Category Archives: Mobile Photography

Better food photos with your smartphone

These days most of us are walking around with a cool smart phone. And often we will take snapshots with that phone. As a long time photographer, I’ve really embraced and had a lot of fun with this technology. While trying to have fun, I also make efforts to create interesting images.

Now I’m sure that when you go out to your local coffee shop or favourite restaurant you may want to take a photo of your food or coffee. It’s ok, no one is judging you, it’s in our nature to document our lives. I’d like to challenge you to do it better. ;)

So I thought I’d share a couple of tips.

1. Look for the light. Photography is all about light, without light there are no photos. So look around your environment and see which direction the light is coming from. Try to shoot from that angle without getting between the light source and your subject.


2. Look at your composition. Get above the dish or move to the side or get lower. Composition is key to drawing the viewer into the scene.



Most importantly, have fun with it! These images were taken with the iPhone5s using Hipstamatic. Hipstamatic offers a fun foodie pack that is great for portraits of people and food.

~ kate

this week in iPhoneography – 29 March

Something I’ve been wanting to do for a while is share my 365 project on this blog. So realising the first quarter of the year is already passed, I thought, i better get on it!

These were all taken with my iPhone5s, using a variety of apps. You’ll that all included with the photos!

At Discovery Park, Seattle, WA
Hipstamatic | Mextures | Snapseed


A tree, at Discovery Park, Seattle, WA
Hipstamatic | Mextures | VSCO

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

Tyrion! The pug.
iPhone5s | VSCO

Processed with VSCOcam with 3 preset

Covered path, Discovery Park, Seattle, WA


Starbucks, Seattle, WA
iPhone5s | VSCO

Processed with VSCOcam with x4 preset

a view, through my sunroof
iPhone5s | VSCO

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset

Alki, the kitten. Who does’t love a kitten?!
iPhone5s | VSCO

Processed with VSCOcam with s5 preset


a fabulous sunset in Seattle, over at Alki Beach – iPhone5s (HDR)

2014-03-27 18.38.43 HDR-1

Susan Roderick about to steal a couple of puppies at CreativeLive this week during the Animal Photography workshop with Rachael McKenna!

2014-03-27 14.22.51

That’s a wrap for this week!

Hope you’ve all had a great week and enjoy your weekends!

~ kate

iPhone Apps – my fab five

Yesterday I had the honour of doing a short segment on iPhoneography/Mobile Photography on creativeLIVE. I’ve been involved with creativeLIVE for a number of years, first as a volunteer and then as an employee, it’s a pretty cool place to be. But yesterday was a very different experience, which I’ll share more on later.

I wanted to quickly answer one of the questions that was posed a few times: What are my top 5 go-to apps?! So here they are, with links and a few examples…

My fab five:

HipstamaticiPhone – $1.99 + in App upgrades

These two images were captured via hipstamatic, they are “straight out of camera”, no other edits than the filter combination used for shooting.



SnapseediPhoneAndroid – FREE!

These images were edited with Snapseed. Snapseed is a very robust editor! check out my tutorial on Snapseed here. Some of the functionality has changed a little since I did this post, but there’s still a lot of great information there!


VSCO CamiPhoneAndroid – FREE w/in App upgrades

This was edited via VSCO cam. VSCO offers a handful of “film/analogue” styled filters, occasionally they will have free upgrade packs and additional packs you can purchase.


PicFXiPhone – $1.99

Picfx is filled with lots of fun filters, some crazy colours and awesome textures + effects. You can control the amount of the effect that’s applied as well stack effects on top of one another.

This image was edited with PicFX + Mextures


MexturesiPhone – $1.99

Mextures has different filter options, some colour gradients, textures and event a little grit and grain. Want to get a little dirt on your iPhone images and make it appear as if the image was created years ago, this is a fun option to play with. Like Picfx you can stack effects on top of one another. You can also use different blending modes, like “Overlay, Screen, Multiply… ” sounds like Photoshop doesn’t it?!

This image was shot with Hipstmatic and edited with VSCOcam, Mextures + Picfx.


Thanks for asking and please let me know if you have more questions!

~ kate