Instagram Accounts Worth Following
In 2016 we’re going to bring to you more inspiring Instagram accounts to follow and hope to have a few interviews with some of our favorite Instagrammers. Check out some of my favorites below and why I think their feeds are worth the follow. We’re always looking for new talent to feature on our own Instagram account and inspire our followers, so who are some of your favorite Instagram feeds to follow? Leave their handle in the comments below. Follow Light Inspired and keep tagging all your photos with the #lightinspired hashtag for a chance to be featured.
I’ve been following Kelly for some time now and am particularly drawn to her photographs by the ocean and her use of light. She makes me want to move to the west coast as it looks so beautiful year round. You’ll find a mix of personal professional work in her feed and most assuredly a cute little toe head.
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Tuesday Tutorial... iPhoneography
September 30, 2014
Today we are having a special guest. Kelly Sweda is going to talk to you about iPhoneography. Kelly's iPhoneography is nothing short of amazing. She is going to talk to you a bit about how she got started and what she uses for editing and all that good stuff. Kelly's style is carefree, relaxed and natural. Enjoy!
My photography journey began in 2000 when I was a graduate student in photojournalism. I shot film with a Canon Rebel, learned to develop B&W in the school darkroom, and worked with a color lab in town. But the whole time I never felt confident in my abilities or passionate about anything I did, so when school ended I put my camera down all together. Fast forward 11 years to 2013 when my sister introduced me to mobile photography, Instagram and an app called VSCO Cam®. I became hooked immediately. I hadn’t owned a camera in years, so I shot everything with my iPhone, which I love and still consider my camera of choice.
Mobile Photography for Everyone
Not only did mobile photography reinstate my lost passion, it pushed me to really pay attention and see life unfolding in a way I think can only come from having a camera with me all the time. Like so many, I’m a mother whose favorite subject is my children. Shooting with my iPhone has allowed me to document the minutia and “in-between moments” of their lives, and has strengthened my skills as a photographer beyond my iPhone. Thanks to today’s user-friendly technology, the art of mobile photography is accessible to everyone.
I always shoot with the built-in iPhone camera. Last week I upgraded to the 6; before that, I’d had the 4S for more than a year. Regardless of the differences between the two cameras, I love the iPhone itself for its size, instant sharing capabilities and overall ease. Personally, I work best with very few choices, so there’s a lot to be said for composing, tapping once to focus and once for the shutter.
Since day one, I have edited exclusively in VSCO Cam®. My favorite and most commonly used filters are B5, M3, A6, SE3, HB1 and HB2. My objective when editing is that the finished photograph is as indicative of the raw file as possible. Therefore, when choosing which filter to use, I select the one that best matches the natural tones of the image. As a rule of thumb, I like a nice white balance and—unless it’s a certain type of B&W—nothing too contrasty, and never over-saturated. No blown highlights and definition in all my shadowy spots.
My editing formula is the same every time. If the image needs to be straightened or cropped (I rarely crop but straighten every crooked horizon) I do that first. Then, after selecting my filter, I adjust exposure, contrast, sharpness, saturation and sometimes highlights and shadows. I’m also having fun playing with the vignette feature.
I love working with VSCO Cam® because it’s easy. I can save my images to my camera roll as well as upload to Instagram and Facebook right from there. I also enjoy uploading my favorite pictures to my VSCO grid. VSCO Cam®'s curated grid is full of exceptional mobile photography and serves as an endless source of inspiration for me.
I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about Kelly’s iPhoneography and looking at her stunning imagery. Sometimes it is hard for me to tell if images are taken with a cell phone or big camera anymore. People are getting so good with iPhone cameras. They are amazing to use to capture your own family when you don’t want to have your big cam in tow.
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