Photography 101: Understanding the histogram, Levels and Curves (part 2)

This two-parter is an accompaniment to the Photography 101 posts on the basic concepts of photography. It’s not a post that will help you take better pictures; rather, it will help you understand the pictures that you have taken, and make more meaningful edits. It’s fun and easy to mess with different filters in apps, but if you ever wanted to understand the mechanics of a photo and cut down on the ‘I wonder what will happen if I use this filter’ time you spend editing photos, this is a good place to start. Part 1 was the theory; this is the practical.

Photography 101: Understanding the histogram, Levels and Curves (part 1)

This two-parter is an accompaniment to the Photography 101 posts on the basic concepts of photography. It’s not a post that will help you take better pictures; rather, it will help you understand the pictures that you have taken, and make more meaningful edits. It’s fun and easy to mess with different filters in apps,…

Photography 101: Low key photography

This is the sixth in my ‘Photography 101’ series, aimed at helping people feel more confident with their camera. Ideally you’ll have read all of the others before now. For best results, follow the ‘Homework assignments’ and try the exercises. You’ll get to know your camera a lot quicker if you do. Yesterday we started…

Photography 101: High key photography

This is the fifth in my ‘Photography 101’ series, aimed at helping people feel more confident with their camera. Ideally you’ll have read all of the others before now. For best results, follow the ‘Homework assignments’ and try the exercises. You’ll get to know your camera a lot quicker if you do. Today, we start…

Photography 101: Combining ISO, shutter speed and aperture

This is the fourth in my ‘Photography 101’ series, aimed at helping people feel more confident with their camera. Ideally you’ll have read all of the others before now, although quick recaps are included here. For best results, follow the ‘Homework assignments’ and try the exercises. You’ll get to know your camera a lot quicker…

Photography 101: ISO numbers – how smooth do you want your photos?

This is the third in my ‘Photography 101’ series, aimed at helping people feel more confident with their camera.You don’t need to read the posts on shutter speed and aperture first, as long as you read all three of these before you go any further. For best results, follow the ‘Homework assignments’ and try the…

Photography 101: Aperture – how much of your photo should be in focus?

This is the second in my ‘Photography 101’ series, aimed at helping people feel more confident with their camera.You don’t need to read the post on shutter speed first, as long as you read them both. For best results, follow the ‘Homework assignments’ and try the exercises. You’ll get to know your camera a lot…

Tell me about… getting pleasure from photography

This week’s prompt over at The SafeworD/s Club is ‘pleasure’… Getting pleasure from my photography I’ve written elsewhere about the reasons for starting this blog. Firstly, that I was nearing the big 5-0 (no, I’m not joining the police) and I had a lot on my mind. Secondly, I have struggled with my body image…

On the taking of selfies for mental health

I was 47 when I took my first selfie. Defining ‘selfie’ as a photograph of oneself by oneself for purely social reasons – i.e. not because I needed a profile pic for a website, or an identification picture for my national speed awareness course – my first selfie was taken in Brighton train station. I…