7 Non-Technical Ways to Improve Your Photography now

I am not a photographer but since I started blogging I also started taking more photographs and it has slowly become one of my favourite things to do. Some (mainly my darling husband) may even say it has become a bit of an obsession! To be honest with you I see it as an extension of myself, as a way to document my everyday moments with my children, my husband, my family and the world around me.

From the moment I started falling in love with taking photographs something about the way I see the world around me changed and I was desperate to capture it and explore it further.

Photography is a love affair with life. – Burk Uzzle

Over the past few months I have had many lovely compliments on my photos and even people asking me for advice on how to take better photos. At first this really puzzled me. ‘I have no advice to give’ I would say blushing or ‘I have no idea, I’m not a photographer you know? But thank you very much for your kindness’. In all honesty I have very little technical knowledge on how to take good photographs but I have been trying to work out what is it that I instinctively do when I take photographs and I have come up with a few non technical tips that I think might help you improve your photography.

7 non-technical ways to improve your photography

Non-Technical Tips to Improve Your Photography Now

1. Take lots of photos

Here is the thing, in this day and age where most cameras are digital and camera films are no longer an issue (unless you choose to use it) taking lots of photographs is free and easy. I don’t shoot in a controlled environment and I don’t stage my photos either so all the elements are constantly changing. Light changes, children move around, expressions shift and suddenly you got it – you have the perfect photo!

2. Shoot Action

I find this quite hard to do because I am still figuring out how to get action photos that are not blurred but I love to capture movement. I love the way it brings photographs alive.

3. Think about the composition

I come from a creative background and as such, having an eye for composition is something I believe comes quite naturally to me. My art teacher always used to say ‘This is not an embroidery lesson so there is no need to draw everything in the middle of the paper’. This is something that has always stayed with me since my school years (funny how that happens really) so I never put my subject in the middle of the frame. I always move it slightly off centre. Also I don’t my backgrounds to be too busy because it takes the shine away from my subject.

4. Get close

I love getting really close without zooming in. By close I mean REALLY CLOSE totally invading personal space. My husband and kids find this quite annoying most of the time. I find the result is quite intimate and powerful.

5. Shoot at the same level as your subject

I love getting down to the same level as my children in an attempt to portray the world from their perspective and better capture their mood and facial expressions. I also find it gives photographs a very personal and warm touch.

6. Be physical

I am a physical person by nature and so when I am taking photographs I move around a lot trying to get the right light, the right perspective, the right expression, the right detail, the right composition, etc. This has led to some embarrassing moments as I am often so lost in the moment that I fail to notice what else is going on around me like people, steps, water and even dog poo!

7. Be inspired by the moment

I don’t spend any time staging my photographs because what I’m after is a captured moment in time, a reaction, an expression. I’m after the ‘feeling’ of the moment I want to capture. Life is after all a collection of moments is it not?

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”— Aaron Siskind

As I said before I am not a photographer and I have very little, if any technical knowledge of how to take good photographs. The purpose of this post was not to teach you how to take a good photograph but purely to share with you some of the things I have found –  through trial and error – that improved my own photographs.

You can see more of my photographs here and on my Instagram feed.

I hope you found this post interesting and helpful. I would love to hear about any other tips you may have. Please leave me a comment below.

Love, P


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  1. Adorei! Desde que comecei a escrever o meu PC ficou inundado de fotografias. Mas é mesmo gratificante ao fim de alguns meses como evoluímos “amadoramente” 😛 Obrigada por outro excelente post.

  2. This is a beautiful post with wonderful words of encouragement and really made me feel that I could apply this to my photography which I’m venturing out on at the moment. I love your honesty and I love those quotes – so true! Thank you for sharing this post lovely x

  3. Brilliant tips – I LOVE your photos and I can see from reading this how you manage to capture everything so well. Getting down to the level of the subject is a great one as I never do that. I have started to make the focal point not dead centre of the shot and I agree, that adds a whole new dimension to the photo and looks quite arty 😉

  4. I can see why people would think you are a professional photographer, your images are very beautiful and have that creative aspect to them. I recently saw a sponsored post written by a blogger about the professional session they had and the photos were so disappointing. She was happy with them but really the lighting and positioning was just off. I think you would make loads of money as a photographer. I have always loved taking photos and when I stared my blog I became obsessed too, then my hubby became obsessed and now he is more passionate about film photography and develops his own. Keep up the great work!

  5. Fab tips! Reading this I feel less guilty at being a crap photographer LOL and I can see a way forward! Thanks for sharing, I think your pics are very nice and watch out for the poos! #StayClassyMama

  6. You could’ve fooled me, Pat! I thought you had some training in photography! I love your photos and could definitely use the tips to improve. I want my own camera. For now, I use my phone’s camera but try to take decent photos with it.

  7. A really interesting read Patricia. I was really rubbish at photos for a long time but blogging has made me think about my photographs a lot more. This is a great post with lots of useful tips, thanks so much for sharing. x

  8. A really helpful post for me. I do struggle with the photo side of blogging. I don’t own a camera just my phone which is an old iPhone 4s. Hopefully at the end of this month I will be getting the 6s as well. Great tips. xx


  9. These are some great tips! I try and come back to these basics – they really do make such a huge difference to pictures. Likewise I’m not trained as a photographer but just love the creative process and learning about it:)

  10. Great post with some excellent tips. I’ve only just started blogging and am completely new to photography so I tend to go with point one; taking LOTS of photos in the hope I get a few decent ones. Love the tip about getting to their level, that sand castle shot is beautiful.

