Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Subscribe to an e-mail now and then?

E-mail subscription?

If you would like to subscribe to an e-mail update from me, now and then, you now have to option.

Somewhere on the page there is a Subscribe field.

Enter your e-mail address and submit it.

What kind of updates can you expect?

Well, news from my blog, so you don't have to follow it all the time.
Whenever I update my Lightroom Workflow, I'll send out a mail!
Oh, and when I update the Quick Reference Guides, I'll also send out one!
But don't worry! You will not receive more than one a week!

Monday, November 25, 2013

[Survey] - Genders and photography

At a photoevent a few months ago, I noticed that there were a lot of male photographers and not so many female, which got me thinking; Photography is a creative 'business' and women are supposed to be more creative than men... So why so few of them?

I might be wrong, so I hope that you will take the time to answer this short survey. When I've connected enough data, I'll do a bit of digging and share the result!

Click to take the survey:

Take the survey, please!



And please; Share!

Thanks!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Adobe's Photographers Package Deal

Photographers Package?

Yup, turns out that Adobe thinks that Lightroom and Photoshop should be packaged together in this deal and boy, are they right!

Like most other Lightroom users, I use Lightroom for 95% of my workflow, depending on the job.

Just took pictures at the KWF Karate World Cup and 100% of the images were only edited in Lightroom. Also had a model-shoot and 100% of those images were edited in Photoshop. But I took 500 Karate photos and about 25 model photos, so there...!

I've always been annoyed at the price of Photoshop as I used it very rarely. Lightroom, on the other hand, has always been priced fairly considering how much I use it. But sometimes I use Photoshop... Sometimes!

I understand why Photoshops was pirated, in the amount it was (No, I didn't!), as very few amateur photographers could afford to pay the full price. Naturally this leads to creative ways of avoiding payment. By a) lowering the price and, b) switching to a subscription based model, Adobe has removed any reason for pirating the product.

So, whats the deal?

Well, until December 2., 2013 you will be able to subscribe to Lightroom AND Photoshop for a mere
$9.99 a month! Catch? Sure. You have to sign up for one year. You have 30 days of money back guarantee, if you decide it was the wrong thing to spend money on, but that is probably not going to happen.

Wait, haven't I heard about this before?
Yes and no. The deal has been on for a few months, but ONLY if you already owned Photoshop CS3 or higher, in the first place. This new deal removes that requirement and that is why it is an awesome deal.


Great! Where can I find this deal?

Right HERE (Photoshop Photography Program)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Profoto B1 - What is REALLY holding you back?

The guys and gals of Profoto announced the Profoto B1 Off-Camera flash, some days ago and had all the big guns talking about it to create a hype, which helps selling products (just look at Apple).


Sleek design!
The Profoto B1 Off-Camera flash is a studio-strobe with a build-in battery and the ability to 'talk' TTL with your camera. Really cool as it gives you a lot more bang that a (or even multiple) Speedlites, and works with excising Profoto equipment (soft-boxes, beauty-dishes and so forth).

Within a few days I saw a Mark Wallace/SnapFactory video, a Scott Kelby "Photography Tips & Tricks" video, an Adorama video (again with Mark Wallace), a Neil van Niekerk blog post, a Louis Pang blog post and lots of other slightly hyped up "reviews" of the Profoto B1 flash, some of which were talking about how this flash was going to revolutionise the flash photography business.

I put reviews in brackets as the B1 isn't available yet and I must therefore assume that the above mentioned (and more) have had theirs given to them by Profoto and therefore cannot be trusted as objective resources for unbiased reviews. Fine by me! The above mentioned instructors, photographers and bloggers are all very well respected, and I assume that they would not put their name on something that wasn't worth it!

Anyway, I found the product quite interesting and decided to research it a little more as I just got rid Profoto is a manufacturer in the Top 3 of high-end flash equipment, so naturally I was going to look at them!
Nice interface!
of my old studio flash setup, as I'm moving to another country, and therefore was in the market for new hardware. There is no doubt that

In my research process I came across the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash FAQ, where most of the questions I had about the new flash was answered. The again; That is the hole point of a FAQ, I guess.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a FAQ that was honest and not just some list of selling-points. All the good stuff was mentioned but also, currently, missing features! No, it currently only supports most Canon cameras; Yes, the Air Remote works with other Profoto flashes; No, it currently does not support High-Speed Sync!

