Camera Skills

28/02/2016


Hey guys,
As I told you guys in my last post I have recently been using a new camera. It is a Canon Powershot SX130 IS, and for this post I wanted to share with you guys some camera skills I have learn't and what I like to photograph.
One of the hardest parts of photography for me is finding what to photograph. I am not a big fan of flat-lays, neither am I very good at them. But in this post I will try and show you how I have learn't to take flat-lays and how to use a Canon Powershot SX130 IS.

Flat-Lays

1. Find anything and everything you like at the moment or wish to photograph.
2. Organize the objects into colour order (optional)
3. Choose a simple background that isn't reflective like a bench top or a wooden deck.
4. I usually find one main object to focus on and place that in the centre or if its large like a magazine, I might place it on the side.
5. Once you've distinguished your focus object (usually the largest thing in the image), arrange the smaller or less significant objects around that. You can either make these very disorderly or in a more organised pattern.
6. Trial and error is the best way to figure out the layout, so when you have got a layout you love I like to add something extra. If the layout hasn't incorporated any greenery or floral, I will then go in and add some flower petals or some vines to make it all really connect.  
7. Now time to take the photo! Make sure you have natural lighting, then take it from above, I think this always looks better.
8. You can now edit the photo and post it on all your favourite social sites (optional)

I hope you guys have fun making these and this has helped you to create one or two wonderful flatlays, tag me in your images for a repost @h_beauty_spot

Canon Powershot SX130 IS 

I know that many of you won't own this exact camera but many of the settings are similar or the same on other cameras. I will tell you how to focus on objects, zoom in and the appropriate times to use different photography techniques.

Zoom

On this camera it has a particularly good zoom, many cameras haven't got a zoom as good. Too zoom you turn the little knob around the 'take photo' button backwards or forwards depending on the way you would like to zoom. As you zoom in the bar will get closer to the large tree and further away from the 3 smaller trees. When the bar reaches a small line this is when you should stop zooming, beyond this point your zoom quality is very weak. 

Focus

To focus on an object you will notice the square in the center of the screen. Hold down the 'take picture' button half way until that square turns green. Without removing your finger you can now move the camera around, and it will still focus only on that object. When you are ready to take the photo just press the button down the other half way. Before you take any photo, even if you don't intend on focusing on one object you should always hold the camera still for a few seconds so that you can get a good quality photo.

Mode 

Unless you are very good with a camera and know how to work the settings I suggest you don't use the manual mode. I use 'program' which lets you set various settings to how you want them without all the struggle. Another mode you might find useful is 'auto' or 'easy' if you want it to be very simple to use, or 'standard video' mode to take videos easily. 

So the images in this are post I have taken using the Canon SX130 IS. They give a visual of some of the features I talked about (focus, flatlays etc.).

Lots of love,
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