5 Natural Light Tips for Beginners

5 Natural Light Tips for Beginners

I pretty much exclusively use natural light for my images, because I love the variety and beauty it offers. I also love the challenge of working with what mother nature has given me to work with on any particular day!

However, learning to work with and see light effectively does take some time, so today, I want to go over some tips for working with natural light that is just for beginners. 

Let's get stuck in! 

Creativity Exercise: In the Kitchen

Creativity Exercise: In the Kitchen

Each month for 2017, I'll be sharing a monthly photo challenge that with either get you capturing your daily life,  improving your photography skills, or get you feeling more creative.  So, if you like the idea of a monthly short project, make sure you come back at the start of every month for your assignment!  

The last two months have been focused very much on capturing our daily life, so for this month's exercise we are going to switch gears a little bit, and focus instead on learning to think more creatively.   

And as you may have guessed, for this exercise, we are heading into the kitchen :)  

Photography Case Study: Danielle Stanley

Photography Case Study: Danielle Stanley

I started doing these case studies a few months as a way to show you the different journeys people take to get to where they are, and to shed some light on the ways you can grow your photography skills too!  Today, we are featuring the wonderful Danielle Stanley, who is also another long time reader of Live Snap Love.  I'm so thrilled to finally have her on the blog (I'm been pestering her for months!) as I have loved seeing her progress and how beautifully she captures her days. If you want to read more photography journeys, there's links to more at the bottom of this post. Hope you enjoy them.......Audrey xI

Which Photo Editing Program Should I Use?

Which Photo Editing Program Should I Use?

If you are reading this then you have probably come to the realisation that the taking of the image is just ONE part of the photography process.

The OTHER  part is post processing your images in an editing program such as Lightroom or Photoshop.

Most photographers will edit their images, even just a bit, because no matter how good a shot is straight out of camera, it can be made to look even better in editing :) 

When you start out, it can be hard to know which photography editing program or software you should be using. There is a wide array of programs on the market, but I am going to keep it super simple here and tell you about two - Lightroom and Photoshop Elements.  

How to Stop Getting Flustered Whilst Photographing People

How to Stop Getting Flustered Whilst Photographing People

Did you recently start to take photos of people OTHER than your family?  Yes? Then, let me guess how you felt.....

You found yourself getting more and more flustered, unsure of what you should be doing next, worrying that you haven't got any good shots and feeling like you really needed to hurry things along because you were really taking too long getting your settings right.

Did that sound at all familiar? I bet it did! Most people when starting out have those exact same feelings: like we are being judged by how long we take, and not knowing how to make the session flow, or feel confident throughout. 

So, in today's post, I am going to do my darn best to make sure that you feel calm and in control during your next photography session. 

Let's get going shall we? Read on! 

Creativity Exercise: How to Take a Photo Essay

Creativity Exercise:  How to Take a Photo Essay

There are times when we will want more than just one picture of a event or activity, and there is where the photo essay comes in! Telling a story through images can be made much easier when we use several frames, rather than attempting to capture everything in just one shot.

To try to get the whole breadth of the story across, here's a shooting "framework" you can try to use to help make sure you  capture it all when taking multiple images of the same activity.

5 Common Lightroom Mistakes New Users Make (and how to avoid them)

5 Common Lightroom Mistakes New Users Make (and how to avoid them)

Lightroom is an incredible tool for photographers, as it allows you to manage your images, edit them beautifully, and share them with the world, all in one place. The downside is it can also be a little overwhelming at first simply because it can do so much! If you are new to Lightroom and not sure what it can do, check out this post on 8 Reasons to Love Lightroom even as a Hobbyist.  (Then get back here - I'll wait for you to catch up 😄) 

Today, we're diving into just a few of the biggest mistakes that new Lightroom users make when they first start using the program.  Honestly, these are the same mistakes that I have seen so many people make, and of course I've made them all myself!  

Ready to get crackin'? Great! Here are five mistakes people make when trying to use Lightroom - and what you can do instead.