Have you wondered how some of those Instagram accounts get the subtle-but-eye-catching quirky colour effect on their flower pictures? It's a breeze in Lightroom. 2 steps and you're done.
The most important news from A Year With My Camera is that you have a 2 week opportunity to restart the course. It will run again from the beginning starting on 14 September. More details here: Register now for the next AYWMC start.
If you're shooting into the sun, sometimes the lens hood just doesn't cut it. No need for new kit - fix this problem with your hand or a hat if you have one.
The easiest way to get the moody faded look is with the app VSCO. This post shows you how to tweak the HB2 filter for fine control whilst keeping a consistent look between images. At the end I show you the Lightroom edits that give you a similar effect to the VSCO HB2 filter.
Today's prompt in the 30 Days of Composition challenge is "balance". More than a couple of people have asked me for a detailed explanation of what balance means in photographic composition, so here goes.
Using one single stem of ammi, natural daylight and the same camera setup, you can easily create 4 completely different images.
Join the most fun photography challenge of the summer - no sign up required.
This one isn't just a list of random concepts that leave you struggling after the first couple of days. This photography challenge is one that will leave you with an arsenal of photography techniques to carry on using for the rest of the year.
Get effects previously only available to Photoshop users with a whole morning to spare. Gorgeous art filters in 1 click - all on your phone. Apple & Android.
How to play to the strengths of your phone camera in the field, and come home with images you are delighted with.
Book 2 picks up where Book 1 left off: armed with your knowledge of camera settings and composition you will reinforce your skills and stretch your creativity. 6 new modules to finish the year. Don't forget to have fun.
Do your white flowers often come out too dark when you photograph them? There's a quick fix to stop this happening.
Download a free trial chapter. The A Year With My Camera workshop is a perfect self-paced, low-cost photography course for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. It is already broken down into a whole year of weekly lessons - all you need to do is decide which sections to do depending on whether you are doing bronze, silver or gold.
All the decisions I made to get my favourite image of the year so far. Light, background, composition. Things that didn't work so well, and all the camera settings.
These are the 17 quotes that sum up the A Year With My Camera philosophy. If you've ever wondered why this workshop is different to all the other photo workshops, read this post. From, "She thought she could so she did," to "Art is not what you see but what you make others see.".
Do you struggle with auto focus when you're shooting macro? Switch it off. Use manual focus for precise control over how your final image looks.
Compare these 4 images, where the focus point only changes 2cm from the first to the last
Are you overwhelmed by Lightroom tutorials? Do you wish someone would just say, "Watch these 7 videos and you'll be good to go"? Well here they are. The only 7 videos you need to get started with Lightroom, and the longest takes less than 8 minutes to watch.
What do you think? Overblown, hyper-realistic, too vibrant? Or a jump-off-the-screen bundle of June floral abundance?
3 reasons to use a tripod: 1. tiny apertures or light painting (ie. long shutter speeds); 2. precision; 3. you need an extra pair of hands. That's a lot of photos you can't take if you don't know how to stabilise your camera. (And you don't need an actual tripod for any of this if you have a pile of books or a bag of rice.)
The camera never lies, but your eyes will deceive you. Who knew that the shadows in a pink peony were actually yellow?
With a bit of Lightroom tweaking you can restore your disappointingly yellow peony to her pinkful glory.
This week, one of my A Year With My Camera students described in our Facebook group how he aspires to take high key flower photographs like Mandy Disher. Amateur Photography magazine published a fantastic piece from Mandy where she describes her set up, lighting and gives plenty of tips (click here to read the post). My student was not getting the results he wanted, so I had a go at following the tutorial, and have found a couple of steps missing - mostly at the editing stage.
These projects have all been featured in my free, online, beginners' photography workshop, A Year With My Camera. Each one can be done in a weekend - go out and have some fun with your camera.
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