Postagram – Share your travels

When you travel do you find yourself browsing the post card racks for a cool card to send home to your family or friends? Of course you do, we love to share our journeys with them.

We share our images on social platforms like Facebook and Instagram, which can be a great way to share our travels, but how often do we print our images and send them to our friends and family?

Some time ago I discovered an app which allows me to create my own post cards.

The app is called Postagram. Postagram is available for iPhone and Android devices.

Within the app you can:

- Import images from your camera roll
- Create a message to the recipient
- Import your contacts from your phone to send the final postcard

You purchase “credits”, 5 credits gets you one post card mailed within the US and 10 credits gets you one post card mailed internationally. This comes to $1 or $2 respectively. Which is a ridiculously good deal.

It’s wonderful to be able to share your view of a city, a country or your home town with your family and friends. I use this app when I travel and when I want to hare images of my city with my family back east. Check it out the next time you go on the road or travel abroad, or just take a cool photo in your neighbourhood.

Enjoy and have fun!

~ kate

Road Trip: Washington to Montana

Summertime is here, in full swing with warmer days, sun rays and road trips. A good friend of mine was heading to Montana with her family for a few days and I was able to join them.

Montana is just about two states east from Washington, it may not seem that far, but the states in the west of the US are wide, with this in mind I opted to do the drive east over a couple of days. This would allow me to make those stops that us photographer’s want to take.

One of the great places to make a stop is Wild Horses Monument in Eastern Washington, it has a view of the Columbia River and this fabulous sculpture of horses.

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Parts of Idaho are filled with Evergreens, just like parts of Washington and Montana.

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Part of the journey included an afternoon at Glacier National Park. Now this is a HUGE park, so one day means you can’t really do the exploration you’d like to. I could see going back to Montana and trying to spend a couple of days in the park. These handful of photos display only a portion of what the park has to offer.

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On the way home I passed these amazing hills with clouds of perfection in the sky.

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It’s quite beautiful, the land, the skies, the rivers and lakes. It’s easy to miss these things in the hustle and bustle of our lives, so take a break, and see the world around you. :)

~ kate

Quick Tips for Better Composition

Composition is a key component of a great image. As photographers we shoot a LOT of images and only a portion of those images make the cut, if we have a discerning eye that is. I’m pretty critical of my work, some days more than I should be.

One of the things I really focus on in workshops that I teach is: composition. There are many “rules of composition” and no you don’t necessarily have to follow them to create a compelling image, however I am of the school of thought of …
Learn the rules then break the rules.

I thought I’d share a couple of basic tips for better composition, do these things in camera if you can, instead of fixing them in post. It will make your life easier. Personally I’d rather spend more time behind the camera instead of being in front of a computer. :)

1. Mind your Horizons

When the horizon is off kilter in your image, it can really kill it for the viewer, makes me feel crooked. One of my ways to combat this is to turn on the grid in the viewfinder/LCD screen. See if your camera has this option, if so, give it a try and see how it goes. If it doesn’t then try to be mindful of your horizon and keep it straight when you’re shooting. If you missed it by a bit, that’s okay, software like Lightroom have a great tool set to help you fix this.

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Now perhaps you’re thinking, but I want my horizon askew! You can do this and probably should do this on occasion to just to flip the perspective and see something in a different way. Just do it with intention.

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2. Use Leading Lines

Leading lines bring the viewer into the image and lead them to the main subject of your image. When composing an image think of how you’re leading the viewer into the shot and what you want them to focus on. In some cases these lines may seem to go on forever, leaving the viewer to wonder what exists at the end of the line, or tunnel or bridge…

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That’s it for today, I’ll put more of these together!

~ kate

photographer. educator. seattle.