Festive Food Styling & Photography

I was starting to worry that I had ‘bigged up’ this workshop a bit too much and that my excitement levels were making me get carried away, but oh my gosh it was a wonderful event! My partner in crime on food photography workshops is Nikki Hill, who hosts them in her beautiful home and […]

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Photography and Yoga? Really?!

Yes, really! To be honest I’ve never had any doubts. Photography can a very absorbing and mindful activity, slowing down to observe what is around you, consider the light and create an image that lets you remember the moment. Then the yoga or pilates helps us to unwind, be in the moment, leave any day […]

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Food Photography for Social Media with NoW Food

Bespoke Food Photography & Social Media Workshop We recently worked with Jane and she delivered a unique and insightful workshop for us in Food Photography and Social Media. All companies who attended the workshop left with a valuable insight into how they could improve their photography skills and implement these new skills daily. Feedback from […]

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How to take First Day at School photos

It’s almost that time of year again isn’t it? Instagram and Facebook will soon be filled with photos of children dressed in brand new, too big school uniforms, shiny, un-scuffed black shoes and they will be stood awkwardly in front of a door (causing much hilarity as we see yet another cute #frontdoorpic). It’s such […]

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How to improve your composition

 I ran a new workshop for the first time on Saturday – a Focus On Composition – and it was obviously a topic people wanted help with. Both dates booked up within days of me releasing them. Composition scares people a bit with all its rules and terminology. How do you improve your composition […]

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Mexican Cookery and Food Photography

It’s funny how life works out isn’t it? Call it fate or luck or pre-ordained destiny, but 15 years ago, Mark, Helen and I were all working for the same international healthcare company. Our paths crossed every now and again in meetings and at conferences and we shared similar aspirations for our lives: advance up […]

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Photography Challenge January 2019 – video critique

My Facebook photography group Love Your Lens have done themselves proud again with their images for the January photography challenge #WEATHERED. 75 different people posted hundreds of images and I’ve selected some of them (in the collage above) to critique and to pick out my overall favourite. Watch and listen to the critique on the […]

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How are your New Year Photography Resolutions working out?

January, I have to admit, is not my favourite month. It’s long, I’m usually skint, I have to do my tax return (which I should have done last May I know!), it’s cold and damp and dark. And yet, it’s supposed to be a time for new beginnings, goal setting, resolving to get fit, budget […]

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Set your photography goals for 2019

It’s National Make Your Dreams Come True day today so I thought it might be useful to get you thinking about your photography goals or dreams. We’re already almost halfway through January and, if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already ditched a few of your New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t tend to make any […]

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2018 Christmas Food Styling and Photography Workshop

Phew! This is such an exhausting and crazy time of year but I love it! Right in the middle of all the madness of Christmas shopping, parties and lunches there’s the biggest Love Your Lens workshop of the year: the Christmas Food Styling and Photography Workshop. Not only do we try to create the best […]

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Why you need to do a product photography workshop now

A product photography workshop could do this for you too! I want to praise a little welsh ceramics business and shop to the skies today. I’m talking about Glosters of Porthmadog in North Wales. I’ve been admirers of theirs for a few years now, as I have a troubling addiction to artisan jugs, bowls, plates, […]

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5 Phone Photography Tips for Great Food Pics

A few years ago I wouldn’t even have tried to take photographs like this with my phone. It was simply too hard to get a sharp, non-grainy, well-exposed image. A D-SLR produced much better results and also created such lovely soft focus backgrounds. Fast forward to today and I now consider my smartphone to be […]

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Autumn Food Photography Workshop

All the ingredients for a fabulous food photography workshop. Autumn is my favourite season for lots of reasons: it’s my birthday and that means we get to go out for a few nice meals; the light becomes super gorgeous; nature produces the most glorious colours; cuddly jumpers come out of drawers; fires and candles are […]

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A step into the world of interior design

I’ve been working hard on building my Instagram presence and engagement this year, as I started to see work coming my way from it. A side effect that I didn’t anticipate was that I would be invited to some very beautiful homes. I know creative people love Instagram, seeking inspiration there, showcasing their own work […]

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How to quickly create photo collages and add text

Photo collages are a great way to tell a story or showcase several images together. And adding text reinforces the message, whether it’s for business or personal use. I create this type of collage on my tablet or phone using some great apps: Snapseed to edit, Layout to create the collage and Word Swag to […]

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An introduction to the free photo editing app Snapseed

Well I’ve finally got round to launching a YouTube Channel for Love Your Lens and the first video is an introduction to my ‘go to’ photo editing app, Snapseed. I absolutely love this app and can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s intuitive to use but is more sophisticated than it first appears. And did I […]

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Spring food photography workshop on a day that felt like summer!

