LOVING A COLOR STORY – A NEW PHOTO EDITING APP

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I’m so loving A Color Story… a new photo editing app for the iPhone, from the ladies at A Beautiful Mess.

It’s making all my photos super vibrant and pop with life.

And making whites look bright and crisp.

It’s super easy to use and SO very colourful!

I’ve had A Color Story for a couple of weeks now. If you’d like to see how I’m using it so far… I’ve made a little rambling screencast sharing my process while I edit a few photos…

Enjoy!

Let me know if you’re using the app too and which are your favourite filters…

Have a great day.

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February 10th, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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CELEBRATING ONE YEAR OF MINI MONDAY MOVIES

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One year ago, on this very Monday, I started the #MiniMondayMovies hashtag on Instagram by sharing the film above.

The idea of creating a 15 second film intrigued me, I wondered if it was possible to tell a story in such a short space of time.

So I started the hashtag to get into the habit of sharing a film every Monday, using footage I’d collected over the weekend. “Scenes from the weekend” was born and I loved the memories I was collecting each week… little snippets that told the story of what we, as a family, had been up to.

Some of the mini films became part of longer films… Here is the longer version of that first film -

The year-long project just flowed. The challenge of it soon diminished, when I saw the joy that each film brought me at the time and realising these were mini time capsules, just shorted versions of the films I’d been making anyway. But these were more frequent films, full of the everyday details and the ordinary adventures…. All the things I’ll really enjoy watching back in years to come.

I share more about my love of these films in this post and you can see more of my Mini Monday Movies HERE.

To celebrate the one year anniversary! and the achievement of consistently creating a mini film every week, I thought I would recreate the film that started it all. Shoot it in a similar way and in the same locations but include the subtle changes that have happened over the year.

It was a fun project to work on… There’s a longer version too…

With all the hundreds of films I’ve made, I’ve never recreated something so closely… it’s an interesting process and one I’d like to explore more of, as the concept of the Time Capsule and the changes over time, could be documented so well by doing this.

As I’m in this celebratory mood! – I’d love to give away a few places on each of my online courses – you can choose between MAKE FILMS or Creating Time Capsules starting in March.

One person for each course, chosen from here on the blog and one from Instagram (this film).

Just leave a comment letting me know your favourite part of this weekend and which course you would prefer… I’ll announce the random winners next Monday 15th…

All the best!

 

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February 8th, 2016 at 10:06 am

PINK FOR COLOR//COLOUR LOVERS

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PINK is always sweet… Had to dip into the archives a little too much for my liking this week. Stuck at my desk and terrible weather…. meant I didn’t get out enough.

But still took some candy coloured pics to make me smile…

Every week there’s a door… kinda feels a bit like cheating, coz it’s easy to find lovely doors in London… but I love them and this one is local to me and brings me joy every time I see it.

Goodbye PINK… thanks for being so lovely. On to GREEN now… how many shades can we find?…

Follow along with Andrea and I… on Instagram using #colorcolourlovers and share your GREEN finds…

 

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February 7th, 2016 at 5:16 pm

SHARING THE LOVE OF MAKING FILMS

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I’ve been teaching online for years now through my Creating Time Capsules & Mini Time Capsules courses and have shown so many people the joy of making all sorts of films.

I never tire of watching back their films and seeing the details of people’s lives and the progression they make with each film project. It’s humbling to see how brave people are to learn and try something new, to put their work on display even when they feel it could better – Although most of the time… it’s brilliant and part of the experience of growing and learning. I’ll never stop smiling at the joy I witness, knowing what these films will bring in the future and the precious details they’ve captured that tell the story of their life.

It’s an absolute honour to guide and see people grow and fall in love with this medium of storytelling. It’s a joy to share all I know about making these films… and see the moment when it falls into place and something I’ve shared has clicked with them and it’s evident in their film.

I can’t help but gush about it!

At the moment the year long version of Creating Time Capsules has begun and there are some wonderful stories being told and memories preserved… some people are on this journey for a second year and so committed to the monthly film routine. Another round of the six week course Creating Time Capsules begins in March, if you’d like to create some special family films.

