Tag Archives: Tutorials

Adding easy to remember web addresses / urls to Instagram posts

You may or may not of noticed that Instagram is one of the only web services that you can not post clickable web links to, I assume Instagram put in this restriction to stop spammy posts which is great but it does not help you if you’re trying to pimp something that your followers will be legitimately interested in. This is something I recently thought about when I was giving a joint talk with my wife Rockcakes on the subject of Esty SEO for the Brighton Etsy team. It’s a common thing for Etsy makers to post Instagram images of their making exploits, it’s a shame they can’t link to where there items can be found online.

instagram links

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Filtering photos in Adobe Lightroom to just show Instagram pictures

I do like a bit of Instagram but one of the things that bugs me about it is once all your iPhone pictures have been imported into your Lightroom library there is no easy way of just viewing the Instagram photos… or so I thought. I always shoot photos with the standard iPhone camera then import them into Instagram. This means that one in five of my iPhone photos are processed with Instagram, and filtering them can be a bit of a pain.

Instagram montage

If your interested in more of my Lightroom tutorials check out my five hidden tips for Lightroom and how to organise a Lightroom Library posts.

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Tips for making better presentations

I have been doing a lot of public speaking recently and am about to give my first talk in London on the 14th March which is odd as I have spoken all across the UK and given a few talks in the US, but this will be my first in London. I also have put together quite a few presentations for MiniClick at short notice, so I am a dab hand at Keynote as well. Because of this I feel I have gained experience with public speaking to the point where I can offer advice to others who are about to get up in front of a crowd. Some of the advice in this tutorial is geared towards Apple’s Keynote. Keynote is Apple’s version of PowerPoint, if you have Mac and don’t have Keynote, get it now as it’s only £13.99. This is not a Keynote tutorial so if you are PC-using-PowerPoint fan, the information in this post will still be relevant to you.

Preview of what my slides look like

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5 tips for taking better holiday / vacation photos

I was originally commissioned to write this article by UK Best Buy for its magazine last summer. If you did not know Best Buy is huge electrical retailer in the US that was briefly in the UK. Soon after I was commissioned to write this piece they closed all the UK stores. I thought that I would let this article see the light of day again on my blog.

If you find this article interesting you should check out my instructional photography books and my photography courses – I have dates coming up in Brighton and Munich.

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Making spinner 360 photos into looping movies tutorial

The Lomographic spinner 360 camera came out earlier this year and a lot of people have been taking some really great photos with it. But for people wanting to post their spinner photos on the web there is problem. The images that are produced by the spinner are much wider that normal photos so when displayed on the web you can’t make out all the details. Flickr standard image size on there photo pages is 640 pixels by 640 pixels, this means that a spinner photo when 640 pixels wide will only be 124 pixels tall and that does not have much impact.

My solution to these very thin images is to show a looping panning movie of them witch allows people to see all the details of spinner image without a scroll bar in sight! In this tutorial I will show you how to prepare your image in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and then how to make your movie in either Adobe After Effects CS5 or Adobe Flash CS5. Although this tutorial is written with the Adobe Creative Suite 5 in mind it should be pretty much the same in older versions of the software. If you notice something that does not work in CS4 can you drop me a line to info@lomokev.com, let me know and I will try and make changes.

This article assumes that you have a basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and either Adobe Flash or Adobe After Effects there tools and terminology. This article is split into 2 parts: preparing your image and animation. There are 2 options for the 2nd part one where the animation is crated in After Effects and the other where its done in Flash. Continue reading

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