Emily Quinton's photography workshop at west elm London

Photography has become an integral part of our lives, and documenting our day-to-day is the new norm. So shouldn’t our pictures be better? Photographer, blogger + crafter extraordinaire Emily Quinton from The Start Up Wife blog shares some simple but essential techniques to improve your photography, whether you’re shooting with a dSLR or your camera phone! Read on for Emily’s tips.

For any Londoners out there, Emily is hosting a photography workshop at west elm London on the 11th + 18th of January from 11am – 1pm. Check out our Facebook page for more details and don’t forget to bring your camera!

How do you decide what to photograph?

My days are really busy as I have four young children but I make some time for photography every single day even if it’s just 30 seconds! I am always gathering props, styling little corners of my home and making lists of things I want to photograph so that I can make efficient use of the time I do have.  It’s important to photograph the things you love, things that make you smile – whatever that might be. Try to take shots that will evoke some sort of emotion or will represent a memory. For me, my children play a huge role in the photographs I take. I also photograph flowers pretty much every day. It’s like my daily creative meditation.

west elm London photography workshop with Emily Quinton

Where do you look for inspiration?

I look for inspiration all the time when I’m out and about; in the park, in shops, in galleries, cafes, you name it! When I’m at home, I tend to read lots of inspiring magazines (my top 3 are Kinfolk, Cereal Magazine and Flow) and spend time browsing Pinterest and Instagram, both of which fuel ideas for me! I recommend checking out Leslie Shewring, Ginny Branch, Vicky Trainor and Lobster & Swan on Pinterest and @griottes_blog, @linda_lomelino, @andreahanki and @tartinegourmande on Instagram – I can always rely on their feeds for lots of inspiration!

west elm London photography workshop with Emily Quinton

What do you take your photographs on?

I take about 50% of my photos on my dSLR – I use the Canon 5D MKII – and 50% on my iPhone. For a long time I couldn’t get the hang of taking images with my phone. I’ve used an SLR (and then a dSLR) for as long as I can remember, so not having a viewfinder to look through was really tricky for me. You can’t stop me now though!

west elm London photography workshop with Emily Quinton

What are your top tips on composition?

Start with learning about the rule of thirds and use the grid on your camera to help you. Look at images that you like and work out why you like them. Where is the subject in the image? You will start to notice the rule of thirds being used everywhere you look and that’s because it works! It feels right. When you are composing an image, make sure you look at the whole image and not just the main subject. What is happening in the top left? Is that adding to your shot or ruining it completely? When you set up something to photography, don’t be surprised if when you look through your camera it doesn’t work like you thought it would. Move things or move yourself! The more you practice, the easier it will become!

Emily Quinton from The Start Up Wife blog

How has social media played a role in your photography?

Oh wow…hugely! I now post on Instagram several times a day and take care to keep my stream looking like my work – my style, colour palette etc. I want people to recognize my images as soon as they see them appear in their feed. This requires some work and pushes me to always be working on my style. The same goes for my blog and Pinterest page!

Check out more of Emily’s snaps over on her Instagram page

For any Londoners out there, Emily is hosting a photography workshop at west elm London on the 11th + 18th of January from 11am – 1pm. Check out our Facebook page for more details and don’t forget to bring your camera!

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Heidi

January 9, 2014

Absolutely stunning photography. Just further proof that even the simplest of subjects can make gorgeous images.

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Rebecca

January 9, 2014

Emily’s photography courses are brilliant – really worth attending.

dervla @ the curator

January 9, 2014

super helpful tips here, thanks!

Jamie

January 9, 2014

Wonderful tips! The picture of the flowers is breath taking.

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