The Amateur Photo Taker.

Okay so I have been on a huge break from the shop. This was because I just really needed to heal my body from stress the last year of motherhood, working the day job and doing shop things on the evenings and weekends. My body finally had enough and my adrenals crashed, along with triggers to my thyroid. After this happened, I knew it was time for a good break so I am currently enjoying summer with my babes. But while I am healing my body, I did pick up my super old DLSR camera (like pretty ancient in modern technology days, it is about 8 years old). I was determined to learn its functions and take photos of my kids.

So, if anyone that is reading is like me – here is the disclosure – I never wanted to learn the camera because it was too overwhelming. My advice here is my own understanding of the camera and not any professional guidance.

So… over a course of a few months I was first shooting with my Iphone 7+ in portrait mode and with good lighting, it was perfect for what I needed. However, over the course of a couple of months, I found that I was limited to the distance that I needed (negative space as a mama told me) and so naturally, I gravitated towards the camera that has been collecting dust.

I won’t go into too much detail as I will share what I learn in coming posts. However, I will share with you my process and keep in mind that I am still learning all these things!

  1. I read some online material to learn about how to position subject and as I was shooting with iphone, I went here first to learn some tricks
  2. When I pulled out the DLSR, I set it to manual and was focused on learning how to shoot with only changes to the following (again still learning and only my understanding):
    • Shutter Speed – The lower the number, the more light, the more still the subject or objected. So the opposite holds true, the higher the number, the quicker the capture and good for moving toddlers and action shots (for me its the moving toddlers)
    • Aperture (f-stop) – Like the pupil of our eyes, in which light travels that helps with focal length. The lower the aperture, the more light is let in.
    • ISOthe level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. The lower the ISO number the less sensitive it is (less light and darker but highest in quality)
  3. These three things are meant to work together to find balance in exposure and let me tell you that it is so difficult and I am still practicing this when I shoot. Often, my photos are over exposed or under exposed.
  4. EDITING – if you can get the above three things working together in harmony then you will require minimal editing sometimes my photos cannot be edited because I suck at balancing light. 🙂 but its a work in progress. This will be a subject for another day.

Here is one of my most recent captures and by the way, I am actually into really moody photos. I haven’t nailed down a style as I think that will take awhile to discover who I am as a photo taker.


Comments and tips are welcome. I am always happy to learn new tricks.

J xx




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