30 Amazing Photos of Fall in Michigan



Fall in Michigan is not for the faint of heart, it can get pretty emotional. After weeks and weeks of hunting breathtaking reds, blinging oranges, and shimmering yellows, it’s kind of sad to see all those bare trees and leaves on the ground when it’s over. At least that’s how I look at it! Fortunately, this year, I quite my desk job in October to ensure I’d be able to honor my favorite season’s memory in pictures.

It can be a bit tricky as far as timing goes; different areas peak at different times so the struggle was real when I’d drive three hours north and saw bare trees instead of brilliant colors. All-in-all, it was a very rewarding experience, and here’s a photo tour of the places I saw this past Autumn.


I had heard of Grand Ledge, it wasn’t too far away, relatively speaking. A quick 90 minute jaunt to Fitzgerald park on a Tuesday yielded SO MANY incredible scenes… including the railway bridge pictured above. When you talk about “peak” conditions, this was it. Nary a green leaf was to be found and the mighty grand river and limestone walls provided some super backdrops.







I live in a suburban area in Southeast Michigan, north of Detroit.  What I love about where I live is the proximity of Metroparks and Forest trails within a very short drive. Early in the fall, we experienced some foggy conditions. it was challenging, at first, but once I changed up the settings on my camera, things began to click! While there aren’t many scenic vistas, I was able to catch a number of mature trees in full explosion, and the foggy weather along with remaining green produced some of my most eye-catching photos








Remember about driving 3+ hours and being “late”? I did research, and more research, and more research… thinking I could time each peak perfectly. But what I couldn’t predict (or just missed), were high winds in the days prior to leaving on a Friday.  Virtually ALL the red leaves had already tumbled to the ground by the time I had arrived. Thankfully, there was plenty of yellow and some orange to keep me satisfied… not to mention the amazing landscapes of the Au Sable River valley.







The photos from here might have turned out better if the colors weren’t so sunbleached, and it helped solidify my new found love for foggy/overcast days in regards to capturing the colors in the trees.  Anyhow, I still managed some pretty cool shots in what is one of the most visited places in our state.






In Your Pocket: Tips for Making Momentous iPhone Videos


There once was a time when to make a good quality video you had to have the very latest camcorder. However, nowadays you need nothing more than an iPhone to produce impressive footage, whether you are filming your child’s birthday party or a video testimonial for your business.

tips iphone videos

The problem is that the quality of iPhone videos vary greatly, even though they are shot on the same device. So how can you make sure that your videos look professional? Here are some top tips to keep in mind.

Keep It Steady

The first thing to remember is to hold your iPhone steady when you are filming. You could do this by resting your hands on a hard surface, or even filling a sock with dried beans and using it as a support. Shaky footage is never good to watch, so keep your hands as steady as possible.

Hold It Horizontally

As well as holding your iPhone firmly, you should hold it horizontally. You may be tempted to hold it vertically because this is how you most often use your phone, but the resulting footage won’t look as good.

Make Sure You Have Good Sound and Light Conditions

You don’t need professional lighting and microphones to make a good video. However, good lighting will make a huge difference. For that reason, try to film your videos outside, or at least with a lot of lighting inside. Low lighting will look grainy and will be unpleasant to watch.

As for sound, try to avoid noisy areas near to roads or in public places like restaurants where the noise levels can distract from the main subject. iPhone microphones are very sensitive and will pick up all of the background noise, so try to shoot in quiet areas.

Focus First

Tap the screen before you start shooting video on your iPhone. This will allow you to properly focus on the main person in the shot. If you want to change the focus during the filming, simply tap the screen again.

Edit Your Footage

Do yourself a favour and buy some editing software that you can use to edit your iPhone videos on your computer. Alternatively, edit your footage right on your iPhone. Either way, make sure you do edit it because the resulting videos will look a lot better with a bit of care and attention.

Once the video is finished, upload it to YouTube to show your family and friends, or even the world. They can then download your video using software like that found at sites like http://www.youtubedownloadersite.com. If your footage is more professional and therefore more enjoyable to watch, more people are likely to download it.

Film Better Videos on Your iPhone

Follow these simple tips to make your iPhone videos much better. They are simple to follow, but they are all very effective and the overall result will be much more satisfying. iPhone videos are ideal because you may have your iPhone on you all the time, so you can capture those spontaneous moments. But follow the tips above and take a bit more time and care over your videos, and you can create iPhone videos that people will actually want to watch.

Make sure you remember to respect IP when downloading.

