Sometimes You Need A Creativity Reboot

Summer is here and I've been putting together a creative project to reboot your creativity. It's a project that helps you break your creative time down into tiny manageable pieces and get you started building momentum. A creative project that's free of charge and requires the simplest tools to participate, a smartphone camera.This project runs throughout July and August and is open to all members of Club Marmalade Moon (membership is completely free). 

In the meanwhile it'll be more quiet here on the blog. So before I sign off, I wanted to show you this image of mine that was featured by Alamy/Stockimo on "The Grid of Greatness"! I hope you have a creative summer! Join us in the creative reboot

"They were blue" by Kate England

"They were blue" by Kate England

Photo 365 or A Photo A Day (PAD)

One way to keep your iPhoneography momentum going is to participate in a photography challenge like Photo 365 or a A Photo A Day (PAD). The routine gives you structure and taking a photo every day will make you a better photographer and sharpen your eye, your visual awareness. As a result you'll also get a rich visual story of your life, a photo album with snapshots from your whole year, giving you an insight in what you did and how you felt. 

Of course taking a photo every single day is a huge undertaking and it can be tough to feel inspired sometimes. That's when it can be a big help to participate in a group, like MobiTog's 365 Project or use an app like Learn Photo365 Photography Assignment Generator that assists you with random prompts, assignments, themes, scavenger hunts and daily reminders. 

Noel Chenier who develops Learn Photo365, has just added more polish, more assignments and features to his app, including an exciting Selfie365 challenge list generator "to take your selfies to a new level!" 

Marmalade Moon on Instagram

Blue Dream. Smart phone photo by Kate England. 

Blue Dream. Smart phone photo by Kate England. 

I just started out (again) on Instagram. It's always been the one social networking service that I've really enjoyed, and in the end I gave in. I think it's a quick and easy way to get a peek into your friends and family's days and to share your own days. Being on Instagram helps me keep my iPhoneography momentum going. I tend to look through my photo roll more often when I post to Instagram, instead of photos simply being swallowed by the digital realms - and never viewed. That way I can see the trends, what's going on in my life and what am I paying attention to. Are all my images similar or is there a lot of variation? It helps me develop creatively too. 

You'll find Marmalade Moon on Instagram at marmalademoonstudio

Tidbits

How to Create Mobile Images Using Plant Matter: Anthotypes For Mobile Photography

Is your photo really sharp? Is the focus where you want it to be? Don’t lose good moments with bad photos. Evaluate every pixel of your photo on the go with Photo Quality Check.

Looking for an Instagram viewer for your iPad? Take a look at Retro

Give your photos an analog look with AnalogColor. New filters include the ability to transform your photo into polygons. Another new preset is called Shift and imitates the look of old print when each color was added to the paper using a separate plate. Most of the time these plates didn't align perfectly. The result was slightly overlapping colours in areas and small white gaps. Beautifully retro! 

Free this week at Creative Market: 24 Folded Paper Overlays that you can use to blend with your smartphone photos to give them a folded look using an app like Image Blender. If you prefer to use your computer, you could use these overlays with Photoshop instead. I'll be posting a tutorial on how to blend textures with your smartphone photos later on this week. Keep your eyes peeled. 

Levitation Photography is a type of optical illusion where the subject appears to float in the middle of the air. Fun and easy with Levitagram




Tidbits

Wild Carnations. iPhone photo by Kate England

Wild Carnations. iPhone photo by Kate England

Why do we take selfies?

Use Your Smartphone to Train Your Eye.

A Little Guide to Hand Lettering by Emily Eck

Two simple and elegant podcast apps for your iPhone or Android: Castro and Pocket Casts

In Our Time. The history of ideas - including topics drawn from philosophy, science, history, religion and culture. Subscribe to the podcast here. [Thanks Tracy for the tip!]

10 iPhone Photography Resources To Help You Take Better Photos.

Create impressionist art by "smooching" (smearing or blurring) the photo pixels on your iPhone with the app Smooch

FREE Limited Edition HYPEBEAST Preset Pack for VSCO Cam.

Tidbits

Budding leaves. iPhoneography by Kate England. 

Budding leaves. iPhoneography by Kate England. 

Noisli is a beautiful and minimal background noise and colour generator app that was available only as web app when I recently wrote about it. Noisli lets you mix several audio sources like rain, wind, water, seaside, forest, thunderstorm, bonfire, summer night, white noise, pink noise and brown noise to create your own background stream to work with or relax to. Now, Noisli has released an iOS app on the App Store that brings all the goodness of the website into at the app where you also can set your mix of sounds to a fade-out timer. 

The popular camera app Hipstamatic has released a new app, Cinematic that lets you create beautiful short films. Record multiple short clips that transform into amazing short motion pictures. Cinematic takes the fuss out of editing footage by adding effects and transmissions automatically. 

Wordswag is one of the apps I featured in my guide to 20 Top Apps for Design and Visual Story Telling in 2014. Now they've released Videohance, a premium video editor that lets you effortlessly add filters, presets, music and authentic textures on the fly. You can use Videohance to create gorgeous films, make animated slideshows, video montages, or rescue videos that are too dark. 

Litely is a new photo-editing app for smartphone photos featuring subtle, film-inspired filters. Powerful, finger-friendly tools and elegant, precise filters. Litely is free and comes with 9 adjustable presets (3 variations of 3 filters), and 36 more are available as an in-app purchase.

In the digital era, Neil Young is on his own wavelength, recording his new vinyl-only album A Letter Home in single takes on acoustic guitar on a Voice-O-Graph booth.

Neil Young performs "Needle of Death," off his upcoming album, 'A Letter Home,' reproduced by Jack White and Neil, out May 27th.

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