You may recall my New Year post (not resolutions!) in which I said that one of my plans for 2016 is to further improve my photography. I still have a long way to go but I do think it's getting better all the time (to the extent that people actually complement me on it nowadays which is nice!). Anyway, I said that what I'd really like to do is take one of Emily Quinton's Makelight courses, and when I spotted her free online taster course I thought I'd be a great idea to give it a try before booking onto a full one.
The free taster is a 5 part online course, and you receive a daily email. It took me well over a week to get through all 5 as I was super busy but I made it in the end. I came away with some new ideas (and an even greater desire to do one of her full courses!). Here are some of the snaps I came up with using her tips - some more successful than others. These main shots were taken on a tiny, rickety old table (which is due to go to the charity shop!) right next to my front door (so I spent most of the time hoping the postman didn't turn up and wonder what on earth I was doing!). It was the spot with the best light though on the day...
I started out trying to be all neat, but I think the composition worked better once I just pulled everything apart and made a mess!
Here are the daffs before I destroyed them (it's OK, they were part of a much larger bunch which remained intact!).
And yes, I used a filter here.
Emily encourages us to make photography part of our every day life, and as someone with 7,000+ photos on her iPhone I think I can safely say that I already do this! I could definitely do with some more tips to improve my Instagram gallery and my product photography though and I picked up a couple on this free taster, but what I really want to do it book onto one of Emily's face to face courses in her studio. So I need to start saving (or drop hints for my birthday - a photography related present, two years in a row, maybe not that exciting!).
Anyway, here's the final shot, which I think I'm happiest with. I will of course continue to practice (constantly!!).
You can sign up to the Makelight Taster here, and find out more about Emily's other online and in person courses too.