Exploring Snow Canyon [Video]

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot



Hi guys! So I’ve been super inspired by film lately and I want to learn as much as I can about it. My plan is to learn some stuff and then create a video (hopefully one or two a month) based off what I learned. This last week I learned about video frame rate and how to record manually on an iPhone.

I want to learn the basics of film from my phone so that when I do upgrade to a nice camera, I already know what I’m doing. This learning process so far has made me gain SO much respect for filmmakers. There are so many things you have to keep in mind when you are filming, and editing the video afterwards is a whole other story!

Here is a summary of what I learned:

Choosing Your Frame Rate:

1-15 fps: For when you want to speed up the footage in post production and create a fast motion effect.
24-25 fps: For when you want natural motion. This is the frame rate your eyes see and what you see in movies. This frame rate works great for landscapes and things that have little motion.
30 fps: For when you want to smooth the shot or add a slight slow-motion effect.
48-60 fps: For normal slow motion. This gives grace to the subject you are filming.
90-120 fps: For really smooth slow motion. This frame rate works great for the speed ramp technique.

As you can see, frame rate is SO SO important, and I didn’t know much about it at all until last week. I would just record footage on my phone, and then speed or slow it down as much as I wanted in post production. This caused my footage to be lower quality, and look kind of like it was skipping. You can truly see the difference when you record at the correct frame rate. The quality and smoothness is 100x better. It’s not an easy concept to grasp though, and I messed up a lot when I actually went out and filmed, so it definitely takes practice!

Recording Footage Manually on an iPhone:

Another thing I noticed in my past videos was that the lighting would automatically adjust. If I recorded a still shot it wasn’t noticeable, but as soon as I started moving the camera the lighting would adjust and it would look really bad. I kind of just gave up hope and figured it was because I was using a phone instead of an expensive camera. To my surprise, there is actually a lot you can do with an iPhone to improve the quality of your footage! I stumbled across an awesome article that compares the iPhone 7 Plus with a RED weapon (a $50,000 camera). Obviously, the $50,000 camera is a lot better, but it is amazing to see the potential quality of the iPhone 7 Plus.

To sum up the article for you, they suggest downloading the Filmic Pro App. It enables you to have a high quality video camera at your fingertips that allows you to control the look and feel, unlike the native camera app on iPhone. There are some initial set up steps that you have to do in order to get the best quality, which they cover in the article and video. The reason this app is awesome is because it lets you choose a higher bitrate, which essentially doubles the quality of your footage. It also lets you change the audio format, lock the exposure and focus, and more.

There is a lot more I can say about all this, but I just wanted to give you guys a brief overview. If this is something you guys want to know more about or see more in-depth posts in the future, let me know in the comments below! Or if you’d like to ask questions or discuss this subject more, feel free to comment below or message me!

Also, I just want to apologize that this video has so much walking around and exploring! It was a learning experience to implement the concepts I learned above and shows off the beauty of Snow Canyon! Hope you like it 🙂 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get updates on future video posts!

Happy Easter!

Easter Photoshoot in the Desert

Easter Photoshoot in the Desert

Easter Photoshoot in the Desert

Easter Photoshoot in the Desert

Easter Photoshoot in the Desert

Easter Photoshoot in the Desert

Easter Photoshoot in the Desert

Easter Photoshoot in the Desert

Easter Photoshoot in the Desert

Easter Photoshoot in the Desert

HAPPY EASTER!

Today has been super fun so far! This Easter Sunday fell on my Mom’s birthday, so we have been celebrating extra hard this year! The day has been filled with Easter Egg hunts, playing at the park, and FOOD! I knew I wouldn’t have time to do many photos today, so Morgan and I decided to do a spontaneous Easter/Desert photoshoot last night. It was a lot of fun roaming the desert in my long pink dress 😉

I decided to have this photoshoot be the official “launch” of my blog, even though I actually started it back in January. I have been holding back because I haven’t felt like it was ready, but I figured why not! You’re never really ready anyway.

I am keeping this post short, because this day has been crazy busy! I hope everyone has had a Happy Easter! 🙂 Check out my other blog posts and videos on YouTube!

Favorite Place on Earth

Kissing Photo on San Diego Beach

Playing on San Diego Beach

Playing on San Diego Beach

Playing on San Diego Beach

Playing on San Diego Beach

Photoshoot on San Diego Beach

Eating food at the Wavehouse in San Diego

Eating food at the Wavehouse in San Diego

Eating food at the Wavehouse in San Diego

San Diego has always held a special place in my heart, because it was the first place I ever moved to by myself. Sadly, I only lived there for 4 months. But it was the best 4 months of my life. Whenever I have free time, San Diego is the place I choose to travel to. This year we went for Spring Break with Colton’s family and it was soo much fun. We spent the whole week just playing on the beach and eating yummy food.

