This half term, grab your camera and get creative! Practice your photography skills by going out and about and photographing the world around you – your back garden, your local walk, a family day out or your family holiday. A little project like “Why I love June” is a great way to practice a whole range of different skills and have a go at photographing many different subjects while doing various activities. Think parks, picnics, baby animals, flowers, sea, sun shining – whatever comes to mind when you think of summer! We have a few tips on things to try out to capture some great shots!

1. Change perspective – explore your subject and try photographing it from as many different angles as you can think of – standing up, kneeling, lying on the floor, from afar, close by, standing on a bench or climbing a tree. Here are a few great examples of different perspective from our ‘Bring your own toy’ after school club theme

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2. Focus – make sure the focusing square is on the main subject. The square will change colour or your camera will beep when the focus is set. There are a lot of things that can be corrected in Photoshop, but focus is one thing that can ruin an otherwise great photo. So make sure to centre focus on your subject, half press the shutter, hold your breath and continue pressing the shutter to take that great shot!

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3. Think about composition – where do you want to place your subject? Right in the centre, slightly off centre or entering/leaving the frame? Try using the rule of thirds to compose your shot – imagine diving an image into nine equal parts by drawing two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. Placing your subject along these lines or at their intersections might create a more visually interesting photo. Give it a go!

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