WHAT! No High-Speed Sync? And that is where the tire fell off the wheel. Lots of people have been commenting on the FAQ on how they need HSS, which is fine. The blog posts actually says that they will look into it, if the demand is there. But lots of people have been saying that its the only thing that is keeping them from preordering/buying the product. The lack of HSS!

No, I have no idea why smoke and
graphics are coming out of it.
That, my dear friends, is just plain silly! Profoto already say that the hardware is not the limitation and I'm pretty sure that HSS is at the top of their list in the next firmware upgrade. So go ahead and order it! Do it now, if that is the only thing that is holding you back!

But lets be honest! It's not the lack of HSS that is the problem. It is the price-point! $1.995 for a strobe. A strobe! A as in 'singular'. One! When is the last time that the lack High-Speed Sync was a bigger problem that not having to flashes/strobes? Or even three. So lets say you'll need at least two. $3.990! As the strobes cannot be plugged into the wall, you'll probably need extra batteries at $249 a pop, making it a grand total of $4.488 for a two-strobe setup.

What is that I hear? You can get a Elinchrom Ranger Quadra kit for $2.300 and a Wifi module for $200 that lets you control your strobes from your iPhone? No, you won't get TTL, but you will be saving almost $2.000! No, there is no High Speed Sync there either, but technically that makes them comparable to the B1's.

Don't get me wrong. I think that the Profoto B1's look REALLY cool and yes; I would love to get my hands on them, HSS or not! But at that price-point... I'll gladly trip over a few cables and adjust my flash settings manually!

If any Profoto people out there are reading this. Feel free to contact me and I'll send you an address to where you can send me a complementary set of strobes! I'll gladly give a very positive review :)

After-thought; The B1's will be a Wedding photographer must-have!

Oh, and please comment! My opinion really doesn't matter that much! But your do!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Photography Quick Reference Guides - Relaunch!

In the beginning of time...

When I started having an interest in photography, I decided to buy all the gear and then I hoped that knowledge and wisdom would kinda just come to me in my sleep.
Didn't happen! So like most other people, I decided to hit the interwebs and learn from there. I did not really know the vast amount of information and knowledge was cramped into the cables of the Internet, in regards to photography. I ended up sitting in front of the screen learning instead of shooting, only to find out that I couldn't remember any tips and tricks, when I finally had the camera in my hand. Know the situation?

Quick Reference Guides to the rescue!

An example; When watching a video about shooting fireworks one day, I realised that it took 10-15 minutes for the guy doing the video, to convey 6 or 7 small tips and tricks. Not that the video wasn't very informative and interesting, but it wouldn't help me out in the field. I needed a short list of what I needed to think of, when shooting fireworks.
So I decided to make some small Quick Reference Guides, which just contained the essential information! After watching a few other videos and tutorials on fireworks, I adjusted my Quick Reference Guide so that it reflected other detailed that I had learned. Then it was tried and tested and adjusted accordingly. I ended up with a credit-card sized paper with that I could pull out whenever I needed to shoot fireworks, to remind me how to set it up. I could always adjust my setup from there and change everything, but I would have a baseline!
What about panoramas? And portraits? And... well, you name it! I decided to put a collection of Quick Reference Guides together and why not share them, while I was at it!

As always, a work in progress.

The cards are always changing, as I get smarter or want to remember more. Your input is also
important to make the Quick Reference Cards usefull for as many people as possible. As this is a relaunch of the cards, I've cleaned up and removed a few only to add them later, when they have been corrected, but I wanted to share what I have now!
Feel free to comment on the cards or suggest new ones, and I'll update them continuously.

What are you waiting for? They are free!

Go to the Photography Quick Reference Guides page of my blog and download them. It will only cost you $0, as in 'It costs FREE!'.

Updates?

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What Could I Do Better Part I - Self Portrait


In an effort to become a better photographer, I'm putting myself up for critique. Now and then I'll post an image that I've taken and like and let you shoot it down with constructive criticism!

