Fancy a Cuppa?

I have some new things to show you from the gallery over the next couple of weeks.

How about these very pretty beach huts mugs featuring original artwork by Diana.  How cute are they?

Mugs and Cards

They come in their own box, so are perfect gifts for the beachy people in your life. 

Pop the kettle on and put your feet up!

While you’re there, why not pick up a greetings card box set too so you can keep in touch with people the old school way!

The gallery will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday this coming week from 10-4 – hope to see some of you there.

Organdie. x

#30DaysWild

I have been dabbling in The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild campaign this month – and despite the weather not being completely on our side, I have been really enjoying bringing a little bit of wildness into my daily life.

Here are a few of the things I have been up to so far this month;

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A grey and windy beach road in Wells.

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Foxgloves in Holkham pine woods.

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Holkham beach

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Holkham estate

I will also be getting out my pens and paints and doodling some more birds this month – why not?

Organdie. x

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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

FAQs

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 saltmarshandsamphire@gmail.com

Organdie. x

General Update Musing

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I thought I would pop by and just have a bit of a ramble…

I seem to be failing a little at my photo a day project this month – I am not sure why, but I am not going to beat myself up about it too much.  I am just going to go with it, but the updates will probably stop – 1:  am sure they weren’t the most inspiring posts and 2: what’s the point of them if I have missed some days!?

I have just been feeling a little distracted I suppose, we have been setting up our Etsy shop and trying to get some things at the actual shop sorted and I guess my focus has been a little all over the place.

I have been trying to sort out this focus issue, but I am really not sure how to go about it – my mind seems to fragmented that I don’t really know where to start.  I have been trying to switch off from devices at a sensible time and try and wind down so I get some proper sleep which I think must be a good place to start.  I am always tempted to do another media detox like last year, but it seems like there are so many things that I need to do online for the shop that it never seems to work.

Does anyone else work for themselves and find it so so hard to find a good work/life balance?  It’s like you never switch off completely.  I am not even sure if I am moaning about that, because I am obviously going to do anything I can to get the business flying.

Anyway, I am reading quite a bit when the shop is quieter as it is still cold and grey here and the season hasn’t really started yet.  The distractions creep into this hobby too though – sometimes I can read pages and pages without actually having taken notice of any of the words.  Does anyone else do this?  I still turn the pages and move my eyes, but no words sink in.  Weird.

What has everyone else been up to lately – I feel like I am completely out of the loop here!

Any tips for regaining focus?

Organdie. x

Frazzled!

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Do you ever get that burned out feeling – trying to do too much and spreading yourself too thinly?  I feel like that now.  I am not complaining about being busy with the shop or anything like that, because that it great.  I am feeling frazzled by social media, keeping up with a million things online everyday and not feeling like I am doing many of them justice.

So with that in mind, I am going to take a short blogging break in order to give myself a chance to recoup.  I don’t want to keep posting things that I am not overly happy with – if I wouldn’t particularly want to read it, why should I expect you to?!

I am hoping that Susannah Conway is planning her annual August Break photo challenge this year – if she does, then I will be back blogging away to join in with the challenge because it is really quite enjoyable.  That’s what I want blogging to be – enjoyable.  At the moment it doesn’t feel quite like that, so maybe when I return I will cut myself some slack and perhaps post less, but post better.

In the meantime I will be steeling myself for the crazy busy season in Wells (I hope that we will be crazy busy in the shop – looking forward to it!) and opening 7 days a week.  We have lots to look forward to – but I don’t want to be feeling too burned out before it has even started.

So I hope you will forgive me a little mini blogging break – I will be back soon!

Organdie. x