photogrid1

Pioneering change

Autographer has been pioneering the wearable camera market since the launch of the world’s first...

Autographer has been pioneering the wearable camera market since the launch of the world’s first wearable camera in 2012.

As a result of the rich user feedback from our community we’ve been rapidly evolving the functionality, product design and applications that are required to bring the benefits of companion cameras to the wider global market. Our dual focus on solving the underlying technical challenges of the category whilst also developing the market and our commercial operations have been gaining strong traction but stretching our resources. Based on our learnings from the last few years we believe we can achieve more for the market by focussing our efforts on creating the enabling technologies for the category and working through large global brand partners to bring future devices and functionality to the market.

This means that we will no longer be manufacturing and selling the Autographer device in its current guise. We remain committed to support our existing Autographer users and collaborators and are very proud of what we have achieved together so far.

You’ll see less of us on our social channels for now but rest assured we’re busy acting on all your feedback to enable the next generation of companion devices and services.

Simon Randall
Managing Director

Fotor0102015107

How to become an Instagram superstar.

Here at Autographer, Instagram has to be one of our top social networks. We love...

Here at Autographer, Instagram has to be one of our top social networks. We love seeing people posting amazing Autographer shots online, and one of our favourite Instagram superstars has been doing just that.

Here, we dig a little deeper and get to know the human behind Boss The French Bulldog, and find out just what it takes to sky-rocket your Instagram following.

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 14.51.16

What gave you the idea to create an Instagram account for Boss?

The idea came up when Instagram arrived to Android, and I realised that I barely had any pictures at all of Boss. With Instagram I would have a reason to shoot some more shots of him. In the beginning it was only for fun and with no real goal except to capture Boss.

Is he fond of the camera? (We’re guessing we know the answer!) 

I would not say that he is too fond of the camera, but when you compare him to other dogs you can truly see the difference. He truly knows where the camera is, and always gives the photographer a great photo by looking into it.

When did you notice your following start to grow beyond the normal amount?

Well the first 7 months were a true hard-working project, that’s where I was most engaged with the growth of the account by interacting, liking and following back other accounts. But after that it started to have it’s own life, and grow much faster.

Has Boss ever been recognised in the street?

Yes, but not as much as you would think.

b00000200_21i5s5_20140608_100407e kopia

Coffee in the park. Captured by Autographer.

How do you maintain the account, do you work too?

I am a student, so that helps me get some free time to take photos and think of new creative ideas. But there are times when school takes a little bit too much time so I can’t focus on maintaining the account. It’s hard to balance and Instagram takes a lot of time.

What opportunities has Boss’s Instagram fame brought you?

Well, I have worked with some brands for fun photo shoots, and got some free stuff for Boss. But mostly just the happiness of great comments and emails from fans who love the pictures.

Do you have any tips for budding Instagram enthusiasts? 

It always goes back to the most important thing, which is having fun. If you don’t have fun then it won’t work. You can try to fool others, but when you have fun with what you do, others will enjoy it. So if you want to make a great Instagram account you first have to do something that you enjoy and love.

How did you find using Autographer? 

Autographer is a great gadget that gives you good photos and truly captures the essence of your day. I like that is has the capability to capture a wider picture than a lot of the similar gadgets out there. And it’s interesting to see all of the data that it collects, like where you have been and where the picture is captured.

b00000089_21i5s5_20140328_125008e

Boss getting a cuddle on the train, captured by Autographer.

If you liked this blog post you may also enjoy reading the best photographers to follow on Instagram!

17191_10151397556475967_1553367165_n

10 best cities for street art

Pricey museums, limited viewing hours and short-lived exhibitions all but make art sightings elusive for...

Pricey museums, limited viewing hours and short-lived exhibitions all but make art sightings elusive for many.  New York City’s street graffiti scene in the 60’s and 70’s, however, catalyzed the public art movement that turned the elitist art world upside down.  Condemned in the past and celebrated today, street art is an exciting (and growing) expression seen in world-class cities.  Below are our Top 10 cities that make inspiring art accessible for all.

 

London

In a city that already lives and breathes creativity, London’s explosion in the street art scene was imminent. The city’s hip East End (Shoreditch, Hoxton and Dalston, especially) is the main thoroughfare, attracting hall-of-fame artists from around the globe to make their awe-inspiring mark on London.

Fotor01029111455

Melbourne

Melbourne might not be as pretty as sister city Sydney, but it has tons more edge and personality thanks to its renowned art scene. Known as the “stencil art capital of the world” – the city’s officials acknowledge the value of Melbourne’s street art, providing permits for visionaries to create intriguing works on its buildings and innumerable lane-ways.

557958_10151397573575967_1840664875_n

 Photo credit: Elle-Rose, The World and Then Some

Los Angeles

One of the early pioneers of the graffiti movement, L.A.’s street scene has evolved from rouge expression in tough streets to museum-curated masterpieces. Whilst graffiti is an ubiquitous sight around the city, the best street art can found in the La Brea district and the LA Arts District, featuring marvellous building-sized murals from all-star artists.

