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Whim Magazine Photography E-Book Giveaway


Whim online magazine is all sorts of loveliness and amazing inspiration.

If you haven’t heard of Whim online magazine, definitely head over to their facebook page to be immersed in the world of whimsical photography. Featuring artists, models, photographers and makeup artists from all around the world it is truly an amazing place on the internet! We’ve had a couple of features on Whim ourselves and are excited to showcase their latest venture!

Mel has combined all these tips into their online e-book to help you take your photography to the next level and transforming to from the ordinary to the incredibly beautiful.

Here we’ll share an excerpt from Mel’s online e book appropriately titled The Whimsical Photography Playbook

Make Your Own Whimsical Filters (Using household items!)

(excerpt from The Whimsical Photography Playbook

Sometimes you don’t need to spend alot of money on professional filters to attach to your camera in order to add ethereal elements to your photography. Nor do you have to spend time in Photoshop tweaking your images, trying to add subtle and seemingly ‘not deliberate ’hazes. Here is around-up of tried and tested homemade filters that you’re going to love!  bigpicturestuff-whimmagazine-41L8A7663

1. The Sandwich Bag Trick
Many professional photographers use this simple and cheap tip to add a hazy and ethereal effect to their photos. Rip a hole in the closed side of your sandwich bag (don’t use scissors as you want those rough edges!). Next, take the open side of your bag and slide it over your camera lens so that the rough edges from the ripped part can be seen around the edges of your view finder.Tada! You’ve created an instant hazy vignette effect without Photoshop.


2. The Lace Trick
Find a piece of lace large enough to cover your entire camera lens and secure it to the lens using a rubber band. Some lace patterns and sizes will work better than others, so be sure to check through your view finder to see if any adjustments must be made before you begin shooting.

3. The Transparent Plastic & Coloured Markers Trick
This trick is a personal favourite and it was originally discovered through popular blog, A Beautiful Mess. Using a piece of A4-sized transparent plastic (the thin variety which are often used for overheads, document covers etc.), you must cut the plastic approximately 1 inch (all the way around) larger than your camera lens. Next, use coloured markers to draw big, bold shapes or patterns on your transparent sheet. It is best to avoid small shapes as these do not show up through the viewfinder. To shoot using your home made filters, hold the plastic sheet over your viewfinder and make sure you have auto-focus enabled. Be sure to move your filter around to see which position provides you with the best results!


4. The Cellophane Trick
This one is fairly straight-forward, as all it involves is trimming a piece of coloured cellophane large enough to secure over your lens with a rubber band. That’s it! You can now produce colour-tinted images easily. Securing the cellophane over your flash will produce a coloured lomography effect!

Hope you liked these tips!

Mel has kindly offered to give away a FREE e book, valued at $19.95 to you guys! To enter just like Whim online magazine on facebook page and comment on this post/on facebook a quote about photography!

Here’s mine!

“Never stop shooting, just keep going always have a constant flow of inspiration. Don’t be afraid to put your ideas and work out there and try new things.” -Emily Toone  

Winner will be announced next Friday 24th July 8:30pm AEST.

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  • Romande 18/07/2015 at 11:45 pm

    Your pictures are so amazing…. Love them so badly ! !

    “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

    • Val & Vess 20/07/2015 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks so much Romande! Can’t believe we’ve never checked out your blog ! It’s SO SO SO beautiful! 🙂 Such inspiration !

  • Emily 20/07/2015 at 10:50 pm

    I love this post! and the photos are incredible! I’ll be sure to try these some day. Thank-you for sharing!

    • Val and Vess 27/07/2015 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks for entering Emily! So happy to have connected with you through the web! Your blog is amazing! <3

  • Tiffany 21/07/2015 at 2:57 am

    “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
    ― Ansel Adams

    • Val and Vess 27/07/2015 at 10:55 pm

      That’s an amazing quote Tiff! Love it so much! We think you’ve definitely won this competition! <3

  • Aletheia 21/07/2015 at 11:21 pm

    Awesome post! Love the quote about keeping on shooting. Here’s one of my favourite ones, simple but says so much, “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” – David Alan Harvey

    • Val and Vess 27/07/2015 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks amazing Aletheia ! This is so beautiful 🙂 Can we shoot together some time? 😉