Spring Food Photography Workshop Yesterday’s food photography workshop took place on one of the hottest days of the year so far, but I’m not complaining! Our venue, a beautiful private home in Wilmslow, was flooded with natural light, making it even easier to take mouth watering food pics. The students were all from businesses that […]

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A very festive food styling and photography workshop

I think the photos from this recent food styling workshop speak for themselves and I don’t need to say too much about it! Christmas garland making with Fiona, food styling, food photography, yummy grub by Nikki and lots of laughs. With carols playing in the background and mulled wine heating on the stove, it felt very festive […]

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How to take your photography to the next level

There comes a point when you’ve mastered the technical stuff enough to get exposure right and you understand what makes a shot feel well composed. But you know that’s not really enough to satisfy your own aspirations and it’s not going to make your images stand out. You want to know how to take your […]

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Where are you on your photographic journey?

And do you know where you want to get to? People take up photography for different reasons and not everyone is on any kind of path with it. The camera can be just a tool to record moments so that they aren’t forgotten. But for others it’s a passion that drives them to seek continuous […]

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How to take moody food photographs – with a phone

Moody food photographs are all over Instagram and Pinterest and it’s a style that looks set to stay for a while.  So, it’s no wonder that lots of people want to give it a go. However, unless you know a few techniques and tips, it can be hard to achieve the look. In this blog post you […]

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My favourite food photography backdrops

I’ve got a LOT of different  food photography backdrops and am always on the lookout for more! They make or break an image, so they are vitally important. This is what I’m looking for: A matt surface. Any shine or lustre is incredibly difficult to work with. An interesting texture or pattern but without really strong […]

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Why your camera gets exposure wrong and how to deal with it

Left to its own devices (in AUTO modes) your camera may fail to expose a scene as you would like it to. I’ll try to explain why, without getting too technical. Your camera’s meter (how it measures light) sees everything in greyscale, a range of grey tones from very dark grey through to almost white. It […]

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How to photograph long exposure sunsets (without filters)

Discover how I learned how to photograph long exposure sunsets and, even better, it doesn’t matter that I can’t quite afford the filters yet! A couple of weeks ago I went to the Lakes and had a go at long exposure landscape photography under the expert tuition of Melvin Nicholson. We had a fascinating half […]

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Why and when should you use a polarising filter

  Polarising filters are a useful addition to your kit if you enjoy photographing landscapes. They reduce atmospheric haze and reduce reflected light, which can be helpful to your images in a number of ways: They give you more detail in the sky, revealing clouds and darkening the blue areas. In the images below you […]

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An introduction to white balance

WHITE BALANCE This is really meant as a quick intro for people not familiar with this setting. Light can be different temperatures and degrees of warmth from cool to warm. You will have encountered this when buying light bulbs. The colour temperature of light is measured in degrees Kelvin as shown in this chart from Digital […]

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An easy guide to photographing pets and wildlife

I love wildlife photography and increasingly am going out in search of squirrels, kingfishers and lots of birds I don’t know the name of! It’s not one of my areas of professional expertise but I’ve got some tips that will come in useful for beginners. Make life easy for yourself and go somewhere with easy access […]

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How to photograph silhouettes

Silhouette images have a certain magic about them don’t they? A simple story told with an outline against a beautiful backdrop, usually a sunset or other beautiful sky. They can be quite difficult to create though, often occurring by chance rather than intention. Here are some tips: Shoot towards the sun – but remember that doesn’t […]

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What is sharpening?

You should ensure that you get your image sharp in camera (see this blog post) – you cannot rescue a blurred image by sharpening it. However, you can make a sharp image look sharper and bring out details by using a sharpening tool. Bear in mind that if you are shooting JPEG files sharpening is applied in […]

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10 reasons why your shot is not in focus

This is a photo I took of a friend’s lovely white Alsatian (Luna?). You might not be able to tell at this low resolution but it is nice and sharp. Although the auto focus on modern digital cameras is awesome, you do need some knowledge on how to take advantage of it to avoid operator error. […]

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How to photograph waterfalls with slow shutter speeds

Tips for photographing moving water, such as fast moving rivers and waterfalls As you will need to use a slow shutter speed you should avoid bright sunshine, so overcast days are better, or at sunrise and sunset. You will need to shoot in manual (M) or Shutter Priority Mode. Set the ISO to 100 and use a […]

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What is all the bother about Bokeh?

