top 5 // photo-inspired reads


There are two things I bookmark obsessively ~ organisation and photography articles. And so you know, it doesn’t necessarily make me better at either.

But this week a few photography-inspired article caught my eye so for all my photo loving friends, I thought I’d share them here today. And we can bookmark obsessively together!

And hopefully take more, and better, photos!

  1. About the connection The Cameras we bring 
  2.  I get it, but I don’t. So this is handy. The histogram explained.
  3. So true. A reminder for every photographer
  4. 10 creative Instagram accounts to follow.
  5. And a  fun photo tutorial ~ CMYK dissection display



photo-a-day … the story so far


We are eight days into Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day July challenge and so far I’ve taken eight photos!

You know what that means ~ I’m up-to-date! So I thought I would take the moment to post about it while the going was good!

The first five days, pictured above, were red + white, beginning with K [Kellie holding a K1000], match, stars and on the table.

To take the match photo, I balanced my iPhone on its side and snapped the shots using a Shuttr remote which I got in the original Kickstartr last year.

I thought I would also share a little about the stars photo because although I did it quite quickly one afternoon, I was pretty happy with the result and see some other possibilities for the technique.

It was taken in the daytime with some fairylights held up by one of the boys. He stood in a doorway with the darker hallway behind him and the door shielding him from the doorway. [Where deflating number balloons are still residing from my birthday party!]


I then played with it in VSCO Cam, my present go-to processing app at the moment, darkening the exposure slightly for more effect and then used the Tadaa app [the Mr is a huge user of this app so knows it inside out!] to turn the fairylights into stars using their blur filter. They have a range of bokeh shapes just for this purpose which pick up any highlights and turn them into the shapes.

Tadaa is its own burgeoning community of photo users and has been going for a while but also has some really robust filters and techniques inside the app and is continually developing. It also developed a couple of app spin-offs for 3D and SLR.


And to the final three for the first eight ~ View, First and I’ve Never … [in this case I’ve never had an outdoor bath … until this day].

Are you playing along with photo-a-day? Are you keeping up?

old-fashioned fun with new technology


Last week I shared a link to a new app in which you had to wait an hour to see your photos develop. You can read more about it here.

Now as someone who grew up in the film era, and still has several film cameras in rotation, I knew I had to give this app a try.

The Mr scoffed a little when I told him about it [all apps are automatically downloaded to the other person’s phone] but he soon got in on the fun, too.


Not only is a bit of non-filter fun, it also means you take that moment longer to frame your shot [particularly if you are like me and have an annoying purple mould-like mark ever-present in your iPhone camera! You can see it in the image above. Bring on the iPhone 6].

And I’m loving the results of the black and white film emulation. So much so, at one point I was taking photos exclusively with 1-hour photo.


These are a  few photos from the weekend as we got out and about it on the nicer days.



Download 1-hour photo here

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