September Instagram Themes

Before the Summer arrived I had been coming up with a theme each week for people to use on Instagram. Then things got busy and it slowly slipped my mind and I stopped doing this. 

What better time to start than at the beginning of the month? The difference this time is I will announce all the themes for the month in one go. I will still collate my favourite photos from the week but at least everyone will know the themes in advance. 

Here are the themes for September so tag away the photos that fit the theme and I will look forward to seeing them. 

#MySundayPhoto - Canary Wharf

Last weekend we headed off for a weekend break in London without the children. We try and do this once a year and this time we went up there to also see the stage-show Aladdin...which was brilliant. 

This week's #MySundayPhoto is from near where we were staying just by Canary Wharf. 

Have a great Sunday and I look forward to seeing everyone's photos. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Google+ Posts (+DarrenColeshill) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

Photalife

Plotagraph - Animated Photographs

What is Plotagraph? 

This is a new technique where you can take any jpeg photo and bring it to life with the use on animation. 

It's created using software called Plotagraph Pro and it's super easy and fun to use. To give you an idea here are a couple of example. 

This first one was taken on the banks of the River Thames looking towards St Paul's Cathedral. 

The best way of describing is it's a kind of moving picture. It's super easy and fun to use. Simply upload a photo and then bring it to life. 

It can work in loads of different ways from clouds, water and even hair. 

There is no need for multiple photos, or movie files. It's all created from one single photo, no special settings on the camera. As it's a web based programme it works on any type of computer and it works quickly. 

How does Plotagraph work?

In simple terms you upload a photo you want to use and then select the areas you'd like to animate. You can have things flowing in different direction or keep certain things still. The finished project can then be exported and shared across social media. 

To show the flow I use I made a simple and easy to follow video. 

I used a very simple animation but you can be as complex as you like. Also not every part has to move at the same speed. Here's an example of the flow that I used when animating the photo in the video. 

How to share Plotagraphs?

If you want to share these across social media you need to export the file. For Twitter you can export the file as a GIF and upload straight to it. I found a size of 750 pixels and a frame rate of 25fps works best. 

For Facebook again export as a GIF at 750 pixels and then this time upload to somewhere like Giphy. Once uploaded click advanced and get the URL for the GIF. Paste that into Facebook and boom done. 

With Instagram export as a MP4 and loop for 20 on the settings. This gives you a video at about 60 seconds long. Once downloaded transfer to you phone or tablet using Airplay or Dropbox. Simply upload to Instagram.

I will make a different video with a few more advanced features in the coming weeks. If you have any questions please Tweet Me (@Photalife) and I'll try to answer them. 

September Calendars

I thought for September I'd try something a little bit different. I've created a couple of calendars for you to download and use. 

There is two different sizes available. The first is a simple one for your computer screen. 

If you click on the image it'll open up a larger version and then right click and save as... you are then free to us it on which ever computer or screen you like. 

The next version is ideal if you wish to print it out and put in on the wall or notice board. You can follow the same instructions above. This will be ok to print out at size A3 or below. 

You are FREE to use these for personal use and not for resell. All I ask is you follow my accounts on social media as a little thank you. 

Favourite Photo of July #MySundayPhoto

Ok ok I know it's mid August but things have been so busy I had forgotten to select someone to win a canvas from PhotoBox. As always thank you so much to everyone that joins in on a Sunday and makes it a special link up every week. 

Right my favourite photo this month comes from John of DadYouGeek who linked up with this beauty. 

Doesn't this look like the most amazing place to sit down and relax. I imagine artists and writers loving this spot for inspiration. 

Pop over and link up to My Sunday Photo which opens every Sunday at midnight and is open all day. All different photos are welcome and people of all different abilities. Link up a blog post or a photo from Instagram. 

Thank you all for taking part. 

Photalife

#MySundayPhoto - Blenheim Palace

Last Sunday we all headed off the Blenheim Palace which was hosting CountryFile Live. It was a good event and the whole family seemed to enjoy themselves. As we were leaving to battle the massive traffic jams over the river Blenheim Palace stood proud. 

