Photography tips: 7 ways to play with light

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Hello! Light is one of the most important aspects of photography, and can make such a difference in the photo you’re taking. I’m obsessed with it. I’ve put together 7 fun ways to play with light. Enjoy. photo credit: Sheye Rosemeyer Oh-so-sweet sunflare I’ve always loved photography, but one woman deepened my love affair with it, and that’s Sheye Rosemeyer. She’s a lover of natural light, and once you start…

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How to get depth of field on your iPhone {so easy!}

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ROAR! I want to teach you one tip that you’re going to love with your iPhone. It’s how to achieve Depth of Field. First up, I know some of you are saying… Depth of What? Are we playing baseball? WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT? Hold your horses honey. Let me tell you what depth of field is. Depth of field (DOF) is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects…

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How to create candy-coloured photos

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I love candy coloured photos. They’re fun and surreal and a little bit arty. Earlier this year I discovered a talented guy named Matt Crump is turning the world candy-coloured through his photos. Here’s a few from his feed that he’s taken lately. Talented, right? Not long after I discovered Matt, I wrote a post sharing how you can make your own photos candy-coloured {i.e. bright and a little bit…

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Photography lesson: Mastering the rule of thirds technique

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Hello and welcome students. Take a seat, get your cameras/phones/photo-taking devices out, and let’s get started. If you’ve been playing along with photo-a-day for a little while now, you’ll know that each month I share a photography technique as a prompt. It gives us all a chance to grow, stretch and explore a little more with our photos. Some are harder than others, and some are ones that I use…

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Photography lesson: Fill the frame!

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Hello you. So if you’re playing Photo A Day you might have noticed that the prompt is Fill The Frame. It’s a photography lesson prompt so that you can learn, stretch and grow, and try new things with your photography. Plus it’s fun to try new things. This is such an easy, and cool technique to try. It doesn’t require fancy lenses or anything special, all you need are your…

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Photography Lesson: How to capture sun flare in your photos

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Brought to you by Olympus OM-D E-M10. Hello and welcome to another photography lesson. Take your seat and pull out your cameras. What’s that Jeremy? You like my outfit today? Well, thank you. Sun flare is a technique that I love, and is one of the first that I started playing around with. Here’s a photo I took 6 years of Lacey, when she was teeny and a little slow…

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Photography lesson: Tips for mastering black and white photography

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Brought to you by Olympus OM-D E-M10. Hello you photo-taker! Each month of this year I’ll be sharing tips and tricks for photography techniques. If you’re playing along with photo a day, you’ll notice that each month I’ll include a photography prompt. This prompt is included so it can help us stretch and grow and expand our photography skills. Perhaps you’re already the proud owner of a fine set of…

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How to create candy-coloured photos

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Photo credit: Matt Crump In the week before Christmas and New Year I fell in love, and it wasn’t with my husband. Well, I love him and always will but I also fell in love with another guy. Well his creativity and photo skills, to be truthful. The guy; Matt Crump. I don’t even know how I stumbled across his Instagram feed but it’s INSANE. You know how every now…

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Macro photography: 3 tips to make it happen with your phone

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photo credit: Tim Good: Photography by Tiwago Hello! So you might know that on the 23rd of this month the prompt for the Photo A Day challenges is macro. If you played along last year, macro was a huge hit. People loved exploring the photography technique, myself included, so I thought we could explore it again. First, you might be wondering, what is macro? Macro photography (or photomacrography or macrography,…

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Photography lesson: How to rock sun flare

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I am so excited to have my beautiful friend Rowe here today teaching us about sun flare. It’s my favourite thing to capture in photos, and I love her advice. I realise I haven’t been controlling the sun flare very well, so I’m looking forward to trying her tips. Take it away Rowe! lens flare (aka: sun flare) noun. unwanted, excessive light in a photograph due to internal reflections and…

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What is negative space? And why on earth would I want it?

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If you’re playing along with the June photo a day challenge you may have noticed that one of the prompts is negative space. If you’re not playing along, you might like to read on anyway… as negative space is a cool trick to have up your sleeve when taking photos anyway. A few people have asked me what negative space is, and I found myself in a funny conversation on…

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Photography Lesson: Black + White {+ 4 inspiring images}

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Each month I’ve been sharing a little bit of a photography lesson {you can see all the past posts by clicking iPhoneography in the right hand column}, and this month is on the topic of Black + White. If you play photo a day the prompt for today is Black + White so this post will help you achieve a sweet photo, and if you’re not playing photo a day……

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Four composition tips for taking better photos

