A few weeks ago one guy left a comment under one of my photos on Instagram saying: ‘It’s interesting how do you manage to capture empty streets of London!’ I didn’t realize that indeed all my photos tend to be without people on it. The truth is that I just wait for the right moment when there are no people passing. But then I thought that you can actually achieve ’emptiness’ on the photo with an app called TouchRetouch (£1,49 for iOS and Android).  But the primary focus of this app is to remove small things you don’t want to see on a photo. I use it to clean dirt on photos, like a coffee spot on a cup. Or sometimes I feel like removing an element from the photo to make it look better (you know this feeling when after  you have taken a photo and have already left that specific location you realize there is something wrong with an image… or that you should have moved a bit to the right or to the left…). I know, there is a photoshop… But I personally prefer to use TouchRetouch app because it’s super easy to use and results are amazing!…

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I love to travel and I guess I’m not alone having such a hobby. And I don’t mean having 2 holidays per year in a hot country where you spend all the days on the beach. I mean looking for any opportunity to go somewhere new, even within the country you live in. I should say it’s very addictive. Once you start travel frequently you just can’t stop. But I love this addiction because there are so many interesting places to go, so many cultures to experience (and food to try haha!). Ok, so there are 2 ways of travelling and I’ve tried both. First is to plan everything in advance: the route, places to see and to book accommodation for every stop. Then when you actually travelling you don’t stress about finding a hotel (especially if you are on a budget), what is a ‘must do’ and ‘must see’ in that place. Another way is just to book flights, go there and see what happens. Usually, it involves staying at a hostel, meeting other travellers and hung out with them. Both ways have its pros and cons. I personally prefer a mix of two and it works well for…

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What, is it February already?? At the beginning of the year everybody was praying to get it through to February as soon as possible and here we are. 1st of January, 00:01, club in Brixton. I didn’t make any wishes and didn’t think about New Year resolutions. And I should say it feels so good! It’s not like I have nothing planned, it’s just taking it easy and without a pressure. Anyway, in January I had a spontaneous trip to Belgium where I realized how I had missed Europe! We went to a nice small town Brugge for a day trip. It really looks like from a fairy tale story – small, cute and beautiful! Back to London. The weather had been crazy and we had trees starting to bloom in the mid of January! I’m so looking forward to the next 2 months, London will look like a big blooming garden and I can’t describe how beautiful it will be. Stay tuned on Instagram. Another almost spontaneous thing was a holiday in Austrian Alps. Seven days in the mountains were refreshing, we burnt a lot of calories on the slopes and the rest was just lazy time spending.  Amazing …

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I registered on Instagram in August 2013 right before my crazy solo trip in Southeast Asia. I thought it would be the best way to keep my memories in one place and let my friends know how I’m doing (and where, hehe). I was using all filters available as well as frames and of course different style collages. It was all new to me and Instagram was just a fun way to socialize and show my life. Then I discovered really beautiful and interesting profiles over there and that’s how the direction of using this social media has changed for me. I have friends who only post their daily life, kids and cats. That’s fine. I also have those who promote their online shops and businesses. That’s fine too. Everyone chooses why they are on Instagram and I can’t really judge for endless selfies and every move they make. Oh yes, I don’t like taking selfies. Maybe because I consider it narcissistic or perhaps I simply don’t have such a skill. But wait, I’m lying! I used to take some ridiculous shots of myself for my brother, because he hates them so much. I even had my own hashtag, something…

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I continue exploring the city in the way I like the most – getting into the area and just walking on the streets with a camera. Also I was looking for a big and spacious place where I can do my work with a laptop and not being destructed. TBC (The Book Club) is like 3 in 1. It’s the place to hang out with friends playing table tennis, to have lunch and to enjoy a drink later. It has a creative atmosphere during the day and becomes busy and noisy at the evenings. I went there with my friend Varya to talk about blogging and London – our usual topics to discuss. Varya lives in my home town St. Pete and has a lifestyle blog Home to Come and we always exchange ideas and tips. I’m keen to find a blogging buddy here in London to meet up in new places and support each other. For now I’ve already got my ticket to Blogtacular 2016, can’t wait! Guys at TBC also organize different workshops, from terrarium designs to creating paper banners. Sounds like fun and like agreat idea for Sunday morning! For me Shoreditch is an area with free…

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December was the month when we finally moved into our new flat and I had my first British Christmas. We have finally moved to the top floor 2 bedroom flat in South East London with a huge terrace overlooking rooftops. When I was having coffee one Saturday (photo above) I surprisingly realized I have always dreamed about having my own space at the rooftop. Sometimes dreams really come true… in a bit different way than we picture it in our minds. I also went on a mini holiday with my family in Tallinn which looks like from a fairy tale in December. It was really nice 3 days with them and one of my new year resolutions (even though I’ve decided not to have any) is to meet my family and close friends more often. I think I’m getting old… Last summer I pre-ordered a book from amazing Garance Dore – Love Style Life. I got in October and read in two days. Needless to say I loved it! I laughed, I nodded with the smile and thoughts like ‘Yes, I do the same’ or ‘So true!’, I simply wanted this book to never end. Anyway,  to my surprise Garance…

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Today I want to share with you how you can make your mobile photos look more professional. You don’t need an expensive DSLR to take clear and sharp photos, whether it’s for your blog, Etsy shop or just for Instagram. I know some photographers who have used their mobile shots for big marketing posters, so impossible is nothing really. Clean lenses A while ago I realized something that plays a key role in taking really clear and sharp photos. It’s such a simple thing not many people are aware of. Cleaning the phone lenses from dust, finger prints and other dirt makes such a difference! I get asked if I use DSLR for taking my photos all the time, but in reality I only have iPhone 6S. Some people still don’t believe that all I do is I use a sun glasses cleaning cloth to wipe lenses. Do it every time before taking a photo and you will see a big difference. Use daylight Seriously, this was a game changer for me. It sounds obvious, but when you use daylight as much as possible your shot already looks much better. I completely stopped taking photos at dark times of day,…

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Not a long time ago I found a trick how to make a photo of a building much better. You know when you see a beautiful object and want to snapshot it in the way you see it, but then when you check your phone you realize that perspective is wrong? Instead of a perfect rectangle or square windows, you get something reminding a trapeze? Very beautiful, right? One type of my photos on Instagram are facades I see in the city. I love London architecture and it’s literally a heaven for such facade and display windows freaks like me. As much as I wanted to be perfect in this style of photos, I was struggling for a looong time to take a good shot. The only possible workaround I could think of was to get a bit higher to take a photo or to lift my iPhone a meter up. Carrying a chair everywhere obviously wasn’t an option 🙂 I also wasn’t interested in Photoshop editing, because it’s just too much hustle and I wanted a simple solution. And then I found it! An application that can perfectly fix perspective, horizon and even lens distortion. It’s called SKRWT and it…

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