One of the greatest gifts to come from blogging for me has been a passion for photography. I am always looking for ways to improve my skill and create pictures which evoke feelings in others. Pictures that will ensure we will always remember even the most ordinary moments in our lives fondly. I am a fan of the photography skills of so many of my fellow bloggers and so I thought I would ask my wonderful blogging friends, whom I admire so much, to share their top photography tips. Hopefully, we can all learn a thing or two. Enjoy!
Em from Snowing Indoors
- Use Natural Light – There are few things worse than underexposed, dark photos, or ones taken with the lights on, giving your photo an unnatural yellow colour cast. If it’s an overcast day shoot outdoors or next to a large window to make the most of any available light. You could also consider investing in a large white piece of foam core to use as a reflector to get even more light into your shot, it’ll make all the difference to your pictures.
- Find Your Style And Stick With It – It’s important to have a consistency running through your photos, it’s another form of branding and makes your pictures look more professional. Your photographic style is made up of the things you choose to photograph, the angles and themes that you use often and your editing style as well. Don’t worry if you haven’t found your style, just keep practicing and emulate photographers you admire, it will come with time.
Amy from Mr & Mrs T Plus Three
- Light is one of the most important elements in taking the perfect photograph; make the most of natural daylight and never, ever use flash!
- Get to know your camera in manual mode, this takes practice and trial and error in finding your style but the results will be so worth it.
- Think about your composition and shoot from different angles, rather than straight on. One of my favourite photographs I’ve taken was me standing over the top of Holly as she lay on the ground, I also love that the shot is upside down, which adds interest.
Annie from Fable & Folk
- Practice, practice and then practice some more – It takes time and practice to improve your photography. Over time you will notice you go through phases, of subject matter, of editing filters, of your preferred lens (if that’s how you roll). Eventually you will get to a point where it all just ‘clicks’, where you have a style that you like and that other people recognise as you. This is one of those ‘cannot be forced’ things.
- A good camera will not make you a good photographer – Practice will improve your photography the most, not the camera you use. If someone who has developed a talent and style takes cracking photos you will not take the same cracking photos instantly if you use the same camera that they do. That sounds a bit harsh I know!
- Embrace editing – There’s no shame at all in editing your photos. Most professional photographers spend hours editing photographs post-shoot. Editing can help you develop a style and doesn’t have to be a costly and time consuming process. Lightroom is your friend!
Katie from Mummy Daddy Me
- When taking photos indoors try and position your children with the light from a window or a door highlighting their face (i.e you stand behind the light source)- it means you get the nice bright catchlights in their eyes.
- One weird tip I have when photographing my girls is I tell them to look directly into the lens of the camera and I say ‘Who can you see in there?’ e.g ‘Can you see the Gruffalo/Mickey Mouse/a monster etc’? When they peer in to have a look I take a little jump back and say ‘boo’- it always makes them laugh and I get lovely natural photos rather than false smiles.
- If you shoot in manual and set your exposure yourself, I always try and set the exposure a few notches higher than what the camera is predicting. I always find that it can be slightly off and the photo can come out looking darker- by doing this it means they are naturally bright and light.
Sarah-Jayne from Keep up with the Jones Family
- If you’re photographing your children, give them a job to do in the photo, or make them laugh! Asking them to look at the camera and smile rarely works, and genuine expressions are worth so much more.
- When I shoot in manual, I always slightly underexpose. It’s much easier to lighten the exposure than try and claw back any details that get blown out.
I hope that has given you lots to work on. What would be your top photography tip?