Guest Post for Silken Spirits

Ok so today I'm really excited to be doing my first ever guest post for Marta at her lovely blog

Marta's blog really inspired me to continue blogging.  I'd been blogging for about a month and needed some encouragement.  Reading her blog really spurred me on, especially when she let me do a guest post.  I had a big smile on my face all day.  So below is my post for the beautiful Portuguese lovely that is Marta. 
Firstly let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I'm 31 and live in the UK.  I'm originally from London but now live in a small town near Manchester.  I have a son, boyfriend and a mad dog .  I'm pretty new to blogging but I like the idea of keeping an online diary and sharing your thoughts and life with other like minded people.  I'm starting the year as I mean to go on, by trying new things and to live my life without too many regrets.  When I started reading other blogs I noticed how many great blogs had fantastic photos.  It made me remember how badly I wanted to do phototgraphy when I was at college so I decided it's never too late to learn and enrolled on a night course.  I've decided to post a tutorial of what I've learnt in my lessons for other novices starting out, so here it is, Lesson One.  Hope you enjoy reading :)

Lesson One - Portrait shot

A portrait shot is a photo someone from the upper body to slightly above their head.  The idea is to get the person in focus but the background blurry.  This is so when you look at the photo your interest is on the person and not whats in the background.  Your subject must not be standing too close to whatever is in the distance i.e they should not be standing with their back right against a patterned wall  You must stand away from the person and then zoom in to take your shot.  This results in your subject being in focus and the background out of focus.  Voila, you have taken a photo in portrait mode :)

Can you see the difference between these photos?  Why not have a go yourself.  Happy snapping


  1. Love this tip! I'm trying to get better with photography, so every lesson helps.

    P.S. If this is your son, he's adorable! I have a soft spot for gingers (my husband's one). :D
    Catherine Denton

    1. Thanks Catherine :) Yes this is my son. Unfortunately he hates his ginger hair, I keep telling him it makes him unique. Hopefully he'll grow to like it one day. I think he's adorable too. x


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