Learning about photography

Photography has always been one of those arts I’ve wanted to learn. I’ve kept on the outside, admiring well composed photographs, photographers and their profession and thought one day. So recently I plucked up the courage to talk to a friend about how I wanted to learn and he very kindly lent me his D3100, while I save to buy a DSLR camera of my own. It’s a pretty big investment so this way it gives me an opportunity to play around and see how I get on. I’ve been very fortunate to have been lent one, as well as a few books.

While I continue to learn this new skill I wanted to share with you some further reading and tips and 5 of the photos I’ve taken so far, that I would consider my favourites. I would imagine I’ll improve in time and look back on these in horror, but I want to document my progress and share my journey with you.

If you’re also learning more about photography make yourself known – I’d love to hear how people are tackling this art form.

Further tips and photography reading
  • Join in on Emma’s blog chat on Twitter, every Thursday evening from 9-10pm.
  • Set up some Pinterest boards of photographs you like, for example scenary, products, styling – anything at all that inspires you. Here’s my Pinterest page for you to browse.
  • Ready to buy a camera? This comparison website will definitely come in handy.
  • If you own a camera but need a little help, I’ve been told Emily Quinton at Make Light holds insightful photograhy classes.

Without further ado, here are my attempts so far. What do you think?

Learning photography - This Little Space of Mine

I was told that getting animal photos can be tricky, so I was super pleased with this fluke shot of Freds as he walked towards me.

Learning photography - This Little Space of Mine

With my camera phone I’ve always found it tricky to give a feel for the texture of my sky blanket, so I was happy I’ve started learning how to capture that.

Learning photography - This Little Space of Mine

My first go at food photography and while improvements could always be made, I was pleased with this photo of banana loaf.

Learning photography - This Little Space of Mine

Why do I like this photo? It had just started to rain and I love the raindrops I captured.

Learning photography - This Little Space of Mine

When we made plans to go to the zoo last month I was sure I’d be able to get lots of good photos, but unfortunately not (the animals are just too far away!). Having said that, I love giraffes and I love the contrast of him against the sand in this photo.

What do you think? Any advice or tips would be greatly received!


6 Comments on Learning about photography

  1. Ky
    18/11/2014 at 3:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Jess was having a look at your blog last night and actually commented on how good your photos look so you are doing something right!

    • Leanne Beale
      18/11/2014 at 4:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha, thanks Ky (and Jesse!). 🙂 x

  2. Gwen
    18/11/2014 at 4:40 pm (3 years ago)

    What a gorgeous picture of your cat!

    My bit of advice would be to have a think about getting a second hand camera from someone who has upgraded theirs, or an older model. They tend to be about 1/3 of the price of a new one, and I have found I prefer the older models to learn on, as they are a lot chunkier with the buttons – easier to work out what you’re changing and why!

    • Leanne Beale
      18/11/2014 at 5:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Gwen, thank you – I love that photo of Freds. 🙂 That’s a really good idea – plus less scary to use an older model than a swanky new one! x

  3. Kate
    20/11/2014 at 2:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Love your pic of your cat! I’ve just bought my first ‘proper’ camera and am very much getting to grips with it so I will watch how you get on very keenly! I’ve not taken mine off Auto mode yet (I’ve got a Canon EOS 1200D) but I love it so far. Just need to learn all of the features! I will definitely check out Emma’s blog chat, thanks for the tip x

    • Leanne Beale
      20/11/2014 at 3:59 pm (3 years ago)

      No worries – it’s a good chat to get involved with. x