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Top 5 Photo Tips for Lifestyle Bloggers

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Great photography is vital to lifestyle bloggers who want to stand out and get results. Impactful images get increased engagement on your posts, as well as attracting new followers. Here are my top five tips for great photos.

Location
Pick a location that compliments the theme of your blog and at the same time provides you with a variety of scenes within a short distance from each other. That way you can capture various different looks, quickly, building a library of stock images to use for future posts.

My aim is 2 hours shooting, 5 different locations and looks with approximately 100 images (Stay tuned for my upcoming post on my favourite locations.)
These were all taken in the same block for fashion blogger, Kirsty, With Love..



Lighting
Always the key to any good photography is lighting. Whether you manipulate the natural elements or use lighting equipment to achieve your look, it should match your style.

For a more fashion look, use flash equipment and for a softer feel, use shade or an …

I cried during my yoga class!

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I have never been to a yoga class, let alone a three day retreat. For me, this was going to be a challenge but one I accepted with an open mind and open heart.

Guess what happened? After three days of yoga and meditation I was left physically and emotionally revived. My body and soul, regenerated. I felt engulfed by an aura of bliss and I adorned a constant smile. Exuding happiness and reflecting love. What a wonderful feeling. How did this happen? 

Yoga touched my soul. The most moving of my experiences was Yin Yoga with Nik Robson. I cried. 

Yes, I cried! Whilst holding one of the dragon poses, a little movie played out in my head. My younger brother was there, strawberry blonde bushy hair and caramel coloured freckles, smiling and laughing as we played with a toy phone we had made with two cups and a piece of string. It was clearly our family home and we were around six or seven years. I began to sob. I hadn’t remembered my house or my brother in years (he was killed at 18). More poigna…

When Headshots Matter

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This holistic health team at Elemental Health had a great website. Every page was informative, professional and in its entirety the website was aesthetically pleasing. The only glitch was the page featuring the team of practitioners.  It lacked uniformity and professionalism. The photos were dark, badly lit giving them an unfriendly feel. 
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It is really important that when you are looking for someone with whom you will trust you specialist care, that they look competent yet approachable and friendly.

When you have a team of people, it is a good idea to choose a backdrop colour that will be suitable for majority of skin types and hair colour as well as work well with the colours on your website so we chose the light grey. You cannot go wrong with grey. It is complimentary for every colour and every skintone.




The team have received countless comments so far and plenty of phone calls. Will update the post with more accurate stats as soon as they are available.

Smartphone Photography Tips with Wide Angle Lens

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Interloop Sculpture Installation - Taken with the Samsung S7 without additional lens

Following on from my previous post on the Olixar Macro lens, another fun part of the Smartphone Lens Kit is a .36x Super Wide Angle Lens. 

There is still nothing like setting up my Canon 5Ds with 16-35mm lens onto a tripod for spectacular city and landscape images but when I'm travelling around with just my phone, this lens kit is a perfect alternative.
To test it out, I headed to downtown Sydney, firstly to the scultpure, Interloop by Chris Fox where it hangs in Wynyard Station.

Upside - Get everything into your frame The above pic was taken straight up with the Samsung S7. Its nice and sharp and bright but we've lost the edges of the sculpture. Below, I've added the super wide lens and I now have everything in the photo.
Downside - Loss of quality, light and some distortion. I've lost a little light. The photo isn't as sharp and the edges are quite distorted. The closer you are to the o…

Five Favourite Apps This Year 2018 - so far!

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I love apps that make my life easier! Some of these are for everyday use, some photography related. Whilst these apps may not be new to the market, they are certainly new to me. 



1. Send Anywhere - Best File Transfer 
A file transfer App that blows everything else out of the water.

You can send files to colleagues or friends, between devices and between your PC and phone.

Real time transfer is cool.

There is a limit in file size of 4GB which is generous and you can also transfer entire folders of data. Most apps only allow you to upload one file at a time.







Phone to Phone
My friend was sitting next to me and sent me a bunch of movies and music. You both have to have the app. Then he pressed send which creates a number. You type in the number and receive the files. The 2GB of data took around 5 minutes.

Desktop
I've been using this on my desktop to send large amounts of images to clients and it works perfectly. What I love that when you click the link, it downloads all of the files immediate…

5 Tips for Smart Phone Macro Photography

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For a bit of fun, I ordered myself the Olixar lenses for my Smartphone for Christmas. This afternoon I had a few minutes spare so I picked a small branch off our Boungainvillea and set it in front of the camera.
1. Macro Lens
I have the Olixar lens set. $22 from MobileZap. Clips on to any smart phone.



2. Tripod. It's really challenging to hold the phone still whilst focusing with the Macro lens attached  so I set it up on a mini tripod. This one is a Fotolux Mini Tripod - $25 from Photo-Shop Studio. Its not great but does the job. If you can afford more get a better tripod.

3. Steady the subject. The small breeze coming through the kitchen window was enough to move the flowers so that I wasn't able to get a shot so I had to stabilise it on a glass vase. You can use anything. Maybe some tape too.





4. Add Light. I added a little LED ring light onto the flowers so they popped a little and it was also a little easier to focus. You could use a torch or lamp or any other light.

5. Use th…