Oggl – First Impressions

Oggl is a new photo sharing experience powered by the popular Hipstamatic camera, films and lenses. It refer to it self as “A Community Of Creative People Capturing & Curating Their Lives Through Photography” and was recently launched. Here are my first thoughts and experiences:

What I love:
– The “Shoot With This” feature, that allows you to
copy the lens and film settings from other users uploaded pictures.
– The look and feel of the app. Oggl has wisely copied the very
cool design of Hipåstamatic – Looking good!
– The editing feature -This is something I, and probably others, have been missing in the
Hipstamatic app. With Oggl you can switch between lenses and films
after taking the picture.
– All the different lenses and films ( worth the 9,99$ to me)

Marianne Granum - Oggl

What I miss:
– The possibility to upload pictures from your camera roll.
– Being able to share the same picture twice to Twitter. I accidentally spelled something
wrong the first time I shared the picture, and there was no way of sharing it twice, not even after editing the picture.
– An easier way to search for friends, I can’t see any way to search for friends from Facebook or Twitter yet.
– More settings – I’m missing an option to adjust my profile photo and the possibility to turn of the auto-save to the camera roll
– More ways of interacting, you can currently not comment on pictures (you can @mention in your capture title, but I cannot see any commenting features yet, nor do you get notifications when people follow you, like or curate your photos.

Nice to know:
– Currently only for iphone
– Free to use, but you can become a member (9,99$ annually) to get access to more films, filters, support the development and skip ads.
– Currently by invitation only, request an invitation in the app or on Oggl.com. (In my case the invitation came less than 24 hours after I requested it)

Are you on Oggl? My user name is @Mariannemixi if you want to look me up 🙂

Photography 101

When taking pictures there are so many things to think about, settings to learn, technic to master. Earlier I was super conscious about this, always trying to get things “right”. Sadly, it usually resulted in me over-thinking it and giving up as soon as I didn’t manage to get it right.

Clearly this was frustrating, and it almost ruined my passion for photograpy. In order to fix this, I had to change my perception on what taking pictures really was and changing focus my focus.

Now, when I take pictures, I try to focus on the motive and the story I want to tell, and forget the “rules”. My aim is to play around and try different ways of capturing the motive.

I get a lot of inspiration from Digital-Photograpy-School.com, a site that features great tutorials, tips and guides. Below I have tried to follow some of their advises on how to take better portraits.

Alter Your Perspective

Play with Eye Contact

Break the Rules of Compositions

Experience with Lighting

Your turn – What do you focus on taking pictures? If anyone has any good guides or tips on how to (easily) improve the techics of photography, I’d love to hear them 🙂