photography & instagram

moving photos – creating a cinemagraph


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.

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photography & instagram

Photo editing with apps – the workflow


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!

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photography & instagram

Year of colour 2017


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. Read More

photography & instagram

working the light – photo editing


A little while ago I asked, via my instagram stories, whether you would be interested in posts on editing. And with a reply of almost 100% yes, here is the first of those posts with a few tips for editing tricky light.

I’m going to use a couple of photographs with different light issues, hopefully they will give you a  place to start with fixing shadows and/or over exposure. As always, all images can be viewed full screen by clicking on them.

The Old Vicarage – Leica d-lux 109 10.9mm f/10 ISO 200

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12 days of Christmas

Festive downloads


OK maybe it’s a little later than last year, so how about a trio of completely free, phone screen festive downloads for you? A little festive gift from me to you.

You can have a look at the small version of each image below to see what you’re getting,  then click the named links to download any or all, it’s up to you! Simple as that. I hope you will enjoy them!

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