Self Portrait - B&W

This self portrait was taken using only the available light from a Petromax kerosene lamp (Love that lamp, but that is another story).
Hans C. Koch - B&W Self Portrait - Petromax illumination only.
Let me know how I could have made this image better.
Personal meh's are my right arm, which looks very bulky and how my clothes appear.
The comment box is open for business!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Analyze statistics from photos in Lightroom

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Mark Twain was probably right when he uttered the phrase above, but just because people have a tendency no disbelieving statistics, doesn't mean that you can't learn from the. Especially when its your own data that is used and its just for you.
I've always been a great fan of pie charts, Venn diagrams, moving means and Delta's and when a application comes along that allows me to visualise my own data, I react by becoming a happy little numberphile.
This time its the Lightroom Plugin "Lightroom Analytics", easy to install and VERY helpful when it comes to analysing your Metadata and find patterns in your picture taking!


 

How do you see the future, oh wise Oracle?

After installing the plugin which, as it is will all Lightroom Plugins, is super simple, you select the images that you want to analyse and select the menu item "Analyze Metadata", and off it goes. It takes a bit of time to chew through the data, but not as much as you might think. My 2704 test images took about 30 seconds to process, but depending on your processing power, your mileage may vary. I'm running on an average 3 year old desktop, so it might go faster for most people.
As the plugin probably just reads the contents of the Lightroom Catalog, which I understand is some form of SQLLite, it does not need to read the data on the images, which makes it immensely faster!
When the number crunching is done, the plugin uploads your rapport to the Lightroom Analytics website and presents it to you through your friendly neighbourhood Internet browser. It even gives you an option of sharing it!

 

Give it to me!

The data is presented in a pretty straight forward manner. First part of the rapport tells you about your camera usage, flash usage, what exposure program you usually use and last, what kind of metering you normally use. My data told me that I use Aperture priority or Manual around 75% of the time and that my flash fired around 20% of the time. Also; I use my Canon 5D Mark III way more than my PowerShot G12. Absolutely nothing surprising there.

More interesting was it when I looked at the next part of the graph. Exposure Bias, Shutter Speed Usage, Aperture Usage, ISO Speed Rating and Focal Length.
Apparently I almost always underexpose slightly. Never thought of that, but that is probably not bad, as DSLR's have more detail in the shadows than in the highlights.
My Shutterspeed is mostly 1/60 or faster. Makes sense!
Aperture is usually between 2.8 and 8. Again, nothing surprising.
ISO Speed surprised me. I always feel like I'm juggling between all of the values, but apparently I shoot almost all of images in either ISO 100/200 or 800/1600. THAT was a surprise to me! My camera allows me to shrink down my ISO selections to specific ones, and it looks like I might have to play with that setting, as I apparently only use to ranges! I never would have known!

How can I use this to buy more gear?

The most interesting part of the rapport is the Lens breakdown!

I didn't even know I owned a 18-55mm... Must have borrowed somewhere. Anyway, clicking on a specific lens (in this case my 24-70mm) I get a usage rapport for that specific lens. Aperture Usage and Focal length's.
Looks like I can get rid of my 24-70mm and keep my 50mm. The majority of images shot with my 24-70mm, where in the 37-51mm range, something that my 50mm and a bit of foot-zoom could easily cover!
Looking at my 70-200mm I see something else that surprised me. 70-96mm is what I use on that! Did someone say 'Get a 85mm f/1.2'? Yup! I did! Its not ME that wants to get more gear, but clearly the statistics tells me that I need to!

Drowning in data

All the data is interesting. The report also shows information on White Balance, HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance) Development Adjustments, Tone Curves and lots of other information that I'm not going to get into here. For me, the data containing information on my gear usage is the most interesting but its easy to see that the development statistics could be used to see what kind of Presets you might want to make for your images.
And apparently I never applied Grain on any of my test images :)

What am I missing?

Nothing really. The plugin is free and as my grandma always told me; "Never complain, when you get something for free. Except for STD's!". I would, however, like to see that it was being developed more. It only mentions Lightroom 3 and 4 (I pulled data from Lightroom 5, so it works) and it appears that its been dead since 2012.
Also, there are way more data to crunch. Most used keywords, Landscape or portrait, time of day, location, weekends or workdays, number of star-rated and favorites and so forth.
Hopefully there will be more to come! I keep the website in my favorites and check in now and then!