Steven Young is an iPhone enthusiast who makes many videos. He also enjoys teaching others how to make their own videos with their iPhones.

Instagram: How to Become Instafamous


In September 2012 Facebook completed its acquisition of Instagram.  The deal was reported to be worth an estimated 1 Billion in cash and stock.

First things first, decide if Instagram is right for you. Odds are, you’re reading this because you either use IG already and want to grow your presence, or you’re still sitting on the fence and deciding whether to try it.  I’ll discuss several foundations of Instagram and show you some steps on how to become instagram famous and how to become instafamous all in one article.

Three Questions to ask to see if you’ll enjoy Instagram

1) Do you like to take pictures?

2) Do you consider yourself creative and artistic?

3) Do you want to expand your network and create loyal connections?

Assuming you answered yes to one of them, the debate is over… keep reading because the people already on Instagram are wondering why it’s taking so long to get to the good stuff.


Instagram Stats Board





I joined Instagram back in April of this year, when it first became available on Android devices.  In the 7 months since my debut, I’ve built a fanbase of over 60K followers (updated 4/16/2013; over 100K followers) who’ve collectively blown me away with their engagement. It’s safe to say, after earning 1.25 million likes and 36000+ comments, I’ve achieved a certain level Instafame. Now it’s time to map my success and pass on a few directions how you, too, can become Instafamous.


I know, I know, it was a bait and switch; I asked you if you liked to take pictures and you said yes, WTH!! That’s just the thing, though, anyone CAN take picture. Of course it helps to take a “better” picture, but the #1 concept I learned about photography is it’s all about the finish. Anyone can take a picture and upload it to Instagram; you need to set yourself apart. Here’s the deal – skip your latte and invest in a “pro” photo editing app.

Being a droid user, I can recommend a combination of PicSay Pro and the PicsPlay Pro to meet your editing needs.

A fellow IGer (instagrammer), Christine Kramer-Skulevold, has a few recommendations for iPhone users. She employs a suite of Photoforge2, Colorsplash, and Snapseed to enhance the experience.

Here’s a quick look at what a creative eye and technology can produce with some of before and after shots!


Simple Edits



Advanced Edits

This is a good segway – when you’re doing advance edits, don’t try to pass it off as an original. Some people’s feathers get in a bunch when you don’t disclose it as an edit.

Another “controversial” topic is the use of cameras outside of your phone. Some people are hardcore, iPhone only, purists that shun other IGer’s who post pics shot with a digital or DSLR camera. Well, I use a DroidX and Canon point and shoot… so the purists might not like me. It’s a 60% phone / 40% Canon ratio for my posts and, frankly, I don’t care what the aristocrats think.



Ok, let’s get it out of the way – I’ll tell you the “Big Secret” everyone wants to know. How do I do it… get so many likes… have so many followers… comments? It started with hard work and then became a helluva lot easier as I reached the popular page. So there it is, getting on the popular page will make you Instafamous. The End.

Just kidding, sort-of, but here’s the kicker. You’ll need more than a bunch of people following you to climb the charts. You want fans, not followers. Fans are the ones who actively view their Instagram feeds and engage with you on a regular basis. As your base grows, use tools like Statigram to keep tabs on your most engaging fans and monitor your progress. The chart below, along with the first infographic above, were both generated with Statigr.am.

Run to a Million

Run to a Million


This part isn’t as hard as it seems, but takes time. You’re going to need thousands of fans before you make it to the popular page; which means more people need to know of your existence on Instagram. There are three main ways to accomplish this: follow someone, like their post, comment on posts. The first two are the quickest way to introduce yourself. If you want further detail on follow/like strategies, comment with your interest at the end of this post.

My Bieber Moment

My Bieber Moment

Most of the things we talked about fall under one umbrella – setting yourself apart from the other tens of millions IG users. I have one last tiny tip that will pay dividends immediately and probably will be the most impactful concept you take away from this. I’m assuming that you do (or will) respond to all your comments. Make sure you respond to all comments until you reach the popular page and can’t keep up with them all. The key here is to use your fans name in your reply to their comment. I’ve had over a hundred people respond by with something similar to “you’re the first person to ever called me by name here.”

Go ahead and ignore everything I said up until to the last two sentences. That’s the real secret – get to know your followers and make them into your fans.  Follow the information in this article and you’ll be on your way instagram fame.

Please share through one of the buttons below if you found this article on Instagram to be of value.  Thank You.

Tony Bennett is a passionate photographer, future Senator, and Instagram Superhero.  Above all Tony is great guy and would be happy to answer all your Instagram questions below.