Making Time For: Improving Photography Skills


Today I thought I'd bring you another instalment of my Making Time For blog series where I'm trying to share ideas and resources for things that I'm making more time for in my life and that maybe you might be inspired by too. Last month was all about reading and I'm happy to say that whilst I'm not yet on track to become bookworm of the year, I am definitely remembering to sit down and read on a more regular basis. I'll have some reviews for you soon but until then, for February, I'm sharing a little bit about blog photography. Namely how I'm setting aside time to improve and where I'm learning some nifty tips and tricks from!

Nikon Camera D5500

I must first mention a beautiful new camera that has come my way completely unexpectedly. Back in November I went along to the London Ski and Snowboard Show with Nikon. Everyone who took part and who spent the afternoon trying out the new Nikon D5500 DSLR Touch Screen Camera* was entered into a competition to win one of the cameras for themselves, following judging by photographer Dan Vojtech.

Now I never win anything, and I know people always say that but it's pretty true in my case! So as time passed I assumed that it had gone to someone else and forgot all about it. That's until a few weeks ago when an email dropped into my inbox explaining that I'd won! Two days later said beautiful camera arrived at my door and I've been loving giving it a thorough test run ever since. I must say a huge thank you to Nikon for their kind gift. It has definitely reminded me that I need to spend more time honing my skills instead of constantly relying on my current point and shoot technique!

So over the last few weeks I've been thinking very seriously about how I can improve my photography and where best to spend my time learning new skills. At the moment we're in the midst of moving house so once we're settled in a new location I think I'll investigate signing up for a local short course to get some more hands on experience. However I also love to get tips and inspiration from other bloggers out there so I thought today I'd share a few links that I've found very useful.

Plus I'd love to hear from you if you know of any great resources for taking basic photography skills to the next level? Let me know in the comments below if you have any posts or resources to share. Any additional help is very much appreciated!



1. For all things blog photography related such as backdrop ideas, props, editing, exposure and pretty much anything else you can think of, a really great resource is the photography section of Pinkpot Design Studio. Full of creative inspiration and amazing tips Chaitra, the brains behind the blog, shares a wealth of information for budding bloggers and small business owners looking to use photography to enhance their brand and improve their own knowledge and skills.

2. Let's Talk About Flat Lay Photography is a really useful post from Rebecca over at the blog From Roses. I desperately wish I could create beautiful flat lay style images for this blog and I'm going to work at doing so over the next few months so watch this space.

3. How To Take The Best Photos In Winter by Jodie Loue has some very handy tips for dealing with low light during the darker wintery season. So if like me you're always chasing the light and are constantly perplexed at how best to handle it then this post will come in very handy.

4. A Beautiful Mess and Media Marmalade are two blogs that I love for very different reasons (one is all about creativity and one is primarily a fashion blog) however they both have great sections on photography with some really easy to pick up tips and tricks. Check them out if you're after advice and inspiration.


Where do you turn to when trying to learn new photography skills? Or have you written a post on this subject that you think might be useful?

Plus what have you personally been making more time for during the month of February? Anything new and exciting on your to do list? 

Share in the comments below and I look forward to reading your advice and ideas too!



*I was kindly sent this camera as a prize in a competition run by Nikon. I was not asked to write this as part of winning and have chosen to share this completely independently.