iphoneography tutorial: abstract kitty

as photographers, we hope that every image we snap will be absolutely stunning, but in reality, it doesn’t work that way. for instance, you might try to capture that adorable neighbourhood kitty who likes to visit, but they’re an uncooperative model, in that they just want to be petted!

this fella, visits from time to time, he’s very sweet and occasionally poses well for the camera, but often he’s very mobile and more challenging to capture.

one afternoon when i was in an experimental mood, i started with this image, which sadly, is a bit out of focus, but i was okay with that, it’s an experiment, right?


i wanted to explore the abstract and thought decim8 would be a great idea to do so. after running the image through decim8 i achieved the following result.


then i finished the image off in snapseed, using one of the 1500 grunge filters available, minus the texuture.


one of the things i continue to love about mobile photography, especially on the iPhone are all the available apps, the ability to edit, on the fly, on my phone and of course, share it with the world.

~ kate


Food Photography with Andrew Scrivani, a Workshop, Day 2

I’ve just gotten home from another day on the creativeLIVE set with Andrew Scrivani. I’m one of the students in his Food Photography workshop this week and so far it’s been quite wonderful. See my write up of Day 1 here.

Today’s class began with some camera basics on setting your ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and White Balance, how these affect and work together to create an image. We also reviewed the use of a Light Meter. A great tool for photographers to have and use.


From there we moved on to a basic studio setup, for shooting. This is very similar to that which Andrew uses in his own studio. It’s really a rather small setup, but it’s good to have room around you for items like ladders, prep and prop tables and even a camera stand if you have one of those. He uses a Foba stand, those are pretty pricy, but there are alternatives out there for folks who want to do overhead shots.


These cupcakes are from Cupcake Royale, shout out to Jody and everyone there for sending us some cupcake love for the worskhop!


After the first break the students were paired up to create an image, from selecting a food item to propping, composing the image and snapping the shutter, each pair of students had a mere 15 minutes to make an image.



My partner was Paola. Once I heard the assignment, I immediately knew what I wanted to shoot, we agreed on a plate and a surface and were good to go.

Here’s my first snap from this setup.


Andrew then encouraged us to do more, shoot more, experiment. We changed out the plate to a weathered wooden plate/cutting board and I captured this image.


During lunch we had another assignment, to style and shoot our lunch. I’ll hold off on sharing that image for now, as Andrew will be doing a live critique of all of our images during tomorrow’s class. Scary, but good… it’s important to get feedback on your work, especially from someone you look up to and admire.

In the afternoon Andrew spoke through his workflow. Now for photographer’s this usually means post-production and editing of images. While that was a part of the discussion, he went through from the very beginning of choosing a recipe to buying the food, selecting props, etc… then moving into how he edits his work.


And we wrapped the day with the fabulous Shauna James Ahern of Gluten Free Girl & the Chef. Andrew and Shauna had a very engaging discussion on photography, the growth you experience as you continue to shoot over and over, and of course writing and blogging.

Overall another fantastic day and experience. I’m so very happy I’ve had this opportunity to be a part of it.

Tune in tomorrow for the Business of Food Photography, Andrew is going to talk through the questions you should ask any potential client to copyright and much more. Don’t miss it, it’s free! And I imagine all of what he’ll discuss could apply, in some way, to all avenues of Photography.

Hope to see you there!

~ kate

food photography with Andrew Scrivani on creativeLIVE


Today I had the fortunate opportunity to sit in on a Food Photography workshop with photographer, Andrew Scrivani. Andrew is teaching a free, LIVE, Food Photography workshop on creativeLIVE this weekend. For more details on the class click here… Food Photography.

Andrew’s background includes an immersion into cooking that many food photographers may not have, from my perspective this really provides something unique, as he has a real understanding and passion for food. Along with that, he’s quite the food stylist.


It was a great kick off for the workshop, filled with fabulous inspiration, practical information and inspiration about food photography. Much of which can also apply to photography in general. There was a combination of a slideshow of images, talking through their story; along with hands-on plating demonstrations and more.

Andrew reviewed about the following topics:
– Light: The use of Light & learning to see it.
– Props: Selecting props and integrating them into your shot.
– Food styling: Food selection, matching the props to the food, etc…
– Plating: Tips, Tricks and Tools to get everything just right.
– Gear: What’s in his gear bag and why.


Many folks ask me for advice on buying gear, camera’s specifically, so it was nice to hear Andrew speak on this. He asks several questions, which I’ll often ask people who ask me for advice on this topic.

– What’s your budget?
– How much space do you have?
– What’s your level of knowledge?
– What is your style of shooting?

I also like to add, what do you need the camera to do?

Thinking through these things, going to your local camera store and putting cameras in your hand is a great way to find a camera for yourself.

Tomorrow is going to include lots of shooting on the creativeLIVE set, mostly by Andrew, but I hear the students too. As well a guest appearance by Shauna James Ahern of Gluten Free Girl. And the final day of the workshop is going to be focused on the business of food photography.

If you’re a food photographer, or food blogger, or just a foodie who wants to create better snaps of the meals you eat or cook, check out the next two days, as you’ll be bound to get something out of it.


Here’s a few of my fave quotes from today:

“When the door’s open a crack, you kick it down, you don’t peek in!”

“You’ve got to be bold, you have to be willing to get in there and get the shot.”

“You have to let your personality bleed through in your photography but not give it all away.”

“The little imperfections in things sometimes make the photograph.”

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~ kate