The Weekend Photo Project: February

The Weekend Photo Project: Februaryt promts

how did you manage with the January prompts?

I’ll admit that I got off to a shocking start… it was the 22nd of January before I finally got my arse in gear and got some of my photos on to Flickr.

I know that last month I said I would get all of my #twpp photos on to Instagram as well.  Not sure that’s going to happen now.  Instead I’m going to post my Weekend Photo Project photos to Flickr and play along with Fat Mum Slim (and the thousands of others) with the Photo A Day challenge.

Anyways, February’s prompts are a mix of technical and fun again.  Trying to keep it light and simple this year also.

i wonder what wonders we’ll all find this month?

Want to join in and share your Weekend Photo Project photos?  Here’s where you can -

Facebook: Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags). You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog: Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world. Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr: Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project group.

Pinterest: If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos. Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them. I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on. If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram. You’ll find me here on Instagram. Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption. Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog. And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos. Visit other peoples photos. Like them. Comment.

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My 2 Favourite Photography Apps

As I mentioned last week, I’ve gotten back into the world of Instagram over the last couple of months, which has led me on a merry hunt for the best photo apps currently available.

As a (previously) dedicated DSLR user, I’ve embraced the camera in my iPad, and continue to be amazed at the quality of photo it is able to produce.  So today, I share my two favourite apps with you.

Camera+

I take all of my photos with Camera+.

Why?

I love that you can set the focus and exposure points independently.  Simply tap on the square for focus and the circle for exposure, and you can control where you want your camera to focus and how light or dark your shots will come out.

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your focus button is the purple square and the exposure button is the orange circle – to activate them you tap on the square and circle in your menu

The macro function gets a workout with me, and the clarity function (you’ll find 2 of these – one in Scenes, which is the automatic one and one in The Lab, which is Clarity Pro and lets you be a bit more selective with its impact) can really breathe life into your photos.  Scene modes – which is like playing with your white balance – is also another favourite function of mine.

There are dozens of 1-touch effects to experiment with – my personal favourites are Ansel in the Retro effects and Mono, Tonal and Noir in the Standard effects.  An added bonus here is that you can head into the Advanced Settings and play with the slider to decide on how much of the effect you want on your photo.

the Ansel effect

the Ansel effect

All of your pictures end up in the Camera+ Lightbox, which makes it easy to keep track of your photos. where you can quickly and easily skim through them and get rid of bad shots. You save only the photos you’re satisfied with so that your camera roll stays neat and clean.

This is seriously just the tip of the iceberg with this app.  My recommendation is to download it and play.

Just a heads up here too.  I’ve got the iPhone version.  The iPad version doesn’t seem to have been updated since January 2014, so consequently the reviews are all that great on it (lovely Camera+ developers, please feel free to update me here!) .

VSCO Cam

My other go-to app for photography is VSCOCam.

I mainly use this one for editing my photos with the presets that are available (both free and paid), which are honestly stunning (again, I have my favourites – Minimalist and Clean being two I quite frequently use).  They have been developed to look like film stocks that photographers still widely use – to replicate the tones and colours – for an authentic and beautiful rendition of your photo.

Processed with VSCOcam with t2 preset (and some others I can’t remember!)

Again, this is just scratching the surface of the functionality of this app, and if you want to get a better idea of just how much you can do with VSCO Cam, head over to this post – The Complete Guide to VSCO Cam.

The VSCO crew also have an awesome community with inspirations and, best of all, tutorials!

If you’re new to the world of iPhoneography, I hope this really short and sweet post helps you out (honestly, there are far more comprehensive posts on both these apps out there, from people who have been using them for a lot longer than I have).  The best thing you can do is muck around with these apps – and any others you have in your arsenal.

and please share any of your favourites with me – I’m always on the lookout for the next best photography app available!!

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A Year of Instagram

I’ve recently delved back into the world that is Instagram, and am quite loving the simplicity of photo-making that it inspires me to create.

Processed with VSCO Cam - m5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with g2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with g2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with b4 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with b4 preset

I’ll be following along with Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim, and the millions of others, who take a photo a day (nothing like a little accountability to keep oneself on track).

