Learn how quality of light affects photographs
- Cameras explained
Explaining how cameras work and what they do for you
The process of making a photograph
- The exposure triangle
The three elements of exposure
Take your photos to the next level by improving your focussing skills
Understanding and controlling your camera’s in-built light meter
- Shutter speed
- Program modes
Control exposure with these photographic personal assistants
What they do and what you need
Produce more visually appealing photographs by learning the basics of composition
- Photographing children
How to get natural photographs of your children and keep everyone happy
An introduction to photo editing and editing applications
- Backing up, storing & editing
Keeping your photos safe and organised
What you need and what you don’t
Google Picasa: Useful free photo editing and cataloguing application. It allows you to edit your photos ‘non-destructively’ – so you can revert changes made later on.
Flickr: Free photo sharing and storage website. This is an incredible resource which provides you with a massive 1 terabyte of free storage space (enough to store many thousands of photos). You can share albums with friends and family (or keep a private archive), use it to back up your photos, or share ideas with a worldwide community.
PicMonkey: Fun and simple online image editing, useful for collage making.
The Small Beans Camera Buying Guide for Parents: Useful info to help you decide which camera is best for you
Digital Photography Review: Really detailed (and super-techie!) guide to digital camera models, lenses and other accessories
Digital Photography School – Online tutorials, tips and techniques, suitable for beginners
Camera simulator – Really clever! Imagine a flight simulator for your camera – it lets you practice different settings and see how it affects the results.
Photobox – Good quality photo lab which has a wide selection of products.
Blurb – Make beautiful books and albums from your photos. Blurb has an excellent reputation and offers really high quality software to create your books.
Pinterest – A vast resource of ideas and inspiration for photographers.
50mm lenses: Great for low light portraits
Canon EF 50 mm 1.8 STM Lens – The latest f/1.8 50mm lens from Canon
Canon EF 50 mm 1.8 STM Lens – Older (and cheaper) 50mm f/1.8 lens from Canon
Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens – 50mm f/1.8 lens from Nikon (please note that this lens will not autofocus on certain Nikon camera models – please check your camera compatibility before buying, or ask me!)
Hoya UV lens filters– Use a UV lens filter to protect your lens and reduce glare. Make sure you buy the correct size for your lens (look for this symbol printed on your lens: Ø – the measurement in mm afterwards (e.g. : Ø52mm is the size you need for that particular lens. A 50mm lens will not necessarily need a 50mm filter!
Photographic reflector and diffuser – This cheap and handy piece of kit is great fun to experiment with. The diffuser cuts out glare from direct sunlight and the reflectors bounce light back at your child, giving your portraits a professional look.
Toshiba Flash Air 16GB Class 10 Wireless Memory Card / Wifi SD Card – This nifty memory card gives you a Wifi connection in your camera. Apple users can team this up with the Shuttersnitch app which allows you to view your photos almost instantly on your iPad or iPhone
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 (PC/Mac) – This powerful professional-standard photo editing and cataloguing software is perfect if you want to take your editing to the next level.
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs – Fantastic book which covers many important subjects in a simple and entertaining way
Your Child in Pictures – Me Ra Koh’s style is very inspiring. This book contains lots of beautiful photos and ideas to try out.
Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera – Brian Petersen’s ‘bible’ of exposure: useful if you really want to dig deep into exposure theory