Check it out here: lightroomanalytics.com

And go shoot!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

KWF Karate World Cup. Pictures and lessons learned!

KWF Karate World Cup 2013

Ringsted Karate Club in Denmark were chosen to host the KWF Karate World Cup 2013 and a few photographers, including myself, were invited to shoot the event. I've never shot Karate before and allow me to say that it was a challenge!

Challenged?

There is never enough light in an arena. You are not allowed to get really close (not that you want to, in fear of your nose meeting someones knuckles). There were 3 different light-sources with each their temperature. The fighters move fast.

A few images perhaps?

During the 8 hours that the event lasted, I shoot over 1000 images. Of them, just over 500 were usable. I've added a few below!


Lessons learned?

Besides the obvious technical photo lessons, I've been chewing on a few things I learned from watching Karate. Things that I'm considering writing a blog post on. Things like Honour, Respect and Cult-like behaviour! Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

6 Tips for shooting smoke

Smoke looks cool!

So you want to take pictures of some smoke? Cool! No, really! It looks nifty! Don’t want to read lots of blog posts and watch hundreds of videos on the subject? Well then, check this quick-start tips list out!

  1. Get a black backdrop and surface.
  2. Get some incents, put it in some play-doh, place it 3 ft. from the background and light it.
  3. Set your flash in manual mode (1/4 power) and attach a remote trigger (radio or cable is fine!).
  4. Put barn doors on flash (or some cardboard) to avoid light spill on background.
  5. Place flash on a 90-degree angle on the smoke (shoot the smoke from the side).
  6. Set camera to all manual (1/200 s, f/8, ISO 100) and manual focus, Flash WB.

Other tips? Sure!

  • There are a lot of factors for success, so play around with the settings, especially aperture, flash power and shutter speed.
  • You can put a reflector opposite the flash for a different effect. Try it!
  • Remember to ventilate the room for two reasons.
    Incents stink and the room will start to get smokey and it will show in the images.

Pro-tip

Inverse the images in Photoshop (or whatever) to get a cool effect where the background is white and the smoke is black.

Extra pro-tip

Play with the hue slider to give the smoke some other colour!

Now go shoot!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Pre-Pack Checklist - Getting your camera ready

The "Grab your camera and start shooting" problem


Every time I grab my camera, I want to know what the settings are. Spending time setting everything back to default, is a no-go as the shooting opportunity might be gone.
I have therefore created a small pre-pack checklist that I’ve laminated and put in my camera bag and every time I pack my gear down, I run through the checklist and reset my camera to my default settings.
This way, the camera is ready when I need it!

The Checklist

This is my checklist. Feel free to adjust it to your needs and defaults!
  • Set correct time, date and time zone
  • Format memory card (all of them)
  • Set file-type to RAW
  • Set ISO to 100 or 200
  • Set Av to f/8
  • Set Tv/S to 1/125
  • Set Manual to Av=f/8, Tv/S to 1/125
  • Set Camera to Av mode
  • Select Center Focus point
  • Set Drive to Single Shot or Continuous
  • Set Auto-focus to Focus AI/AF-C
  • Clear Exposure Bracketing
  • Disable custom in-camera image processing  (HDR, Miniature, Colour replace)
  • Set White Balance to Auto
  • Charge batteries (Camera and Flash)
  • Set Flash to Auto/E-TTL/iTTL
  • Remove Gels from flash
  • Set all lenses to AF
  • Clean lenses and remove dust

Follow the checklist every time you pack down your gear, and you will be ready to shoot every time you grab your back and run out the door!


Now go shoot!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

7 tips for shooting Karate

Me and Karate

Going to shoot at fairly large Karate event next weekend, and therefore decided to go try it out at a local club. What that? No, not try out Karate. Try shooting it!

What did I find?

Unlike many other fighting sports, Karate fights move in straight lines. Imagine two boxers or two Kung Fu fighters for that matter. They dance around each other, trying to get a kick or a strike in, here and there. A lot of circular movement. Karate is different; It more linear. Two fighters across from each other, fighting in small 'explosions' towards each other. It is a little like a fencing match. Two people going at each other, directly and in straight lines.
This is an advantage. If you position yourself well, you won't have to move a lot, while shooting a fight. Obviously they move around, but no where near what boxers do!