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.24.04

Photo credit: Dennis Pascual, ColorsinLa.com 

NYC

New York City is where it all started, and where it still dominates.  Every internationally acclaimed, museum-exhibited street artist today had their way paved by NYC’s graffiti scene – which birthed the entire urban art movement in the late 1960’s. Brooklyn’s westerly neighbourhoods, the South Bronx, and lower Manhattan are the best bets to encounter NYC’s stunning, eclectic street scene.

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.25.59

Photo credit: Daniel Albanese, thedustyrebel.com

Bethlehem, West Bank

Viewing Bethlehem as a bastion of street art might surprise you, but a visit to the Bethlehem/Palestine’s separation barrier will help quell any doubts. One of the most notable sections of this conflict-oriented wall is the Aida Camp, a continuous stream of striking, provocative art and graffiti that runs more than a 1/3 of a mile.

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.27.04

Photo credit: Anne Lowrey, parttimetraveler.com

Buenos Aires

Vibrant and vivacious, Buenos Aires lures droves of tourists with its festive persona. The city’s lax attitude on street art allows plentiful space for local and international artists to add more pizzazz to an already lively metropolis.

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.28.40

Photo credit: Amelia McGoldrick, dayclickerphototours.com

Berlin

Like London, Berlin’s free-spirited creativity is a natural attraction for unconventional street artists.  Berlin’s thriving scene started with The Berlin Wall, a divisive and troublesome barrier in the mid 20th century, which soon doubled as a blank canvas for artists to (spray) paint their angst in public for the world to witness.

9386029444_f8c2c3c977_b

Photo credit: Marta Nimeva Nimeviene

Sao Paulo

Considered by many to be the “street art capital of the world”, Sao Paulo’s larger-than-life art scene has helped transform the gritty, unattractive urban jungle into a sensual delight. Hosting countless amounts of roof-to-ground murals and paintings, the city is one immense open-air exhibition.

4736197655_66ca50e3f8_b

Photo credit: Graham Styles

Cape Town 

The global street art scene extends itself to one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. Here you’ll find a heady mix of professional and amateur art on several low-rise buildings.  At the forefront of Cape Town’s movement is Woodstock neighbourhood, which has attracted global art stars to paint the town with bold expression.

Fotor0102911427

Photo credit: Katie Lara, Travelingpanties.com

Philadelphia

This American “City of Love” has an apparent ardor for world-class street art.  When it comes to striking, massive murals, Philly leads the pack; their government-backed Mural Arts Program is one of the largest street art developments in the United States.

3458658210_18fed2d18a_b

Photo credit: Tony Fischer

There are plenty of other cities with excellent street art scenes… What are some others we should add to the list?  Let us know which street art cities you love the most in the comments below.

Like this blog post? You might also enjoy reading 11 of the most surreal destinations on Earth.

B00004602_21I5Y1_20141103_191538E

10 top tips for brilliant fireworks photography

Wowing friends and family with fantastic fireworks photos this Bonfire Night has never been easier...

Wowing friends and family with fantastic fireworks photos this Bonfire Night has never been easier (once you’ve read our tips and tricks).

Our essential tips cover planning, camera settings, getting creative and capturing the atmosphere, so you’ll be left with the perfect set of images to remember this magical time of year…

Get there early 

For the best photos, invest a bit of time in location scouting. If you want crowd photos, maybe you want to be in the thick of it all, but for wide shots you’ll most likely want to be right at the front.

Start at the beginning 

You’ll get the best fireworks shots at the beginning of a display when the sky is clearest. Later on it’ll start to fill with smoke and haze – which is a good time to move on to close-ups, arty and abstract shots.

Include people 

To tell the whole story of a fireworks display, you’ll want to include people in some of your shots. The delighted faces of children wrapped up warm are always popular and really capture the atmosphere.

Get creative 

Don’t get too caught up with the ‘rules’ of fireworks photography. Try silhouetting people against the display and if there’s water about why not shoot the reflection of the display too?

Kill the flash 

If you’re shooting with Autographer then you don’t have this worry. For those using a conventional camera, turn your flash off and switch to manual mode. A solid starting point for your settings is ISO 100, f/11, at 1/2 second – then adjust the speed until you’re happy.

Keep it steady 

For the best fireworks photos, free from blur, keep your camera motionless by using a study tripod (Autographer users will need an Autographer Mount Adaptor to connect). Conventional camera users will also benefit from using a shutter release cable to banish movement caused by pressing the shutter button.

Shoot plenty 

Set your Autographer to high shooting rate, so you can enjoy the display and not worry about missing the action. Make sure your camera is fully charged and that you have lots of free memory space too (this won’t be an issue with Autographer – as it has loads of memory).

