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 in to liven things up. Many of my clients say that they wish they could take better photographs and, having been a complete beginner myself not all that long ago, I know that they can – if someone shows them how.
Now I’m rubbish with technical stuff, my brain shuts down as soon as it hears jargon, or anything remotely mathematical or technical. But I know my way round my camera inside out and back to front. I know which settings make the background nice and blurred, what I need to do to shoot without flash when the light’s rubbish, and quite a bit more really.
I learned photography the difficult way, signing up for an A’ Level and muddling my way through the technical classes. It took much longer than it should have done to grasp the basics, because people talked only about apertures, f-stops, depth of field and “stopping it down or up”. It’s frustrating really because when it boils down to it, the aperture is simply the hole that opens up in the lens to let light in. It can open really big or really small and lots of sizes in-between. A big hole makes the background blurred. Now that’s my kind of explanation. Keep It Simple, Stupid!
So I’ve put together some photography courses aimed at people who want to take better photographs, but who don’t know what any of the settings and buttons do on their camera. They’re stuck on AUTO and any good photos occur by luck rather than skill. If I have to use jargon I explain it in really simple terms and I teach you exactly what you need to know to make a dramatic and instant difference to your pictures. I also run one to one tuition where I tailor the session to your exact requirements and skill level.
In this blog I will share photography tips for beginners, using examples from days out with the family, photos I take everyday and how you how I did stand what settings I used.
I am absolutely in love with photography and spend far too much time doing it, reading about it and talking and writing about it! I love to share interesting things that I come across and social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and, of course, blogging) is fab for doing that.
I do have to try and fit in some parenting, being a wife and walking the dog and if you follow my blog, you’ll be introduced to Nic, Abii, Sam and Ferb, plus a few other members of the family from time to time.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog, sometimes even enough to share it with others. I’d love to hear your comments or questions too.
Oh! I forgot to mention that the Love Your Lens logo was drawn by my very talented 13 year old daughter, Abii. I’m hoping she’s going to do stuff regularly for the blog (it’s going to cost me though!).