January iPhoneography Workshops

This past weekend I held an iPhoneography workshop. The focus of the class was on the creative process and exploration with apps. We spent a little time on the fundamentals of photography, then talked about some creative edits.

We also took a deep dive into a handful of apps, including some of my faves. I wanted to share the images that I edited, in class, showing off how each app works.

We started with Hipstmatic and Snapseed. Reviewing some of my fave features of both. Then moved on to VSCOcam.

This photo of a car was taken in December when we had the smallest bit of snow in Seattle. I simply found this car adorable! I use the VSCO C1 filter and adjusted the contrast just a bit to really highlight the cool tones.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Then we moved on to Mextures. Mextures is great because you can stack layers within the app + control how much of a given effect you apply.


Here’s Picfx in action. I applied one of the film filters and added one of the space filters. As with Mextures you can control the amount of the use of the filter. There’s just a nice spot of brightness at the top of one of the skyscrapers that is pretty cool.


And the Seattle skyline. This one edited in Alien Skin Software’s AltPhoto App. I used the Daguerrotype filter, at just about 50% to just provide a hint of the border effect.


It was a fun class, I look forward to doing this one again!

Have questions about apps, just let me know!

~ kate

What’s New in 2014 – Workshops and Projects!

December ended up being a much busier month than I’d anticipated. I went to my hometown, Atlanta, to help my mom move to florida. Yep, it was that time. About 9 days, helping mom pack and purge things, then a road trip south to sunny (and sometimes surprisingly chilly) Florida. With a cat. ha!

During this time I’d also managed to launch a couple of things.

~ Workshops
~ a new 365 project

Workshops, were a long time coming. Now I’ve done several over the past couple of years, but this year I wanted to formalise things a bit. Kicking things off with two classes, focused on mobile photography. The first one is this Sunday on basic photographic techniques and the following Sunday I dive into more creative techniques. Check out details here: Workshops.

In 2010, 2011 & 2012 I completed a 365 Project, that’s a Photo a Day. All of these images were taken and edited on an iPhone. In 2013 I feel I was pretty prolific in creating mobile images, but not quite daily. This year I decided to give it another go, it’s a good challenge to create something, daily. The fun part is that with the iphone (or other smart phones), you can snap an image and do an edit all on one device.

So here we go again!

Here’s a few of my fave images from the first two weeks, including at least one or two from somewhere south and east (in the US).

Tree – Double Exposure – iPhone4s | Hipstamatic


The Atlantic Ocean and Daytona Beach – iPhone4s | VSCO


Tall Trees + the Halifax Rvier – iPhone4s | Picfx | Mextures


the Birds – iPhone4s | Snapseed


at the park, along the water – iPhone4s | Picfx | Alt Photo


Follow the entire project here: iPhone 365 – 2014 Edition

iPhoneography – a workshop

Have you recently purchased an iPhone?
Have you owned an iPhone for a while and are curious about the editing power it contains?
Are you new to photography and want to get some pointers on where to start?
Are you an avid photographer looking to embrace the power of such a small device? This may be the workshop for you!

Join myself and Zorn Taylor as we lead an iPhoneography workshop in support of Youth in Focus. See the official Youth in Focus announcement here.

What you will learn and do:
Photography 101: Composition and Philosophies
Image Creation: On-Location shooting and photography mentoring
Photo Processing: Preview some of the top apps, app stacking and beyond.
Printing: Printing recommendations with a goal to print your best shot from the stroll that day
Sharing: We’ll talk about social media and getting the work out there
Goodies: iPhoneography resources

About Youth in Focus:

For several months I have been mentoring at Youth in Focus, in their Beginning Digital class, of which Zorn teaches. It’s been an amazing opportunity to meet some great kids, see the world through their eyes and help coach them through their own photographic journeys.

Youth in Focus is an afterschool program that uses intensive photography training as a tool to help disadvantaged teens develop personal voice, positive identity, social skills and artistic skills. We offer free, multi-level classes for teens ages 13-19 in both film and digital photography, and advanced students participate in our job skills project shooting assignments for hire. Classes are taught by professional teaching artists and supported by volunteer adult mentors. In this way we create a community of support around our students that both encourages and challenges them on their journey to a positive adulthood.

Workshop Details:
March 10th, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. (bring a lunch/snack)

Youth in Focus
2100 24th Ave S, Suite 310, Seattle, WA 98144

Cost: Sliding Scale $49-$79*
Please note all funds raised from this workshop will go to support Youth in Focus in their efforts to bring this amazing photographic education to underserved teens.

Ages: Open to teens and adults, 13+. :)

To register, contact Kat at katv@youthinfocus.org or (206) 407-2124

To learn more about Youth in Focus, visit www.youthinfocus.org • facebook.com/YIFseattle • twitter.com/YIF_seattle