Trial and Error 

With fireworks photography trial and error is key. Use the Autographer App on your phone to review your images and check your composition, so you can change things up as needed. Similarly, with a conventional digital camera, check your LCD and adjust settings accordingly.

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 16.40.52

Sparkler magic 

Don’t forget the humble sparkler! As well as being great fun, sparklers are great for creating patterns and light trails, which make eye-catching photos. Have fun!

Do you have any tips for fireworks photography or Autography you’d like to share? Or perhaps you have a great gallery of images that could inspire others? Please feel free to share in the comments box below.

B00004602_21I5Y1_20141103_191538E

6002989328_f4a5c9064f_b

10 scariest photo opportunities around the world

To celebrate the spookiest night of the year, here are 10 truly terrifying places to...

To celebrate the spookiest night of the year, here are 10 truly terrifying places to visit (and photograph) if you dare. We guarantee these places are scarier than any trick-or-treater that’ll come knocking this Halloween!

Chang Kong Cliff Road, Hua Shan, China

Part of the path on this terrifying cliff walk is made up of only wooden planks, many of which are centuries old, simply nailed to the edge of the cliff! Some say it’s best to do the climb at night so you can’t see how severe the fall is… and needless to say, this famous walk has seen its fair share of fatalities.

Isla de las Munecas, Mexico

Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls) lies just south of Mexico City and it’s genuinely more terrifying than any film set. Legend has it that the Island caretaker found a girl drowned in mysterious circumstances and nailed a doll he found to a tree, as a mark of respect. It’s said he became haunted by the girl’s spirit and hung more and more creepy dolls across the island in an attempt to please her. Severed limbs, decapitated heads and missing eyes galore.

Shark Alley, South Africa 

Shark Alley, a sea channel off the Cape coast, is a hunting ground for Great Whites, ranked first in the world for having the most attacks on humans. Adrenalin junkies, those in search of the ultimate selfie and people who probably need to see a psychiatrist flock here to go cage diving and meet these predators face-to-face. Terrifying.

Pripyat, Ukraine

The chilling ghost town of Prypiat, located within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, was used to house power plant workers from 1970 and was evacuated 36 hours after the disaster. The now decaying town, which is being claimed back by nature, bears witness to the hasty departure with personal possessions left to rot along with everything else. Although Pripyat will be uninhabitable for hundreds of years, tourists can visit.

Death Road, Bolivia

Bolivia’s North Yungas Road, widely referred to as Death Road, is a 43 mile stretch of single-line sand that leads from La Paz to Coroico. An estimated 300 people die on this road every year falling 1,967ft to their death. You won’t find a single guardrail, but you will find plenty of crosses left to mark those who didn’t make it.

Aokigahara Suicide Forest, Japan

After San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Aokigahara is the most popular place in the world for suicides – there’s even an annual body hunt manned by volunteers. Fancy a ‘photo wander’? If you do, you can be sure of an eerily quiet time as the density of trees blocks any noise. Make sure you mark your route with tape to avoid getting lost and be aware that Japanese mythology associates the forest with demons.

Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, Massachusetts 

How about a romantic weekend away for you and your sweetheart at the crime scene of a double homicide? The story behind this creepy bed and breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts, is that in 1982 a lady called Lizzie Borden killed her father and stepmother with a hatchet there. She was charged with murder but acquitted. You can even stay in the room where Abbey, Lizzie’s stepmother was murdered, but we doubt you’ll get much sleep.

Image credit

Image Source

Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic

This little chapel in Sedlec, in the suburbs of Kutna Hora looks like nothing special from the outside, but it’s macabre interior will blow your mind, as well as send shivers up your spine. Sedlec Ossuary has been a depository for the bones from abolished graves since the 1500s and the skeletons of 40,000 people have been turned into furnishings or works of art. The huge chandelier that contains at least one of every bone in the human body is now famous.

Villarrica Volcano, Chile

Although not for the faint hearted, bungee jumping itself is pretty mainstream these days, so how about adding another dimension and jumping 10,000 feet into the lips of an active, bubbling volcano? A company called Bungee.com offers this inane experience at Villarrica Volcano, near Pucón, in Chile.

Helltown, Ohio

Ohio’s aptly named Helltown is a village formally known as Boston. The village was abandoned after homeowners were forced to sell to the US National Parks Service. Some think this was an attempt to hide a chemical spill, or even a mutant monster. It’s also said that Satanists carry out rituals in the village, sacrificing animals.

Where’s the most terrifying place you’ve visited or the most insanely dangerous trip you’ve done? Send them to us on social media!

Source

11 of the most surreal destinations on Earth

Reality check: those dreams of fleeing Earth to explore otherworldly planets will never come.  However,...

Reality check: those dreams of fleeing Earth to explore otherworldly planets will never come.  However, if you’re antsy to explore some supremely bizarre sights, you don’t have to search further than your home planet.

