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A Step By Step Guide to Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode

A Step By Step Guide to Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode

It can be a really daunting experience to move away from the AUTO modes on your camera, but you really must if you want to get great photos!

And the first step is to move to something called Aperture Priority Mode. This will help you get more control over how your images turn out, but as it still leaves you with the “safety net” of the camera balancing the exposure, so you don’t need to worry about that just yet 😉.

We’ve a lot to get through in this blog post, so let’s get crackin’!

What is Aperture? A guide for new photographers.

What is Aperture? A guide for new photographers.

Have you heard the aperture when learning photography, and wondered what it is?

Or what that has to do with the term F-stop?

And just what the heck depth of field is?!

Then you’re in the perfect place! In this blog post we’re going to go over what Aperture is, what the term F-stop means, plus what depth of field is and how we can use it for creative photos!

Ready? Let’s dive in!

How long does it take to learn photography?

How long does it take to learn photography?

This question “how long does it take to learn photography?” is one I’ve gotten in different forms several times over the last few years….usually by people who are feeling SO frustrated because they’ve spent months learning all they can, but still don’t feel like they have reached their goal.

Learning photography really can be overwhelming and frustrating, and sometimes we feel like we might not ever get there, or we’d just love to skip forward on the learning part and get the photos we want NOW.

So, just how long does it take to get good at photography, or at least good enough to take decent photographs?

Read on, and find out!

7 Common Beginner Photography Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

7 Common Beginner Photography Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Whenever you try your hand at anything new, you are bound to make a few mistakes along the way! And learning photography is definitely no exception.

Although making mistakes can a good thing, as it helps us grow and learn as photographers, that doesn’t mean you have to make them all 😉

You can take advice from people like me, who have spent years learning and practising photography, and in my case, also spent the last seven years teaching OTHER folks how to do it too. That way you get a bit of a leg up so you can reach your goal more quickly, and with waaaay less frustration than the rest of us.

Without further ado, let’s crack on with 7 of the most common mistakes that new photographers make, so you can avoid them.

How to Quickly Check The Focus of Lens for Front Focus or Back Focus Issues

How to Quickly Check The Focus of Lens for Front Focus or Back Focus Issues

Have you ever found yourself wondering if the reason your images are always slightly soft or out of focus could actually be down to your LENS?

I know I did! For a while, back when I was just starting out, I missed focus on so many of my images that I began to think that surely my lens MUST be broken.

There is nothing more frustrating than getting the perfect image only to find it is that teeniest bit out of focus, so if you have a nagging feeling that your lenses may be at fault, then there is something you can do: test your lenses to make sure that they are focusing where they should.

If nothing else, this quick test will put your mind at rest that everything is working properly, or, in the worst case scenario, make you aware of the problem so you can fix it!

So, when you’re ready, let’s dive into how to quickly check the focus of your lens for front or back focus issues.

What to Focus On First When You Are Just Starting Out in Photography

What to Focus On First When You Are Just Starting Out in Photography

Are you feeling completely overwhelmed with all the things you need to learn in photography?

Do you find yourself confused about where to start, or what your next step should be?

Then you are most definitely not alone! I know exactly what it feels like because I was there too.

I remember feeling like I was being pulled in 10 different directions at once, seeing all these different paths to I thought I needed to go down and learn, with shiny new camera gear pulling my eye away from the prize with promises of better photos.

It can be a confusing and frustrating time for sure, and if you are not careful, you can find yourself wandering aimlessly around the internet, picking up random “tips and tricks”, learning lots, but not actually moving forward and getting better photos.

So I wrote this blog post to help with that, by breaking down the areas you should be focusing on FIRST, because they will help give you that solid foundation on which everything else is built upon.

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.