Taking a Photography Course

taking a photography course

Blogging can be as much about the visual as it is the words on the page. There are so many beautiful blogs that I adore reading as the photography draws me in and sends me off to a dreamy land; the lovely host Katie has the ability to do this and has become one of my favourite blogs not only to read but to aspire to.

My photography at times really lets me down. I snap away and get them loaded up on the computer only to feel somewhat disappointed with the results. I’m not a fan of over editing as I feel you lose touch with the photo itself and nothing feels real. I have had my DSLR around three and a half years. I wanted a decent camera for when the girls were born so following a big high street company going bump, my husband bagged us a lovely canon. That has pretty much been used on automatic mode ever since. 

As part of my monthly bucket list, I vowed to take a photography course and I booked it. As it approached, I got a case of the jitters as I really don’t like going places where I don’t know anyone but I met a lady as soon as I sat down who was so friendly and felt at ease. There was only four of us on the course with two instructors and the aim was to get us shooting in manual.

taking a photography course

There were so many simple tricks that could have made my life so much easier these past few years and resulted in much nicer photographs. I think it’s going to take some time for me to get to grips with it but yesterday I found that just practising and fiddling around different numbers is the only way I’m going to be able to put start doing it naturally and knowing what aperture is best off the top of my head.

taking a photography course

I am so glad I pushed myself to do it. I am looking forward to spending some time practising too. Fingers crossed you’ll all see a difference soon!

B xx


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  1. 9th October 2016 / 8:46 am

    Good Luck. I adore photography and is definitely something I think improves over time. I am completely self taught and taking it off auto was the biggest first step. And I agree I don’t edit my photos either as I life the raw feel. You will get into your own style in time but the practice is all the fun! x

  2. Nicole Davies - thelittlestdarlings.com
    9th October 2016 / 9:18 am

    I always think about taking a photography course, everything i’ve learned is by myself, editing, camera angles ect… maybe one day i’ll go on a course but until then, I just keep teaching myself!
    Good luck on your course lovely!

  3. 9th October 2016 / 10:17 am

    That first photo had a real ‘wow’ factor for me, congratulations on doing the course, I am very nervous about going to things outside of my comfort zone but it sounds like it went well #TheOrdinaryMoments

  4. 9th October 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Oh that top photo is fantastic! I think the more you fiddle and play the more you get to learn the look you like and the numbers you need for it for your particular camera and lens combination. I know that for my 35mm lens (which is what I use for most pictures), I want f3-4 to get eyes and noses in focus and I start with that and then play around to what works best, but my portrait lens I shoot much more open because I’m standing further away from the subject. I did the 52 project last year and wrote my settings on each post and that gave me a really good idea of what I liked, it was quite eye opening 🙂

  5. 9th October 2016 / 7:13 pm

    I completely agree about not over editing, I don’t want to look back in years to come and see a different perspective on life. Well done on going the course, that would make me feel nervous too. It sounds like it was a great day and the photos you took are lovely. Good luck with practicing on manual now- I definitely think making the switch makes all the difference. I will look forward to seeing more of your lovely photos as the months go by. Thank you for the mention too lovely. xx

  6. 9th October 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Oh wow! I should do a course, your photos are beautiful! x

  7. 11th October 2016 / 1:33 pm

    I’ve booked myself on a photography course too. I absolutely love taking photos and can’t wait to learn more 🙂 x

  8. Leila Benhamida
    14th October 2016 / 10:02 am

    That’s wonderful! I am glad you enjoying it.

  9. Jennifer Haden
    25th October 2016 / 9:06 am

    I think your photography is great! I for one, am quite terrible at it, even took a class, but stopped, as i just can’t get the hang of it. I’m glad you were able to learn a few tricks and tips x 😀

  10. A S,Edinburgh
    16th February 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I think your photography is fab! I do need to get properly to grips with digital photography, though I may just need a better camera… The fact that I don’t know whether it’s me or my equipment shows how clueless I am, really!