backgrounds, so I was frustrated because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to match their photography level or make the recipe look good. I took my own advice and went with the less is more thing, simply showing the jar of marmalade with a spoon, used all natural lighting on a slightly cloudy day and I actually just used a simple rustic piece of wood as the background. I love that photograph. I don’t know if it’s my best shot, but it’s certainly my favorite photograph.
What are your most and least favorite types of food to photograph?
Casseroles and anything out of the crock pot are my least favorable things to photograph. It is difficult to make those types of recipes look pleasant or appealing. I love to photograph salads, fresh foods are easiest and most colorful. Dips are easy, appetizers are easy so it’s fun to style them. I love to photograph drinks and smoothies because they are fun to style and dress up.
How often do you use a smartphone to take pictures for your food blog?
I will occasionally include a photo I may have taken for Instagram if there is a reason to. I use a DSLR camera for all my blog photography.
We, at Cooliris thank Nicole for taking time out to share her tips with us. Watch this space for more interviews coming up soon
To become a successful entrepreneur, you need inspiration, motivation, determination, passion, and just as importantly an open mind to consider the pearls of wisdom from industry leaders.
As more and more industry leaders are reaching out to share insights with people starting their entrepreneurial journeys, it’s a great time to listen, learn, and adapt lessons that can guide you on the right path.
Cooliris CEO Soujanya Bhumkar is passionate about building great teams and products, which have reached over 100 million users to date. In the slideshow below, Soujanya shares the lessons he’s learned from his own journey in the tech startup world. Take a look now and take a step toward your own success!
South Korea’s largest technology and start-up conference is due to take place from May 1st to 3rd this year. Aptly titled BeLaunch 2013, this conference aims to revolutionize the start-up and technology scene in South Korea. We were honored to receive an invitation to be part of this platform that aims to change the technology ecosystem in South Korea.
Drawing on a breadth of experience, our CEO, Soujanya Bhumkar will happily share his wealth of knowledge about start-ups with South Korean enthusiasts. He is delighted at the thought of sharing his vision to help other entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams. He will be speaking on May 2, 2013, day 2 of the conference, on “Disruptive Asian Entrepreneurs – Cracking the Silicon Valley Code.” Some questions that will be covered in the panel discussion are:
Why does Silicon Valley attract entrepreneurial talent from all over the world, including Asia?
Why should entrepreneurs from Asia consider moving to Silicon Valley?
What challenges do Asian entrepreneurs face in the Silicon Valley?
How can entrepreneurs get started in the Silicon Valley? (Best practice examples)
The conference aims at grooming South Korean tech talent to go global, and also provides a platform for foreign start-ups to enter South Korea. His words are sure to help you if you are looking to gain insight into the start-up scene in the Silicon Valley or are looking to begin your own start-up anywhere in the world.
If you happen to be in Seoul on May 2, 2013, be sure to attend BeLaunch 2013 and hear our CEO speak. It takes place at COEX, Gangnam, Seoul.
Silly String went on sale last week and the timing could not have been better. Our teammate Lucy had just returned from Germany and it happened to be her birthday to boot. So we just had to surprise her.
After a slew of secret meetings, we hatched our plan. All that was required were 12 volunteers and a whopping 24 cans of Silly String.
The idea was simple: Cover her in layers and layers and layers of Silly String as soon as she walked in through the office doors. And that is exactly what we did.
Once we started spraying, we just couldn’t stop! Take a look yourself:
Welcome back and happy birthday, Lucy!
With the power to connect with people anywhere and anytime at your fingertips, you face the question of what, how and with whom you want to share. This is especially true when sharing private content like photos. You want to be in control. And that’s exactly where selective sharing plays a pivotal role.
"Pictures are an important way to capture your passions, and share with them other people," says Randy Komisar, general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. “Those people are people who mean something to you, which means they are not everybody….That’s why selectivity is important in sharing.”
In a recent interview, Komisar talks about the growth of personal media and how it is integrated into our daily lives, and why selective sharing is needed more today then ever.
According to Komisar, the future of personal media lies in the coming together of media and communications and how we share them.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
As the world celebrates Earth Day 2013 today, Cooliris is excited to spread awareness of its cause with the help of our users.
Last week we asked our users to submit their #coolearth photos to us via Instagram and Twitter. We received a number of photos that highlight the beauty of our planet and how we personally interact with nature around us.
While we marvel at the beauty of our planet, we also need to be mindful of activities that harm the earth. We received a haunting picture from @tosinamida from Ibadan, Nigeria, who caught an image of a drain filled with plastic bottles, akin to a disastrous landfill. The message the user sent with the picture states: “practices like this cannot continue if we are to remain sustainable”.
Remember to celebrate the spirit of Earth Day today and every day, and vow to do all as we can to protect the precious planet we live on.
Cooliris CTO Austin Shoemaker was in Beijing last week to speak at ChinaBang 2013, an annual conference on the start-up ecosystem in China.
To an international audience composed of engineers, business managers, and journalists, Austin spoke about the need to further bridge the gap between media centric apps and broadcast apps, where you take photos, stylize them and broadcast them to a vast audience.
Today, the need is answered only in part by chat applications, where media can be shared in a private sphere. But the limitation with chat apps is that they are linear, allowing you to only share one thing at a time.
Austin described how the new Cooliris app provides a solution to fill this divide, where you can share media in smaller groups and in a private context. He explained how Coolris combines media and communication into a unified experience across both private groups and public social networks.
In his words, “We add a personal layer to social media networks”. Cooliris aggregates all your media into one library, organizes it by context, and helps you share it with your specific audience.
ChinaBang is organized by Technode, one of the biggest names in tech media in China.
April 22, 2013, a billion people around the world will come together to take part in Earth Day, creating awareness about climate change and its impact on our lives and those around us.
To express our solidarity with the organisations, communities and individuals across the globe calling to protect our planet, Cooliris will create a mesmerizing collection of photographs that highlights problems we face as result of climate change.
We invite you to take part. Tell your stories by submitting photographs to us between now and next Monday. We’ll pick the best ones and display them through our social media channels and our blog post on April 22.
To submit your Earth Day photos, just post them through Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest with the hashtag #Coolearth.
To learn more about other ways you can contribute on Earth Day, click here.