iPhoneography Apps – Learn Photo365 iPhotography Assignment Generator

As one year draws to an end and another begins, everyone looks to set goals for the next year. For some the goal is to lose weight or get fit; for others it’s to start a new job or career. For many photographers, the way to get obsessed and stay obsessed about their craft is through challenging themselves to take a photo a day for an entire year.

Some will take the photos as a way to journal their life, and there are several apps out there that help organize your photos for each day of the 365 challenge, like Photo 365 Everyday Photo Calendar for Your Life (long names are a staple for this type of app).

But some want a challenge. They want their 365 project to lead them to new ideas, new ways of looking at the world. They want it to spark their creativity and want to use it as a learning experience. For these people mere journaling, while a worthy project that gets you to use your camera, just isn’t enough.

Noel Chenier has developed a series of apps called Learn Photo365, some free and some paid, that take on the daunting task of teaching you something new while challenging you. The version I am showing today is the paid iPhone version. This is purported to be for SLR users as well as smartphone photographers, even though the splash screen shown below clearly states “iPhotography”.

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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “For Distant Viewing” – Little Tybee

Title track from their 2013 album. Criminally overlooked group of stellar musicians. Why can’t we hear more of this kind of music these days?

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Borrowed Time”

Don Dixon – Styx

Usually when I post my “name’s the same” songs, I put the one by the more famous artist first. But this song by Don Dixon, with backing vocals by his wife Marti Jones, is by far the better song of the two. This was the lead off track from Romeo at Juilliard.

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This song from 1979’s Cornerstone gets the concert video treatment here, with all the excess that the late seventies were known for. From well before Dennis DeYoung went completely gray.

Song of the Day – “So in Love” – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

This song by OMD was, unlike most of their tunes, more popular in the US than in their native UK.

From 1985’s Crush.

Song of the Day – “An Honest Mistake” – Ian MacNabb

A nice ballad from Ian MacNabb, former lead singer of The Icicle Works. It’s reminiscent of “No One Is to Blame” by Howard Jones.

Song of the Day – “Cool Jerk” – The Go-Go’s

I prefer this version of their cover of the song by The Capitols. It has the uptempo, punk sound of their earlier music, and is faithful to the version on their album Vacation.

They did a remake for their hits collection Return to the Valley of the Go-Go’s, but it’s overproduced and sounds horrible.

Song of the Day – “Return to Sender” – Elvis Presley

I understand that a lot of people return their Christmas gifts. I know that some gifts need to be returned: they are the wrong size, they were damaged in delivery, they are duplicates. I’ve been lucky enough that I’ve only had a couple of those over the years.

But there are others who make a habit of it, for less reasonable causes, and I just don’t get that.

The King wasn’t talking about the return of a gift in one of his most famous tunes. The return of his letter is much more painful.