Any tips?

As this was my first Karate event, I came up with a few starting points that I could use as a base, and then expand on. I'll list them here with a small explanation of the choice.
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 or faster.
    Kicks and punches are fast and moving limbs can get blurry. However, of you want some movement in the photos, so illustrate speed, shoot around 1/150. I shot a lot around 1/500 and still got feet and hand blurs..!
  • Aperture: f/4 or lower.
    You will be in a low-light situation, shooting with fast shutter speeds. You need the light. Shooting around f/4 or f/2.8 will allow you to have a fairly low ISO.
  • ISO around 800.
    Try to keep it low, but you'll probably be at least at ISO 800.
  • Bring a 70-200mm lens.
    You will not be allowed to be between the floor and the judges. Each corner has a judge and there is an invisible wall of 'Do not cross!' between them!
  • Shoot in High Speed bursts
    Spend a little time to learn to read the movements so you have a greater likely hood in knowing when something is going to happen. Then hold down your shutter! Get long bursts of 10-16 images. Spend the time between fights to delete the unusable ones.
  • Loose the flash
    You will probably not be allowed to use a flash. It distracts the fighters, who are very focused while fighting!
  • Bring a knee-pad.
    Shoot at the fighters hip level, so you will need to get down on your knees. First of all, it makes them look bigger and potent! It also makes you think of International Karate+ :)
Take these tips and use them as a starting point, and build on from there!

Now go shoot!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

7 Tips for shooting the Moon

Introduction to the moon

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth and the fifth largest moon in the Solar System. It is the largest natural satellite of a planet in the Solar System relative to the size of its primary, having 27% the diameter and 60% the density of Earth, resulting in 1⁄81 its mass. Among satellites with known densities, the Moon is the second densest, after Io, a satellite of Jupiter. [wikipedia]
Introductions aside, the moon is one of the most fascinating objects to take pictures of. If you take a nice sharp photo, you can stare at it for hours and constantly find amazement!

Is it hard?

Everything can be hard, if you don't know how to do it. Therefore I've compiled 7 tips for shooting the moon, so you don't have to spend hours researching how to.
Feel free to do variations. Thats when you learn!
Also, if you feel that you have a better tip or an addition, feel free to let me know in the comments!
  1. Use a tripod
  2. Loose the UV/Polarization filter
  3. 300mm is minimum (use crop factor and extenders)
  4. f/8
  5. Center focus point
  6. Underexpose by 2-3 stops
  7. Moon closer to horizon = better image

Some explanations:

  • Tripod gives you longer shutter speeds.
  • UV/Pol filters steals light, which you need!
  • 300mm makes a small looking object larger.
  • f/8 makes it nice and sharp!
  • Underexpose or the moon will look too bright, making you loose details.
  • The closer to the horizon, the larger it looks. The atmosphere works like a prism!

Thats it. Using the above tips, I shot the image of the moon below. Took 3 minutes including setup time.
The Moon

Now go shoot!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Use IFTTT, 500px and Dropbox to research a photo project. An 11 step guide!

A Photo project, you say?

Sometimes I get an idea of a photo that I would like to make. Usually its triggered by something that pops into my feed and it's usually a single photo. There are some really inspiring photos out there and taking someones idea and building your own vision from that, can be quite rewarding.
However; Building a vision from a single photo can be quite hard, if you want to prevent yourself from just copying someone else's artwork. So what do you do? Spend hours on Google Images, looking for other photos of the same subject? Sure, why not. But there might be a smarter way.
Automatisation! Let a few online tools work for you, while you are at work or sleep and harvest the fruits of your ...work?!
With this tip, you will, in a manner of minutes, be able to automatically have images from the leading image hosts, tick in to your online storage provider, for later review and research!
Sounds good?
Well then. Read on!

What do I need?

  • An online storage provider (Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive). Chances are that you already have that. If not, sign up for one.
  • A 500px (or Flickr) account. I'll be working with my 500px account as I LOVE 500px!
    Again; Signup if you don't have an account!
  • A IFTTT.com account. Chances are you don't have that, but you will need it and when you realise the power of IFTTT you will never regret it!
    IFTTT (IF This Then That) is an online tool that can automate a bunch of different tasks and pull many of your online services together.
    What a news item, that you mark 'Read Later' on Feedly to be added to your Evernote or Pocket account? Check!
    What to receive a weather report from Weather.com, every morning via Mail or Text message? Check!
    Want to keep your profile photo on Facebook and Twitter synchronised? Check!

