Photography Apps on the iPhone

I hate to admit it, but being an iPhone owner has been transforming me in many ways. In addition to relying more on my iPhone camera than on my point-and-shoot, I’ve also taken to playing with some of the photography apps lately. (Only the free ones so far!)

One of my favorites right now is the Instagram app. After you take a picture with your phone, you can apply one of a number of filters, which transforms the look and feel of the photo.

I feel a little guilty using this app, rather than actually learning how to do these types of things with a real camera. But, on the other hand, it’s kind of fun to see what kinds of styles I like, so if I ever do decide to buy a filter for my Canon, I will have a better idea of what kind(s) I’d be more likely to use.

Anyway, here’s one photo I took with my iPhone and edited using Instagram.

Wedding Day Details

I finally took my camera out of hibernation over Labor Day weekend to take some photos at my friend’s wedding.

Now that I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and sort through the photos of the day, I’ve learned that I prefer photographing wedding-day details as opposed to portraits or candid shots. I think this is because I can take more time adjusting the settings to get the details to look right, as opposed to having to take a quick shot or risk missing a moment. (Along with the fact that I still haven’t fully gotten over my fear of getting up close to other people to get the right shot.)

So, anyway, I didn’t get a lot of great shots of the bride, although she looked beautiful, but I got plenty of snapshots of the details. Here are a few of my favorites.


What You Can Learn About the Photographer

Here’s another photo that I took while I was supposed to be cleaning out the “closet of doom” the other night. It’s another example of how minor details can sometimes tell you a bit about the life of the photographer.

By the way, does anyone have any suggestions on how I can display these race bibs and medals that I can’t get myself to throw away?

That’s the Ticket!




I like photos that when examined closely contain a lot of hidden clues about the subject, or about the photographer. I think you can learn a lot about me from this photo. For example,

  • I’m a sports fan.
  • I’m a Chicago girl.
  • I’m a bit of a pack rat. (This is only a teeny glimpse at the tickets I’ve saved over the years.)
  • I tend to get very distracted when I’m supposed to be cleaning out the closet.