  WHAT IS “BOKEH”? It’s a Japanese word with no direct translation, but it describes the aesthetically appealing blur in the background of images like the one above. It describes the smooth, painterly and attractive blurring of colours  and also the blurred circles where there are highlights. Bokeh is highly desirable in images as it […]

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How to photograph strangers – the 3 C’s

C for CONFIDENCE – it’s hard to photograph people you don’t know. I’m not comfortable with it, but there are some amazing shots to be had if we could just get over our fear. So I want you to go for it this week. I’ve had a go over the last week, knowing this topic was […]

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HDR – shooting and editing techniques

HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR) In the last post we discussed how HDR techniques can be used to reveal the details in highlights and shadows by using the HDR setting on the camera or by editing the image in various types of software. To be honest we only really scraped the surface of this vast topic. HDR […]

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What does HDR mean in photography?

HDR stands for high dynamic range and is used to describe images that have a very wide tonal range, with very bright areas and very deep shadows. A typical bright sunny day or perhaps a dark scene with a shaft of sunlight. HDR has also come to mean a way of shooting and / or editing […]

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From snapshots to great shots: why slow down for landscapes

I’m taking a slightly different approach with this post and not taking you through all the classic composition rules for landscapes. I’d like to concentrate on WHY you are taking the photograph and what you should CONSIDER before you press the shutter. I’m a huge advocate for slowing down and thinking before you click away and end up with […]

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Using small apertures to photograph landscapes

DEPTH OF FIELD A landscape typically has a broad depth of field with focus throughout the image. In order to do this the camera needs to use a small aperture (high f/number). Here are a number of ways of making that happen: BEGINNERS: Use the landscape setting if your camera has one (usually found in Scene Modes). […]

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It’s all about the light: sunsets

PHOTOGRAPHING SUNSETS Everyone likes to be able to capture a sunset; it’s such an iconic image and a thing of enormous natural beauty. It can be tricky to get the picture to look like the scene in front of your eyes, so here are a few EXPOSURE tips: EASY – FOR BEGINNERS: Try using the automatic SUNSET mode […]

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It’s all about the light: backlighting

Backlighting – when the sun is directly in front of you and lighting the back of your subject – can produce some very pleasing and striking results. You can use backlight at any time of the day, but when the sun is high in the sky and shadows are very strong, you may struggle to […]

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It’s all about the light: sidelight

Sidelight is exactly as it sounds – where the main light source is coming from the side. You can create or find sidelight in a number of different ways: Photograph indoors next to a window, with the natural daylight hitting your subject from the right or the left. See the examples below with hard and […]

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From snapshots to great shots: slow down

From snapshots to great shots… There’s nothing wrong with snapshots – if you think about it they are photographs taken in an instant, grabbed quickly, not planned, spontaneous. And many great shots have been taken in exactly that way. But any shot is weakened by being out of focus, poorly exposed and badly composed. To avoid […]

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From snapshots to great shots: the power of colour

How you use colour in an image can make the difference between a “so what” snapshot and a powerful image that provokes a reaction in the viewer. Try to take images where the colour(s) is (are) the element that makes them work so well. Bear the following in mind: THE COLOUR WHEEL. Colours opposite each other […]

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From snapshots to great shots: using texture in photography

The reason that textures play an important role in photography is that they add depth, dimension and interest. An image without different textures in it could look flat and bland. There’s no shortage of textures to photograph, as you will find, but if you can bear in mind the following points you may make your […]

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How to get soft focus backgrounds

  …. or put simply blurry / soft focus behind your subject. This is a very desirable effect for the following reasons: Makes your subject stand out from the background. Introduces depth into your image. It’s aesthetically pleasing, especially if you can achieve some “bokeh” too. Bokeh is the term used to describe the blurry […]

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Shooting fast moving action

Camera settings to think about as follows: SHUTTER SPEED – the faster the movement the faster the shutter speed needs to be. Here’s a cheat sheet to use as a guide – these are the minimum you need. Apparently you need a shutter speed of 1000th of a second to photograph Usain Bolt sprinting the […]

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Black and white photography

Black and white photography is a great way of improving your composition, as it simplifies all the elements. Here are a few tips: You may be able to set your camera to shoot in black and white under “picture styles” or similar. I wouldn’t usually advise this, as it’s best to shoot everything in colour and […]

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Using Triangles to improve composition

Triangles can be used in different ways to create a striking composition. In the image of the couple above their heads and shoulders have created a symmetrical triangle, which makes the image feel stable and harmonious – exactly the feel you want for a young couple in love.

