Friday, October 10, 2014

Cutting the cord

This iPhone behind-the-scenes snap is all about wireless. Where I once would have had a USB cable going from the camera to a laptop computer and a sync cord going to my flash unit, I now use the camera's built-in wi-fi to send images to an iPad for the client to check (on the small table) and a radio transmitter on the camera to fire and control power settings on the flash units. So much more convenient and safer than having trip hazards on set.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Italian Edit

Just for a change I've decided to post this short video clip which is a combination of 2 short scenes shot on the iPhone 5 and a Dean Martin classic.
These were imported into the iMovie app on the iPhone, edited together and exported via email straight from the app.
The iMovie app (plus some other Apple productivity apps) are available for free for iDevices purchased after Sept 2013.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Harbour View

A cloudy seaside scene that was enhanced a little with a '70's filter plus a gritty frame courtesy of the Camera+ app.
The makers of this app do not seem to rest - they are often updating the look and functionality of the app.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Morning Drama

I decided to see what this sky image could become with a bit of work in the iPhone app Snapseed.
There are a host of adjustments that can be made within the app, and it's very easy to take it too far, so I worked mainly on the saturation and contrast.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Afternoon light

Low and warm - the late afternoon sun casts a light that photographers love.
Always keep your iPhone at the ready.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Apple Process

This shot from beside a prison wall was sent from my iPhone to my iPad via Airdrop and then edited in the native Photos app - cropped and given a filter called Noir, before uploading to the blog.

Into the sun

I remember reading the guidelines that used to come with Kodak film and being told to keep the sun behind you for the best light on your subject. Well I tend to break that guideline rather often - shooting into the sun can give a beautiful and interesting light to photographs.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Taste of Italy

On a recent brief visit to the Amalfi Coast I found plenty of photographic opportunities. I mainly used either my Canon DSLR (as I was there on an assignment), but I also used a compact Canon S120 quite a bit as it is able to shoot a RAW file. Of course I did shoot with the iPhone 5 too, and this typical lunch image was filtered in the new version of my old favourite CameraBag app.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Surprisingly this is an Auckland rather than a Wellington scene (it can get windy and wet in most places).
I used Snapseed to edit this shot - it takes some getting used to, but it's a great retouching app.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Urban Transport

Yes, I've been neglecting this blog somewhat... Instagram has been hogging my iPhone snapping love.
I must try and spread the pixels more evenly.
This Auckland over-bridge image was put through HDR FX Pro to bring a little more tone and colour to the sky.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


An early morning view across Wellington Harbour. Here's the original image, plus the same shot after it was imported into the Instagram app, cropped and a filter applied.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Local playground - late evening.

Once again this was given the Instagram treatment.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Travel Bites

On a recent family holiday I used both my Canon DSLR & the iPhone for various image capturing duties.
Of course the iPhone was wonderfully simple to use for sharing moments with others - mostly via Instagram, although I also used iMessage and email.
These shots were all treated with a filter or two in Instagram.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fix up

Another grab shot while driving (hard to resist a nice sunrise).
I imported this shot into VSCOcam and cropped it, straightened it and tweaked the colours.

Monday, March 3, 2014


I'm not sure whether this is actually an old advertising sign or a modern reproduction, but it has the right feel for displaying outside one of Wellington's long-time established eateries.
The image was processed in Instagram (colours, selective focus and border).

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rather Dashing Dash

This old Buick gives the driver a pretty impressive automotive experience. No obscure flashing LED lights here!
With this image I played around with a few settings in the toolbox of VSCOcam (rather than applying any of the many filter combos). I haven't used this app since a much earlier version was available and was impressed.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Looking South

Twilight is such a magical time for photography.
This image, from Wellington's Mt Victoria, was given a wee boost in saturation and contrast with the app Snapseed.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Approach

Stalking planes at the end of an airport can be a lot of fun, and turn up some images that can be quite different from most day to day scenes.
I used the iPhoto app to straighten and crop this image, plus give a vignette effect.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Airport scene

An early morning trip to the airport was a good opportunity to shove the iPhone through a gap in the security fence.
The water effect and some filtration was done with an app called Reflection. As with some of the free photography apps available, this one only seems to save a fairly low-res copy of the edited image.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Without any scale reference this could be a courtyard... or the top of a table (which is what it is).
The image was put through the hoops with Instagram - it's surprising how addictive it can be when you're part of the social network of photo sharing.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Writers hand

Detail of a statue dedicated to Katherine Mansfield in Wellington.
The app Tilt Shift was used to add emphasis to the hand and help give the shot more depth.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


I'm not usually a fan of shooting 'pre-filtered' images but I was trying out the real-time effects in the native iOS 7 camera app. It's good to be able to see the effects on your chosen composition before shooting... but generally I think I'll stick with applying filters to existing images.
This was shot with the 'Transfer' filter.