Also, it’s week four of MAKE FILMS - a brand new course I’ve created this year, with a focus on making mini films for Instagram, which I absolutely love!… What a great experience so far!… and I’m completely blown away by the films that have been created.

You can see all the films that have been made so far on the tag #makefilmscourse… with everyone’s different take on these film prompts…

SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND

VIDEO PORTRAITS

SLOW MO DETAILS

PUTTING YOURSELF IN THE FRAME

And this week is focused on TIME LAPSE.

I can’t wait to see what the next 6 weeks brings as we dive into more of the magic of making films.

As people have been asking to join in the fun of making films to share on Instagram…

I’m excited to offer this course again at the end of March – Registration is open now, will you join us? Details are HERE.

 

Or if you’d prefer a look into gathering family memories and locking them up into Time Capsule films – have a look at Creating Time Capsules which starts in early March… Details are HERE.

 

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February 5th, 2016 at 11:06 am

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FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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Five favourites from January… proving even in the hardest, darkest month… there is light if you look for it.

More five favourite frames here…

All photos shot on Canon 5DIII

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February 3rd, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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YELLOW FOR COLOR//COLOUR LOVERS

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YELLOW is my fav… always is and probably always will be.

Bright and sunny…

Most needed in what hasn’t been an easy week in SO many ways. The cheeriness has helped me through.

Andrea has been seeking out some special yellows... and our shared collection is building beautifully…

I don’t really want YELLOW to end… It’s been SO lovely filling my Instagram feed with all this sunshine.

But the project goes on… Goodbye YELLOW and it’s time to play with PINK!

 

 

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February 1st, 2016 at 12:26 pm

RED FOR COLOR//COLOUR LOVERS

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RED – Good solid colour to kick off this years color//colour lovers project.

Andrea and I like starting strong and bold. There are so many shades of RED… just look at this frame.

It popped up in unlikely and obvious places.

In wonderful collections…

Wore something RED everyday…

Had a RED fruit party…

And saw lots of red doors… of course.

Thanks RED… You’re always great to get us off the starting blocks… Start watching this spot fill up.

Goodbye RED… hello YELLOW… my good friend.

 

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January 26th, 2016 at 12:18 am

LAST CHANCE TO JOIN IN THE MAKE FILMS ONLINE COURSE

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My brand new course MAKE FILMS is in full swing… the first week is nearly done and I’m totally thrilled to be putting together a new course, packed details and inspiration of how to make all the films I love.

This week has been focused on making a “Scenes From The Weekend” film, like the ones I share as part of my #minimondaymovies project… and some of the films I’ve seen so far, have been wonderful!

Tomorrow we move onto a new theme for our next film.

I will close registration later today… so this is the last chance to jump into this round. More details over HERE.

The course will run again in early April. Sign up to my mailing list for the announcement.

It snowed in London on Sunday! Only a little… but just enough to get excited!

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January 18th, 2016 at 10:41 am

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THREE CHEERS FOR THE COLOR COLOUR LOVERS PROJECT

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This time of year wouldn’t be the same without the color//colour lovers project…

SO it’s back for a fourth time! BOOM! (winter 2014 & summer 2014 & winter 2015)

Hosted by myself and the brilliant Andrea Jenkins – a fellow lover of all things colourful. We seek out colour in these drab weeks to guide us through to spring. It really works to lift the spirits and bring a bright focus to what’s… quite frankly, a tough time of year. It’s a colour prescription and I know it works.

Taking part is simple… find & make colour happen.

Photograph colour // Make film of colour // Wear colour // Play with colourful props // Go on colour hunts // Make bouquets of colourful flowers // Find colourful doors // Make GIFs of colour // Paint my nails in the colour of the week (of course) // Look in my archives for colour.

Each Monday a new colour adventure begins and all week Andrea & I are going to search & capture that colour…

Please join us wherever you play and share your work, with the hashtag #colorcolourlovers… we’d love to see what colour you’re finding.

It will be a six week exploration -

week one: Mon 18th Jan : RED

week two: Mon 25th Jan : YELLOW

week three: Mon 1st Feb : PINK

week four: Mon 8th Feb : GREEN

week six: Mon 15th Feb : ORANGE

week seven: Mon 22nd Feb : BLUE

I’ll be sharing my colours here and filling up on Instagram using #colorcolourlovers… and then both Andrea & I will add photos to our shared collection - It’s so pretty there… I love it.

