How I Edit My Photos: Apps & Programs 2018



One of the most commonly asked questions I get asked on Instagram is: What program did you use to edit your photos?

I love helping out others who are trying to get into the travel blogging game so I always make sure to answer every question I get! I've been getting the question a lot more as of lately so I've decided it was time I did a proper blog on what apps I'm currently using. A lot of these apps I've found through Q&A's with creators I admire like Renee Roaming, Hello Emilie and Tara Milk Tea.

If you are looking to step up your editing game, then here's a list of my top editing apps/programs that I feel are definitely worth a download.

Light room (Desktop & Mobile)
Over the years I've tried many editing programs (paid & free) and none of them could compare to Light room. It's the go to editing program for most photographers and for good reason. It has the best tools and features. When you first download it, it can look a bit daunting but it doesn't take long to learn how everything works. I recommend checking out tutorials on Youtube, that's how I learned the ropes. I use the desktop version for major editing and then the app for small touch ups once I transfer my photos to my phone. Light room is a subscription and will cost you around 28 AUD- but if you're serious about your blogging it's worth the price.

A Color Story
If you are looking for a quick editing solution then I recommend the A Color Story app. It has all the tools you'll need for basic editing as well as some great filters. The filters in particular come in handy if you're trying to set up a theme with your IG account.

VSCO
VSCO is great for editing photos however I've been using it lately for video editing. It's a great solution if you want to make your Iphone videos look more cinematic and professional. The video filters work similarly to LUTS in Adobe premiere. If you post lots of video it's definitely worth checking out.

Unfold
Now this app isn't really for photo editing but instastory editing...I've been using it so much I had to mention it. If you are interested in creating more eye catching instastories then definitely download this free app. Their templates are incredible!

UNUM
Lastly, UNUM- again this isn't an editing app but it's one I use every day so had to give it a shout. UNUM is a feed planner app. If you've been wondering how people get such perfectly themed feeds? They're probably using some sort of feed planner app. UNUM lets you upload your photos in the order you intend to post so you can see how your feed will look in the future. Your top 6 photos are the first thing a person sees when they go on your account so you want to make sure it looks appealing so they'll hit the follow button!

If  you have any questions about any of the apps mentioned send me a message. To see more of my travel photography, follow me on Instagram!

Review | Testing out the new Sony RX100M6

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The Sony RX100M6 has only been out a few months in Australia and I was very lucky enough, thanks to the Sony Australia team, to get my hands on one. Over the last month or so I've taken it travelling with me and have been quite shocked with the results I've gotten. I've always shot with a DSLR so it was nice change to have a small, lightweight option- especially on long hikes!

If you are in the market for a quality compact check out my review of the Sony RX100M6 as well as a few shots I took using this new camera.

Design
The RX100M6 has a sleek, stylish pocket friendly design. It's tiny, so tiny in fact it can fit in the palm of your hand with ease. I'd say one of the smallest compacts on the market. It's also very lightweight which combined with its sleekness can make it rather easy to drop. If you need a bit more traction an attachment grip can be purchased for around $20 AUD.

Features
  • ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200 mm2F2.8-4.5 high-resolution zoom lens
  • Approx. 20.1 effective megapixel 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor with DRAM chip
  • BIONZ X™ image processing engine for superior detail reproduction and noise reduction
  • 0.03 sec6 AF response with 315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points (fastest AF on the market)
  • Up to 24fps7 continuous shooting with AF/AE for up to 2338 shots
  • UHD 4K video at 30p and 24p, 1080p slow-motion capture
  • 3in touchscreen LCD
  • WIFI enabled
  • USB charging

Price
The RX100M6 price starts from $1,699 AUD. This price tag makes it one of the most expensive compacts on the market, no doubt. However, for that price you get a powerful compact camera jam packed with some pretty amazing features like the incredible zoom range and super fast AF.

Conclusion
If you are dead set keen on a small compact camera and don't want to settle for anything but the best then the Sony RX100M6 is the way to go. The combination of its fast AF, great video, sharp images, and super wide zoom range all in small, light weight frame truly make it one of a kind in the compact market!

Find more info on the RX100M6 on the Sony Australia website, available here.




*AmeriAus was gifted the RX100M6 for the purpose of review. 

Best Photography Locations: Great Ocean Road



The Great Ocean road is Australia's most iconic and scenic road trips!