So how do you do it?

Everything is in place? You have everything from the 'What do I need?' section? Lets go!

  1. Sign into your IFTTT account and click Create Recipe.
  2.  Click this. This is your 'action'.
  3.  Click the 500px icon (or Flickr, if that's your thing)
  4. Select 'New photo from search'
  5. Enter Search Term (in this case 'seawall' as I wanted to research some seawall ideas) and Create Trigger
  6. Click that. This is your 'reaction' to your 'action'
  7. Select the Dropbox icon (or SkyDrive or Google Drive, if those are your preferred services)
  8. Click 'Add file from URL'
  9. Add your search term to the folder string
  10. Give your recipe a description. I usually just call mine whatever search term I used.
  11. You are done with setting up IFTTT.

What now?

All you need to do now is to sit back, relax and let the photos automatically roll into your Dropbox folder. Depending on your search term, it might take minutes, hours or even days, before images start ticking in, but at least you don't have to do any manual labour. It will all happen without any work from you.
When enough images has ticked in, for you to use it for inspiration, just log in to your IFTTT account and disable the recipe.
This process has saved me HOURS of work. Try it out!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dehydraded Apples - An update

As I promised in this post, when more apples were delivered, I would take pictures of the entire dehydration process. Well, I did. Kinda.

The Apple

Almost any apple will do. I personally prefer the sweeter types, but as long as the flesh is nice and firm, it will probably dry out nicely. The juicer the apple, the longer it will take to dry!

These apples (Discovery, I believe) are nice and super sweet. The flesh is a nice golden and pink colour! Very nice.

The apple variety is from Suffolk, England and was 'invented' in 1962.

Bonus tip: Take the peel and the core and boil it down with a bunch of sugar, and you will have the prettiest and tastiest syrup!



The Machinery

A couple of years ago, my wife and I decided to get an apple peeler, and that is one of the best and most time saving pieces of equipment we've ever got for the kitchen.

As you can see, you will need a small child to operate it.

First you attach the apple with the spikes, that go right through the centre of the apple. Then you start spinning it, and the apple will start to rotate through the knife part of the peeler. I never get tired of the process.

See the apple spinning! Woooo!

The arm that cuts the peel off, follows the contour of the apple nicely. Some apples that are completely crooked, will end up looking weird. Eat it!

This process as two outcomes.

  1. The apple gets peeled
  2. The apple it turned into a spiral!


See! I told you! A spiral!

Isn't it cool.

Besides being a huge time-saver, it gives a nice and consistent thickness of the slices, which makes the dehydration process easier, as all slices are done at the same time!

All we need now is...

...The Cut!

One cut, right through one side of the apple, will turn the spiral into slices. No, they won't be perfect circles; Actually, they'll look like C's when they are dried, but the flavour is the same.

Look as the nice colours of the flesh! Yum!

The Process


Spreading the slices on the drying rack.

For my Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Dehydrator, I have about 10 trays and I try to use the all, at the same time. A dehydrator is not cheap to run, so the more is in it, the better!

Avoid overlapping the apple slices. If they overlap, it is impossible to dehydrate them consistently. You can to move the slices closer together, saving a couple of trays, half-way through the process, but not worth the effort. In my house, halfway through the process, is in the middle of the night, anyway. 

Apples are done!

Or dehydrated, anyway.

As you can see, there is much less space between them, than when they were put in the dehydrator. Also, they weigh about a fifth. Gone is the water, kept is the flavour!

 And here they are.

A medium-sized Ziplock, filled with dried crispy apple-slices. This was one good sized bucket of apples; Now its a bag of apple chips.

Good for a quick snack, to put in your oats when camping, for semi-long term storage, gifts and even decoration!

Conclusion

I cannot tell you how much fun it is to create your own snack. A healthy alternative to all the other stuff we fill ourselves with. Also, a great way to waste fewer resources. Most apples ends up in the garbage or the compost, but dehydrating them, makes them store longer and that way you can use more!