I have been blogging on and off for around 2 and a half years now.  I have always compared myself to other bloggers (it’s only natural)…those who perhaps started at a similar time and those who have well and truly made it.  I know you shouldn’t and that it’s a sure fire way to end up on a downward spiral blog wise.  But there was definitely one underlying theme that was attracting me to these blogs in particular and that was the quality of the photography.  Noticing that this most certainly was what was drawing me in…when it came to re-branding the blog at the start of the year I made it one of my resolutions (if you can call it that) to improve my photography. 

I had been playing around with a very good Fuji bridge up until this point and it had even been having a go at using it on the manual setting…but the time came before the turn of the year to invest in a DSLR.  There is always the Canon Vs Nikon debate when taking the plunge for the first time, for 2 photography bloggers said I’d get more from the equivalent Nikon and well, you know me…I want more for less!  I quickly snapped up a Nikon D5300 with a kit lens, as well as the 35mm 1.8 lens (which pretty much lives on my camera!)

I have to say, it’s been a learning curve.  My very basic knowledge and goals really were to be able to take good family pictures with that all important blurry background.  As well as sharp interior photos.  Well the camera pretty much does that straight out the box.

So my next step was to invest in a photography course.  Having seen the lovely KA over at Life As Our Little Family complete the Emily Quinton Photography for Beginners course (very successfully too, may I add), I decided to take Emily’s taster course.  I absolutely adore Emily.  She has a great style that is very inkeeping with what I wanted to achieve, so I knew straight away I was going to enjoy the course.  I loved the taster course so much I immediately signed up for the next round of ‘Photography For Beginners’ and I’m currently half way through it.  It’s a fantastic course which teaches you how to find a style, compose your shot and also how to get the most out of your phone for photo taking.  I won’t give too much away, but if you are looking to improve your photography this year, do take a look at the taster courses available and look out for special offers.  I managed to pick up my course with an Easter discount.

Hopefully you will see my photos on the blog improve over the coming months, as well as over on the Life With Munchers instagram…do take a peek and leave me some feedback.

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