by Emma

You may remember a couple of weeks ago that we interviewed the lovely Lisa from, Wildgoose Photographics about starting up her photography business. Well if you are looking to improve your photography, you will be pleased to know that we nabbed a few photography tips from her at the same time.

I’ve also been trying to improve my photography for the blog, so have a couple of book recommendations for you….

Lisa from Wildgoose Photographics’ Top 5 Tips for the Photography Novice

Join a local camera club, they are full of pros and hobbyists alike and can give some fantastic hints and tips. Someone will know the answer to any question you put out there, even if they have to look it up on your behalf.

Practise, practise, practise and practise some more! I remember asking my day course tutor last year which qualifications he suggested I take to become a Pro. His answer was “none, photography is all about getting out there and doing it”

To take great photos on your iPhone, use these basic techniques:

  • Rule of thirds – imagine an image is divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and then place all important compositional elements of your image along these lines or their intersections. Check-out your camera settings, there is a setting that makes these gridlines appear on your view finder.
  • Make sure the sun is behind you
  • Fill the frame.

Thank you lovely Lisa! If you are still looking for a helping hand, here’s some handy books I’ve been perusing to pick up photography hints and tips…

self help – photography book recommendations

Photography tips, improve your photography for the novice or hobbyist, via Year of the Yes

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book is a great place to start if you want to improve your photos for a hobby – it is written by bloggers Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, so is particularly good to give you photography story ideas for your blog. It really focuses on the different projects you could do, but has some great hints and tips along the way.

Photography tips, improve your photography for the novice or hobbyist, via Year of the Yes

As a novice photographer, I loved the simple layout of Social Photography. Each spread focused on a new tip or topic, in a really straight forward way. It clearly outlines the simple photography techniques without jargon, and best of all it is aimed at a smartphone photographer so really is something you an instantly use.

Photography tips, improve your photography for the novice or hobbyist, via Year of the Yes

I read ‘Read this if  you want to take great photographs’ because I do indeed want to take great photographs. The beauty of this is similar to Social Photography, it’s layout is really clear and simple, addressing a technique per page. It also showcases some great examples of photography from various pro photographers, so you can really get an idea of how to put the theory into practice.

Photography tips, improve your photography for the novice or hobbyist, via Year of the Yes

This is actually a sneaky one to put on the list… I really do want to improve my food photography, you may have noticed that it needs a little improvement, so I bought this book in the vain hope it would help me. But I haven’t had time to read it… Which kind of illustrates my final point and echoes one of Lisa’s tips. By all means get one of these books to help you with some of the theory behind photography, but the most important thing is to get out there and get practising.

I’ve been struggling to find the time to make myself do that, so I am eyeing up one of Emily Quinton’s  Make Light Workshops to give myself some focused time on improving my images. What?! I can’t help myself, I love to learn….


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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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