Days is a journal disguised as an iOS app to document your life as it happens – in photographs.
Shoot photos throughout the day, and publish your post of images the following day in a visually delightful grid of time-stamped pics.
How is this different from Instagram? So many ways. Cool ways, too.
Photography experienced something of a renaissance when smartphones came along. Far from being dead, apps such as Instagram rejuvenated the art form.
Some interesting facts include:
- Facebook has 10,000 times more photos than the world’s largest library, the USA’s Library of Congress
- photos make up 42% of posts on Tumblr
- 741 million mobile phones worldwide have “some type of photo capability”
The infographic below by Overgram, an app that adds text to Instagram photos, details the evolution of photography from its birth in 1826 to modern-day usage on social networks… fascinating!
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6) CONTROL THE LIGHT
Your camera or smartphone is not as clever as you are…it can only see 4 stops of light (let’s not worry about what stops are for now) but your eye can see 12 stops. So, for example, you line up your friends against a bright background and all looks amazing…you take a picture and your friends are quite dark and the background is not great either…wot the?
The camera or smartphone is trying it’s best to work out the exposure (how much light to capture) so guesses somewhere in the middle, it doesn’t know your friends are more important than the background.
Your job is to help it and prioritise what’s important.
The great news is that most cameras, phones and apps have something brilliant called exposure compensation that nobody much ever uses. It basically allows you to add or subtract light after the camera has made its guess. It often has the symbol +/-
Check out your device and start using it today!
What we want is quality of light and not quantity. Often in a room there is way too much light bouncing everywhere to make an interesting picture, so take control! Turn off the overhead lights, close the door, half close the curtains and suddenly thing get interesting.
Taking control may mean moving your subject to a better position….look around, are there any pools of light from windows? Maybe turn on a lamp and if not…why not create your own with inexpensive LED video lights? (More on that soon.)
Did you know that white balance is the quickest way to turn your camera into an InstaLomoCrosstography machine?
This tutorial is a fun, simple way to play with colour a la Instagram or Lomography without any apps or chemicals!
All you need to do is take the correct white balance and set it to the “wrong” white balance to get sweet shifts in tones and colours.
We put together a guide on exactly what kind of colour shifts you’ll get with each setting. No Android-based technology here. You can do it all with the settings your camera already has!
Create Sweet White Balance Experiments
Why it’s cool:
Did you know that your brain has magic colour changing abilities? Well, sort of.
Your brain can’t change it’s own colour (bummer!), but it does an awesome job at making sure the colour white always looks that way. In other words, our brains are stuck in Auto White Balance.
Following on from my recent posts about the appeal of lo-fi phoneography, here’s a great article from Photojojo detailing their all-time favourite phone photo tricks for phoneography amazingness that’ll wow your friends and your Instagram art critics.
10 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR PHONEOGRAPHY:
image ⓒ SWS
I absolutely love the look and feel of lo-fi images. And given the popularity of smartphone photography apps and the photo sharing program Instagram, it’s obvious I’m not alone…
There’s a plethora of both free and affordable smartphone photo apps out there, so if you’re keen to give them a go, you’ll have plenty to choose from!
In fact, I suspect I just might be addicted to downloading photography apps! They’re lots of fun and certainly help to bring out your creative side, with a wide choice of funky filters to transform your straight images into an almost countless range of potential new looks.
Some of the apps I enjoy using include Camera+, PhotoStudio, Hipstamatic, Lo-Mob, PhotoToaster, and Instagram.
The above image is one of my recent iPhone shots – below are some more images which incorporate a range of different app effects…