I’ve had some lovely feedback of late on my Instagram photos. Although I have a small following, there is a lot of engagement between myself and those who like and comment and many of the comments are simply to say they love a particular photo. Often these comments make my day and quietly encourage me to keep improving and developing my own photography.
Inspired by a lovely comment a few weeks ago, I thought I’d share a few photography tips. Now, I am by no means a professional photographer. I consider myself an intermediate, a ‘hobby’ photographer if you like, but since I’ve been learning for a few years now, I think that qualifies me well enough to share some of my own experiences and learnings.
So, here we go…
- When out with your camera, slow down and really observe what’s around you, This helps to connect you with your surroundings and often you will notice things you hadn’t noticed before. Observe the light, as light creates mood and can transform a scene into something magical.
- Accept you cannot learn photography in a day or a weekend. Photography is a combination of technical and creative skills and it truly takes time to master them both. For me it’s really a journey and once you realise this, you can take the pressure off yourself.
- Enjoy it. Learning photography is challenging but it can also be great for your wellbeing. It encourages you to get outside and connect with your environment.
- The internet is saturated with photography advice and courses. Do your research and opt for something which fits in with your preferred learning method, budget and time.
- Stay safe when out and about with your camera. I do like to venture off the beaten track from time to time, so I always tell my husband where I am going and I make sure to bring my mobile phone.
- If you are interested in flower photography, try growing your own from seed. This is a really inexpensive way to have plenty of flowers to photograph and deepens your understanding and connection to the subject matter.
- Don’t get carried away with buying lots of expensive camera gear (at least not at first). I know it sounds terribly cliched but it is really the person behind the camera who makes the photograph. When I first heard this, I thought it was nonsense, but you come to realise that we all see the world differently and it is your own unique view on the world that will make your photo different to the next person’s. My own camera, for example, is a Canon EoS 200d, an entry level DSLR and I use a prime 50mm lens. The camera is light, fits in my bag and is a great all rounder.
- Photographs are meant to be printed and not left languishing on your phone or computer hard drive. It really does bring your photography to life. Each year I create a photobook using the services of online providers such as Papier, BonusPrint and Atelier Rosemood
- Accept you will make mistakes – try and learn from them.
- And most importantly, don’t compare your photography to others. Compare where you are now to where you were before.
http://www.photographycourses247.com – this is run by Paul Crawford, a Northern Ireland photographer
Wishing you all a lovely Sunday x,
ps you can find my Instagram feed here :-