Dreaming in Black & White - Amsterdam

They say that flattery will get you everywhere, but you will now learn that it also gets you more blog posts of the same thing. 
Following some encouraging comments on my last post featuring black & white photos (of Milford Sound in New Zealand) I made a conscious effort to take more photographs in B&W and so the fun promptly began in Amsterdam and on my phone. 
After being a prolific phone photo taker for some time I started to take phone photos or iPhoneography - as I do indeed have an iPhone - seriously some time after the dawn of Instagram. It doesn't quite deliver the same buzz as a beautiful, crisply clear DSLR photograph but I like how it captures and treasures a moment in the easiest of ways.

Here are some of the photos I took in and around Amsterdam using black and white filters on Instagram or on VSCO cam, my new go-to-first iPhone camera app. They hopefully show how iPhoneography can capture daily life while also being a travel bloggers best friend by bringing your journey to life and instantly communicating it as you travel. I use VSCO to improve the exposure and contrast of the photos I take on my iPhone 3GS which is on more borrowed time than an out of date library book. I also have played around with mixing Instagram filters to create a warmer feel to my B&W photos, you do this by putting your phone on Airplane Mode while using Instagram, apply a filter, it automatically saves into your Camera Roll, and then with your phone off Airplane Mode you dig this photo out and apply another filter in Instagram before publishing it. Other camera apps I really like include PS Express, AfterFocus, Quiption and Color Effects.

To follow my iPhoneography fun, my name is @bushbirdie on Instagram.

I will be back soon with more black and white photos of Amsterdam taken on my "big boy" camera but in the mean time I'd love to know what camera apps you like to use on your phone?

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before starting a family with her Australian partner. Frankie is the author of three short story collections, and is a freelance writer for travel and creative brands. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her two young sons around Amsterdam.
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