Here’s a list of the world’s most surreal places, proving Mother Earth is just as strange and extraordinary as any other galactic destination.

Door to Hell, Turkmenistan 

This crater might look like a cauldron of molten lava, but it is actually the site of a freak natural gas mishap created by scientists.  The Door to Hell’s been set alight since 1971 with no signs of cooling off, leaving a 69 meter wide and 30 meter deep fiery chasm in the middle of isolated village Derweze.

Lake Retba, Senegal 

Senegal’s Lake Retba, or Lac Rose, takes the “pretty-in-pink” motif to the extreme.  The lake gets its unusual hue from algae that emits a red pigment and, like the Dead Sea, has enough salt content for people to float freely.  If your bucket list consists of swimming in a large pool of strawberry milkshake, here’s your chance.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, salt flats

The world’s largest salt flat (10,582 sq. km.) also boasts the world’s largest natural mirror; seasonal rain falls on the salt flat deposits to create a stunning reflective landscape.  Fast becoming a popular tourist destination, Salar de Uyuni gives travelers a chance to walk on water…or on the clouds.

Ice Cave in Skaftafell, Iceland (cave)

Iceland’s already known as a land of surreal landscapes, but this natural, glowing ice cave is a high point for the country’s stunning sights.  These ice formations come from glacial lagoon activity compressing the air from the ice to create a stunning, blue-hued appearance.

Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil (sand dunes)

Images of these sweeping dunes command a double-take, as what you see is not a desert.  During Brazil’s summer months, innumerable pockets of warm blue lagoon interlace with bright-white sands, creating a striking illusion of scattered oases near the Amazon Basin.

Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China (mountains)

China’s Gonsu Province arguably has the world’s most unusual mountain range.  Aptly described by many as a “layer cake”, Zhangye Danxia’s appearance comes from weather-sculpted effects and sandstone deposits over the last 24 million years.  Mars enthusiasts: rejoice.

Mount Roraima in Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana

Cape Town might flaunt their popular Table Mountain, but this South American “table-top” behemoth might be even more extraordinary.  A fun fact: Mount Roraima’s 400-meter tall waterfalls and staggering cliffs were the muse for the animated adventure film “Up!”

Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives

The Maldives is an idyllic destination for sun, sand and- after the sun descends- a glowing spectacle of phytoplankton along its shores.  These bioluminescent creatures emit blue light-giving chemicals when stressed due to water turbulence, creating an effect of glowing shores on the Maldives’ stunning beaches.

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Its honor as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is warranted; the remarkably sprawled, eroding formation in the American West spans 227 miles (446km) long and nearly a mile (1.6km) deep.  With the raft-ready Colorado River streaming through its canyon walls and excellent hiking and biking options, this destination is a must-see for adventurous travellers.

Sentinels of the Arctic, Finland

Appearing straight out of a Dr. Seuss-inspired movie set, the Lapland area’s arctic snow and ice encapsulates trees to create a landscape of eerie, atypical forms.  These otherworldly-looking sights might entice travellers, but be warned: winters here can dip to a brutal -40 degrees Celsius.

Tianzi Mountains, China

If this breathtaking image of the Tianzi range looks like the backdrop of Pandora from blockbuster “Avatar”, you’d be correct.  These slender sandstone & quartz pillars reach dizzying heights of up to 4,000 feet (1,219m), surrounded by dense forests, lakes and dramatic mountain cliffs.   Now with unprecedented exposure, the enchanting area is fast becoming a global tourist spot for devout film fans.

Were you lucky enough to visit any of these jaw-dropping destinations?  Have some more places to add to the list?  Share your surreal travel experience/suggestions below!  

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 11.53.38

Share your favourite moments on the move, with Autographer’s smartphone app

The app lets you view, tag and share images on the go along with creating...

The app lets you view, tag and share images on the go along with creating videos and GIFs. Simply go to the App Store or the Play Store – it’s that easy! The app is available for iOS and Android.

The app is great when you’re travelling, on holiday or out and about without a laptop or the desktop software nearby. It means you can still review the images you’ve taken, and even share them on the go! Perfect for Instagram uploads!

Below you’ll find a little more information about the app, to help you navigate and understand how it works.

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 11.40.32

The smartphone app allows you to:

  1. Use the app as a viewfinder to review your images on the go. To preserve space it does not automatically save all the images to your phone, instead you can choose to select to save your best shots to the photo gallery / camera-roll.
  2. View thumbnail images in a stream along with time and date.
  3. Add a tag to an image or mark it as a favourite, which will help you locate is easily on the desktop software later on.
  4. Delete images using the app. This will also sync to your desktop.
  5. Exclusive to iOS: Create stop frame video and GIFs of your day at a view speed of your choice, and then share these online.
  6. Share images and sequences to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and email.
  7. Exclusive to IOS: Add music to videos, adjusting the start time of music to match the video content.
  8. View a map of where the image was taken. This is particularly interesting for documenting a journey or your travels.
  9. Click on an image to view the sensor data (GPS, colour, temperature, PIR, accelerometer and magnetometer).

