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Thursday, July 31

7 Basic Photography Tips & FREE Workshops with Jessops 2014 Summer Photo Festival

Photography is something I've always had an interest in, but never really done much with. I am in no way a professional photographer, but blogging has definitely sparked my interest and made me want to learn more. I have been playing around with a lot of different types of photography and cameras and I am enjoying every minute. I've pulled together some basic tips that anyone can follow; whether you're a blogger, an aspiring photographer or someone who goes through life without missing an opportunity for making memories!

If you want to work on your photography skills, you're going to need to be prepared. Always have your camera with you, whether it's your phone or a huge DSLR; you never know when the perfect shot will be right in front of you.

Play around with the light and shadows to see what works best for you. Obviously, with most types of photography, the light is your friend and you will want to get as much natural light into the shot as possible. You can also look at investing in a light box, for indoor photography.

If you want steady, focused shots, you might want to get yourself a tripod. This will ensure that you can get the composition and light settings right, without worrying about out of focus shots. You can even get little tripods for your phones.

How many photos did you take? It's not enough! Take double what you think you'll need, and then take some more. Play around with angles, action shots and lighting. When you go through your photos for editing later on, you may come across some wonderful pictures you never even thought would work.

Your iPhone or other smartphone is a completely acceptable way to take photographs when you're starting out. Hey, some of the big-league professional bloggers swear by their iPhone (A Beautiful Mess, comes to mind). Don't think you have to spend several hundred or even thousand pounds to be able to be a fantastic photographer. Do your research and work your way up to your dream camera.

If you want to produce unique photos, you need to play around and find what works for you personally. Try out different angles, close ups, lighting, speeds and compositions. You might think something would be a silly idea, but take the picture and you might just be surprised.

As with many rules of photography, it's all about trial and error and finding what works for you. When it comes to editing your photos, there are so many photo editing programmes available. I like using PicMonkey and Canva, but there are many great ones to choose from.

There's no better way to improve a skill than to learn from the experts. What better way to do this than the Jessops 2014 Summer Photo Festival? The Jessops Summer Photo Festival is running for its second year and has been going since the 3rd of July. Don't worry though, it's still running right up until the 20th of August, so there's plenty of time to get involved. The first part of this year's festival was with Canon and mostly held in England. The next part of the festival started today, with Olympus, and they're coming up to Scotland!  The final part of the festival is with Panasonic. Head on over to their website now to see what's happening near you and book onto a free workshop; that's right - FREE!

If you have any tips for taking fabulous photos, be sure to share them with us in the comments section below or @HappyLittleLift. Come back and share your experiences with us if you manage to take part in Jessops Summer Photo Festival!

Kayleigh x

You will only ever come second if you try to be someone else, but you will always win 1st place at being yourself.