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Unleash your iPhone! | Guest Post by iPhoneographer Kate Hailey

Hey hey hey! I've got a very exciting treat to share with you today... one that's been several months in the planning (rather, several months in the asking/begging/pleading). Toward the end of last year, I put out a call for questions that people wanted addressed on the blog, and I got several great responses. One of them: What are the best apps to use for taking pictures with your iPhone? Now THERE'S a question that pertains to pretty much all of us, right? The trouble is that this is something I know very little about... my iPhoneography pretty much revolves around Instagram. But I do know someone who creates kick-ass, fine-art quality images with her phone all the time... all I had to do was convince her to share her time and talent on my blog  :D

Fortunately for all of us, Kate Hailey agreed to do just that! By way of an introduction, Kate is a Seattle-based portrait and lifestyle photographer. If you're familiar with creativeLIVE, you'll know her as one of the behind-the-scenes gurus there... and it was there that I first met her when I went to Bambi Cantrell's workshop last year. Kate's amazing: volunteering for a very cool organization called Youth In Focus that brings photography instruction and mentoring to disadvantaged kids and teens, working full-time for creativeLIVE, and running her own photography business. And on top of all that, she agreed to share some of her wisdom with the East coast via my blog - yay! - so please enjoy, and be sure to leave her some love (and any other questions you might have) in the comments!



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A few years ago, Apple took the smart phone to the next level.

With the release of the iPhone, we found ourselves with instant access to just about anything you could need: web browsing at our finger tips and a camera on the go, all in a small device that fits right in your pocket! Three years later, there are over 500,000 apps in the app store - you can do anything from manage your finances to play games and of course, create images. There are over 11,000 photography-related apps alone in the iTunes app store... crazy, right? Some of these apps are simply amazing. Personally, I have too many apps on my phone to mention, but there are a few that I use most often:

6x6 - A square shooter camera replacement app

Autostitch - For creating panoramas

Hipstamatic - A fun camera replacement app that offers a variety of films, lenses and flashes for you to shoot with. You can mix and match these options to find a flavour that suits you, or you can enable an option to shake it up and have it randomly select these options.

Instagram - A photo editing and sharing app with over 30,000,000 users, available on the iPhone and now on the Android platform too. This one is great if you're on the go and just want to snap a quick photo to share.

IrisPhotoSuite - Offering layers, adjustments, filters, textures, borders and more, it’s very comprehensive. I use several of the textures in this app a lot.

PhotoMarkr - Add a logo or watermark to your photo

Pic Frame - Create a collage, diptych and beyond

SlowShutterCam - Slow things down, get abstract and play with light

Snapseed - For overall editing with black & white, vintage and faux HDR presets, as well over 1500 grungy kind of textures, a great investment and solid app.

Tiny Planet - Twist and turn your world around. Here are some examples of images I've created with many of the apps listed above.

You can create a dramatic landscape (autostitch, snapseed)

Best Camera Apps for the iPhone abstract landscape that almost looks like a painting (or perhaps it does!) (slowshuttercam, snapseed, instagram)

Best Camera Apps for the iPhone

...create a vortex in the sea (autostitch, tiny planet, snapseed, instagram)

Best Camera Apps for the iPhone a little street photography (snapseed, instagram)

Best Camera Apps for the iPhone

...head out to the beach (snapseed, instagram)

Best Camera Apps for the iPhone

...age a flower (irisphotosuite)

Best Camera Apps for the iPhone

...twist a tree and the space needle (phototoaster/instagram)

Best Camera Apps for the iPhone

...or get up close and personal (ollocip and phototoaster)

Best Camera Apps for the iPhone

As artists, we create and capture what speaks to us. We have to remember that the tools are simply that - tools - it's the vision we convey that matters. And once you've realized that vision, I encourage you - in fact challenge you - to share it with the world. Go to Flickr, iPhoneArt, 500px, or even just Facebook to show off what you've made. For app tutorials, reviews and more info on my own journey through iPhoneography take a look at my blog.

Thank you for reading!




Red Letter Day | Chapel Hill Photographer

Days like this just don't come along very often... today I got two completely separate pieces of news, both of which represent major milestones in my photography career. I'm so excited I had to share, but be forewarned: there's a bit of my-own-horn-tooting ahead :) Chapel Hill Photographer

First, I got word that an article I submitted last spring to Rangefinder Magazine made it into the November issue, which will be out in print any day now and is currently available to read online! Some of you may remember that I went to Seattle last spring to be part of the live audience in a posing and lighting workshop led by photography legend Bambi Cantrell. Well, the article is a profile of creativeLIVE, the company that hosted that workshop, and provides other similar workshops online several times a year for free. Truly inspired by creativeLIVE's business model, and noticing that they hadn't received much press, I decided to write about my experience in the hope that it might help spread the word. Knowing that Rangefinder is one of the largest photography industry magazines in the US (circulation > 60,000), and knowing that they don't often accept unsolicited articles for publication, I didn't dare get my hopes up too much... in fact, the Editor went so far as to warn me that I'd have to tread the line between profile and advertisement very carefully to even be considered. So forgive me for giggling and jumping up and down and sharing this here with all of you... I can't help it - I'm thrilled!  :D

Second - in an unprecedented barrage of unrelated and exciting news - I received an email from the lovely ladies at ClickinMoms, a photography forum to which I subscribe. Last spring they took submissions for a book they're publishing - a compilation of photographs based on the theme "laughter". Apparently one or both of the images I submitted were accepted, and I will be receiving a copy of the book in the next couple of weeks! I have no idea which image they selected, but am very excited and honored to be published in both a book and a magazine in the same month! Wow!!!

So that's enough out of me... I'm going to go have a glass of wine to celebrate. Thanks for putting up with me this evening... we'll get back to our regularly scheduled programming later in the week. In the meantime, any idea as to which of these two images were selected? Your guess is as good as mine!Chapel Hill Child Photographer

Chapel Hill Child Photographer