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5 tips for a successful and fun family photo shoot

5 family photo shoot tips We all want lovely photographs of our family don’t we? And as our children grow older, we can foresee the day when they will have left home to pursue lives of their own. This was the case with this lovely family, where the oldest daughter will be heading off to […]

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How to edit images and add text quickly on the go

How to edit images and add text quickly on your tablet or smartphone. I  love posting images to Instagram and Facebook wherever I am – on holiday, in a nice cafe, with a client. I really like the immediacy of it and I know that it benefits my photography business being active on social media even when […]

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First Love Your Lens Guided Photography Walk

Well the inaugural Love Your Lens guided photography walk took place on Saturday and I hope it will be the first of many. I met up with six members of the Love Your Lens Facebook group at the famous Chester Cross next to a lively puppet show. Everyone was looking forward to seeing what the […]

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Great street photography tips for newbies.

Practical street photography tips for “newbies” I was in London last week, having won a four day trip! We had an amazing time sightseeing, eating, drinking and of course, photographing. I decided to try my hand at street photography, well aware that it was out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot and thought you might find […]

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Being creative is good for the soul

  Life is busy at the moment, what with “keeping house” (whatever that means), feeding and entertaining two teenagers, packing and unpacking after two weeks away and running the business. I do manage to snatch precious “me” and “us” time but the over-riding feeling is of a whole load of plates in the air about […]

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Fine art photography masterclass at the Botanist

What a fabulous day this turned out to be! The idea to hold a Fine Art Photography Course came to me when I first visited The Botanist in Alderley Edge late last year. It is a beautiful and unusually styled venue, with botany and gardening inspired props and plenty of distressed and stained wood panelling. If I’d […]

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WiFi connected SD cards

WiFi connected SD cards – what are they and which one is best for you? One of the features I love the most about my Sony A7 camera is the wireless function, making it possible for me to shoot an image, transfer to my phone, edit it quickly, apply a watermark and post on social […]

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How to photograph babies – 7 top tips from a professional

When my kids were born I barely knew which way up to hold a camera, never mind have any idea of how to photograph babies in the best way. As a result my photographs of them are very average (still very special to us though!).   The odd good picture happened by lucky accident and we resorted to […]

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New camera? Why you need to get off AUTO.

Had a new camera for Christmas? If you are one of the lucky people who have been given your first D-SLR or mirrorless camera as a gift this Christmas, you are probably part excited and part apprehensive about getting to grips with it. Whilst it’s fine to use it on AUTO for a while and enjoy the feeling […]

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Which entry level digital camera?

  I’m sure there’ll be a lot of digital cameras on Santa’s sledge this year! However, if you’re trying to decide which entry level digital camera to buy, then it can be a very difficult process. Once upon a time the choice was between a polaroid, a compact film camera or an SLR film camera. Nowadays […]

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How to photograph crafts

How to photograph crafts   Do you have beautiful products that you lovingly hand craft and sell? That you are proud of and passionate about? That people love when they see them in your shop or craft stall? Now for a harder question. Do the photographs of your gorgeous products do them justice? Do they stand out from the […]

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How to photograph fireworks

How to photograph fireworks One thing I’ve never got round to photographing is fireworks. I’ve admired other people’s shots but it’s always felt like too much hassle to me, to lug a tripod around, set it up in the middle of crowds of people, mess about with camera settings in the dark and keep an […]

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Get creative with your camera

One of the best ways to improve your photography is to take photographs as often as you can, ideally daily or at least several times a week. This isn’t as hard as it seems as most of us carry smartphones everywhere and can practise our craft with those too. Setting a photography project is a […]

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Photo Composition Rules: Balance

  This is quite a tricky composition rule to explain and it’s one that we probably apply unconsciously, as our minds seek balance in images and art. A balanced image feels right, pleasing and stable. In a balanced image there is perhaps some symmetry and the main subjects have equal weight or importance in the shot.   An image […]

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Photo Composition Rules: Leading Lines

One of the best ways to improve your photography and elevate your shots from snapshots to great shots is to improve the composition of your image. This can initially seem too much to think about on top of the technical stuff like shutter speeds, apertures and ISO values. However, if you slow down and try to apply […]

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Superzoom lenses – are they the right choice for you?