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What a year it’s been. If you’ve been playing photo-a-day from the beginning you’re almost ready to round-up a whole 365 of photos. That’s a lot of fun right there in pictures. Good work you. If you’ve just jumped on board this month, or in recent months, go you too. Good stuff. For a good part of this year I’ve included a photography technique in the monthly prompts so we…

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Photography lesson: 4 tips for capturing simplicity

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photo credit: {Lina} Hello students. I hope you’ve brought your thinking caps on today. Well actually, the topic today is quite simple, it’s simplicity. You can pack away your brains for a bit. Simplicity can have one of two meanings when it comes to photography. It can be about your composition or about your subject matter. The information I’m sharing today is relevant to both. Simplicity sounds easy to capture,…

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Photography lesson: Depth of field

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So you may have noticed that each month we’ve been doing a little stretching and growing with the photo a day challenge. We’ve played with perspective, learnt about rule of thirds and dabbled with a little negative space. This month we’re going to explore depth of field. I’m going to let Wikipedia confuse you with their explanation first, and then I’ll break it down a little to how I understand…

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How to create beautiful iPhone photos: the rule of thirds

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I’m often asked how I create my iPhone photos, so I thought I’d break it down and give everyone a crash course in iPhone photography. Today I’m talking about the rule of thirds. What on earth is this ‘rule of thirds’ you speak of? The rule of thirds is a technique used by photographers to create balance in photos. By using the rule of thirds it’s quite pleasing on the…

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Photography lesson: 5 tips for shooting macro with your iPhone

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Each month in the FMS Photo A Day challenge we’ve been exploring new photography techniques. I’ve loved trying out new ways of shooting, and it seems that loads of people are too. It’s nice to stretch outside the comfort zone, even if it makes me a bit nervous. The photography technique this month is macro. In a nutshell it means shooting an object up really close. For a fancier definition,…

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How to get a little perspective in your photos…

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You may have noticed, if you’re doing the photo a day challenge, that perspective is prompt number 29 on the list. And didn’t I pick a hard one to teach you? The answer is yes. Perspective is easier to do than it is to explain. I used to study art, and it was my favourite subject. Using perspective was a great way to give an artwork depth. I loved using…

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Kids, there’s a new photography App in town.

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I’m quite a loyal App user. I’ll find one and use it forever and a day, until I find something else to replace it with. I generally don’t flirt between a few – rather sticking by my one favourite {particularly when it comes to photography apps}. For over a year now it was Camera+. We did lots together; trips to the beach, traveled parts of the world and it even…

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Top 5: My most favourite photography apps in the Universe

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What App is that? If someone would have muttered those words 10 years ago we would have been like, “What on earth are you on about?” But now I hear it almost daily on Instagram when sharing a photo or the photo a day list. There’s an App for everything {or almost everything}. I use my phone as a camera more than I use it for a phone. In fact my…

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Instagram 101: a step-by-step guide to using Instagram

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Chances are, if you’ve got a smartphone, you’ve got Instagram. If you’re a newbie to the Instagram game, let me help you figure it out in 13 easy steps: Step 1. Download the Instagram app (here for Apple products and here for Android users). It’s free. I’ll wait here while you get it. I’ll just snap photos of my breakfast. As you do. Done? Step 2. Create an account. Think…

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How to create beautiful iPhone photos: my favourite photography apps

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One of the best tricks for taking better or more interesting photos is using an app to give it a little boost. I could spend up big on photo apps, but have sensibly only taken to a few. Today I’m sharing some of my favourites: Camera+ This is my favourite of all the apps I use. It has loads of different filters that each work their own magic. My favourite…

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How to create a collage poster with your Instagram photos

1. Visit Printsgram.com 2. Log into your Instagram account. 3. Choose which poster layout you’d like to use. 4. Name your poster {eg photo a day photos}. 5. Drop and drag your photos into the poster {or double click the picture for them to automatically be added}. 6. Once completed, click create. 7. Download your PDF to your computer {click the download button on the left of your screen} 8….

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How to create beautiful iPhone photos: lighting

Morning! Today I thought I’d follow on with my series on iPhoneography and how to take beautiful iPhone photos, with the topic for this post being lighting. With a digital SLR camera {ie a big fancy camera with more technical stuff than you can poke a stick at} you can mess with the lighting a lot more than you can with your iPhone. With my big camera I love opening…

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Sweet products to make from your Instagram photos

My name is Chantelle and I’m an Instagram addict. But you knew that already, right? After taking over 600 photos in a year I started to think about what I could do with them. A quick search and I found that there were a handful of fun options and now I’m sharing them with you. All of them were easy to use, you just log-in to your Instagram account via…

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