I’m a self-taught photographer and filmmaker and I live in Birmingham in the UK. I taught myself everything I know about photography and filmmaking through trial and error, free online tutotials and an ongoing Photo a Day project. I began taking photos of my everyday life in March 2011 while studying for my PhD in northern Poland, and have continued ever since. I left academia after completing my PhD and now work as a photographer and filmmaker in the UK.
As I am self-taught, I like to give back to the community that gave me so much. I write photography and filmmaking tutorials for a range of abilities, from absolute beginner to the more advanced photographer and filmmaker.
Whether your goal is to learn how to take better photos of your family or holidays, to improve your photography skills as an artist or small creative business owner, or to learn something more specific (like how to make your photos look like film), I hope that my photography tutorials can be of help to you.
A couple of years into teaching myself photography, I began to wonder how other photographers made their photos so bright and luminous. I love luminous, light filled images but I just couldn’t seem to get my photos to pop with light the way other photographers did. I knew it wasn’t my camera. Browsing the camera pages on Flickr I could see that other photographers with the same camera as me could achieve the effect I so desired, but for me it remained illusive until I learned three pieces of technique. In this tutorial, I’m going to take the guess work out of it and share all I know about making your photos look bright, light filled and luminous.
In this photography tutorial I explain white balance as an introduction to a longer post I plan to write on colour theory. White balance is a key setting in photography, but it’s something that beginners often overlook. If you have ever found yourself looking through photographs you’ve taken indoors under artificial lighting or outside under street lighting and wondered why they’re so yellow and what you can do about it, then this tutorial will help you. This tutorial will also be useful if you’re an artist or Etsy seller who needs to photograph true to life images of artwork or products for your online portfolio, Instagram page or shop.
In my first post in this series of photography tutorials for beginners I offered some practical tips to help you get started. Today I’m going to assume that you have been taking photos on full automatic mode for some time, and that you are interested in taking more control of your camera settings and exploring the semi-automatic and manual modes that your camera offers.
This is the first in a new series of blog posts I am writing for beginners in photography sharing tips, techniques and practical advice that I hope will help you to learn how to take better photos. I first picked up a camera nearly eight years ago, and have taken at least one photo every single day since March 2011. I am completely self-taught, and I taught myself photography for free (minus the cost of my second-hand equipment). You can teach yourself photography too, and I’ll show you how.
In this first article, I share a few practical tips and ways of thinking about photography that have been really helpful for me and that I hope help you in the early days of your photography journey. Later in this series I plan to add articles about how you can improve your composition, how to master exposure and the exposure triangle, how to understand the difference between different focal lengths and how a longer or wider lens will change your image and much, much more.