Don’t forget to tweet us your images or share them with us on Instagram!

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 11.50.37

Autographer goes behind the scenes at the video shoot for ‘Coming Home” by Guy Valarino feat. J Gusto

Here at Autographer, we love going behind the scenes – whether it be movie premieres,...

Here at Autographer, we love going behind the scenes – whether it be movie premieres, music videos or theatre performances. The great thing about our little camera is that it so perfectly captures hidden moments like these.

When musician Guy Valarino suggested he take his Autographer to record his new music video, we couldn’t wait to see the results.

We’ll let Guy Valarino take over now, so he can tell you about the day from his own perspective!

b00000787_21i64x_20140404_171715e

“We shot the video up in the Burton Dasset Hills just outside of Banbury. I took 4 Autographers to the shoot, with the director, director of photography and 1st assistant each wearing one during the course of the day. J and I clipped on the fourth when we weren’t being filmed, so took it in turns.

Shooting was to start at 0600 as the director wanted to start just as the sun was coming up over the hills. Location was a 2 hour drive from London so it was a pretty early wake up for J and I with breakfast at 3am…

b00000037_21i64x_20140404_020205e

The crazy early rise was all worth it though as we arrived on set ready to shoot just when the sun started to come up. That’s a tick against Andy’s (Producer) shot list.

b00000126_21i64x_20140404_034553e

b00001272_21i5mu_20140817_201445e

It was a chilly morning, so we were all trying to stay warm in-between shooting!

b00000192_21i7rd_20140822_053610e b00000387_21i5y1_20140821_172254e b00000551_21i7rd_20140822_130555e

Thankfully it wasn’t too long until the sun started to warm us up a bit! And if the sun didn’t do it, then lugging an upright piano across a field definitely did! All in the name of the perfect shot!

b00000213_21i5y1_20140821_082908e

 

b00000422_21i7rd_20140822_090700e

Then it was back to some more furniture moving, to assemble the rest of the video!

b00000106_21i5y1_20140821_061707e

b00001189_21i5mu_20140817_194120e

Next up, a slight change in location!

b00000461_21i5y1_20140821_183006e b00000487_21i5y1_20140821_185604e

It’s really great to be able to look back on the day, as it happened, and have the music video to compare it to!”

You can watch the final video here:

If you liked this blog post you might also want to read our other interview with Guy Valarino whilst he was on tour, by clicking here!

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 11.50.00

10 must-have free organisational tools for photographers

Photographers are busy people – there’s always a personal project on the go, client shoots...

Photographers are busy people – there’s always a personal project on the go, client shoots to do, as well as meetings and everything else that goes with being in the image-making business.

Being strapped for time has become synonymous with being a photographer. That’s why we’ve collated our favourite time-saving organisational tools for you to take advantage of – they’re all free too.

Canva

If you’re not a designer, then Canva will be your new (time and money saving) best friend. From blog graphics to posters, Canva makes design super simple, thanks to its clean, contemporary and customisable designs. It can help you create posters, presentations, logos, business cards and even social headers: You’ll be hooked.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 15.13.15

WorkFlowy

This is a great tool for organising all of your ideas – it can actually be a great relief to know they are all stored safely in one place! This brilliant tool allows you to take and store quick notes, create to-do lists, plan events and you can even use it collaboratively too. Brainstorming and planning have never been so orderly. Perfect for planning projects with co-shooters, or even organising finances and managing time allocations.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 15.13.23

Money Dashboard

Get in control of your finances through Money Dashboard’s central hub, so you know exactly what’s going on with your money, in all of your accounts. We love this handy tool – it really takes the faff out of keeping on top of money which is essential for anyone running a business. It’s especially helpful for freelancers – which many photographers are.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 15.13.40

Exposure.co

If you’re anything like us you’ll have heaps of photos that tell a great story, waiting for you to do something with them. That’s where Exposure.co comes in, allowing you to create beautiful photo narratives with your work – perfect for sharing. The community aspect is great too – you’ll never be short of inspiration again. Use it as a marketing tool, or just a giant online photo album – either way, we think you’ll love it.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 15.13.53

Setmore

Photographers are really busy and juggling shoots, appointments and meetings can be a bit of a nightmare. This great tool helps you to manage your time effectively. You get a personal page, email and text alerts and you can even allow your customers to book shoots with you via Setmore, which syncs with your Google calendar.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 15.16.49

MailChimp

Never underestimate the power of a well-timed newsletter for drumming up interest in your photography. MailChimp makes managing email campaigns a cinch – from design through to managing subscription lists, it’s all there for free and super simple to use.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 15.43.03

