Hi all! In today’s post I thought I would give a little insight into how I am working on improving my photography in 2017. Before starting my blog I’m not sure I realised how important photography would be to support my blog posts and engage an audience. I was given a digital compact camera for Christmas back in 2015 and thought I would mainly use it for video but to date I have only made one video and have otherwise used it mainly for photography! I was then given a DSLR camera at the end of last year and have been working hard to master the art of using the manual option…not easy! So here are my 5 top tips to improving your photography and start producing some fantastic shots!
- Get the right camera
I love my cameras but am always on the look out for updates and ways I can use a camera to enhance my blog and my instagram account. It’s so important to find a camera that’s right for you, that you feel comfortable using and most importantly that you enjoy taking pictures with! I particularly like this 4K CSC Camera which is advertised as ‘the 4k camera that can follow you anywhere’. My DSLR is big and bulky and heavy to carry around whereas this option is so small and compact and can be used with a variety of different lenses, perfect for a ‘grab and go’ option and great for documenting days out!
2. Take a course
Back last Summer I used my time off in the school holidays (I am fortunate to only work term-time at the moment) to take an online photography course. I knew about The Shaw Academy as I had taken a diploma in Social Media Marketing and one in Digital Marketing just the year before through work so I took advantage of their great free online photography diploma! They do heaps of other courses too and many are free to new customers. There are also loads of local photography days in my local area where you can go along, take your camera, and have an expert help you master the basics. I am still a bit terrified to come out of auto mode and need lots more practice at going manual but the course I took definitely helped me at least learn what all the buttons do and some of the terminology and hints and tips for using my DSLR.
I think the biggest tip I could give is to practice practice practice! Get out whenever you can, rain or shine, and take your camera with you. I have some fab little make up bags that I got from Avon and I use one for my small compact and one for my DSLR and larger lenses. They are great to just grab when we’re off out for the day and I always take at least one of my cameras with me no matter where we go. I also use my phone for taking snaps when we’re out and about and there are some great apps out there for making your phone pics look awesome! So get out with your friends and family and just take loads of pics and experiment with using the different modes on your camera especially the manual one!
4. Master editing your snaps
As I mentioned above there are so many apps for your phone to help edit your snaps and make them look even better than they are! I particularly love Snapseed which is available on apple and android. I am also in the process of mastering Photoshop and Lightroom. It’s so important to have a great tool for editing your photographs and I am so excited to be able to use Photoshop for making my printables too!
5. Join a Facebook or Instagram Photography Challenge
Back at the end of December I stumbled upon a Facebook group called The Everyday Eyecandy Project which are running a 52 week challenge project. Every week there is a different theme and there is a weekly video with hints and tips for getting a great image for that week’s theme. I had originally joined a 365 day project but found I was just snapping any old picture every day just to get it done and that wasn’t really the idea of it! I find this project so inspiring as it really motivates me to try to find some different and unusual images as well as my standard family snaps. I would definitely recommend joining a weekly challenge to make sure you have a reason to at least take some different images every week. Here are the themes and images I have taken so far this year…
So there you have it! 5 great tips for improving your photography whether it be for your blog or just for your own personal snaps.
Until next time!