Water Street, St. John's

Just a little photo from out last trip to Newfoundland. The first time I actually got to walk around downtown St. John's. This is one of my favourite photos from that night for some reason. 


Be a Better: Editor - VSCOfilm

If you haven't heard about VSCOfilm yet, allow me to introduce you to it. It has single-handedly switched me over from mainly editing in Photoshop to Lightroom. I am still getting used to Lightroom and honestly was really, really bad with it at first. It's kinda a whole new world in there. Just practicing and reading some tutorials has really made a difference and I have improved leaps and bounds. I don't think I am comfortable enough with Lightroom yet to do some tutorials but I wanted to write a bit of a review of sorts of my editing journey with VSCOfilm.

Once you get into Lightroom, you find the presets are the life-savers for workflow. VSCOfilm contains presets and camera profiles to create unique "film-like" post-processing. Different film types load in your Lightroom once you have installed it and it's as easy as picking the look you like for your photo. Of course you can tweak every preset AND the download comes with a handy toolkit with quick tools such as "darker sky","orange skin fix", and vignettes.

I do find VSCOfilm a bit steep in the price range for the hobby photographer like myself. The $119 product was my birthday present to myself. While it was worth it in some regards, I was kinda sad to see all the updates for VSCOfilm 02 and 03 rolling in while leaving us lowly 01 users behind. I know Lightroom 3 is a bit of an old horse now but this also makes me hesitant to upgrade to Lightroom 5 as I will have to re-purchase the new VSCOfilms. That being said you get a discount on your second purchase from $119 to $89.25.  (I think they should have VSCOfilm 01 at a discount now as it wont be updated but thats just me!)

So it's a tough call. I love the presets. I really do. But I also love my money.... or need my money to live more like! I guess my advice would be if you have Lightroom 5 already. Don't hesitate if you can afford it. VSCOfilm really is a lovely program to have. If you have Lightroom 3 and you're soon going to upgrade. Definitely wait until you get Lightroom 5 before purchasing. They also offer the presets for Camera Raw and Aperture. As well as the FREE (music to me ears) brand new app that has more filters to purchase but comes with a nice variety free in app along with your tool kit items. I believe they still have the extra filters on sale for $5.99 for 48 presets. SO! you can purchase all this or just mosey around their cool site for awhile HERE.

I will do another post up here sometime soon about VSCOcam and VSCOgrid as well. VSCOgrid is new service they just launched showcasing photographers who use their app/products. You can see my grid here in the meantime!

All photos were edited with VSCOfilm 01 presets.

This post was not sponsored by VSCO. Just my general opinion on the product. 



Notes: This is my brothers other dog Mini. She only has one eye but she is wild!


Canmore... Again.

Notes: Clearly I am still reliving our little vacation in Canmore as the photos keep on coming. The first and second pictures are the views opposite each other. I don't know which view is better.


Be a better photographer: Shutter Speed

Part of my journey to become a better photographer is to teach myself starting with the basics. I learnt about photography almost backwards. Learning to edit before really getting into the actual photo taking. Read through my notes and see my practice shots while I try to become a better photographer.

Shutter Speed:

What is it?
The shutter speed is the length of time that the camera’s shutter is open. It is measured in seconds.

How to set it?
The slower the shutter speed (ie. 10s)  the more light can enter the camera and the brighter your photos will appear. Alternately, the faster the speed (ie. 1/1000s) the less light can enter the camera.

When to adjust it?
Use a slow shutter speed in dark situations (beware that movement at a slow speed will cause blurring. use a tri-pod or a solid surface to avoid this). You can also use a slow shutter when you want blur to occur such as smooth running water; although this will require a tripod as well. Use a faster shutter speed for bright situations or to freeze action shots.

Hopefully this quick overview of shutter speed basics will help you be able to control your DSLR a little bit better.

Here is a few more other helpful sites on Shutter Speed. Here and Here.

See more Photography Basics here.

**This is only my conclusion based on my own research and practices. Everyone has their own processes.**
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