19 October 2011

Photography 101

One thing I always admire on so many girls blogs is their incredible photos. Whether it’s lazy weekends spent around the house, gorgeous new outfits or delicious food that you girls are sharing, the photos always tell a story and they all look so professional. I have learnt two things from this. 1. You’re all talented human beings. 2. I really need to start paying more attention when I’m snapping away.
I think taking less photos but better quality ones is the way to go and so wanting to not just complain I’m a terrible photographer I thought I should start to learn. Mr M had actually suggested taking a beginners photography course before we go to Europe next year to capture our trip well but I think self taught can be much more fun. For those who are in my boat I wanted to share with you some of the best tips I’ve learnt so far. They’re simple and achievable so here goes.

1.       Read the camera’s manual and learn what each control, switch, button and menu item does (really I think this alone will set you on the right path to photography domination).
2.       Set the camera’s resolution to take high quality photos at the highest resolution possible.
3.       Take your camera everywhere. You just never know.
4.       Compose your shot thoughtfully.
5.       Try an interesting angle.
6.       Get down on the subjects level.
7.       Sometimes it’s better to use a plain background
8.       Use flash outdoors
9.       Move in close (don’t be afraid to fill the frame)
10.   Move the subject from the middle (sometimes having something off to the left or right can add to the photo).

And here are some photos that I am loving right now - photography really can capture memories and moments forever and THAT is what I love so much about it.


  1. Hi Anna! I am only learning as well how to improve my shots!! Must put a good camera on my Chrismas wish list!!:)

  2. I feel like best way to get to know your camera is to take as much photos. My tip is that photography is so much fun when you change the point of view. xoxo


  3. Hi! I totally agree with point 3!! :)
    I have just discovered your blog and I follow you!


  4. I like taking pictures because as you said photography can capture memories and moments forever. Thank you for sharing those tips with us. And also thank you for the support, it means a lot :)
    Have a nice day

  5. Getting down on subjects' level really makes such a big difference!


  6. I just came across your blog and it's super cute! I love how you posted on camera shots today...definitely some great tips! I look forward to continuing to follow you.
    xo Grace @ Wrinkled Chiffon

  7. I'm new to photography too. I wish I knew how to take better photos and not spend so much time taking photos. Thanks for these great tips.


  8. Love that last picture! I love taking pictures it's so fun to be creative! xo

  9. Lovely pictures and great tips! I'm terrible for not reading manuals - I must start experimenting with my camera - I'm sure it does loads that I'm unaware of!:)

    Laura xo

  10. Sweet Anna,

    I was just telling my mom that I want to get into photography. I took a couple of pictures this weekend ant hey turned okay but I am slowly getting the hang of it.
    Thanks for the tips!


  11. love this post and also your blog! I follow u!
    pass to my blog and follow me too :D

  12. I love the photography in peoples blogs - like you said, people are so talented! I'm looking forward to buying a DSLR to capture better pictures. Kogan are selling Nikon and Canon at bargain prices - if anyone in Aus is interested you should check out their website http://www.kogan.com.au

    x Mich


  13. Hi Anna, and thank you for your lovely comment. You just rock ;) I think that I´m not that horrible photogrpaher but I don´t have a camera right now I have to borrow my father´s. I´m in the process of picking a new one these days. I know that the pics on my blog aren´t anything special but even if I had a better camera I wouldn´t have time to set out somewhere and take some good snaps and it´s a shame. Hopefully you´ll be more lucky :) I love the photos you put here. xoxo Eve

  14. Great tips Miss Anna! I love the shots you used to demonstrate the tips as well!


    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

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    ps: do some beautiful photos! compliments

  16. Agreed! I have a new camera on my Christmas wish list.

  17. now, this is a post that i can appreciate! really great tips & photos.

  18. Good morning Anna! Thank you for your sweet, sweet post. I got a Nikon D7000 for Christmas last year and it's kind of sad that all I use are the pre-set settings. My goal in 2012 is to learn more about photography. There is nothing better than seeing a view that you wish you could share and photography is the next best way to do that! Give that little niece of yours a hug from someone all the way from Texas!

  19. Thank you so much for your lovely comments! Great photo tips! My husband and I recently purchased a Nikon D3100 and we learn something new about it every day! Practice and patience makes perfect! xo www.casualglamorous.com

  20. great photography tips- I totally agree, take your camera everywhere you never who or what you may see and inspire you
    great photo selection!!
    Come follow my blog darling! xx


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