Driving along this magical stretch of bitumen is an experience that should be at the top of everyone's bucket list. The ever changing Victoria coast truly is a site to behold. This corner of the world is home to some of the most interesting limestone formations as was as some the most unique, & untouched beaches I've ever seen in my life.

After having just completed an amazing 9 day road trip with Jucy World, I've put together a list of top 10 most Instagramable spots along the Great Ocean Road. Check it out if you are currently planning your own Great Ocean Road adventure!

Twelve Apostles
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Starting this list out strong with what is undoubtedly the most popular stop along the GOR. Did you know there are actually only 8 apostles left? Due to erosion this iconic look out is always changing, but it's beauty remains. Pro tip: Visit at sunrise to beat the tour buses.

Loch Ard Gorge
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New favorite beach alert! This place is straight out of a fairy tale.

The Arch

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Another stunning natural monument...Wait until the waves crash through the arch, forming a waterfall, for the perfect shot.

The Redwoods
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Now you wouldn't expect to find a forest of California Redwood trees along the Great Ocean Road I know....But that's exactly what you'll find a little ways inland of Apollo Bay.  Once you step into forest and the silence wraps around you, you'll feel like you've been transported to some faraway place.

Bay of Islands 
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Another fantastic spot to see truly breathtaking rock formations and stunning turquoise blue waves.

Swing bridge Cafe
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You'll no doubt pass through the cute, coastal town of Lorne on your journey along the Great Ocean Road. Why not grab a coffee and a bite at the incredibly picturesque Swing bridge Cafe?

Gibson's Steps
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After climbing down an obscene amount of massive stone steps you'll be rewarded with an awesome up close & personal view of one of the majestic Apostles. Again I recommend visiting early if you're after a solo shot.

Teddy's Lookout
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A trip to the GOR wouldn't be complete if you didn't snap a picture of the magnificent road itself. The best place to truly capture it's beauty (apart from a helicopter tour) would be Teddy's Lookout. This is also a great place to spot Koalas in the wild.

For more info on things to see & do along the Great Ocean Road check out the official website, available here.

24 Hours In The Grampians | Itinerary


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If you're following me on Instagram you know I just wrapped up an AH-MAZING Victorian road trip Jucy! After spending the first 5 days of the adventure exploring every nook and cranny of the Great Ocean Road... I thought it was time to move on to a new destination. So Darrell and I decided to spend the last few days of our trip in the majestic Grampians! It was such a chill and beautiful place to end our holiday.

Breathtaking views, relaxing nature hikes, delicious restaurants & bakeries, award winning wineries...BLISS! We were both surprised to find just how much stuff there was to see, do & eat in this magical region. So, we decided to put together a quick 24 hour itinerary. Hopefully, it will be of use to you if you find yourself in this corner of the world!

Morning
  • Catch the sunrise at Boroka Lookout
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After doing a bit of googling and reading tips online we decided that Boroka Lookout was the best place to catch the sunrise. This lookout is one of the few places in the Grampians that doesn't require a lengthy walk to get to....which is perfect for early in the morning when just getting out of the bed is a struggle...

  • Head to the Balconies
If you are already at Boroka you might as well head to the Balconies given its only a few minutes away. The Balconies is another one of the shorter walks in the Grampians (30 minutes/1km).

  • Grab a breakfast pie 
Since you've had such an active morning you deserve a treat! So head over to the Halls Gap bakery and grab one of their delicious pies or pastries for breakfast.

  • Do the Pinnacles Walk
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If you only have 24 hours and want to do a little hiking then the Pinnacles walk is your best bet! There are two ways to get to the Pinnacles. The easy way is via the Sundial car park (2.1km/45mins to 1hr). If you're feeling adventurous take the Wonderland car park route. Unlike the Sundial track, it will take you through the beautiful Grand Canyon (a smaller cousin of the American one). It requires a lot of rock hopping and a little arm strength but it's an incredible sight!

Afternoon
  • Lunchtime!
Treat yourself to a delicious meal at Kookaburra Restaurant followed by a sweet treat at Coolas Ice Creamery (after that hike you've earned it!).
  • Vino & Chill 
Spend the rest of the afternoon sipping your way through the beautiful wine selection at Fallen Giants Winery.


Evening
  • Sweet dreams...
Check out Reed's Lookout (in the same area as the balconies) for sunset. Then finish up your day with a lovely dinner at The Views restaurant.

For more information on this beautiful region, check out the official Grampians website, available here.