As a photographer, Instagram is my favourite tool. Before I started my blog, I used to publish my life all over Insta and it slowly became a way of showing my style, passion and aesthetic through social media. Now, I spend the majority of my day liking, commenting and following on the app.

When I signed up to Instagram all those years ago, I posted whatever I wanted but as I gradually developed a small following, I decided to create a theme to make my content look cohesive. Picking certain colours and filters was a good place to start! I found myself swaying towards muted pastels, greens, monochrome and grey as my aesthetic has always been very minimal. I also use subtle filters and tone them down as otherwise they can be very overpowering.

As well as a theme, I felt it was important for my feed to look clean and professional so I began to use my Nikon as I found my phone was no longer cutting it. You have so much more control over settings on a camera, unlike an iPhone. I have noticed such a difference since swapping over as the detail is so much better. Even though I shoot on camera, I still edit on my phone so here are a few apps that couldn’t live without:

Snapseed: I have used Snapseed for as long as I can remember and let me tell you, it is such a handy little tool. I feel like it’s made such a BIG difference to my photos. I use this app for general editing as there are countless functions such as brightening, healing, cropping and rotating but the brush tool is my absolute savior! I use it to increase the exposure of the entire image but, I also use it to desaturate the background to fit with my theme. When using the brush, be careful as it can sometimes look fake and a bit tacky. My best advice is to use it on +3 to build up the brightness gradually.

 

Instagram: For years I was against using Instagram filters as I was obsessed with VSCO and I didn’t think you could get any better but since making my edit less time consuming, I came across the filter ‘Aden’. Depending on the image, I will turn the filter down to either 45 or 50 as that way it will be more of a subtle hint and not too in your face. As well as the filters, I love the correcting tools and I will always boost the brightness by +5 or +10 as it doesn’t make the image look ‘over-edited’. As well as the brightness, I also use the fade, highlight and desaturate tools.

 

Unum: This app helps you to plan out your Insta feed, what dreams are made of, right?! I first heard about it from my friend Paige and I must admit, it’s taken me a while to get into the swing but now I am starting to really enjoy it. You can add pictures to your ‘grid’ to see what they look like next to the others so hopefully everything will fit into place. You can plan up to 18 posts but then you will sadly have to buy more grids but being able to plan over 2 weeks ahead can really help you save precious time. You can also write captions and organise every post so you’re ready to publish it later on. Prepared or what?!

VSCO: I’ve been using this app for years but I am slowly falling out of love with it. Sadly, I have now found new ways to edit my photos without the use of VSCO. When I used the app, filters HB1 and HB2 were my favourites but I turned them down to around 8 so it wouldn’t look too strong. I am sad I no longer use the app as I know many love it but, I would still recommend VSCO to anyone as it is amazing but just not for me.

I hope this has helped you to discover new apps, techniques and tips! If you have any other questions, you can pop me a message or reply down in the comments.

Do we follow each other on Instagram yet? If not, let’s be friends.

 

Happy Instagramming!

L x


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Although my graduation was a couple of weeks ago now, I knew I needed to share this experience with you as it will stay with me as one of my happiest moments. When you go to university you dream of your graduation day, being able to collect your degree, wearing the gown and mortarboard, knowing you’ve done yourself proud!

Before the big day itself, the first hurdle is finding an outfit you’re going to feel confident and comfortable in. You may have noticed when looking at graduation photos, each university have their own individual school colour and Falmouth’s is Cornish gold. I decided to find a plain white dress as it would stand out and not clash against the gown. I scoured the shops and my usual on-line favourite stores for hours to find something as I’m not body confident and I didn’t want to feel self-conscious. A part of me felt that I needed to buy a crazy expensive dress as graduating is a once in a lifetime experience but, I ended up coming across a white crochet bardot playsuit from Quiz, which was only £15! I am a huge fan of the bardot trend as I feel it’s incredibly flattering and feminine. After finding my outfit, I realised it wasn’t about the dress but more about the shoes, as the gown covers you up anyway. It also just goes to show that it isn’t always about the price!

