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{30} Photography Tutorials

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I am counting down the days to my 30th birthday, and I couldn’t be more excited! Truly! As I was brainstorming ways to celebrate here on the blog, I couldn’t help but think that 30 lists of {30} items would be just about perfect for my type-A, list-making self. Join me for the next month as I share the things I’ve learned in the past 30 years and my hopes for the future! See all 30 Days of {30} posts here.

One of my biggest regrets of the past few years is that I’ve stopped taking as many photos as I used to. Up until probably two years ago, I was taking hundreds — if not thousands — a month of the girls, keeping them organized in folders and uploading them all to Flickr (where there are currently 15,000 photos from the past 8 years).

Unfortunately, as life has gotten busier — with work and homeschooling — and as I’ve spent the last two years carrying, juggling and corralling our youngest daughter, I’ve gotten out of the habit of carrying my camera everywhere and capturing all of the moments, big and small, of our life on camera.

Thankfully, the iPhone has made up for some of that in the last 9 months, but I’d really like to get back to using my DSLR on an everyday basis, and improving my skills along the way! I had a lot of fun looking through these tutorials, refreshing my memory on some things I already knew and learning some new things as well, and I’m looking forward to putting those into practice.

(By the way, I highly recommend the Finding the Joy series from Willette Designs. I participated in one of these classes a couple of years ago and learned so much!)


Without further adieu, here are 30 photography tutorials to help you improve your photography skills:

1. Understanding your camera.

2. How to hold your camera.

3. How to set ISO.

4. Understanding aperature and depth of field.

5. Understanding the exposure triangle.

6. How to set shutter speed.

7. How to get sharper images.

8. How to use selective focal points.

9. Use a tiny aperature to capture wide open spaces.

10. Understanding histograms.

11. How to shoot in RAW.

12. How to back button focus.

13. Understanding white balance.

14. How to clean your camera lens.

15. How to take great photos with a point and shoot.

16. Follow the rule of thirds.

17. Don’t crop at the joints.

18. How to get horizontal horizons.

19. Remember it’s not all about the faces.

20. 11 tips for safe newborn photography.

21. How to pose groups.

22. Using properties when props when photographing children.

23. Using color schemes for family photos.

24. How to make a DIY light tent.

25. How to make a DIY flash diffuser.

26. How to create Christmas light bokeh.

27. How to make shaped bokeh.

28. How to use an external flash.

29. Avoiding flash blowout.

30. Take indoor photos without a flash.

Bonus tip: Be sure you always put your memory card back in your camera after unloading photos! I’m not so good about following this rule, and today I snapped a dozen photos of a bald eagle soaring over our home…only to discover there was no card in the camera! UGH!

Do you love your camera? What do you find the most intimidating about photography?