HootSuite

Social media is hugely important for many photography businesses as it helps spread the word and allows you to be part of a vibrant, interested community. HootSuite is a wonderful social media management tool that allows users to update and post to their different accounts, from one central dashboard. Update your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Foursquare, WordPress and more all at once! We like it a lot.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 15.44.05

Pixieset

Wowing your clients with beautiful photo galleries has never been easier, or more cost effective! Get a free Pixieset account and you can begin creating galleries from which your clients can download images directly. Track favourite photos and even sell your images via their website too.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 15.19.54

Mynd

Mynd is a clever calendar app that differs from most other virtual calendars in that it helps you to do the things you need to do, as well as recording them. The home screen lets you see your day at a glance, as well as the weather, distance you need to travel (it’ll even guide you using your navigation app) and give you prompts when it’s time to get going.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 15.20.02

Dropbox 

Dropbox allows you to access your files from your computers, phones, or tablets. Ultra convenient and also ultra secure – everything you’ve got saved to Dropbox can be restored instantly and there’s 256-bit AES encryption and two-step verification too.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 15.20.24

We hope you find some of these free organisation tools useful – if you would like to share any time-saving tips or additional tools that make your life as photographer easier please use the comments box below.

If you liked this article, we think you’ll enjoy reading our post about the best alternative filter apps for your phone.

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 11.55.57

Magnum photographer Steve McCurry speaks about travelling, photography and his time with Autographer

World renowned Magnum photographer Steve McCurry is known for his breathtaking travel photography and hauntingly...

World renowned Magnum photographer Steve McCurry is known for his breathtaking travel photography and hauntingly beautiful glimpses into far-flung cultures and communities.

B00005522_21I4DQ_20140719_093511E

Specialising in portraiture, many of his photographs are now considered iconic pieces of art, his most famous being The Afghan Girl portrait, taken in December 1984.

On his recent trip, Steve McCurry took with him an Autographer, to further document his exploration and travel. Here we talk with him about his work, his recent adventures, and his experience with Autographer. Immersed within this interview you’ll also find the images he took with Autographer along the way – showing a beautiful, honest portrayal of his trip and travels.

But first we’ll leave you with this quote from the man himself, about Autographer:

“Wish I had this 25 years ago” 

Fotor0926131818

Afghan Girl is probably your most famous shot, but which is your favourite?

One of my favourite pictures is of the women in a dust storm in India. I was in a taxi driving through the desert in Rajasthan in 1983 while working on a project about the Monsoon. It was June, the hottest month, and I was searching for the most arid place to contrast the torrential rains in the south.

A sandstorm whipped up, and suddenly the sky went dark and dusty, with a strong wind. My first inclination was to protect my equipment, but then I realised I should get out and take some pictures because the scene was so dramatic. I passed several women who had been working by the side of the road, and had huddled together for protection when the storm suddenly appeared.

They were singing a religious song and were oblivious to me, but anxious because of the wind and dust. The moment lasted only maybe two minutes, then the storm passed and it was over. The picture was first printed as part of the “Monsoon” cover story for the December, 1984 issue of National Geographic.

What has been your favourite subject to shoot and why?

I would have to say my favourite subjects to photograph is the obvious—humanity. It’s one of my favourites because I’m interested in how people are different, but are yet the same. We all dress differently and speak different languages, maybe have different religions. But, fundamentally, we still have this sort of common shared humanity. That difference is what really fascinates me and inspires me to continue making photographs.

Fotor0926113218

Fotor0926122039

What advice would you give a budding/enthusiastic amateur photographer?

I think you need to photograph things that are important to you. You have to find things that you care about, as opposed to taking a series of random photographic assignments. A lot of other advice is pretty obvious, when you start photographing things that you’re passionate about about, you’ll look back on your work in 20 years, 40 years, 60 years with satisfaction, and realise it was time worth spent.

Fotor0926113059

How has Autographer changed the way you see the environments you’re in?

I think Autographer captures situations that you would not typically think of picking up your camera for. It’s another way to understand the context of what you’re shooting.

Fotor0926113327

How do you get your subject comfortable to get the candid emotion?

The first thing I do when I approach people is to relate to them and establish some rapport. Humour is a way to put people at ease. I try to go beyond that initial, awkward, self-conscious state. After a couple of minutes and I have a more natural, relaxed subject.

Fotor092612257

Do you feel the Autographer managed to deliver unexpected, exciting shots? Was there any shot/situation which you felt was recorded in an exciting/ unexpected angle, which you would not necessarily achieved with a conventional camera? 

Being able to capture my subjects looking at the photographs I had taken of them, specially in one of the remotest parts of the world, was exciting for me.

Fotor092612148

How did you feel about wearing Autographer?

After a few minutes of wearing it, I forgot about the camera, and it helped to document what I was doing in a totally different way.