Please feel free to join us – the more colour the better!

Let’s kick it off with a whole week of RED!

 

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January 17th, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Q & A – WHICH ONLINE COURSE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FIRST?

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I’m currently offering two online courses, sharing how you can make your own little films -

MAKE FILMS & A Year of Creating Time Capsules.

It’s the first time two of my film-making courses are launching at the same time… I’d hoped the variety would give people a choice, as I’ve noticed over the four years of teaching online that everyone takes information on board differently.

I’ve had a few emails asking which course I would recommend first… so I thought I’d share the information here.

Both courses are suitable for all levels… from beginners wanting to get started, to people who are already making films confidently, but would like some encouragement and project ideas to continue on the path.

You can use whatever camera you like on either course – DSLR, mobile or compact… whatever you are familiar with. For the editing software – I share techniques in iMovie, but you can use other editing programs… some of the editing tips can be transferred easily. Additional equipment – tripod & remote (but not essential).

Some of the course materials cross over on both courses, for example… Creating a stop motion. In A Year of Creating Time Capsules there are step by step guides and lots of examples of Time Capsule films where I’ve used stop motion. In the MAKE FILMS course, we will focus on stop motion as one of the weekly projects… I will take you through how I create my stop motions, so you can create your own.

Let’s break down each course…

2016 – A WHOLE YEAR TO CREATE TIME CAPSULE FILMS

A Year of Creating Time Capsules is the year long version of my original six week course Creating Time Capsules. During 2015 over 500 films were lovingly put together as part of the course. Those memories are safely locked away into beautiful films to be viewed in years to come. With the goal of one film a month, this course is about making films all year long – a gentle nudge to create often, so you can have some wonderful memories of 2016.

The course materials will guide you through shooting tips, tons of project ideas for inspiration and bite sized tutorials showing you the editing process in iMovie.

This course is for those people who want to make regular films of their life and family times… Be part of community all committed to telling their stories and you’ll have access to me to ask questions.

You can create films of any subject or any length. There is no set schedule to follow, you create at your own pace. I will offer monthly project ideas and share what I’m working on with a behind the scenes look at my process.

For all the details head over HERE. This course has begun and registration will remain open till mid January.

Some examples of films you could create – One Minute Memories, Random Happenings or Day In The Life films.

 

 

TEN WEEKS OF FUN MINI FILMS

MAKE FILMS is a brand new course! I’ve been busy creating this new offering based on all the films I’ve been sharing on Instagram.

With weekly prompts and inspiration, this 10 week course will look at different shooting & editing techniques, and the various stories you can tell through making 15 second films for Instagram or one minute films to share online. It’s going to be packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films! We’ll concentrate a different type of film each week, from stop motions, time lapses, slow mo stories, scenes from the weekend films… to simply shooting interesting footage to edit into little films.

Even though the focus will be on mini Instagram films, you can share these films anywhere and make them longer than 15 secs.

There is a schedule – The new project or weekly inspiration will be shared in my online learning space every Tuesday… you then have all week to create your project and share it on a Monday with the course community on Instagram.

This course isn’t just about family or personal films. You can use the films to promote your business or brand e.g. make stop motions of your stationery products or time lapses of your surroundings or mini films of your events. There is so much scope for telling stories through film.

All the details are HERE. The course starts Tues 12th January!

Some examples of films you could create - Stop motions, Time lapses, Scenes From The Weekend films, Slow mo stories & Mini Day In The Life films.

So which course DO I recommend?

Both courses offer a similar outline with what’s available to learn – especially the shooting tips and editing guidance. The project ideas are slightly different as you can see from the examples.

So really it’s a personal preference…

Ask yourself… how much time do you have to devote to creating films? What kind of films would you like to make? How would you like to share them? Do you have something specific you’d like to learn? What stories or content is available for you to capture?

I think by answering these questions the right course will reveal itself to you… Come and join in the fun!

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If you’ve got any more questions… leave a comment here or contact me.

Happy New Year! I’m easing into 2016 but I’m so excited about all of films we’re going to create.

 

 

 

 

 

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January 4th, 2016 at 2:41 pm