I often find myself recommending “superzoom” lenses to students on Love Your Lens courses and one to one lessons and thought it might be useful to take a closer look at them. First off, what does “superzoom” mean? The term is commonly used to describe a lens that goes from a wide view to a […]

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What’s in the bag… for an Italian wedding

In just over 24 hours I’ll be heading to a beautiful mountain village in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy to photograph a wedding for a lovely couple who live in the UK but are marrying near where the groom was born. I’ve photographed lots of weddings in the UK and one a long time […]

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7 things that have made me a better photographer

I have never stopped learning and developing my skills as a photographer and I don’t think I ever will. Technology won’t stand still (!) and there will always be new subjects to explore: wildlife, landscape, low light or night time photography, macro photography, architectural, travel  – just some of the areas where I’ve only dabbled […]

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How to take photos on a day out

My kids are older now – 12 and 14 – and although I still love photographing them, they are not as keen as they used to be (wild understatement – Abii acts like a vampire being shown a crucifix when I point the camera at her). So I concentrate more on what’s around me when […]

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This is how to photograph a baby!

I absolutely love it when one of my clients sends me pictures they’ve taken that show what they’ve learned and how confident they now are with their camera. I had a great email from new mum Louise today. She attended a Let’s Shoot The Kids course in January and has recently given birth to baby […]

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One to One Photography Lessons with Marie

I’d like to introduce you to Marie. She’s a grandmother to two very lively toddlers (I should know as I’ve photographed them!), happily married to Brian and enjoying her retirement. She’s well known in the family for her baking and started a private blog for family and friends some time ago. Marie came to me around […]

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Editing a portrait using Photoshop Elements and Actions

One of the attendees on a Let’s Shoot The Kids course sent me this lovely candid shot of her son and I offered to do an edit on it for her. I’ve followed my usual workflow apart from the fact that I would start with a RAW file and do tweaks to the colour balance […]

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Makers Market Knutsford

    Markets are great places to practise your photography. There are so many interesting and colourful subjects and people generally don’t mind photographers snapping away. At the Easter Sunday Makers Market Knutsford people were in such high spirits in the long awaited Spring sunshine, that there were broad smiles all round! A few market photography tips […]

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Update from the studio

I’ve been in the new studio 3 whole months now and it’s marvellous! It’s changed the way I work, given me a new lease of life, awoken my creativity and given me back my mojo! I’ve posted quick snaps along the way: befores, afters, durings, pictures of courses, shoots and a party, but I’ve not […]

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Camera set up checklist

I don’t know about you, but when I grab my camera I’m often in such a hurry to get the shot that I don’t always check what settings it’s on. Depending on what I was last shooting, this can be disastrous and mean me messing up a shot. And I’ve lost count of the times I’ve […]

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First thoughts on my new Sony A7 camera

“You’re buying another camera?!” I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard this recently, but this time I had a good excuse: old age. Well OK I’m not ready to retire just yet, but certain bits of me are starting to protest every time I heave my camera bag onto my shoulder or lift my […]

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Do I need a tripod?

Do I need a tripod? I get asked this a lot and I think it’s because people see professionals with tripods and assume that they, therefore, need one too if they want to take better photographs. I fell into this trap when I started out and between my other half and me we have either three or […]

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Pancake Day in photographs

  Pancake Day has fallen in the school holidays – yes! We’ve got time to do it properly, which means Abii indulging in a spot of baking, me in a bit of pancake photography and the boys (Nic, Sam, Ferb and Buster) in stuffing their faces! Mixing the perfect batter was down to Nic, with no […]

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Lensbaby Love by Cheshire Photographer Jane Burkinshaw

I’ve been having fun recently with a lens that I bought about 5 years ago, played with a little and then shoved it in a camera bag and forgot all about it. I dug it out after seeing a few posts on social media and realised that these quirky little lenses now have a massive […]

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“Turn the garage into a studio?! You must be mad!!!”