All of my photos are taken with my iPad mini, using the Camera+ app and edited with VSCOcam.  I’ll blog about both of these apps next week, because I highly recommend them for the serious (and not so serious) photographer.

Until then, I’m off to play – photos to take, world to see, life to live.

Have a good one xo

Almost forgot, you’ll find me on Instagram here.

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The Weekend Photo Project: January

The Weekend Photo Project January prompts

hello 2015

How was your festive season?

Mine was filled with hot weather, family, fun and lots of sloppy kisses from my youngest nephew (which I took advantage of whenever the opportunity arose!).  But the holiday is over and now

it’s time to kick off The Weekend Photo Project for 2015

First up, I’ve decided to change things up a little this year.

Instead of posting the weekend’s prompts each Friday, I’ll be posting a months worth of prompts on the first Friday of each month… which means we’re already a weekend behind (sorry, I was travelling home from above-mentioned sloppy kisses holiday).

The idea behind going with a monthly list is that from time to time we all get busy, and there are some weekends where picking up a camera proves a little more difficult than others.  I figured that if we have a monthly list, if the situation arises where the perfect photo for a prompt presents itself, then you’ll be able to take it!  Think of it a prior planning and preparation…!!

Most of the prompts are self-explanatory – a mix of personal and compositional – and as always, the prompts are open to your interpretation – get creative, think outside the box, think inside the box – it’s up to you.

The places to play along remain the same.  You’ll find all the details about how and where to share here.

Personally this year, I’m setting myself the challenge of taking all of my #twpp images with my DSLR and getting them on to Instagram (in case you’re interested, here’s a read on how to do that).  The list will be printed and put where I can see it on my desk, so that’s it’s always fresh in my mind.  I know I slacked off on photos toward the end of last year, so I’m going to try and not do that again this year.

Anyway, enough from me – it’s time to play.  Looking forward to seeing everyone’s photos again this year!

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘the days after Christmas’

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The presents are unwrapped, everyone is stuffed full of food and hopefully the kids aren’t bored with their gifts yet!

Stay safe & see you all in the New Year xo

If you’d love to share your ‘the days after Christmas‘ photo with me and my fellow The Weekend Photo Project-ers, one of the best places to do it is at our Flickr group.  We’re a pretty friendly and supportive bunch, and would love for you to join in the fun.

If you’d prefer to share on other venues, here’s the list of where you can do so.

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Taking Stock #003

slow

It’s been a busy-busy-busy couple of months, and the third Taking Stock couldn’t have come at a better time.

It’s time to slow down, re-assess and recharge for the year to come…

Making: time to slow down finally
Cooking: dinner for the first time in what seems like forever
Drinking: ginger tea
Reading: Susan Sontag on Photography
Wanting: to sleep in
Looking: forward to kissing my nephew
Playing: with my new 7d Mark ii
Deciding: on nothing significant at the moment (again!!)
Wishing: the world would be nicer to one another
Enjoying: hanging the washing in the sunshine
Waiting: to hug my brothers and my sister
Liking: no plans for the holidays
Wondering: how hot it will be in North Queensland
Loving: the rain on late
Pondering: what I will prioritize for 2015
Considering: what else I need to pack
Watching: nothing – I’ve been too tired for television
Hoping: that we can all get on
Marvelling: at the details
Needing: more sleep
Smelling: nothing due to a blocked-up nose
Wearing: maxi skirts & t-shirts
Following: a little one around a paddock (at least I will be shortly!!)
Noticing: the green grass and full dams after the rain
Knowing: that holidays will end all too soon
Thinking: about tomorrow – the last busy day before holidays officially begin
Feeling: like I need a lie down
Admiring: the work of photographers who aren’t afraid to push their boundaries
Sorting: what to pack
Buying:
Getting: excited about kissing my nephew (I think I’ve mentioned that already!!)
Bookmarking: nothing – been too busy for anything in the online world
Disliking: how the media embellishes their stories
Opening: a beer with my baby brother
Giggling: at the shenanigans of my kids
Snacking: no appetite of late, so I’m not snacking at all
Coveting:
Wishing: it was Monday afternoon already – then I’d be kissing my nephew
Helping: by listening to other
Hearing: the sound of birds whistling outside the window (some things never grow old)

photo credit: Curtis Gregory Perry via photopin cc

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