Author archive: Rachel K. Ivey

Inside Rachel’s iPhone: Camera+ for Beginners

Your iPhone came pre-loaded with the native iPhone camera app. It’s a good start, but it is a long way from being the app that helps you take the best possible photos. My all-time favorite camera app is Camera+ by tap tap tap. (Tip: The App Store can be full of apps pretending to be popular

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Inside Rachel’s iPhone: The Native iPhone Camera

POOR UNWANTED NATIVE CAMERA Your iPhone came pre-loaded with the Apple camera app. (This is referred to as the “native” camera app, meaning it was already there living its life, hunting deer, and growing maize, and generally minding its own business when you arrived on the scene with Smallpox, but I digress.) Most of you

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Rachel K. Ivey Photography – Inside Rachel’s iPhone: A Mobile Photography/Videography/Learn to Do New Stuff Blog

I love photography and videography. I really mean it. When I say I love photography and videography, I mean that a majority of my waking time is spent thinking about it, doing it, reading about it, doing it, planning for it, doing it, and learning more about ways and things to help me do it

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Rachel K. Ivey Photography – Chelsea H.S. Theater Presents Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s The King and I

In April 2012 Chelsea High School Theater took on the monumental task of mounting a production of the classical musical The King and I by Rogers and Hammerstein. Everything about the production was just perfect from the casting to the costumes to the set pieces. Featuring a cast of over 50, the students gave four performances

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Rachel K. Ivey Photography – A Back Injury, an iPhone 4, and a New Year’s Resolution

I am an active person. I like to run. I like to stay busy. Even “taking it easy” usually means I’m processing photos, learning from online workshops, reading photography books, sometimes simultaneously. And then I injured my back…twice…within a week. For me, the last month has been a whirl of medical visits and lying mostly

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Rachel K. Ivey Photography – Chelsea High School Theater Presents “Juvie”

In October of 2011, the Chelsea High School Theatre presented Jerome McDonough’s “Juvie,” a play which tells the stories of the teens inside a juvenile detention facility. It is a story of poor choices and their dramatic consequences. Chelsea H.S. Theatre took this play to the district-level Trumbauer Theatre competition, where they received highest marks

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Rachel K. Ivey Photography – Engagement Session – Eric and Liz

I recently had the opportunity to spend the day with Eric and Liz for their engagement portrait session.  They are a hip, young couple who were interested in incorporating architectural, graffiti, and other urban elements and processing techniques in their images. We started and ended our day at Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham, AL. The

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Rachel K. Ivey Photography – Chelsea HS Theatre Goes to Edinburgh Fringe Fest

In August 2011, I had the privilege of travelling with a talented group of high school students to Edinburgh, Scotland, to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Chelsea High School had been nominated to and selected by the American High School Theatre Festival for this prestigious honor. During the nearly two weeks we spent in

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Rachel K. Ivey Photography – Chelsea Intermediate School presents “SECRETS”

I love working with creative people. I have a friend who certainly fits the bill. He’s a local 5th grade teacher, who uses his own love of the creative side of things to inspire his students. For the fourth year now, he’s been orchestrating his students and guiding them in the process of making a

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Rachel K. Ivey Photography – Glastonbury Cross

Since this is Easter weekend, I have found myself thinking about a trip I made to England in 2008. Glastonbury was at the top of my list of places to visit. My husband and I were able to make a day trip to Glastonbury from our bed and breakfast, Appletree Guest House, in Bath. Glastonbury

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Rachel K. Ivey Photography – Toy Town

One of my favorite techniques to play with for landscape images is Tilt Shift. The Tilt Shift effect makes the items photographed have the appearance of being small and toy-like. This effect can be achieved two ways: through the use of a special camera lens and through the use of Photoshop. Objects that are very

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Romeo and Juliet

I recently had the pleasure of working with Chelsea High School’s theatre department on designing a photo poster for their upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In this production, the setting is a high school classroom and our star crossed lovers, Romeo who is emo and Juliet who is a cheerleader, are high school

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