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.

The 5 Step Framework for Storytelling Photography

The 5 Step Framework for Storytelling Photography

In today’s blog post, I’m going to give you some tips for storytelling photography, PLUS a framework that you can shoot to that will help tell your story through your images.

But, first, what exactly IS storytelling photography?

For me, storytelling photography is when we go deeper with our photos to not just show a scene, (for example a landscape) but when we actually use our images to tell a story, from beginning to end.

Although in many cases you may be able to tell a story in just one frame, there are many times when we want more than just one solitary picture of an event or activity, or we NEED more simply because one photo just couldn’t possibly get the full breadth of the story across.

This type of photography can be used for absolutely anything - it definitely isn’t limited to “big” days like weddings, birthdays or big adventures! (Although of course those are fabulous times to use this too!) Even the smallest everyday moments like breakfast or bath time can be turned into a story, so without further ado, let’s first go over the 5 step framework for telling a story in your images….

8 Things to Look For When Choosing Your Next Camera

8 Things to Look For When Choosing Your Next Camera

One of the questions I hear a LOT is this:

“Which camera should I buy next? Should I buy this one, or that one, and how do they compare? Is this REALLY going to be an upgrade from my current camera?”

That question is the inspiration behind this week’s post, because I want to really break this down so you can feel confident when spending your hard earned cash. Let’s face it, camera gear is NOT exactly cheap, so making mistakes can be costly.

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.

The Six Essential Steps of a Lightroom Workflow

The Six Essential Steps of a Lightroom Workflow

Confused about exactly what your Lightroom workflow should look like? Then this video is for you!

As a photographer, the actual taking of the image is only half the work - the other half happens back at your computer. This is when you will upload your images, organise them, rate them or choose your favourites, edit them, then get them off your hard drive and into the world where you belong.

Lightroom Classic CC is simply an amazing tool, because it allows you to do all of that with complete ease!

But you do need to have a good Lightroom workflow in place, so you know exactly what you should be doing, and when to do it.

In this video tutorial, I break down the six main steps, or phases, of a standard Lightroom workflow, so you can use this as a baseline for creating your own. Check it out:

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 😁

Do I Really Need To Edit My Photos?

Do I Really Need To Edit My Photos?

You know the feeling.

You look at your images, and just can't help but notice that they are missing something.

That special "x" factor, or "oomph" that other peoples photos have, but you can't quite seem to get on your own images.

The chances are what they are missing is quality EDITING.

Check out this week's video where I talk about WHY editing your photos is so darn important, plus the different ways you can use editing to lift your images up onto next level fancy pants status ❤️