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Instagram for Beginners | iPhone Photography App

Posted on 19 July 2011 by Liza Mae V.

Instagram for Beginners

I have converted from my now retired BlackBerry Curve to an iPhone 4 white and one of my favorite iPhone photography apps is Instagram, so I’m going to break down Instagram for Beginners.

RIP Black Berry Curve
RIP Black Berry Curve – Photo Taken with Instagram

Instagram for Beginners | What is Instagram?

If you don’t know what Instagram is, you probably don’t have an iPhone, for it is currently only available for iPhone users. Instagram is a FREE photography app for iPhone where you can share your photos with friends and family through different social media streams.  You can visit Instagram’s FAQ for more information or download Instagram – Burbn, Inc.

Instagram Feed Preview
Print Screen of Instagram Feed

Liked Features of Instagram

  •  FREE iPhone App – one of my favorite Free Apps
  • 15 custom filters – transforms the photo’s mood and tone, as shown in the example below – click image for a bigger view.
    Instagram Filters Example
    Example: Instagram Filters
  • Tilt-Shift Feature– You can either use the tilt-shift feature as a circle or linear
    Instagram Tilt Shift Feature Example
    Example: Instagram Tilt Shift Feature
  • Share photos through multiple social media streams (Twitter, FaceBook, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, Posterous)
  • Share via email
  • Easily find friends to follow from your contact list, FaceBook, or Twitter
  • Saves photo in Camera Roll
    Instagram Final Photo Saved on Camera Roll
    Example: Instagram Final Photo Saved on Camera Roll

Disliked Features of Instagram

  • Cropping of photo is square and limits what you can get in the frame
  • Preset borders with filters – I wish you can choose the filter and then choose the border but the filter and borders are all in one.


I recommend downloading Instagram for it is one of faves.

Download Instagram

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Tumblr for Beginners | Tumblr Widget for WordPress

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Tumblr for Beginners | Tumblr Widget for WordPress

Posted on 10 April 2011 by Liza Mae V.

I recently created a Tumblr page for Luxavision for I’ve been hearing about it everywhere I go and see many mentions from my feed on my Twitter.  I’ve been holding off for I already have many things on my plate like managing multiple sites, starting a new project (to be released this week), managing a couple of properties, and so on – the list is endless but I finally jumped on the Social Media Bandwagon.  The statistics alone just made me a little more curious for Tumblr currently has 16.5-million users/blogs, 4.5-billion current posts, and has about 26-million new posts per day!

I haven’t really submerged myself in to it but if you don’t know what Tumblr is, it basically is Twitter on crack.  As quoted on Tumblr’s site,

“Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be.”

How-to Use Tumblr

I would use it mainly for sharing photography stuff from personal or inspirations but it is an open platform with endless opportunities.  What I love about Tumblr is the simplicity and ease of use.  This is Tumblr‘s Dashboard view from my browser:

Tumblr Dashboard | Ease of Navigation


I see many people use it to post photos with their iPhones and I think there is an app for BlackBerries too but I can’t be bothered to add another app on my CrapBerry.  Once I get a new phone, I will be posting more on Tumblr but for now I will only update it when I am online.

Tumblr Free Themes

I haven’t really spent too much time modifying the theme, I just used one that was available for free, and eventually want to start following more people.  I have probably spent 1-2 hours setting up an account, picking out a theme, and just exploring some basic options and this is what my Tumblr page looks like thus far.  What do you think?

LuxaVision Tumblr Screenshot

Tumblr Widget for WordPress

I am always looking for the latest and greatest plugins for WordPress and I was curious if someone had developed any of interest and I came across the Tumblr Recent Photos Widget created by V.J.Catkick.  The plugin is self explanatory and acts like a Flickr RSS Feed but for Tumblr.  It is ideal for my current layout and it is very easy to setup as long as your theme supports widgets.  This is how the Tumblr Widget looks on my sidebar:

Tumblr Widget for WordPressI hope that gave you more insight on Tumblr and don’t forget to Follow my LuxaVision Tumblr feed @


-Liza Mae

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Beginners Guide to Adobe Lightroom Techniques, Tutorials and Tools

Posted on 13 January 2011 by Liza Mae V.

I’ve been working with Adobe Photoshop for over 10 years and it is an amazing tool for Photographers and Designers. I love it, cherish it, and would marry it if I could. Now another program has caught my interest because I am starting to see more photographers switch to Adobe Lightroom. I am really curious of its capabilities compared to PS. I have been putting it off for a couple of months for I am afraid of the long learning curve involved with learning something new. Finally putting my fears aside I have decided to tackle this one step at a time.

Q&A: What is Lightroom?  How does it contrast and compare to PS?  Is it worth my time to learn?

a) Lightroom Vs. Photoshop – This article compares and contrasts PS and LR by target audience, workflow, image editing, integration, and price.
b) 20 Advantages of Lightroom – Summarizes the usefulness of LR.

MY NOTES: Lightroom is used to streamline the processes involved in photography. It is a tool used to efficiently and effectively manage and edit photos. As a photographer with an Industrial Engineering background (always trying to improve processes), I can use this tool to save time and money.

This is a compilation of useful Adobe Lightroom videos I found to get started.

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