6 months ago we decided to convert our garage into a natural light photography studio and office. Here’s the story in pictures. I still can’t quite believe we did it! I had a clear idea from the outset how I wanted it to look and used Pinterest to collect all the ideas. Click here to […]

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How to choose a camera – upgrading from a point and shoot – Part 1

If you are thinking about buying a “proper” camera – for yourself or someone else – the range of options can seem very confusing. Manufacturers and retailers use a lot of jargon which isn’t very helpful to the consumer and it’s easy to get bamboozled and walk out the shop with a camera that isn’t […]

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How to shoot indoors without flash

We recently made a much anticipated visit to the Dr Who Experience in Cardiff, where fans get to take part in an adventure with the latest Doctor and then look at real props, costumes and prosthetics used in the show. Our kids are Dr Who crazy and were beyond excited and fascinated. All of the exhibits […]

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10 things to photograph this Autumn – [4] – fungi

The wet and mild conditions of Autumn provide the perfect growing conditions for fungi and this exceptionally mild Autumn means that there’s lots around at the moment, without having to look too hard. They have their own kingdom completely separate to plants and animals and there are tens of thousands of different kinds. They are fascinating to […]

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10 things to photograph this Autumn – [3] HALLOWE’EN

Like it or not Hallowe’en is growing in popularity every year and if your children are anything like mine, the opportunity to dress up and be allowed to accept sweets from complete strangers is the ultimate in fun. Their costumes get more elaborate each year, as do the decorations in our house, even spreading out […]

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10 things to photograph this Autumn – [2] LEAVES

In the first of this series we looked at How to Photograph Trees (click on the link if you missed it). This time we’re going to concentrate on how to photograph Autumn leaves and capture their many glorious colours, shapes and textures. It’s all about the Light. Well of course it is as without light we wouldn’t have […]

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10 things to photograph this Autumn – [1] TREES

I LOVE Autumn (or Fall, for our friends across the pond!). Summer is fab while it lasts but around the start of September I yearn to wear fleecy jumpers and knitted hats, to walk through woodland, seeing my breath as white clouds, kicking through fiery coloured leaves with my wellies, spotting weird fungi on tree stumps and […]

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Flower photography in the late summer

On a very sunny Tuesday in mid-September I headed off to Bluebell Cottage Gardens for the last flower photography course for this year. It made a change to be 100% confident in the weather forecast and not be mentally preparing a plan B in case it poured down. The sunshine was streaming into the tea rooms as […]

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A lesson in blog photography

I had a lesson with one of my favourite clients today. Marie has been having one to one photography tuition with me for around 6 months and shoots confidently in Manual and is creating some really lovely images. She initially wanted to concentrate on how to photograph her grandchildren and how to get better pictures generally, […]

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Product photography with a phone

If we want to get our blog posts, Pinterest images and Facebook pics noticed, clicked on, liked and shared we have to include eye-catching imagery and statements that entice our target market. I do a lot of product photography for businesses for their websites, brochures etc but can understand that it simply isn’t economical to get a professional […]

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How to create high impact images for social media

  Two of my passions are photography and  blogging and I offered to talk at a business networking group (Forward Ladies Cheshire and South Manchester) about how to create high impact images for social media. Images are extremely valuable currency in social media terms – take a look at this blog post 4 Ways to use Images in Social […]

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Holiday photos from Cornwall

We spent the second week of our summer holiday at my brother’s cottage in Marazion, Cornwall, with its famous landmark, St Michael’s Mount. Our accommodation is undergoing major refurbishment and we had been warned to have an “indoor camping” experience. It proved to be far more than this, with a beautiful kitchen, designer chairs in […]

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Summer holiday photos – Llyn Peninsula

Aberdaron and Abersoch with niece, great niece and nephew. Camera: Canon 350D with Tamron 28-300mm lens We’re having a two-centre holiday this summer, with a week on the Llyn Peninsula and a week in Marazion, Cornwall. You might think we’re mad choosing two locations so geographically far apart, but there was method in the madness! […]

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Behind the scenes of a very special styled photo shoot

When Sarah Gardner of Sarah Gardner Photography put out feelers via her Facebook Group as to whether anyone would be interested in a collaborative styled photo shoot with our teenage daughters, I jumped at the chance. It took all of two seconds to persuade Abii; the mention of hair stylist and make up artist did […]

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How to take First Day at School photos with a difference

A child’s first day at primary school is a momentous occasion and one we proud parents want to remember and treasure with photographs. I did the usual thing of photographing my two as they left the house, with just enough time to pose quickly in the garden and then a few more shots grabbed in […]

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Same garden, different views