Have a great Sunday and I will comment over the week as we're enjoying a childfree weekend in London. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Google+ Posts (+DarrenColeshill) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

Photalife

#MySundayPhoto - On the River

Last weekend we visited a place called Barcombe Mills which is on the River Ouse just outside of Lewes. It was a beautiful sunny day and we wanted to get out the house and do something we'd never done. 

So this week's #MySundayPhoto is taken from the river while rowing a boat. It was such a beautiful place. 

Have a great Sunday and I will comment over the week as we're off to Countryfile Live as VIPs. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Google+ Posts (+DarrenColeshill) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

Photalife

We're Attending CountryFile Live at Blenheim Palace

Countryfile Live takes place from 4th-7th August 2016 at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Full show information and tickets are available now from www.countryfilelive.com

This Summer we will be attending BBC Countryfile Live which will be a really unique event at Blenheim Palace in August. Countryfile Live will be an amazing day out for all the family with lots to keep us entertained. THe event runs from the 4th to the 7th and we'll be there on Sunday 7th. 

The whole weekend will be perfect for everyone and keep families entertained with the four areas dedicated to animals and four areas for food lovers. For me personally I'm looking forward to the  arena show ‘The Countryfile Calendar’. This is a show that you can witness the four seasons in just 30 minutes. 

My wife is looking forward to the food part with sessions from Brian Turner, Phil Vickery and John Whaite who won Great British Bake Off. I hope they have lots for us to try and also buy. 

The girls are looking forward to the animal petting barn especially seeing the baby animals. I have a feeling they'll be wanting to bring some of them home with them. 

There's so much going on including over 600 exhibitors, various talks and even a vintage fun fair. 

Tickets are available now from www.countryfilelive.com priced at

  • Adult £26.40

  • Child ages 5-16 years £13.20

  • Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children 16 & under) £72.60

  • Senior 65+ £24.20

  • VIP Ticket £82.50

We hope to see you there!

Panasonic Lumix G7 Review - Perfect for vlogging, photos and families

For the past month I've been using a new camera in the form of the Panasonic Lumix G7. The fun facts to begin with are this is a Micro Four Thirds system, 16MP and is 4K. It takes a SDHC memory card, 49 focus points, ISO 25600 and 8fps continuous shooting which worked very well when trying to capture a bee in the flowers. 

I've used Micro Four Thirds systems for the past 2-3 years and love it. It's lightweight and allows you to take different lens with you and it won't weigh you down. I traded in a dSLR for this system and have never looked back. 

This camera has a couple of massive features for me, the first is it has a mic out which as I've started daily vlogging it's a huge thing. The other also helps with vlogging and it's a screen that flips right the way around. 

To help with this I've created a vlog to explain a few features and to talk about it. 

Every vlog I've recorded this past month has been created using the Panasonic Lumix G7 and I've really loved using it. Of course this is a camera and people will be using it as a camera so here are a few photos I've taken using it. 

It've been using this camera with the kit lens that comes with it for 90% of the time but I did also use a Panasonic 20mm 1.7 which works amazingly well. I've been struggling to think of a fault with this camera. The menu system is simple to navigate around, the touch screen is fast and responsive and the dials are placed in the right places. 

On a few cameras the dials aren't quite right and you can find yourself accidentally knocking one when setting up a photo but not on this one. I've been trying to use this camera lots and I'd say the battery lasts about 3 days. In that time I've probably recorded and hour and a half on video and taken about 100 photos. Personally I'd say that was good. 

I don't think anyone would be disappointed with this camera. I've used it for floral, portraits, product photos and video too and not once have I thought I wish it could do better. If you're looking to get something more portable than a dSLR or looking to upgrade from a Point & Shoot then this is a camera well worth considering. 

For more details check out the Panasonic Lumix G7 page and I'll leave you with some more photos. 

#MySundayPhoto - Running Route

This week's #MySundayPhoto comes from a route I came across while out for a run. 

For some crazy reason I've decided to start running again. When I was younger I used to run a lot and do lots of exercise but since the girls have been born I've done next to nothing. I thought it was time for a change and after seeing this I think I've made the right choice. 

Have a great Sunday and I will comment over the week as we're meant to be going off in a rowing boat. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Google+ Posts (+DarrenColeshill) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

Photalife