The Art of Everyday Photography

Hello everyone,

Just a little post from me today to let you know that The Art of Everyday Photography – my online photography course at Saltmarsh and Samphire – is open for registration.  We start on 25th April 2016 and we would love to see some of you there.

I will pop a little more about the course down below, but you can find more information and sign up if it is for you by visiting the online course page on Saltmarsh and Samphire 🙂


I love taking photographs everyday.  I always have a camera with me (even if it is ‘only’ my phone) wherever I go, and I am sure many of you are exactly the same.

Perhaps you have a camera, but don’t quite know how to get the best from it, or maybe you want to document your everyday life with your camera phone.  There are so many reasons to fall in love with photography, and I hope this course will help you achieve a little bit of magic everyday with your camera.

I mainly shoot digital pictures using one of four cameras (my Nikon D90, Fujifilm X100, Fujifilm XE-1 and Fujifilm X30), but I have recently completely fallen in love with film photography and have started to collect older film cameras too.  It’s becoming tricky to resist buying little gems at car boot sales and I’ve devoted a whole year to shooting film on my personal blog.

I also use my iPhone camera, and upload pictures super easily to social media via Instagram (I’ll cover apps and things in more depth in Week 5)

The course week by week:

So now I have introduced you to the cameras I will be using throughout this course, let’s look at what you can expect from the next 5 weeks together.

In Week 1 I want to introduce you to some compositional elements of a photograph.  There are certain ‘rules’ which tend to make an engaging image – but remember that rules are there to be broken occasionally!  These will include lessons on The Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines and Positive and Negative Space.

Train tracks

Week 2 I will talk about perspective and colour.  Colour, textures and patterns can play a big part in photography and a tiny bit of colour theory could help you to understand this.  I also want you to think about perspective – this can help you to narrate your photography and tell the story that you want to.


In Week 3 I will touch on the lighting of a photograph.  How do different times of the day affect your photography?  What about taking photographs indoors?  We will also look at how the light can affect the mood or feel of an image.

Autumn Tree Leaves

Week 4 telling your stories in photography.  You might find that you would like to share your photography online – perhaps on a blog or via social media platforms – and it is useful to be able to tell a story through your photographs.  We will look at different types of shots which can help you to do this and also ways of presenting images together to tell a story.

Self Portrait

In the final week I’d like to share some editing tips with you.  Don’t panic – this is not as scary as it seems!  Editing can be as simple as an Instagram filter, or as in depth as computer editing software such as Photoshop.  This week is not meant to be a technical one, more an overview of what you could achieve if you choose to edit your photographs.


During our five weeks together, I will send out emails each day Monday to Friday.

Monday will introduce the topic of the week to you, Tuesday and Wednesday will be more in depth lessons so you can get to grips with different elements of your photography.  On Thursdays I will share a slideshow of images with you so you can get a real sense of the topic of the week, and I will send you some creative exercises for the weekend on a Friday.

I will also  set up a private Facebook group so you can all get to know each other and share some of your wonderful images with the class.

I’m so excited to be able to go on this photographic adventure with you.  I hope you are all packed and ready for the off.  Let’s begin!


What do I need to take this course?

You will need access to a computer and the internet in order to get the daily emails and to join the (optional) Facebook group.

You will also need a camera!

What Camera can I use?

You can use any camera that you have and enjoy using.  A camera on your phone, a point and shoot digital compact, a bigger Digital SLR or even film cameras if you want to.  The ‘rules’ of photography can be applied to any of the wonderful cameras you own.

Do I need to be online at a certain time?

No, I will email you the course material Mondays to Fridays so you can work through the course at your own pace.  It is useful to work through the emails in the order they come to you as the weeks do build on from each other.

Do I have to join the Facebook group?

Not unless you wish to do so – it is completely up to you!  The group is a great place to share your photographs, get some feedback and connect with the other people in the class, so if you choose to join it should be a lot of fun!

What will I get at the end of the course?

At the end of our five weeks together, I will send you a PDF e-book of the entire course so you can have access to the course material at anytime you like.

Do I need a Paypal account to pay?

You can checkout using the Paypal button without having a Paypal account, simply use your credit or debit card when prompted.  Paypal will also convert the course fee into your chosen currency if you are not paying in Sterling.  Please make sure that you provide the email address that you would like me to send the course emails to so you don’t miss anything.

If you have any further questions just get in touch with me

Organdie. x


The Year of Film :: March 2016

Another month another film!  I thought I would use my super fun Instax Mini 90 camera in March –  have been feeling a little bit unexcited about things lately, so I thought something fun like an instant camera would get me enjoying things again a bit more.

It did seem to work – something about taking film photos and having them (almost) instantly is a treat!

Here are some of my favourites from the month:







Have you been out and about taking photos this month?

Organdie. x

The Year of Film :: February 2016

This month saw me go back to an old faithful camera – my grandad’s Pentax ME Super.  I enjoyed using this camera so much in my original year of film in 2014 that I got through two rolls of film in the month I used it.  I have used it a lot since, and was only too happy to go back to it in February!

Here are a few of my favourites from the month;












Organdie. x

The Year of Film :: January 2016

I decided that 2016 should feature more film photography than 2015, so I thought that resurrecting the film a month project from 2014 would be a good idea.

I was quite excited by the prospect in January and immediately picked up one of the newest cameras in my collection – the Pentax K1000, bit of a classic!

I loved using this camera – everything needs setting yourself and you can really tell that you are taking a photograph, rather than the camera doing everything for you and snapping away.

Here are a few of my favourites from the month:











Really enjoyed getting out and about with film again – I wasn’t aware of how much I missed it last year.  I am partway through my next film – this time using my trusty Pentax ME Super – and I will post them here once the film is finished and processed.  How fun!

Do you like using film too?

Organdie. x


Reminder – The Art of Everyday Photography and Giveaway Winners!

We have our winners!

I will be in contact with you soon to sort out your places!

There is still time to register for The Art of Everyday Photography if you were not one of the winners this time.

We are starting on Monday (30th March 2015) and the course runs for 5 weeks – you will get emails Monday – Friday from me on different photographic topics, all for £40 (not too shabby even if I do say so myself!)

You can find more information and details of how to join me on this photographic adventure by visiting my online course page over at Saltmarsh and Samphire.

Hope to see some of you there!

Colour S&S circle big

Organdie. x

Giveaway Time!

Hey there!

What a lovely Monday morning I have woken up to today!


As I am full of the joys of spring, I thought I would host a giveaway this week.  As we are starting our next gathering of The Art of Everyday Photography I thought I would hold some places for a giveaway.  You can read a little bit more about the course and the content by visiting Saltmarsh and Samphire, or having a sneaky look at this blog post from me last week.

The Art of Everyday Photography

If you would like the chance to win one of three places on The Art of Everyday Photography then leave me a comment down below to tell me why you would like to join us, and I will pick three random winners on Friday 27th March 2015.  We will start our photography adventure together next Monday (30th March 2015) for five photo filled weeks.

If you head over to Saltmarsh and Samphire’s Facebook page you can like us and comment on the post on our page, follow us on Twitter and tweet us @saltysamphire with why you would like to win, and over at Instagram you can follow me @organdie84 and repost the image you find there too.  So all in all you can have 4 chances of winning a place if you so wish

Happy Monday to you all, hope you have a sunny week ahead.

Organdie. x