Document Your Kids this Summer with our Summer Photo Challenge!

Document Your Kids this Summer with our Summer Photo Challenge!

With Summer officially starting soon (yay!!!) I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a little Instagram photo challenge to help you document your kids this summer!

I've created 36 photo prompts, all with a summery vibe, and all with the goal of helping you take better photos of your kids (and maybe try out one or two new ways of photographing them too!) and document the season.

All YOU need to do is go out, capture them, then share them!

I’m a big believer in both shooting regularly to improve your photography AND of capturing our time with our kids, so this challenge should be a great way of doing both. Plus, it’s a great way for everyone to share their photos and get to know one another through the hashtag!

5 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Taking a Photo

5 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Taking a Photo

Do you ever feel like sometimes you’rre just winging it when you pick up your camera?

That you get all flustered and not quite sure what you should be doing….?

….So you end up just clicking and hoping?

Then this week’s blog post is for you!

I wanted to break down some of the things you should be thinking about when you take your photo - many of them before you even lift the camera to your eye - so that you can shoot more purposefully, and most importantly, get better photos.

So we’re going to go into FIVE questions you should ask yourself when you take your photo. There are more of course, but these are the big ones, the ones that can make or break your picture, so let’s dive into those now…

5 Times You'll Need Photoshop over Lightroom for Editing Your Photos

5 Times You'll Need Photoshop over Lightroom for Editing Your Photos

It’s no secret - I freaking love Lightroom. I love how much you can do in the program, how fast it is for editing your photos, and the whole end to end organisation thing just makes me want to kiss my computer screen.

But that doesn’t mean it can do absolutely everything.

There’s a damn good reason why Adobe bundled both Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC together in their Photography Plan - because when you have access to both programs, you can do absolutely anything you’re little editing heart desires!

That’s why it’s definitely not a choice BETWEEN Lightroom or Photoshop - it’s not an either / or situation, but rather a case of using both for different things.

To give you an idea, although you should probably use Lightroom for around 90- 95% of your edits - because is simply blows Photoshop out of the water when it comes to workflow - there’s definitely times when you’ll want to take an image into Photoshop, either because Lightroom just can’t do the job, or because Photoshop is simply the better program to use for that particular edit.

This generally falls under times when you want to do any PIXEL adjustments - when you want to change the fabric of the photo. There are other times too though - for example, Photoshop’s a far better place to do more targeted or creative adjustments.

So in this post, I’ve come up with 5 main times when I’ll move a photo from Lightroom into Photoshop for editing.

This list is by no means exhaustive - I also use Photoshop for adding text, adding more targeted contrast etc, and others may use it for other things entirely, such as stitching together panoramas or creating composites, but for any child / portrait / lifestyle photographers out there wondering why and when you might want to use BOTH Photoshop and Lightroom, here a few of the most likely contenders!

How to Use Lightroom: 3 Must Use Tools for Beginners

How to Use Lightroom: 3 Must Use Tools for Beginners

Lightroom is definitely the must-use photo editing software for both professional and hobbyist photographers, simply because it has absolutely everything you need to mange, edit and share your images in one place (and in waaaay less time than other software) .

Because it can do SO much, you can easily find yourself a little overwhelmed at first. But, as with everything else in photography, you can start by learning a few simple tools. And that’s what I what to cover here today!

How to Choose the Best Lens for Your Photo

How to Choose the Best Lens for Your Photo

Whether you want to shoot a portrait or a landscape or a documentary-style photo, you’ll want to choose the best lens for the job!

With an array of lenses to choose from, it can be hard to know which one to pick, and which will suit your photo best. As I have far too many lenses to choose from, I thought i’d go through my thought process when picking out a lens for a particular photo. Of course, there may be other reasons why I pick a lens (versatility for going away on vacation, or weight if were going on a trek) but the two MAIN reasons are the focal length, and the aperture.

Let’s go into the four questions I ask myself (which you can totally steal, I don’t mind) for choosing the best lens for the job.

Why are my photos grainy (and how do I fix it?)

Why are my photos grainy (and how do I fix it?)

One of the biggest problems I hear from new photographers is that they are struggling to understand why their photos are so grainy - and what they can do about it!

I totally get how frustrating it is, believe me. Back when I was using my Canon Rebel, a lot of the time my photos would look grainy, and simply wouldn’t have that same sharpness that I could see from other photographers, which to put it mildly, is freaking annoying.

So that’s the problem we’re going to address today - why your photos are grainy, and most importantly, what you can do to avoid or fix the problem!

Case Study: How I Went From Auto to Manual Mode With Auto to Awesome

Case Study:  How I Went From Auto to Manual Mode With Auto to Awesome

One of the things I love seeing is the change in people’s photos as they are learning photography - where you can literally see the difference in the “befores” and “afters” - and I know this is inspiring for many of you too!

So today I’ve got a case study for you that I think you are absolutely going to eat up :-)

It's from one of my amazing Auto to Awesome students, Erica, and she’s put together some amazing before and after photos for us, plus some of her favourite photos. It shows two things - how learning photography doesn’t just happen overnight, and also that with the right training, you can absolutely take amazing images with an entry level camera. (Although she has since upgraded, Erica shot most of these images with an entry level DSLR and kit lens - proof that you don’t need the most expensive gear to take great photos)

For those of you who are already in Auto to Awesome, I hope it inspires you to keep going through the program! And if you’ve been thinking about maybe enrolling in Auto to Awesome, this is one blog post you’ll definitely want to read.

One Simple Aperture Exercise You Can Do Today!

One Simple Aperture Exercise You Can Do Today!

Having a little trouble getting your head around Aperture and Depth of Field?

Don’t worry, it happens to us all!

But it’s SO worth taking the time to understand completely, because the aperture you choose can have a BIG impact on your images (as you’re about to see)

So what we’re going to do today is an exercise that can help you see how different apertures affect how your image LOOKS.

Ready? Let’s go!