Makelight Photography Project – Week 3


This week I have been following the advice of my tutor on the Makelight course Emily Quinton, and working on the controls of my camera.  We have spent the last two weeks working on style (which I’m still finding it’s hard to pinpoint!) focal point and also backgrounds and composition, among other things.  I have found Emily’s tips and advice so useful and have been experimenting with my Canon and my IPhone and different apps for effects.

I have been out and about photographing in the sunshine while we still have it, and also using the light indoors to practice on my composition.  I have got into the habit, being a mum, of taking a lot of photo’s of my two girls, so to break away and start to capture really different photos is such a change and a huge learning experience for me. I am so used to focusing on features of the face, so to isolate a part of say a leaf, or a flower instead, is both tricky and rewarding (when I get the right shot!) all rolled into one. 

My Family Ties

My Family Ties
My Family Ties

My granny’s little vase and some lovely snapdragon’s from the garden, the ideal way to try out a new background for my photography.  I do like the look of the wooden backgrounds and  I have been experimenting with lower number F-Stops on my camera.

I was having a little difficulty taking this photo of the wheat, it was a bit windy and I was adjusting the shutter speed, coupled with the fading light.  I was really trying not to rush as I wanted to capture the beauty of something so simple, and also trying different apertures out (this was 2.8).  It’s a little grainy and not as crisp as I intended and I did tweak it post processing with some editing, but I like the finished picture and the cobwebs over the wheat, although my daughter thought they would look horrible and wouldn’t come near in case there were spiders!

I have been using a 50mm lens almost all the time just recently, I think because of the versatility of the low f-stops giving maximum light and the dreamy look you can achieve from it.

The things I have been struggling with a little this week have been the low light we have had at times, so I have been following Emily’s advice and altering the exposure compensation to gain more light on those dreary days, which has really helped.

If you are on a photo journey like mine, I would love to hear about how you are getting on, and if you have any tips you have found useful.

Thank you for reading, I will be posting at the end of this week with more of my progress.

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  1. November 7, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    I'm still getting to grips with my Canon and it is a real case of trial and error and using Pinterest for help x

    • November 8, 2014 / 9:12 am

      I feel I am always learning something on a daily basis about my camera and photography, but I love it so much!

  2. November 7, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    oh these are gorgeous photos!

    • November 8, 2014 / 9:11 am

      Thank you so much Polly 🙂

  3. November 7, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    You have done amazing. I have discovered my lens doesn't have a low enough F setting.

    • November 8, 2014 / 9:10 am

      Thanks so much, yes it is amazing what a difference another lens can make, and I love the low F stop look 🙂

  4. November 7, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous. I have a bridge camera but am working up to a dslr. I struggle to get enough light into my pictures.

    • November 8, 2014 / 9:09 am

      That's what I found Louisa, it was the light issue I found hard and I have to say that I am starting to get the hang of it more now, it has been a really helpful course 🙂

  5. November 7, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    I love your pictures. I love taking photos and would love a lightbox to improve my indoor ones!

    • November 8, 2014 / 9:07 am

      Thank you Kate, I am always looking for ways to improve and at the moment it's the light (or lack of it!) that I am working on the most 🙂

  6. November 8, 2014 / 8:59 am

    Very interesting post – I've just done one on manual camera settings and night time photography. I've also crested a pinterest board about braving the manual setting on my Canon. If you'd like me to add you let me know. My favourites photos are the red berries and the wheat. Beautiful

    • November 8, 2014 / 9:05 am

      Thank you it is certainly a learning curve and I am trying hard to use the natural light as much as I can thanks for your feedback I really appreciate it, following on Pinterest x

  7. November 8, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    I would love to do a photography workshop – I have so much to learn. Your pics are fab!

    • January 11, 2015 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you so much Kara 🙂

  8. November 9, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    Lovely photos, and what fun to do a course, I have no idea what I am doing if I venture away from auto mode!

    • January 11, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you Sonya, my journey is a work in progress and I'm learning every day!

  9. November 9, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Great photos! Autumn really is a great time of year to be photographing all the beautiful colours.

  10. November 9, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    the wheat picture came out perfect. I really like it… I actually like all of them

    • January 11, 2015 / 3:58 pm

      Thank you so much Agata 🙂

    • January 11, 2015 / 3:59 pm

      Thank you very much Fritha I really enjoyed styling those photos!

  11. June 28, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    i love taking photos but i confess i only tend to use the auto setting, i really would love to learn how to use all the other settings on my camera