    I’ve been to two wonderful Cheshire gardens this week and taken lots of photographs as you can imagine. I was accompanied to each garden with a different man (!), both also armed with cameras and reached some interesting conclusions that are summed up by the sculpture above. Two photographers looking at exactly the […]

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4 ways to use images in social media posts

We all know this, right? We all know the statistics from Facebook: Posts with photos on Facebook generate 53% more likes and 104% more comments than those without. And the two fastest growing social media services are image based: Pinterest and Instagram. These apps are now widely accepted as  extremely effective platforms for businesses to communicate with […]

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Learn how to photograph flowers

How to photograph flowers and what kit do you need. My passion and love for photography started many years ago with flowers. Using a compact camera stuck on AUTO I would try my best to photograph a particularly stunning flower and more often than not was frustrated or disappointed with the results. Between now and […]

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From snapshots to great shots in 7 steps.

I am often asked how you get from snapshots to great shots. Some people assume that I can take good pictures because I have expensive cameras and lenses. I tell them that I have a great oven but my cooking is awful… So it’s not about kit. You can take great photos with a camera […]

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Photography for bloggers and small businesses

I absolutely love hydrangeas. My husband doesn’t get it, he thinks they’re old-fashioned and prefers roses anytime. I find the mop head flowers and profusion of petals stunning and a complete joy to photograph. They come in a variety of colours in shades of white, pale green, pink, red, purple and blue and in some varieties the […]

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How to freeze action in photography

        If you’ve got a dog chances are you’ve tried to photograph it shaking water off its body after a swim. More often than not you end up wet, water gets on your lens and your shot is blurred. You were hoping for frozen water droplets as they flew through the air, […]

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Code for Bloglovin – please ignore this post :-)

<a href=”https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12222807/?claim=y9adxmrh3c3″>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> Please ignore this post.

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A few more holiday photos (& some top tips)

Our little cornish break came to an end all to soon, but I managed to squeeze in a quick trip to Glendurgan, a National Trust garden, on the last morning. Miraculously I was able to drag Abii out of bed and persuaded her to come with me (anything was preferable to packing). This is a garden more about […]

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Helford Passage and Helford Village

Helford Passage is a lovely spot on the Helford River, offering everything you could want from a little seaside hamlet, a decent pub, boat hire, ice creams, crabbing, a tasteful gift shop and a dozen gigs! These are fast, narrow rowing boats and there’s obviously a thriving community of them in Cornwall, judging by the […]

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Red Arrows over Falmouth

  Saturday promised to be a glorious sunny day and we had planned to head to a beach for a spot of boating, crabbing and exploring, but talk of a display by the Red Arrows over Falmouth changed our minds. It was windy on the harbour but we found a gem of a cafe with […]

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This place is so nice we want to keep it a secret…

340 miles door to door… seven hours (including stops to collect a teenager from a sleepover and obligatory leg stretching, Costa coffee buying and loo breaks) in the car with an over-excited dog. All made well worth while when we saw the view from the living room window of our home for the next few days. The two […]

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How to take better photos with a compact camera

Most of the images in my “how to” blogs are taken using a professional level D-SLR and some pretty fancy lenses and I imagine I can hear people saying, “well, she’s got expensive kit, no wonder her pictures are good!” I can’t deny that good equipment does improve photo quality, although you have to know […]

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How to make the most of your holiday photographs

Most of my blogs are about how to take better photographs, but it’s time we  looked at what to do with the ones you take. What do you do? Share a few on Facebook, send some to grandparents and every now and again print and frame the special ones? Gradually your hard drive gets full and […]

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Looking to buy your first D-SLR? My best recommendation for beginners

I often get asked which D-SLR I would recommend for beginners. I’m a Canon user but have no hesitation recommending other brands, especially if they are offering a good deal. I don’t want this to be a long rambling blog about all the options available, so this is very much aimed at providing a concise […]

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Chelsea First Timers

  The RHS Tatton Flower Show gets scribbled on the calendar 1st January each year and we haven’t missed one yet, but this time it was pipped at the post by The Chelsea Flower Show, booked before the calendar was even out of its packet. A few glasses of wine and a bracing walk on a North […]

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How to get blurred backgrounds in photos – with the aid of some meerkats – “simples!” (Part 3 – Distance)

According to my site analytics blog posts with pictures of cute babies and children on get far more views than those with (toy) meerkats, so I won’t be using my little Sylvanian family again! They enjoyed their little trip to the Riviera (side of our pond) but are glad to be reunited with their dad on the […]

