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I’m on a Mission, a mission to help you take better photos!

You see, I love looking at photos, I love taking photos andthumbnail feature box
I love talking about them!

And most of all I want to help you take better Photos, and have more fun doing it…

It doesn’t matter what camera you use, whether it’s a Mobile Phone, Point and Shoot, DSLR or Mirrorless camera I don’t care :)

Let’s get to work…

night in YorkAt the beginning of each year, I like to have a look at what I want to do with my photography in that year. And this year is no different!

Take a look at what I want to do and what I’ve got planned:

I would like to try out Mirrorless Cameras, I like the look of their size and weight.
I would like to go on more Photowalks and meet more photographers, I’m going to plan one a month.
I want to help people to take better photos and enjoy their photography, by sharing my knowledge and experiences on this blog.
And I’d like to do more Night Photography, like above.

What about you?

The start of the year is a great time to plan and think about what you want to do this year, so how about you – when it comes to taking photos…… What do you want to do this year? Do you want to take better photos of your kids? Do you want to understand your camera better or get to know your new camera? How about holiday snaps?

While I’m sure you love to listen to me waffling on for hours trying to guess at what help you need!….. I’d love to talk (some of the time :) ) about things that you really want me to talk about! So in other words I’d rather listen to you!

I want to know what you want to learn about or want help with in 2015?

So I have one question for you this year – 1 question!

What do you want to learn in 2015 to help you take better photos?

You can leave a comment below or you can email me at: mandy@thephotographerblog.com

So if you want to, I’d love to hear your thoughts…


Christmas Sticky Gingerbread Recipe

GingerbreadWhen I think of Christmas, I think of food!

I love cooking at any time of year, but I really love cooking at Christmas.

So it goes hand in hand that I would want to have some evidence of all my hard work!

Like this Sticky Gingerbread above…. it’s more than just taking a photo of a plate of food. I want it to look as tempting in a photo, as it does in real life… so I always think about the setting. [click to continue…]

christmas treeThis is my Christmas Tree (the kids decorated it!).

To give as level a playing field as possible I’ve taken these images in jpeg form and there’s no post processing, they are straight out of the camera. This way it’s just about how to take the photo and nothing else to distract us!

This method is also best used with a camera that gives you full manual control – control over Aperture and Shutter speed (you have AV, TV and M on the camera top dial). [click to continue…]


Do you ever struggle with gift ideas? Do you know what to get everyone for Christmas?

I struggle, so I thought you might like some help if you are anything like me!

I have a few ideas I’d like to share with you – as well as a bargain!

I’m having my very own Mega Monday Print Sale – 5 Prints for $10! And here are some ideas for what you could do with it…..

Gift ideas:

You could print them off and frame them to go on the wall?
You could make greeting cards with them?
You could use them as wallpapers on your computer?
You could print them on mugs or cushions or T-shirts!
You could make a canvas out of them?

The choice is yours…… take a look: Mega Monday Print Sale – 5 Prints for $10!



Black Friday Print Sale – Limited Time Only!

sunrise sheep

It’s Black Friday!

So I thought I’d have a Print Sale…

I Love Christmas!

I’m a big kid when it comes to Christmas – the food, the movies, the decorations, the weather, the presents!

I think photos make great gifts, so to Celebrate Christmas I’ve come up with a fab offer for Black Friday…..

A downloadable print sale for a limited time only – 5 days, then it’s back to normal prices – grab it while you can!

Take a look: Black Friday Print Sale 5 Prints for 5 Days at $10!



The Best Tips for Taking Photos in the Snow!

snow on treeIt’s that time of year again…..

Snow is beautiful, it’s lovely to look at…

It changes everything covering it in a blanket of white… it gives a whole different look to the world we know.

But what about if you want to take a photo of it?  Here’s some things to look out for: [click to continue…]

What is a Canon 600D/T3i like to use?

Canon 600D/T3iThe camera which I use at the moment for all of my photography is a Canon 600D.

Also known as a Canon T3i if you live in America.

Don’t know why Canon does that, they may just like to confuse us? [click to continue…]

Clink StreetCompact cameras are basically point and shoot cameras. So with all the great camera choices out there – is there any room for Compact cameras?

I think so!

Companies are having to up their game big time with Compact cameras because of stiff competition from Mobile Phones. So there are some very interesting cameras coming out at the moment with some cool features. [click to continue…]

Mirrorless, Micro 4/3 What Does It All Mean?

British MuseumWhen it comes to buying a camera these days you have a lot of choice – DSLR, Mirrorless, Compact, then they ask do you want APS-C, Micro Four Thirds or Full Frame?

At this point you start to wonder if they’re speaking English?

I don’t blame you it can be confusing, but don’t worry I can sort this out right now for you! [click to continue…]

What is a DSLR and Why Do You Need One?

DSLR: Victory FlagYou want to be more creative with your photography.

So which camera do you need?

You’ve been looking at a DSLR. But what is a DSLR? [click to continue…]

What can Photowalks do for your Photography

What can Photowalks do for you…?St Pauls Cathedral

Do you meet up with other photography friends?

Do you ever go on organised Photowalks

Well, way back in January (seems so long ago now) I went on the London Photowalk on the Southbank.

It was the first time that I’d been to the Southbank and the first time I’d been on a photowalk….

London is such an iconic city. [click to continue…]

21 Reasons Why I Love Photography

Fowey lightWhy do I Love Photography?

I believe photographs are amazing and I believe anybody can take amazing photos!

And the reason I believe this is because I love photography, and all it has to offer. So just thought I’d jot some of them down here…

I love taking photographs

I love the way it makes me feel when I get the shot that I saw… [click to continue…]

Happy New Year for 2014!street violinist

I’m very excited about 2014 and where my Photography could take me this year…

Do you know what you want to do with your photography in 2014, what do you want to achieve this year?

I may have said this before:) But I think photography is a journey and I think you constantly evolve and learn as a photographer, whether that’s the equipment you use or the subjects that you’re shooting… [click to continue…]

gig boatTaking photos with the family in tow is not always easy – even when you’re taking photos of them…

I’ve just got back off a family holiday –

Picture this…

I’m walking down a quaint street in a Cornish village with a camera bag slung over my shoulder, a rucksack on my back with kids stuff in, a beach shelter in one hand and fishing nets in the other… definately not a photography holiday I hear you say! [click to continue…]

7 Tips to Take Better Photos of Flowers

flowersSpring and Summer offer a huge opportunity to get out there and take some great photos of flowers. The weather is nice (well hopefully!) and there’s lots of flower varieties to choose from. And whether it’s your own garden, a public garden, park or even by the side of the road there’s lots of places to go and practice. So here are 7 tips that I hope will help you take better photos of flowers, and let your flower photography grow…… (sorry!…. you know I had to!) [click to continue…]