Category: Family Portrait Photography

An afternoon at the beach – an exercise in slow shutter speed

The other day I spent a lovely afternoon at the beach photographing my niece, Gemma. As she somersaulted across the beach, I had lots of fun playing with different shutter speeds. In my photography courses I’m often teaching students how to get a sharp shot, but I wanted to illustrate that there are times when a blurred image doesn’t have…

How to add emotional impact to your portraits

If you’ve ever taken what you thought was a great photo, only to discover that a poor expression ruined your shot, you’ll understand why emotion can make or break a portrait. There are many different aspects to taking a good portrait, such as lighting, posing, composition, and camera settings to name a few, but without emotion a portrait will always fall flat. The saying “the eyes are the window to…

10 Tips for taking better Autumn photos

With such a visual feast of yellows, oranges and reds, it’s tempting to think it’s easy to create stunning photos in autumn.  However, from my experience gorgeous autumn scenes don’t always translate into amazing photos.  Below you’ll find 10 tips to help improve your photography as you venture into the outdoors this autumn. 1)  Focus in on the details For great photos of autumn leaves try zooming in or moving…

Creatively composing with colour

Although painting and photography may seem worlds apart, many of the principles of colour which are used in art, can be applied to photography with some eye catching results! Opposite colours (called complementary colours) attract the eye, helping to create dynamic images with strong visual appeal. Examples of complementary colours are red and green, blue and orange, and yellow and purple. Images with these colours often…