5 simple SLR photography tricks every blogger should know

For a photography novice, attending Pandora Maund’s (Going Digital) workshop was somewhat of a timely blessing. I brought my SLR a few weeks ago and had no clue what to do other than point and shoot. Sure…I COULD read the manual.. but who has time for that? Plus it’s pages long! *wails impatiently.*

This workshop sounded perfect for getting me out of the starting blocks and give just enough technical detail to get confidently creative. I wasn’t disappointed.

I have a canon 100D A lightweight mid range SLR. These tips apply to most SLRs.

Here are my top 5 tips every Blogger should know:

  1. Aperture Setting: The “F” number on your camera gives you control. This is the “AV” or “A” setting on the camera’s dial/ menu or viewfinder. This is key and enables you to control the depth of field (what remains in focus). In short -a large F number i.e F16 makes for a large depth of field. Here everything will be in focus. A smaller F number i.e F4.5 gives a blurred background. This is great for style shots as you stand out against the background! The depth of field also affects the shutter speed- so be wary- the smaller the number the easier it is to wobble as it takes longer for the light to get in.
  1. White BalanceTry the Tungsten setting. This gives images a cool blue tinge banishing the orange. This is great for getting rid of that weird orange shade  you often get from artificial indoor lighting.
  2. Composition and the “Rule of third”. Notice how your images are so much more interesting when your subject is not bang in the centre but in a third of the screen? This is a good rule to stick too. Of course, when it’s a symmetrical subject the middle of the shot is what creates the best effect.
  3. Exposure. When AV is set, your camera sets the correct exposure –so not too light or dark. Pressing the exposure button (usually +/- button) you can override this and experiment or amend as appropriate. (see my Goodwood shot  below for a darker setting in daylight.
  4. ISO numbers depict the shutter speed. Pandora tells us that even with small F numbers low lighting situations have to have a long shutter speed. A low ISO number gives a good quality shot but can give a bit of wobble. The trick is to balance shutter speed and quality

Hosted at the rather swank Copthorne Hotel part of the Millenium Group. The host venue was warm and friendly and provided a perfect relaxed setting, close to Sheffield city centre. Recommended if you are travelling to Yorkshire or visiting on business.

After the rather scrummy lunch (thank you again, Copthorpe) We all trooped out to the football ground  which was ideally situated next to the hotel. I must say this is possibly the only time you will see me in this setting!

I met some awesome bloggers at the event and my model for our test session was the lovely Daisy from Pretty Green Tea Blog  cheers Daisy! Here she is in low F number (subject in focus- blurred background)

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For even more top tips from Pandora check out Millennium hotel’s own blog post. Or why not find out where the next event will be held and on Twitter @MillenniumEU to join the conversation at #ToastoftheTown and #MyCityView.

Tried and tested: A sneak peek from  this weekend’s Goodwood Revival trip. More pics to follow!

Here  the exposure was turned down to – 1. This gives a cool silhouette effect against the sky. Also I made sure Derek (who was pretending he wasn’t being photographed) took up the last third of my screen (rule of third). Hard to believe this was shot in bright daylight!



Team shot – I’m the one in the red scarf and hat 🙂

Team Photo phptography workshop


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