I know San Diego better than any other city, so I thought it’d be fun to make a list of the best things to do there. This list wasn’t easy to narrow down, because there is so much to do.

My top 10 favorite things to do in San Diego, California:

1. Have a Bonfire on Mission Bay

2. Enjoy the Views of the City at Mt. Soledad

3. Visit the Gaslamp District

4. Go on a boat ride around San Diego Bay & Coronado Island

5. Rent & ride bikes down the Mission Beach / Pacific Beach Boardwalk

6. Watch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs

7. Go to a Padre’s Game

8. Have the “Best Drink Ever” from Better Buzz Coffee

9. Play Arcade Games, Ride Roller Coasters, Play Miniature Golf, & More at Belmont Park

10. Go See the Seals & Sea Lions in La Jolla

Rainy Day in the Desert

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot

Snow Canyon State Park Photoshoot

Today was an incredibly gorgeous day. There is nothing better than desert rain — Especially in Snow Canyon State Park. The rain really brings out the colors and makes the park even more beautiful than it already is.

I’ve always been super envious of the pictures I see people take out here and I decided to go out and finally take some of my own. I went with two of my friends, Morgan and Aubrey, and we spent the entire day out there. It was SO much fun. It poured rain on us a few times, but it was totally worth it. After the photoshoot, we went to Xetava–one of my favorite places in Southern Utah–and had lunch and coffee. If you ever go, you HAVE to get the Caramel Macchiato. They use homemade Caramel and it is amazing.

This photoshoot was completely spontaneous and not very professional (to be honest). That’s what I loved most about it though. I’ve always held back from doing stuff like this, because I don’t have a professional camera. All of these shots were taken on my iPhone 7+. I edited them on VSCO, and then brought them into photoshop to do some more fine tuning. I can’t wait till I have a professional camera (one day), but right now I don’t want to let that hold me back from doing the stuff I love.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | Travel Video

Cabo San Lucas Beach Photo

Cabo San Lucas Beach Photo

Cabo San Lucas Beach Photo

Cabo San Lucas Beach Photo

Travel Photo of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Travel Photo of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico



This year has already been off to a great start! The last week of January, we took a week long trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I had never been before and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I definitely had lower expectations than I should have, because it was a blast. The weather was awesome and the food and drinks were so cheap! I will definitely take another vacation there.

I decided to use this trip as a practice run for a travel video. I’ve always wanted to make a travel video, because I’ve always been super inspired by travel videos and cinematography in general. I had no idea what to film or what I was doing at all, but I was surprised at how much I learned from the experience.

This entire video was shot with my iPhone 7+ and I used an Osmo Mobile to stabilize some of the footage. I used Adobe Premiere to edit the video and Adobe After Effects for a couple of transitions. I learned so much about video transitions and color grading. It is amazing how much these can add to your video!

Anyway, this is my first attempt at a travel video and I hope you guys like it! I am planning on doing a lot more of these in the future. Let me know what you guys think! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and Like! Thanks! 🙂

Introducing Katy Stephens Design

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Welcome to Katy Stephens Design!

I’m super freaking nervous excited to start a blog! To be honest, I’ve been wanting to start something for a long time now. I thought about opening up an online boutique, or some kind of e-commerce site, but it always overwhelmed me. I work a full time 9-5 job and I was stressed about starting something that big on the side. This is exactly why this site was born. I figured no matter what you do online, blogging is a must. So, my hopes are to build this blog up and then one day hopefully open up an online shop!

What is Katy Stephens Design?

I’m a graphic/web designer, but my passions go way beyond that. I love all art/design forms and that is what inspires me most on a daily basis. I started this blog to share my passion more publicly. Another reason I started this blog was to push myself to be more involved in my passions and to create more art. My style is mostly minimalist, because I’ve always loved keeping things simple with everything—design, fashion, lifestyle—you name it. I’m constantly being inspired by this philosophy. I love the idea of “be more, with less”. I’m really passionate about simplicity and living life with as much ease as possible.

I’m not 100% sure the direction I want for this blog and I’m okay with that. Right now, I’m just going to post about all the things I’m passionate about. Most of my posts will remain fairly short anyway to keep emphasis on the visual side. What I do know is that I want to create meaningful content that people get inspired from, whether that’s from an outfit idea, a cool design tutorial, travel tips, etc. Whatever the topic, I want simplicity to be the foundation of everything I write because I feel that the world is over-stimulated and that there is a ton of pressure on our generation as it is. One of my favorite quotes is,

“What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things, because the opposite won’t make you happy.”

With that, welcome to my blog! I’m so happy you’re here. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you just want to chat! 🙂

Yours Truly,
Katy Stephens