Have you been to one of our Get Creative Skills Sessions?
Are you looking to learn more about photography?
Would you like to know where to find some new software or advice to help hone in your photographic skills?
Here is a list of helpful resources that we at the film festival would recommend**:
Only got a smartphone, no problem.
The hints and tips on iPhone Photography School are a fantastic starting point for all budding photographers. They cover basic rules on framing, perspective as well as do’s and don’t will help improve your photography skills. (Don’t worry if you don’t have an iPhone, lots of their advice is applicable to most mobile photography)
Want to do more with your smartphone, why not try using a smartphone lens? Cheep and affordable at around the £10 mark, these little clip on lens allow you to zoom in closer, take macro photos or have fun effects with a fisheye.
With so many different kinds of mobile devices all with amazing camera functions, there is a lot that can be done on your mobile now.
Always have a look on your camera app for advance/professional/editing settings or built in software.
If you have an apple device, there is already a range of basic editing tools built into IOS.
- Adobe Photoshop Express is a simple and easy to use app. (FREE: IOS, Android, Windows)
Helpful for simple and easy ways to apply a filters, effect, adjust, crop, remove red eye.
- Google’s Snapseed (FREE: IOS, Android)
Very similar to Photoshop Express, this software has more tools and options such as: Lens blur, double exposure, HDR and much more.
Youtube & Video Channels:
Phlearn – is one of the most popular photography channels on youtube. Often giving guides on how to use editing software like photoshop, but also have a whole range of Q&A videos that cover many photography questions
Creative Live – All their live stream courses are free to view and cover a range of ability levels beginner to advance across photographic topics from framing, lighting to masterclasses in editing, photoshop and more. They also cover videos in areas of design, arts, music and business classes.
When it comes to desktop software Adobe Photoshop is still the industry standard way to edit photos. Although it can be an expensive and daunting piece of software for beginners here are some cheep or free alternatives.
- If you have a Mac then you will already have some great editing features built into your computer. Apple is constantly updating its photos app with new features. If your a Windows 10 user they also have a photos app which
- GIMP (FREE: Windows, Mac, Linux) This software is is a superb free alternative to Adobe Photoshop, and comes with a huge array of professional-quality functions for fine-tuning images and photos, and creating your own artwork from scratch. Although it can be a steep learning curve and takes a while to learn to use effectively.
- Affinity Photo (£50 Mac) A step up from Gimp, this software is slightly easier to use and in many subtle ways much more like photoshop with a full range of tools from: Raw editing, Digital painting, Retouching and a whole range of editing tools. They also have a large range of tutorials online.
- If you are looking to step up your editing skills but not confident with complex software try Adobe Photoshop Elements (£80: Windows & Mac)
Although this is not a free piece of software it is very simple and has easy to use versions of the type of things you can do in Photoshop or Gimp or Affinity Photo.
Have you just picked up an SLR and not sure where to start? Don’t worry we have a cheat sheet for that which will help to explain the basics of shutter speed, aperture, Iso and more. Click Here for Digital Cameras or Click here for film cameras.