Beyond Snapshots & My First Magazine Article

Well what a wonderful week this has been! After a lot of hard work on Wednesday evening I launched my free online photography course, Beyond Snapshots. I’m really pleased with the course but if I’m totally honest I was expecting to have to round up a few friends to join it at the beginning so that it didn’t look too quiet. It’s not that I wasn’t expecting it to be popular but I really expected the start to be a bit of a slow burn. So I certainly wasn’t prepared for the wonderful response it received, almost 40 people signed up in just over 24 hours with hardly any promotion! I’m massively grateful to everyone that’s signed up so far and I can’t wait to see everyone sharing their pictures!

As if I wasn’t excited enough about that yesterday also saw my first ever magazine article published in the Lancashire Magazine. Obviously I knew it was due out any day but actually seeing it printed was a very proud moment (excuse the phone picture!).
published writing

Since the article is all about autumn photography I thought I’d also share the content here for any who isn’t local enough to see it, hopefully you’ll find some of the tips useful.

Autumn is a wonderful time of year for all types of photography and I always get excited at that first sense of a chill in the morning air that lets you know the seasons are ready to change. It’s an ideal time of year for rural landscape photography, summer can get a little monotonous with all that green but not only is autumn an absolute riot of beautiful colours but sunrise and sunset are also at more civilised times!

The light in autumn can be great for landscape photography. Sunny days have a wonderful golden glow and misty weather can add an atmospheric feeling to your images. Be wary of the bland white skies we often see at this time of year though, unfortunately they rarely look good in a photograph. Rather than let these skies ruin your images try to frame your picture so that there is little or no sky included.

Longsight Park, autumn trees mist fog

If photographing people appeals more than landscapes there’s nothing better than getting the family all wrapped up in warm jumpers and snuggly scarves and hats and heading out for walk. The light is often kinder for portraits too, there’s much less of the harsh sunshine that can cast unflattering shadows on faces. Make the most of the autumn colours by photographing in a leafy area, even with a close up portrait you can use leaves to add autumn tones to your backgrounds.

outdoor childrens portrait photography

Keep younger children occupied by encouraging them to collect leaves in various colours or searching for acorns or conkers. Be ready with your camera or phone to capture some candid pictures of them having fun.

Whatever your subject is try experimenting with some different camera settings, change your “White Balance” from Auto to either Cloudy or Shade, this will warm up your pictures and really enhance those autumn tones, beware of skin tones though, they may look a little unnatural in a close up portrait. If you are using a phone rather than a camera have a look for the inbuilt filters, Chrome or Warm filters will give a similar effect.”

Hope you find some of it useful and don’t forget to take a look at Beyond Snapshots, its a completely free online photography course – click here for details.