fotograf

Hey my friend over at Skipology.com shared a link to this new app today, fotograf, so I decided to give it a quick look.

fotograf offers a simple user interface and your basic controls, to change things like contrast, colour temperature, clarity, shadows, highlights and more. This is available in loads of apps, the cool factor in fotograf is that it offers previews of your changes.

There’s also a number of free filters, you can buy additional filters within the app.

Fotograf is also supposed to take advantage of the new manual features in IOS8, I didn’t try this out as I haven’t updated my phone yet. ;)

Here’s a couple of screenshots of the app, plus a before and after of my edits.

Before

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Screen Shots

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After

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fotograf $1.99 in the app store.

Waiting for the Moment

Photography is about timing. Well maybe not all of it, but if you are a photojournalist or someone who photographs people in any way, then you’ll find most of your best shots are because of timing. Sometimes you wait for a moment to unfold, sometimes you have to shoot a lot to capture that moment (and I don’t mean spray and pray!). Either way, it boils down to timing.

One of my favourite pursuits as a photographer is to capture a moment that’s interesting, that has a story, that creates a sense of wonder.

Perhaps it’s waiting on a pier and seeing a commuter stroll past.

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Perhaps it’s stalking a seagull, slowly, and hoping he’ll look my way.

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Perhaps it’s being at the right place at the right time to catch a young man fishing.

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Perhaps it’s waiting for just the right moment when a boat passes to frame an image just so.

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The moral of this little tale is to be thoughtful and patient as moments unfold around you.

All of these images were captured on an iPhone5s and edited with one of the following apps: Hipstamatic / vscocam.

thanks for reading!

~ kate

A photowalk with Seattle Flickr

So I’ll admit it, I have a problem. I like to shoot things, lots of different things. With a camera that is.

One of the things I hear time and time again is to find a niche and stick to it. And yes, I agree, when seeking clients, that makes total sense. But outside of that, I enjoy capturing many, many things. If you follow my photography you’ve probably seen a photo or two of flowers.

I recently led a photowalk with the Seattle Flickr Meetup group, we do a couple of events a month, including a photowalk and a social night. This months event was at the Ballard Locks. The location offers gardens, a fish ladder where you can most often see Salmon, plus the locks themselves which allow boats to move from the fresh water to the sea water and more.

Along the walk I found these lovlies, captured with my awesome Fuji X100s.

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Along the water I waited for this boat to move from one water way to the next. This shot for me was all about timing. Look for my next blog post where I’ll talk about that a bit more. This was shot with my iPhone5s and edited with vscocam.

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Being a part of and leading a group like this over the years has been a lot of fun and a great way to meet other photographers in my town. If you want to network and get to know photographers in your area, consider finding groups like this. And if you’re in Seattle, join us for an event sometime, we’d love to have you join us!

~ kate

photographer. educator. boston.