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How to Shoot in Manual Mode So you’ve bought your first DSLR and it’s not living up to your expectations. You’re taking hundreds of shots… just to fluke a few keepers. Is this where you’re at? When I bought my first DSLR, I thought there was something wrong with it. It simply didn’t live up […]

How to Shoot in Manual Mode

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Imagine how it would feel to have complete control over your photos. To have the skills to look at a scene, subject or location and know exactly what you need to do with respect to light, exposure, settings and composition – to recreate the vision that is in your head? When Sara Sparrey joined our […]

Customer Stories – Sara Sparrey

Lovely soft light, the rule of thirds, nice, even exposures… These are all the fundamental skills we are taught when we first take the plunge into manual mode and begin learning photography. And there’s a reason for this – a thorough understanding of these technical elements helps us build a strong foundation for our photography, […]

Breaking The Rules Like An Artist

Are you familiar with a photography rut? We have all been there at one time or another… times when we don’t know what to capture, or we feel like we’re just doing the same thing the same way over and over and not really growing. So today I want to offer a remedy if you’re […]

The Highlights Reel: 15 Documentary Style Photos

Welcome to our regular weekly feature of CLG Grad images! We’ve been totally blown away the past week or so by a really high level of technical skill and creative artistry in photos being shared by our Grads. So we’re particularly thrilled today to share this collection of our faves curated from the Grad’s group!​ […]

The Highlights Reel: Scroll-Stopping Grad Photos

Backlight usually makes us think of golden hour beach photos… warm light, sandy feet and sunkissed faces. Yum! But there’s so many ways to use backlight beyond the beach, and today’s highlights reel of images from our talented Grads is the inspiration for this tutorial. Read on experiment with backlight to bring a little magic […]

6 Backlight Photo Ideas to Try

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When it comes to exposure, there’s no one size fits all, perfect correct exposure. You can expose dark, light and everything in between according to your subject matter and your creative vision. You’ve probably heard the term “dark and moody”, which is a popular term for what amounts to a low key image, and is […]

How to Use Natural Light for Dark & Moody Photos

Do you ever scroll through Insta, feeling wowed by really amazing compositions, and wishing you were as creative as those photographers? Whilst it’s true that composition is often instinctive. By that I mean when the photographer looks through the viewfinder, they just get a feel for how they should frame the shot. But lots of […]

How to Use Leading Lines for Great Photos

Much as we love the organic nature of documentary and lifestyle portraits, there’s beauty in the simplicity of an uncluttered studio portrait which highlights our subject so powerfully. That said you don’t need a studio to take beautiful, simple studio portraits easily at home. So today’s highlights reel is a collection of studio portraits taken […]

How to Take Studio Portraits at Home

My lensbaby saved my life. Big statement? Ok maybe, but it has definitely played a big part in keeping me sane in 2020! Faced with weeks at home in lockdown at the start of the pandemic, I knew I was going to need to lean on my photography to get me through – supervising home […]

Bring Magic to Your Photos With Lensbaby Omni

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Our Grads in the northern hemisphere might be shivering in the cold right now, but what a fantastic opportunity for breathtaking photos shot in a winter wonderland! So this week’s highlights reel is a collection of fantastic ideas for shooting in the snow! Check em out and grab the bonus tips!   1. Portraits One […]

22 Ideas for Fabulous Snow Photos