As an experienced photographer, do you see any benefit in not looking though the viewfinder/ shooting from the hip? 

I believe getting another perspective is always beneficial, regardless of how established you are.

Fotor0926155224

Would you consider using an Autographer again? If so, why? 

I would definitely use an Autographer again while on assignment. It’s another tool in my toolbox which helps to create memorable pictures and document what else was happening during the shoot.

Who would you recommend Autographer to?

I would recommend the Autographer to anybody who sees value in additional documentation of the place that they’re working in.

Fotor0926113017

B00000421_21I4DQ_20140714_134657E

If you’d like to see more images taken by other Autographer users around the world, just click here.

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 11.56.59

A summer of travel and adventure, all captured with Autographer!

Here at Autographer we’re always exploring and taking photos, and we have people all over...

Here at Autographer we’re always exploring and taking photos, and we have people all over the world sending in phenomenal images taken with their own Autographer, on their own adventures.

And it’s not just our customers who are taking the shots – some people say we have the best job in the world – going out there and making sure Autographer is always capturing the beautiful, the amazing and the epic.

This summer we’ve been very busy, and the images have come flying in from all over the world. We thought we’d put together a selection of our favourites, so you can take a look at just how exciting, innovative and awesome Autographer is!

First off, some incredible photos from India.

We’ve fallen head over heels for these stunning landscapes and beautiful colours captured by Nimai, our Talent House competition winner. He’s been using his Autographer in his local town in India, and the results are breathtaking.

B00002399_21I6K8_20140902_044337E

Fotor0918133441

As many of you know, the magic of India is also the people. The kindness of the communities and the brilliant smiling faces welcoming you at every turn. Autographer captures all that perfectly.

Fotor0918133515

Next stop… San Francisco!

San Francisco is a beautiful city, and the wide-angle of Autographer captured it amazingly. With all those bridges, and cityscapes – we couldn’t think of a more perfect place to shoot.

We love the colours in these shots too – not just the clear blue skies, but the incredible purple sunset too. What a city!

b00003785_21i8as_20140715_024229e

b00003422_21i8as_20140713_095712e

Then, back home for a stint in the countryside!

When we say we love our work, we mean it! Our Content Manager Toby set out to see how Autographer fared being strapped to a plane! The results? Pure awesome!

Just look at these shots!

B00001551_21I64X_20140311_143431E B00001578_21I44C_20140623_155713E

Fotor0918134617

And Don’t forget about the World Cup in Brazil! We were there!

Fotor091814551

B00004366_21I45G_20140615_234448E

Then to Gibraltar!

Guy Valarino, an awesome musician, has been using Autographer all summer as he’s been touring the world. He sent us some shots from Gibraltar, and the below shot is one of our favourites!

b00004232_21i5mu_20140608_111341e

Next up, some city sight-seeing in Venice!

Who doesn’t love sight-seeing? Below are some photos from fabulous Venice, where Autographer captured a weekend break in the sunshine!

Fotor0918143035

b00001035_21i8as_20140612_224157e Fotor0918142332

And across the globe to Sydney!

Way across the other side of the world in Sydney, Imogen sent us these amazing Autographer shots near the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. What an amazing view. We wish she’d sent us some of their sunshine too!

B00013023_21I4OE_20140604_193000E B00013484_21I4OE_20140605_192139E

Las Vegas was also waiting!

What’s summer without a trip to Las vegas? Check out these Autographer photos captured in The Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas. We love those colours – simply perfect!

b00004706_21i8as_20140719_000626e

Then back to Europe, for a stint in Paris….

Because Paris is always a good idea! Haven’t you heard?

b00000143_21i422_20140726_031550e

Fotor0918144929

Then time for home and back to Cornwall for a last bit of sunshine… 

Definitely one of the most beautiful sunshine spots in the UK, it deserved one last visit before the end of the sunshine season!

b00002431_21i5i6_20140908_101827e b00002635_21i5i6_20140908_120809e b00002781_21i5i6_20140908_133550e

And then back to London – and back to work! 

london gif

Did you take any amazing photos of your summer with Autographer? If you have, drop us a tweet or a message on Facebook! We’d love to see them!

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 11.45.42

15 minutes with Lucia Griggi: Surf Photographer

To say that Lucia Griggi has an enviable lifestyle is a bit like saying Jimi...

To say that Lucia Griggi has an enviable lifestyle is a bit like saying Jimi Hendrix was ‘good’ at playing the guitar. Lucia’s made her dreams a reality, courtesy of good old hard work and determination.

She relocated from Cornwall to California in 2010, but spends most of her year globetrotting – whilst photographing surfing, surf lifestyle and wildlife in some of the most beautiful locations around the world. Her client list includes Roxy, Vans, Red Bull, Land Rover and National Geographic, amongst others.