  11. I really loved this – it was just what I needed. I am just discovering photography for the first time I am loving experimenting. I always feel a bit intimidated by trained photographers so I loved reading this. Your pictures are breathtaking – I love every one and I’m looking forward to trying out your tips. #TheList

  12. Love all your photos, so was excited to read this! It didn’t disappoint. Some I try to do already (but good to be reminded) and some I will definitely consider more from now on. Going to try some more close up shots…

  13. This is a great post and I love your photos! It would be very easy to confuse you with a pro photographer I really need to work on my pictures, will start putting your tips in to practice asap xx #blogginggoodtime

  14. I always adore your photos! These are amazing tips. My DSLR broke and I miss it as it catches so much light. I am struggling with the one that I am using now as its got noviewfinder and tends to be hard to use on a bright day. I always end up with photos that are out of focus =( #ablogginggoodtime

  15. Love this post Pat – I always adore your photos, they are truly stunning and these are great tips. With Emma, as she is toddling around and never still, I often do the continuous shooting and sometimes get some wonderful shots. I love your tip to get really close, I agree it makes the shots so powerful xx #ablogginggoodtime

  16. Brilliant advice, and you do have a great eye for composition. I love that, whatever type of camera we use, we can all utilise these tips and improve our photos by keeping these things in mind. Thank you. #EatSleepBlogRT

  17. These are such great ideas! I am starting a new camera course next week for the technical stuff as its get to have some other ideas and you’ve inspired me to set up a Pinterest board! Thanks so much, stopping by from the list xx

  18. I think these are fab tips. You may not have any formal training, but you are DEFINITELY a photographer! Your advice is so helpful and simple, and the photographs you’ve included here are all stunning. I especially like the action shot of the fountains. #FamilyFun

  19. I’m just discovering my love of taking photos, something blogging has brought out. These tips are great and really useful for me. Can I ask what sort of camera you use? Your photos really are beautiful xx thanks again for linking with #familyfun.

  20. I love this as I feel the same way. I am fully an iphonephotographer! And a happy one at that! Capturing the good, the bad, the ugly and theunexpected to support my blog with original content. Thanks for these great tips! #mg xoxo M’wah!

  21. I love taking pictures. I am better at taking them of things rather than people.
    I remember a tip a photographer feiwnd rold me about landscapes. He said to break it down into thirds. The sky should be a third of the picture, the objects of interest should be in the middle third and the foreground in the last third.

  22. Great tips! I truly believe just taking lots and lots of pictures helps. I experiment with settings and placement (usually of myself) and feel that the more I shoot the more I learn and the better I get. I cringe looking back at some early blog posts seeing the photos I used versus the ones I take now.

  23. Great tips, as a former estate agent, I am great at staging pictures, but I dont in my real life, I just click away and hope for the best, my photos is my next area to work on… #TheList

  24. Love this tips. So often we can get mired in the technical but all these are really about connecting in the moment and enjoying photography — which is why we all started doing it in the first place!

  25. I love this. I haven’t had the time to get into the technical aspects of photography, so tips like this are way more actionable for me right now. #StayClassyMama

  26. Your photographs are stunning – I need to think about these sort of things more, especially when I’m just taking pictures with my camera phone. It may not have the highest resolution, but I can still get a good shot if I think about composition. #stayclassymama

  27. Great tips. Thanks for sharing. I need to take more action shots, that’s for sure.

  28. It’s so true that you don’t need to be an expert! Like you, I don’t stage photos because I prefer to capture real moments, so I’m really glad I read this post because these are some amazingly practical tips for improving my (rather shoddy) camera work!! I love action shots too, and tend to take bursts of photos on my phone and then trawl through them for the perfect pic! #stayclassymama

  29. you say you’re not a photographer but I find your work beautiful!!! These are some really good tips, getting down to their level is something ive not tried yet, but i agree with taking several photos. Action shots are such a nightmare but if taking several shots there is bound to be one half decent one and if not I find a collage of several ok ones makes it easier to hide the imperfections hahahaah! #stayclassymama

  30. The sandcastle picture is brilliant. You ARE a photographer whether you say so or not. Great tips. Thank you. I will definitely try and move around more to get different angles. #stayclassymama

  31. Fab tips – thank you! Your photography is amazing, I still have so much to learn and am very lazy in that most of the time I can’t even be bothered to take out the camera. I need to try harder! #stayclassymama

  32. I love discovering new IG feeds to follow and yours is gorgeous! Love the tips too thank you! I got DSLR for Christmas and have only let it come out to play a few times but am getting there! <3 #stayclassymama

  33. Wonderful tips! I too got more interested in photography since blogging, making sure my posts are always my own. I love that sandcastle pic! I can almost feel the sand in my toes! Beautiful! #stayclassymama xoxo

  34. I hope this doesn’t come out wrong but I’m so glad you’re co-hosting this linky as I’ve known of your blog for aaaaaages but never got round to visiting! Now ‘I had to visit it’ (for want of a less clumsy phrase!) and I’m so glad I have! First, yep, that’s one hell of an IG feed. I’m crappity crap at IG and in fact do the total opposite to your zooming up close! That bit really reminded me of my good buddy Helen of Just Saying Mum who does the close up thing really well. Loved tip 5 too! Thanks for this and nice to ‘meet you’! #stayclassymama

  35. Some awesome tips! I’m always looking for ways to improve my photography, and these really are some great ideas. The other day, when we were hiking, I got REEEALLY close to a snail to take a photo, and the resulting photo was better than anything I could’ve got from zooming!! Thanks for sharing <3

  36. I’m currently trying to start capturing action in my images as well and it’s difficult to find a balance between capturing the movement in shots and actually making sure you’re got things focused and it’s not just all one big blur!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    1. Burst mode definitely helps and another thing you might want to try is having your camera on a tripod and having adjusting shutter speed. Thank you for stoping by 🙂

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