As you know, lately I’ve decided to make some changes with the blog by trying to commit to it more. What you may not know, however, is that I’m planning to make a big change in my life too. After my bachelor degree, which I will get in few months, I decided to end my university studies and find a job. I’m really looking forward to it, but at the same time I must confess that this big step also scares me a little.
We all know how changes can be scary, and because of that sometimes we tend to forget that they can also be really good.
Challenge yourself: you can totally see a change as a great new adventure where you will have to push yourself. This also means that when you will succeed in it – and I’m sure you will – you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Isn’t that a good way to get even more motivated?
Break the circle: yes, routines can make you feel protected, but they can also be really boring. Stepping of your comfort zone may be the only way to find out how many things you’re missing out. Don’t be afraid!
Open a new door: when you decide do make a change you may feel like you’re giving up what you already have. But every time you close a door, there is a new one that opens before you. So walk that door and enjoy everything that you will find behind it. You could be surprised how amazing this new journey can be.
Get some perspective: making a change can also make you realize how much what you were doing before may have been a limitation for you and your creativity. It’s only by going through something new that you can look back with another point of view and put everything you’ve done until then into perspective.
And if it doesn’t work… It could happen: maybe your big change turns out to be not that great how you imagined it. Well, don’t give up just yet! Maybe you just walked the wrong door. Go back and try again!
How can changes be good for you? Leave a comment below!
As you may know, I never liked the way I look in photographs. I find myself always looking really bad and I hate that. I read here and there that it’s all about finding the good angle and that practice makes perfect. But every time I tried to practice to find what’s my good angle, I got really upset cause my face just couldn’t look even a bit good.
The other day I was out with Stitch, that is one of the only people that already succeed in making my like one of my photographs. I needed a picture to complete my CV, but I was scared and already sad since I know I would not have liked anything coming from the camera. So he decided that it was about time to finally find your good angle, and that I couldn’t complain about it.
I think he might be a wizard or something like that, because once again he did the magic. I’m not saying that I look stunning or anything but, I do like those pictures and I don’t hate my face in it. And, if you know me, you should know that it’s something impressing. Really impressing.
So, according to Stitch, that’s my good angle: head turned on my left shoulder, and slightly pushed back. I hope I will remember that instead of having a panic attack next time someone is about to take take a picture of me.
I guess that a big part of it was also having the picture taken with someone you’re really comfortable with.
Lately I’ve been reading a bunch of post about blogging. I find them really inspiring and they make me want to blog even more. As you may know, lately I have had some troubles in making blog posts. It looks like I only keep up (and some times not even really well) with my photography projects: wed’s photo and instax week. Since, as I said, I think those posts with blogging tips are really interesting, I thought that I may enjoy writing them as well. I must say that I’m not an expert blogger at all. I started this website mostly to have a place to write about anything, with no big expectation. But I decided to share the little I know with you.
One thing I really love to do – and that I always loved to – is taking pictures. I normally use my Canon Powershot G16, which is a camera that I truly love since it has a really good quality, but it’s light enough to carry it wherever I go as well. I also love the fact that I can synchronize the photos I take with it to my iPhone. This is really useful since I love to edit my photos with a few smartphone app as well.
So, this is a list of apps and websites I use to edit my pictures before uploading them to my blog.
I love PicMonkey because it has a lot of useful features for bloggers. First at all, it’s a great place to start making your own Header and others cool stuff for you blog (I used it to create my logo and also my Pin It button). I normally don’t use it to edit the colors, lights, etc. of my photographs, but mostly to add some text and doodles to them, which is something that I should actually do more often. A great (and pretty new) feature on PicMonkey, is that it allows you to use your own fonts to edit your images. Isn’t it amazing? I mostly use some Pea fonts I download here for free.
Afterlight is a cool iPhone and Android app which allows you to edit your pictures. Unfortunately is not free, but it’s worth the price! You can adjust some basic option (lights, saturation, etc.) but it also have some amazing filters. Personally I’m in love with leila filter, which is one of the Guest filters. You can definitely play with them and find out which one is the best for you. Another little feature that I sometimes enjoy on Afterlight, is that you can give a vintage look to your image, by adding the dusty, light leak or instant film effect. This will add a layer to your picture and make it look like it was taken on film.
HTML Color codes
I found this website just the other day, but it already become a must-have. The Get Colors from Image page is really useful to have on your favorites when you’re creating some new design for your blog. I never remember what colors I used for my theme, but I want everything on my blog to have a proper look. So, when I had to create (for exemple) my little Pin It button, I wanted it to have the same color that I use on my header. I upload my header image there, and clicked right where the color I needed was. And bam, the color code just appeared, ready to be used!
This is the app I use to synchronize my Canon photos to my iPhone. You can download it both for iPhone and Android. I really suggest you to have it on your phone if you have a Canon camera with Wi-Fi, like me. Sometimes, when I’m in a rush, I use it to just download the picture that I need for my blog post on my phone, without wasting time on downloading all the other pictures I took with my camera on my computer. Also, it’s really useful to have this if you’d like to edit your photos on a smartphone app light Afterlight or others.
And these are some more…
VSCO Cam is another app that I would use to edit photographs on my phone. I have to admit that lately I had used mostly Afterlight for this, but I used to love VSCO Cam as well and it’s still a pretty good alternative. Also, this one is free! You can find it here both on the App Store and Google Play. Like Afterlight, VSCO Cam also have some really nice filter (I know, I’m really lazy). I think my favorites were T1 and F2.
I used to use Gimp a lot. It’s a great (and free!) alternative to Photoshop, which is just too expensive for me. If you want to spend some more time on your pictures and editing in a more personal way, I really suggest you download this amazing app. As I already say, at the moment I’m just too lazy to run it. But it’s still nice to have something like this on your laptop for future use.
There was a time where I used only Fotor to edit my images. It let me put some filters and also write on the them. But I should say that those filters just bored me after a while. Still, if you never heard of it and you’d like a really easy app for editing pictures, there you go.
There you go, those where my favorite and most used apps and website to edit my blog’s photography. I would like to know if you already used any of these. And if you have any other suggestion, feel free to share it! I’d love to learn about some other ways to edit my pictures!
Camera: Canon Powershot G16 Editor: Afterlight on iPhone 5c
E’ mercoledì, e ultimamente mi sorprende il fatto di riuscire ad essere sempre puntuale con questo piccolo appuntamento settimanale. Penso quasi che forse è giunto il momento di riprendere anche il progetto della settimana istantanea, che da troppo tempo è in pausa. La mia Instax ha tanta voglia di essere ripresa fra le mie mani e io voglio darle questa soddisfazione. Chissà..
Mi sto divertendo a dare un tocco un po’ analogico alle mie foto con i filtri di Afterlight. Penso che ne parlerò in uno dei prossimi post.
Ora però torno a studiare un po’, anche perché oggi comincio finalmente il mio lavoro estivo da babysitter (yee!) e quindi devo sfruttare al massimo le mattine per fare le cose di scuola.
Buona vacanza vera a chi può!
It’s Wednesday, and lately I’ve been surprised by the fact that I’m always on time for this weekly appointment. I think that maybe it’s time to re-start my instant week project, which it’s on stand-by from too long. My Instax needs to go back to be used and I want to give her that opportunity. We’ll see…
I’m having fun to edit my pictures with Afterlight to give them an analogic look. I think I may talk about that in one of my next posts.
But now I need to go back to study, because today I will start my summer job as a babysitter (yee!) and I need to use my mornings for all the school stuff I have to do.
Happy holiday – if you actually can have a real one!