Photography

Photography Inspiration

In my opinion, for photography it is important to be inspired and find the things that inspire you. I tend to take a lot of pictures of nature and animals because those are things that I find wonderful and beautiful and unique so I like having the opportunity to take photos out there. I love living near forests and beaches and even a main city because there is so much out there.

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iPhone Photo Editing Apps

As someone who both loves photography and loves her iPhone, I frequently try to edit photos for my photography Instagram @laurakcald_photography. For that Instagram account I use 2 apps, 1 for editing and 1 for the watermark. The editing app is called ‘Snapseed’ and the watermark app is called ‘Watermark Maker’. I absolutely love these two apps and they do the job I want them to do perfectly.

So, Snapseed has quite a few different editing options which is nice and it has the basics on there which is all I tend to use, as well as a couple of filters. It’s made by Google and can link up to the camera roll on your phone. With saving your images, you have 3 options, you can either save it (which means the edited version overrides the original), save it as a copy or export it (which I don’t use so have no idea what that does). The app gives me this ability to edit my images to make them exactly how I wanted them to look straight from my phone and the best part of the app is that it’s free. I got recommended this app by a friend and it’s all I ever use for photography now.

With Watermark Maker, it’s pretty simple. You can either take a photo or open one from your phone and you have 5 options. With Text, it’s the simplest watermark, you just put in text in whatever font you like from their choices, change the colour and transparency of it and place it on your image. The image option, you can place a square box of another image and place it onto your photo. The watermark option involves templates, and I tend to never use them as they’re not subtle watermarks at all. The QR code option I have also never used but assume means you can place an image of a QR code onto your photo and lastly is the sticker option. It’s similar to photo but with mainly ‘Sale’ type stickers. I only ever use the text option as I have it made perfectly for what I need it to do.

So those are the apps I love using for editing my photos. If you have any free recommendations for editing apps, please let me know. Thank you for reading

-Laura

Why I Love Photography

Photography is something that I absolutely adore, in case you couldn’t tell by the title. It’s something I have gotten into properly over the last couple of years, stemming really from GCSE art where I focused on photography for the exam project. However, it has been something that I’ve had a love for ever since I was little.

When I was small, I did own a little camera and it wasn’t great yet I used it as much as possible. I took pictures of my old cat, of my grandparents old dog and of random things around the house and flowers in my grandparents garden. When I got a smartphone for the first time in I think 2011, that was great. Ever since then, I’ve had iPhones and I have loved the cameras on them, and I have taken pictures on them a lot, some of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken have been from my current iPhone (6S) and previous phones. More recently however I got the Panasonic Lumix G1, and although, yes it is an old camera, I absolutely love it. I have taken it on so many days out and taken it to take photos of my cats and other pets in my family.

But why do I love photography so much? Well, that is because it’s just amazing in general. You can record these memories of things, such as with days out or with pets and you have them forever. You can print them and have physical copies (I occasionally print out photos with my polaroid zip) or you can keep them on your phone or computer or memory stick forever. You can look at things such as flowers or the sky and just capture this beautiful moment and capture how beautiful certain things in nature are, or even how beautiful man-made things like architecture are. It’s a way of making the world seem a little bit more beautiful and a way of capturing memories and being able to keep them forever. It’s truly one of the best things.

If you’re into photography, please comment why you love it and thank you guys for reading 🙂

-Laura

@laurakcald_photography on instagram