Nature Photography Tips for Complete Beginners

Even though I’ve been writing this blog for over a year and a half, I’m still an absolute novice with my camera. I’m going to be absolutely honest, I rarely take it off auto. Yeah, I know. Shock horror. Am I a bad excuse of a blogger? Maybe. But hey, sometimes I do actually get some good shots on auto. And I’m going to show you how! I especially love nature photography but if you guys enjoy it, maybe I can turn it into a little series, including fashion and products? Oooh let me know! First, here are some examples of my work (oooh how faaancy)

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Quite proud of them, not going to lie! Anyway, we begin…

  1. Zoooooom

Don’t ask me why, don’t ask me how but zoom gets me these awesome blurred backgrounds! I mean LOOK at the second sheep! It also makes the focused item of the photos appear quite crisp and sharp, which is never a bad thing, I think! So, have a little play with the zoom on your camera! Although personally I wouldn’t recommend it on phones as it loses its quality very quickly!

2. Use the angle

You see the one of the sea ( 😉 ) I took? I used the grass to really deepen the photo (I sound like I know what I’m saying but I really don’t). It also normally adds some more colour and texture to ya girl’s photos, and that’s good too. It also means you don’t have to stand on tip toes to avoid anything in the foreground!

3. Keep it natural

I love the composition of the lambs in the first picture, it’s very natural, as if they don’t know that someone if photographing them. Personally, this is my nature style of choice because it show the raw beauty of these cute little fluffy t’ings. See what interesting compositions you can get!

4. Snappin’ til you drop

Take multiple photos, even if the one on the tiny camera screen looks in focus, you want to be able to have options! The amount of times I’ve only taken one photo and it would have looked SO good if it was in focus haha!

So that’s my nature photography tips! Let me know what your favourite type of photography is, and whether you enjoyed these tips or not!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Keeping Productive and Organised

Ok, so it’s nearly mid January and well…this is where it all starts going downhill, isn’t it? Those early morning runs become tedious, the sheer volumes of low-fat yoghurt and berries you consume is bringing you down. Your New Year Resolutions seem even harder to achieve! So here are my tips for keeping that refreshed, productive New Year feeling, enjoy!

 

  1. Personal Notes in Your Diary

Basically, buy the cutest most colourful pens ever and doodle and write cute little quotes all over the pages of your diary. I’ve done Bible quotes, healthy eating quotes and just general YOU GO GIRL vibes to make my diary fun! I have this one from the Works, which was only £1.50! Fun fact, when taking this to the till there was no price ticket on it so the girl only charged me £1, but being the good person I am ( 😉 ) I checked the price and gave the extra 50p! Honesty for the win, bebz 🙂

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2. A New Font

Not gonna lie, fonts are my jam. Pretty handwritten ones, big block ones, all of them! I find using a fun font at the beginning of essays or revision time tables really inspires me to work hard. Here’s a screenshot of my biology timetable. Some of my favourites are Soymilk (sample in my biology table below), LillyBelle and Sweet Pea. DaFont and 1001fonts are great places to source those Pinterest-esque fonts.

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3. Organise Your Drawers

That feeling of opening clean and tidy drawers is soooo satisfying. It’s also a great chance to donate unwanted clothes to charity, or sell on eBay or Depop. By the way, what does everyone think of Depop? So far I’ve heard good and bad about it!

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4. “Streamline”

Now this is a new technique of mine. Streamlining, and by this I mean simplifying things. Us humans like to make errrrrrything way too complicated and hard work. Now I do believe in hard work, but the simple life does things not just for your mental health but physical too. For example, why do we need 12 makeup products just for school? Mascara. Lipbalm. Brows. Done! Takes less time, is less expensive, and there’s less chance of getting eyeliner smudges or lipstick rubbing off. Or, running with no music. No hassle of trying to reach the next button and skipping a track, or checking for texts every 5 minutes. Just you, your trainers and nature. Sounds good, right? I am in no way a therapist or life counseller or whatever, just a girl trying new things out.

And they are my tips! Hope you enjoyed! What are your favourite ways to keep productive and organised? Any secret tips?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Lottie’s Life: Beautiful Flowers and New Trainers!

Hey everyone! How are we all doing? This week has been pretty cool, but it’s still soooo cold. Yet it hasn’t snowed? Like, what? That’s just teasing me. Anyways, my mum’s friend bought my mum some flowers and I gave them a little photo shoot! They were just too lovely!

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How pretty are they?!?! At the weekend my mum and I went shopping in town and we went to Sweat Shop. We have this PruHealth thingy (technical term) that means we get 50% off a pair of trainers for each of us! How cool is that? I got these asics ones which were originally £95, reduced to £50 in the sale then I got 50% off of that so they ended up being £25! Uh I’m so excited to try them out!

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If you were wondering they are the GT 1000 2 model, which you can find on the asics website here.

Well, that’s all from me this week me lovelies, I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Tell me what you’ve been up to! Do you like my new snazzy trainers?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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