10 Lessons I Wish I Had Known When Starting Photography

10 Lessons I Wish I Had Known When Starting Photography

Making mistakes is all part of learning photography. In a way, it's how we come to realise what we cannot do, and what we need to spend some time focusing on - so you should never feel bad about making mistakes, it's all part of the process of achieving your goal!

In this blog post I wanted to share some of the mistakes that I have made in photography over the years, and most importantly, the lessons I have learnt from them!

I think these lessons are applicable at ANY stage of your photography journey, whether you are a beginner or a more experienced photographer, and will hopefully have the same positive impact on you as they had on me.

Let’s dive in…

3 Reasons Why Learning Manual Mode will Improve Your Photos

3 Reasons Why Learning Manual Mode will Improve Your Photos

Are you still shooting on AUTO, or one of the semi-automatic modes like Aperture Priority?

Are you wondering WHY anyone bothers to make the switch to manual mode?

There are three damn good reasons why learning and using manual mode will improve your photos, and I’ve gone through them all in this video!

My hope is that if you understand WHY you do something, the whole thing will make so much more sense.

5 Tips for Sharper Photos (in just 5 minutes)

5 Tips for Sharper Photos (in just 5 minutes)

One of the most common frustrations I hear from new photographers is that their images are too soft or out of focus - and not the tack sharp images they dreamt of!

There are so many elements that go into getting a sharp photo, but in the video below I dive into FOUR things that you can put into place today, that will help you get images that you could slice your finger open on 😁

5 Reasons Your Images Aren't Turning Out Great

5 Reasons Your Images Aren't Turning Out Great

Does this sound familiar? The kids have gone to bed, and you're at your desk or on your laptop, uploading the images you've taken that day.

You are so excited to see what you captured, because you're pretty sure that this time, you nailed it!

Your little cherubs looked heavenly, there was plenty of light, and you even think you got the expressions you wanted.

But as you flip through the images your heart sinks.

So many of the images are soft and out of focus, or are dark and dreary, and absolutely nothing like the light, bright, tack sharp images you thought you'd captured.

As you go through the images one by one you feel like crying, because you were so sure that this time you had got some amazing images, and now you don’t know what you did wrong, and worse, you don’t know what you need to do next time to get better results.

Heck, you might even be thinking that you just aren't talented in photography, so you should quietly give it up, and hope no-one asks why you’ve stopped taking pictures.

If that’s you, I want you to know that you are not alone.

And more importantly, I want you to know what you are doing wrong so you can fix it!

Watch this video below, and learn 5 reasons why your images are not turning out the way you want them to, or how you see them in your head….

Is it worth taking a photography course?

Is it worth taking a photography course?

We have all thought it when learning photography….is it worth taking a photography course? Will it make any difference? Can’t I just learn everything online for free?

It’s such a great question, and one that I can’t believe I haven’t covered this on the blog up until now!

Having gone from taking the worse photography course imaginable, to trying to learn it myself for free (for several years) to now having taken more photography courses than you can shake a stick at, I have my fair share of experience on the subject 😁

(Plus of course, I have since created my OWN photography course so I also have the benefit of seeing this from the other side too, along with the experiences of hundreds of students!)

So, today we are going to dive into four reasons why a photography course just might be worth it for you, so you can decide once and for all whether to take the plunge or not!

7 Easy Tricks for Dramatically Improving Your Photos

7 Easy Tricks for Dramatically Improving Your Photos

Raise your hand if you could do with some easy tricks for getting better photos?!

I know that when you are just starting out - heck, even after you have been shooting for a while - you'd like to know what you should concentrate on first, and what areas will give you the most "bang for your buck" in terms of time vs result. 

So that's what I've aimed to do today: give you 7 different tricks that will dramatically improve your photos. Many of these are simple to implement, and even the ones that take a bit longer are SO worth learning about, that I couldn't NOT include them!

As with most of my posts, it ain't short, so grab a coffee, and get stuck in....