With shoes, I bought some embroidered block heals from New Look which were £32. I wanted to make sure they were comfortable and not going to be giving me blisters and they definitely did the trick! I can now go on to wear both the shoes and playsuit for different occasions as they weren’t too dressy.

   

   

The day itself went incredibly quick but it started with an emotional reunion with my two best friends Lucas and Michael who have been there for me since day one! I couldn’t imagine my university experience without them, so being able to spend the day surrounded by loved ones, just made it that bit more special!

   


   

When the time came around, we all headed over to the newly built sports hall where the ceremony took place. We got called up one by one to shake the chancellors hand (who happens to be Dawn French!) and collect our certificate from one of our tutors. When sitting back down, we sat and listened to many speeches, but the one that stood out for me was Dawn French’s! Being an actress, comedian, writer and an overall amazing woman, we all knew her speech would be special. But in fact, whilst she was talking, I started to feel emotional as it sank in that my time at university and in Falmouth was over. Dawn’s exact words were: “You may be leaving Cornwall but Cornwall will never leave you!”. I was, and still am, devastated to have left Falmouth as its somewhere I feel at home and I have never felt as happy anywhere else. I feel like I belong there but hey, you never know, I may end up back there someday!

Once the ceremony ended, there was only one place for dinner and that was at The Beach Hut in Watergate Bay! My family and I have been going to The Beach Hut for four years, we discovered the beach-side cafĂ© when we went down to Cornwall for my university interview. It’s also special as I took Lucas and Michael to Watergate Bay when we were in our first year, so it holds a lot of memories. By the time we got there, it was getting dark and I was exhausted so I didn’t manage take any food photos (bad blogger, I know) but please forgive me, I will just have to tell you about what I ate instead. As we were celebrating, I allowed myself to have a cheeky raspberry and vodka cocktail. For my main, I had a red onion and butternut squash tart and finally, I had a warm chocolate brownie. The food is always amazing and I would 100% recommend The Beach Hut to anyone!

So there we go, my university experience is now over! I can’t believe how quick the last three years have gone but I can now say I am a BA (Hons) Photography graduate from Falmouth University. I am so proud of myself for getting a 2:1 and I couldn’t imagine my experience any other way. I will miss Falmouth and everyone there but, I am excited to see what my future holds. I am going to carry on working away at my dreams and make them a reality.

I was thinking about doing a couple of blog posts about what to expect when you go to university and how to deal with certain situations so please let me know if you would like to see them!

Hope you enjoyed.

Speak soon.


L x


Our final day in Cornwall was a wet one! Opening the curtains in the morning, we were greeted with pouring rain and a grey mist which surrounded the house, this meant we spent the majority of the day inside until the rain later cleared!

Once the showers had passed, we decided to take our final stroll down to Talland Bay. As it was a damp evening, we knew not many people would be at the beach so this was the perfect excuse to go!

As we were staying on a large estate there was a lot to see so we took a detour to admire the houses and their sea views. We soon came to a little wooden gate which allowed us to follow a narrow path down through the fields with a sea view every way we looked. Once we finally reached the beach, we sat and watched the waves roll in.



The tide was heading out which allowed us to scramble over all the rock pools to look for any local wildlife. My sister and her boyfriend soon came across a small crab which they later called ‘Crabby’. They carefully picked him up and noticed he was missing a pincer so when we were about to leave they found a sheltered rock pool for him to make his home!



 

After a couple of hours had passed, we decided to head back up to the house as the sun had started to set. We followed the track back up the hill through the fields of Ragwort, golden hues were cast which made the atmosphere feel warm and cosy.



 

Our holiday had now come to an end but being back by the Cornish Coast made me feel at home once again. Until next time Cornwall! I miss you already.


L x
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