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How to photograph flowers, even on bright sunny days

Gardens, hedgerows and meadows are bursting with glorious blooms and the sight of them lifts my spirits. The pollen laden, brightly coloured flowers attract the bees and the butterflies and suddenly it really feels like Summer, especially in the glorious sunny weather we’re experiencing. Local gardens and nurseries have been busy with shoppers feeling confident enough to buy bedding […]

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How to get blurred backgrounds in photos – with the aid of some meerkats – “simples!” (Part 2 – Focal Length)

In Part 1 we looked at how Aperture plays a big role in how to get blurred backgrounds in photos. Low f/numbers (large apertures) give us a narrow depth of field and high f/numbers result in a wider depth of field. This sounds pretty straight forward, but like lots of techie things it’s not quite […]

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How to get blurred backgrounds in photos – with the aid of some meerkats – “simples!” (Part 1 – Aperture)

How to get blurred backgrounds in photos is high on the list for people who want to take better images and it’s one of the things that distinguishes good pictures from snapshots. It can be easy to achieve but if you really want to understand what you are doing and how to control the amount of blur, you should read […]

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Mastering Manual Exposure on a Practical Photography Lesson in Knutsford

You can’t beat putting into practise what you’ve been learning and we humans definitely learn best by doing. Every course I run is very hands on with the camera, finding settings, using them and comparing results with other settings, but I find people learn fastest when they are out and about. This is why I […]

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How to photograph babies indoors – capturing the every day stuff

Photographs of your baby beautifully dressed in your favourite outfit, with a shiny clean face and huge smile are fantastic and they are the pictures that end up in frames around the house. However, some of our favourite moments may not be “frame-worthy” but are still very special and the ones that make us laugh every time […]

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“Photography Tuition with Love Your Lens has taken my photography to the next level”.

It makes a change for me to write a blog that doesn’t feature my own photos, but I just had to share the beautiful photos that Mindy takes of her children. Mindy enrolled on a programme of one to one courses with me about 18 months ago,because she loved photography, had a decent camera (a […]

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Slipping through my fingers

Schoolbag in hand She leaves home in the early morning Waving goodbye With an absent-minded smile I watch her go With a surge of that well-known sadness And I have to sit down for a while The feeling that I’m losing her forever And without really entering her world I’m glad whenever I can share […]

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Statues of naked ladies but no penguins at Mount Pleasant Gardens

Family trips out to gardens are a rare event these days, with Tweenager preferring to launch sheep at buildings on Minecraft and Teenager happy to spend all day watching Dr Who re-runs. But I managed to entice them away from their screens with promises of penguins and flamingoes in nearby Mobberley. Nic and I had visited […]

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How the Exposure Triangle will help you take better portraits

Okay – the Exposure Triangle is one of the best photography tips for beginners. But first let’s look at the basics of a technically good portrait (putting composition aside for the moment): It’s in focus. Movement is frozen and not blurred (unless it’s intentionally blurred). It’s correctly exposed (it’s not too bright and it’s not […]

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How to make amazing photo collages

In this blog you will learn how to make a photo collage with Picasa, the free photo editing software from Google.   I love picture collages and use them a lot! I’ve got framed collages with holiday pictures hanging in the downstairs loo and one beautiful large one of black and white pictures of the […]

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5 reasons why Pinterest is good for business

An interesting read if you’ve ever asked yourself why is Pinterest good for business? I thought I came late to the Pinterest party (about a year ago!), especially when I read all the much publicised statistics, but when I mention it to people I meet through the course of the day, I feel very much […]

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5 reasons why you should do a photography project

  I love babies and (most) kids and for some crazy reason I like to earn a living by chasing them around with a camera, capturing natural photos of them and selling them to their parents. Newborn babies are my favourite subjects as they don’t get about so much and because they are without exception […]

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How to shoot in Manual mode

  Find out how to shoot in Manual Mode. If you’ve started to get to grips with using the P (Program) or A (Aperture) modes on your camera (bridge or SLR), then you’re ready to start using M for Manual Exposure too, even though it probably feels like switching off Autopilot and landing the plane […]

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Love Your Lens – what is it all about?

  Hi – I’m Jane, thanks for clicking on my brand new blog, Love Your Lens. You might guess from the name that it’s got something to do with photography! I’ve been a professional photographer since 2007, mainly lifestyle, on location (couldn’t afford a studio!) portraits of babies and children, with the occasional dog thrown […]

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