How to Take Better Blog Photos

I received the class mentioned in this post for free from CreativeLive. This post also contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll get some cash money if you make a purchase after clicking on my links (thanks, people!) 

lifestyle blogger emily ravenna of the hip suburban shares a photography class from creativelive

I talked a bit about my quest to improve my photography skills in this post by signing up for a class with CreativeLive, an online platform offering more than 1,500 classes across a variety of topics, including photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting, and software training. I upgraded my camera a few months ago, and figured it was time to learn how to shoot on more than a few modes to do my new equipment justice. I’m a few weeks into The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners, and have already gained so much more confidence and knowledge when it comes to snapping away with my DSLR. This particular class consists of 17 video modules, which are each around 10-20 minutes long, making it easy to complete one or two at a time. Additionally, John Greengo (the class instructor) is engaging and makes the concepts simple to understand.

Before taking the class, I knew where to set my camera’s settings in order to get the types of photos I wanted, but didn’t really understand why. My skills were also limited to a certain type of photo – still shots with blurry backgrounds (the fashion blogger special). With John’s instructions, I now understand the basics of taking action shots. I have a deeper understanding of how shutter speed and aperture work together. I know that blurry photos can actually be pretty, and are sometimes the best way to capture a moment. I’ve learned what shutter speeds and lenses require a tripod.

I’m not going to give away all of my new secrets – you’ll have to sign up for the class to learn for yourself. But the good news is that you can sign up for this class or any other class in the CreativeLive catalog using code ISHARE20 for a 20% discount (1 coupon per user, expires 5/31/17).

Choosing to learn along with me? Sign up for a class and tag your photos with #TheHipPhotoChallenge on Instagram to share your results

lifestyle blogger emily ravenna of the hip suburban shares a photography class from creativelive

lifestyle blogger emily ravenna of the hip suburban shares a photography class from creativelive

put my new photography skills to work to take this low-light photo at Sons & Daughters Farm and Winery

lifestyle blogger emily ravenna of the hip suburban shares a photography class from creativelive

lifestyle blogger emily ravenna of the hip suburban shares a photography class from creativelive

tested out my learnings to get some texture in this photo by blurring out some of the orchids in the background and focusing in on a select few blooms

lifestyle blogger emily ravenna of the hip suburban shares a photography class from creativelive

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Tee: Sincerely Jules // Denim: Zara (also loving these and these) // Laptop Case: Amazon // Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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21 Comments

  1. Lauren
    April 4, 2017 / 10:15 am

    This sounds like such an amazing class – that low light picture of the winery is beautiful!

    xx,
    Lauren

  2. April 4, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    I need to check out this class! I’ve had my DSLR for a few years and have essentially taught myself everything on it, but definitely need more teaching!

    http://adoredbyalex.com

  3. April 4, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I’m always looking for info on taking better photos! I feel like you can never know enough!

    xo Amanda John
    XO Strawberry Chic

  4. April 5, 2017 / 10:55 am

    This is so awesome! I need to take one of the classes!

  5. April 5, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Oh wow! That low light photo is stunning–I can almost feel like I’m there! I love online courses and this one is going to be on every bloggers to do list!

  6. April 10, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Thank you for these tips, I need to build my skills in photography

  7. April 10, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I keep saying that I need to take a class ASAP because my pictures could be so much better!

    Thanks for sharing and shedding light love.

    SO GOOD 🙂

    xoxo
    krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

  8. April 10, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Great tips and I love your pictures!!

  9. Anna English
    April 10, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Such great tips. Thanks for sharing!

  10. April 11, 2017 / 1:04 am

    I need a class like this so badly! Looks like it’s working!

  11. April 11, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Sounds like a great class! I desperately need to sign up for one!

  12. April 11, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Sounds like an awesome class for bloggers who are still learning!

  13. April 11, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Loving this post!

  14. April 12, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Ah I wish you shared a few tips! But sounds like a great class for beginners

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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