Most impressively however, is the freshness and energy she brings to her photography; she has a genuinely rare talent for emerging the viewer in a picture, as if you were there with her. We spent some time firing questions at the surf photographer extraordinaire and finding out what came first – a love of the water or a love of photography?

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 16.36.25

How did you get into surf and ocean photography?

The water was my first love. I was a swimmer at national level, training four hours each day, until I was 20. I then moved to Cornwall and learnt to surf. I embraced the beach lifestyle there, becoming a lifeguard and surf instructor. As this work is seasonal it’s common to spend the summer working, then travel during the winter months, which I did. During my first winter travelling I felt a little transient and felt like I needed a purpose, so I picked up a camera and started documenting my travels. Until then I had never been particularly interested in photography – I just fell into it this way.

How did you turn your passions into a career? 

In 2007, my local newspaper, Newquay Voice, were the first to publish a photo I’d taken at a local surf contest and I went on to be given my own surf column there. At around the same time a few surf magazines started to publish some of my photos too. This progressed quickly and within two years surf photography had turned into a full time job, with me being brought onto the England Surf Tour as a photographer.

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 16.35.22

I spent many seasons on the North Shore of Oahu documenting surfing by land and sea – either shooting from the beach with a big telephoto lens, or swimming out at Pipeline to tell the stories of athletes like Kelly Slater, Lisa Anderson and all the other great North Shore specialists. Book assignments took me to California, where I took portraits of skate legends Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Tony Hawk and dozens of others. These book projects took me as far north as Seattle and as far south as the tip of Baja, and I am now based part of the year in California – surrounded by the surfing and skateboarding lifestyle. The key for me was, and still is, being passionate about it. You need to shoot what you want to be paid for shooting and eventually it will come.

You get to travel the world taking photos – a real dream job! Where are your favourite places to photograph? 

I love Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean – I spend a lot of time there. It’s so rich in culture and the people are very hospitable. The Maldives is another favourite destination; fantastic clarity of water and great surf, food, culture and people. And, of course California, where I’m based is brilliant too – it supports my lifestyle. There are waves outside of my house, so I can surf everyday. But England will always be my home and I love it.

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 16.39.59

Where in the world are you at the moment and what projects are you working on? 

I just shot an ad campaign for Arena Swimwear in Barcelona. Next I’m off to Lanzarote, shooting for Red Bull with an Italian athlete.

I’m also currently rebranding my business and branching out in a whole new way for the expeditions and workshops I’m now offering. The expeditions are particularly exciting as I’m going to be taking people off the beaten track to places that blew my mind. My Wild Trails in Sri Lanka is a wildlife expedition shooting big cats and I’m also offering Talalla, also in Sri Lanka, which covers travel, culture and surf. I’m also doing surf and travel in Morocco and surf in Newquay.

How did you come to start working for mainstream media, in addition to the surf and surf culture work you do? 

Being on the road shooting surfing led me to a fork, where I began doing work for the mainstream media. Magazines such as National Geographic and companies like Jeep look to me for images and moments that have the look and feel of the adventure lifestyle. I work on commercial advertising assignments with a team of people all dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality images. For the past decade I have been travelling from England to California to Hawaii and around the world to document the adventure lifestyle – and inspire others to find their own path.

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 16.35.08

Is surf photography dangerous and are we right in thinking it requires a high level of personal fitness from the photographer? 

If you’re shooting from the land with a telephoto lens then there’s no element of danger, but if you are shooting from the water then there is. Agility and strength are so important – I train three or four times a week with a swimming club to keep my strength up. The amount of energy behind a wave is enormous and you need to be ready for that, as well as rip currents and shallow razor-sharp reef. There is a certain element of risk working with Mother Nature and the waves. The sea is the sea and there’s not much you can do.

What do you love most about shooting from the water? 

I love being up in the action. You feel like you’ve had a workout and you get to connect with the athlete in an ever-changing environment. It’s a unique thing; there’s nothing like it.

We love your images of wildlife underwater – how do you approach say a giant turtle without frightening it away?

You have to be mindful. Don’t touch or intimidate, try to become one with the animal. Slowly float behind, keeping in mind you are in their surroundings.

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 16.41.41

What’s it like to be part of the surf industry in a professional capacity? 

Surfing in general has a hipster movement vibe; it’s very cool. It’s kind of like a tribe and in that way can be quite cliquey; no one wants to surf overcrowded waves. It’s a tight-knit community but on tour it expands out to media and fans and everyone is really friendly. It’s a great thing to be a part of something that’s in between work and play. It’s the funky, cool lifestyle a lot of people crave.

What advice would you give to aspiring ocean photographers?

Get out there and do it. It’s competitive but there’s still plenty of room. Shoot something you are passionate about and it’ll last.

See more of Lucia’s work and find out more out her workshops and expeditions at www.luciagriggi.com.

If you enjoyed this interview, you might also fancy reading our interview with travel photographer Brandon from Eye and Pen.