Winter. It isn’t my favourite. Aside from snowy days which I’ll take happily, it’s cold. Dark. Often grey. And also the busiest time of the year in my house. Stress runs high and sleep runs short. But we won’t be beaten!
One of my favourite ways to get through winter is to explore my creativity. In fact winter is the perfect time to create. This is a tale I’ve told many times. My love for making something out of nothing and a creative streak that is forever a part of me. If I can create, I feel at peace. Anything, from baking, to photography to my first love of sewing. I’ll try most crafts given the opportunity. Even knitting…
I think it’s about time I updated my quick guide to editing whites, or getting your white balance right, since my first post on this was more than two years ago. It is important to understand editing white balance if you would like your photographs to appear natural. Of course many people use filters which tint the image too. That’s great if it is your style, but you still need to understand the white’s you are beginning with to create a cohesive portfolio.
I want to keep this short because the how-to is really simple, yet it can completely change the look of your photos. So what is white balance? And how do we fix it?
Hello lovely you! In a small change to this weeks planned update on editing white balance, I am popping in with a tutorial on creating a cinemagraph. So many people asked me how I created the post below and if I could share it here, so that is exactly what I am doing! White balance to follow next week…
I was first inspired to look at creating a cinemagraph when Sara of Me & Orla started playing with them, a couple of years ago actually. Just look at #cinemagraph and you will find thousands of examples. And in the meantime I have made many, some of which are on my Instagram gallery. But cinemagraphs have been around a lot longer than this. I would guess that their rise in popularity recently is linked to the ease of editing, like many editing skills, creating a cinemagraph is now a possibility for anyone who would like to try and not just those with access to professional editing software. Actually the origins of the cinemagraph are decades old. I found this article about their history really interesting if you’d like to read more too.
January is proving to be my blog catch-up month. It’s been so much fun to update it and begin to write again, this editing series I am picking back up after too long a gap. I posted an editing story of this beautiful red tree to my Instagram account late last year and I asked whether you would like to see the complete editing workflow. The overwhelming response was ‘yes’ so, a few weeks later, here it is!
I took and edited this image on my iPhone. I used 2 apps, and I will share the step by step how to below. I actually put all my iPhone images through photo editing apps, they do a perfect job and using the full editing suite on my computer seems like overkill for images I rarely use beyond Instagram’s tiny format!
I am just popping in to share with you a clever tool to see the colour palette of your Instagram gallery. Created by Stef, one half of the team at Makelight, you can generate a wheel of colour extracted from your gallery a little like the images below. With a dedicated Year of Colour website, I really recommend you have a go.
Aside from being such good fun, this is a great way to see how you photographs feel to anyone visiting your gallery. Whether they represent your brand (even if you aren’t a business, it’s fascinating to see how you represent yourself with colour) and perhaps if there is a new colour path you’d like to walk.