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!

What do the numbers on a camera lens mean?

What do the numbers on a camera lens mean?

What do the numbers on a camera lens mean?!

If you’ve been asking yourself that question then you are in the perfect place, as today we’re going to be talking about what all the numbers on your camera lens means, and how you can use this information to decide which lens might be best for you.

So if you've been looking at lenses online, or maybe you already have your lens and you just don't understand what all these numbers actually mean, stick around. as by the end of this post, you'll know exactly what the numbers mean and you'll know how your lens is going to perform!

Ready? Let’s dive in!

12 Tips for Photographing Toddlers

12 Tips for Photographing Toddlers

Photographing toddlers can be really hard!

So in this post, I'm giving you my tried and tested tips for photographing toddlers that will help you put them at ease, get great expressions, and hopefully nip any tantrums in the bud so that you can capture some great photos of your toddler!

I'm also going to give you some BONUS tips for camera settings for photographing your toddler, so be sure to watch right to the end of the video (and grab your FREE aperture priority cheat sheet below the video - it’s 8 pages of pure gold.

Click play to watch the video, but if you prefer to read, scroll on down for a transcript!

4 Myths That Are Stopping You Getting The Photos You Want

4 Myths That Are Stopping You Getting The Photos You Want

The number one frustration I hear from photographers is that they struggle to get the images they see in their head, or at least consistently! Sure, they may luck out from time to time and snag a great shot, but they can’t repeat it, and their photos never end up quite looking the way they wanted them to…

If that’s you too, then you are not alone! I literally spent years feeling the exact same thing, so believe me when I tell you that I totally get where you’re coming from :-)

There are usually the same key areas holding you back, and stopping you getting the photos you want - and it’s usually because you believed a certain myth around photography. One that allows you to stay in your comfort zone than take the steps you need to take to get great photos.

That’s why in this blog post, I’m going to set the record straight about what it takes (or more specifically what it doesn’t take!) to get the photos you want - and what myths might the ones holding you back…

Why you need to stop using ALL the AUTO functions of your camera

Why you need to stop using ALL the AUTO functions of your camera

When we think about AUTO mode in our cameras, we usually just think about the mode that allows us to balance our exposure, since, well, it’s the one called AUTO :-)

But your camera has lots of automatic functions that you’ll want to move away from, so in this week’s blog post, we’re talking through what they are, and most importantly, why you want to stop using them!

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are times and situations where you MIGHT want to use some of these automatic features - but honestly, those times are few and far between, so let’s check these out, so you know what to stop doing….

GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a Beginner Photography Bundle!

One of my favourite things to do is to give you amazing things for free. 

Usually that means some super helpful blog posts, videos or free guides - but this week it’s SO MUCH MORE! 

That’s because I’m giving away an EPIC Beginner Photography Bundle to one lucky winner!

Click here to enter the giveaway! 

Here’s what you could win: 

  •  Auto to Awesome Course with Support & Community ($297 Value) 

  • Expodisc White Balance Tool ($49 Value) 

  • 5 in 1 Reflector ($20 Value) 

  • The Polished Preset Collection for Lightroom ($127 value)

  • 12 month digital subscription to Click Magazine ($22 Value) 

  • First Steps with Your DSLR Course for Total Beginners ($97 Value)

  • Photo “Recipes” Pack ($57 Value) 

  • The Low Light Photography Masterclass ($97 value) 

  • 30 minute 1-one-1 Skype Mentorship Session ($250 Value) 

 The total value for this amazing bundle is over $1,000!


It’s pretty much everything you need to learn how to use that DSLR camera of yours, and get it to take the amazing images you’ve been dreaming of.   

Here’s what you’ve gotta do…

  • Click here to go to the giveaway page and enter by joining the mailing list to get your first entry.

  • Click on the “Refer a Friend” entry option and copy your very own unique URL. 

  • Share that URL with all your photography friends, because every time someone enters the giveaway from your unique link, you earn THREE EXTRA ENTRIES!  Which means the more you share, and the more people who you get to enter, the better chance you have of snagging the lot for yourself!

  • You can also earn yet another entry, just by visiting our Facebook Page. (Don’t forgot to click on that blue FOLLOW button whilst you’re there!)

So go enter the giveaway NOW and start sharing your little heart out! 

How to Shoot in Manual Mode (+ a manual settings cheat sheet!)

How to Shoot in Manual Mode (+ a manual settings cheat sheet!)

I’ve spoken a lot about just how darn important it is to learn how to shoot in manual mode if you want to get great photos, and today I want to teach you how to do that - step by step!

Yep, that’s right, for all you AUTO (or semi-auto!) lovin’ folks out there, you’re going to take the first step in taking control of your camera, by learning how to shoot in manual mode!

So, grab your camera and let’s get started!

5 Steps to Getting Great Photos

5 Steps to Getting Great Photos

It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed when learning photography - let’s face it, there is SO much to learn, and so much information available online that you can sometimes feel like you’re drowning in information.

But the truth is, although there is definitely a lot to learn, if you can focus on just five key areas in photography, you’ll get better photos. And if you are new, they can even be done one after the other, as you want to layer on the knowledge, not take random pot shots from each area and try to fit them together (doesn’t work too well!)

So today’s blog post is what you need to focus on to become a better photographer. Do just these five things, and by the end, you’re photos will look freakin’ amazing, I’m telling you.