This has been one of my favourite blog posts to write this year, because it has allowed me to look back at all the content I’ve created over the last few years, and give you a one-stop shop for the best bits!
Well, maybe not ALL the best bits - because that would be a heck of long blog post :-)
(yes, I’m so modest!)
So I had to narrow it down. I’ve chosen these based on a few different reasons: firstly, not only based on how good I think they are, but on how much I believe they can move your photography forward. And second of all, I also took into account which posts were the most popular, most read and most commented on, so you can see the ones that resonated most with others, not just the ones I loved (they can sometimes be very different!)
Of course, I have tried to mix this up a bit between beginner and slightly more experienced photographers - because let’s face it, how helpful these are on moving you forward with your photography will depend on where you are now, so there are still some gems that will remain nestled in the blog pages for sure :-)
So if you missed one of these blog posts first time around, be sure to read them now, or you’ll kick yourself for missing them!
(Don’t have time to read them all now? I hear ya! Pin this for future reference instead then so you don’t forget)
You’ll also want to make sure you download the freebie that goes along with this blog post, which has my top ten lessons I learnt in photography, so you can learn from both my mistakes and the things I got right! Click on the image below to snag it:
Nothing left for me to do now but list the most powerful posts on the blog, and for you to get reading!
#1 - How to Get A Blurred Background
This post is a great one for all you beginners out there, because it walks you step by step through how to get a blurred background. This is such an amazing thing to master, because it really helps separate your subject from the background, really helping them “pop” off the page / screen.
#2 - Tips To Make Your Images Look More Professional
This is one of the all-time most popular posts on the blog, and for good reason! This post covers four ways you can improve your images and make them look more professional - but this isn’t your usual “quick tips” posts that only lasts about two minutes! There is a LOT of information her, so be sure to check it out:
#3 - How to Choose Your Camera Settings When Shooting in Manual Mode
Another post that has stood the test of time and been referenced over and over again! One of the problems I know many photographers experience when switching over to manual mode is that they aren’t sure how to choose their settings. This post break it all down for you:
#4 - 10 Things You Wish You Knew About Shooting In Manual Mode
Another post about manual mode, just because I really want 2018 to be the year you make the switch, and I’ll do all I can to help you get there! This post is full of little gems of wisdom that will help you get so much better at shooting in manual mode.
#5 - 7 Actionable Tips for New Photographers
If you are new to photography, you are going to love this post! Full of ACTIONABLE tips that will help you get better photos, quickly.
#6 - Natural Light Tips for Beginners
Light truly is the foundation for ALL images, so it is something you will want to dive into in depth. (When you learn manual mode, and couple it with how to use light effectively, this is when magic happens!) This post will get you started on your journey on learning how to see and use light in your images.
#7 - How to Get Started with Lightroom
Lightroom is my secret weapon in getting images that look exactly how I want them to look, and in less time. It’s also how I manage my (still growing!) image collection, create my photo books, and share with the world. If you are brand new to Lightroom Classic CC, or use of the earlier boxed version of Lightroom, this post will get you started off on the right foot. You can even snag yourself a Lightroom Starter Kit at the same time.
#8 - How To Make Time For Learning Photography
One of the complaints I hear from both new and more experienced photographers alike is how hard it is to find time to learn or practise photography. I hear ya sister! Finding enough hours in the day is something I struggle with too, but I do have a way of trying to ensure that I factor in some time during the day that is just for me, and just for photography. Click through to read the full post and find that extra half hour in your day:
#9 - A Guide To Your Photography Learning Path
Not sure what you should be learning about next? This post breaks down a suggested learning path for photography, so you can see what to concentrate on next.
#10 - 5 Ways to Improve Your Photography Skills without Taking A Photo
Another common complaint I hear from photographers is that they only time they get to themselves is later at night, or early in the morning, after the kids have gone to bed or before they get up. (Anyone else not truly appreciate just how much of your time kids would take up?!) So this post lists five ways you can improve your skills without actually touching your camera, so you can still use that free time to learn and grow.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post with all the most helpful blog posts for moving your photography forward. If you are ready to dive into even more lessons, I’ve compiled a list of my top ten lessons that I have learnt on my photography journey, so you can see what had the biggest impact on me going forward. Just click on the image to download!