Days like today

Step out of your comfort zone (5)

Every now and then on a Wednesday, I venture into the city to the office. Evolve (parent company of Mumtastic) is based in a warehouse conversion in Surry Hills. It sounds way cooler than it actually is, but it's a lovely, light space and the people are awesome. Whenever I plan to go in, it feels like such an inconvenience. Having to get a bit ...

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Nice places to find free images for your blog

Nice places to find FREE IMAGES for your BLOG - best blogging resources

These days I'm right into photography, but that wasn't always the case. For at least two years of blogging I used other people's free images. You could say I was a curator instead of a creator. Back in the day, before we all knew about copyright, we used to grab any old image and add a link back to the source at the end of our post. This was ...

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#inthepicture | Me with my kids in May

April #inthepicture

Another month of attempted in the picturing, another abysmal fail. The photo above is it, taken unexpectedly at a friend's backyard party, which is just as well or I wouldn't have anything to put up this month. You can't actually see the kids, or even me for that matter, which is why this is a fail! I am starting to realise that it's not just my ...

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Photography for beginners | Some exercises to improve your photography

Photography for absolute beginners

I first started dabbling in photography about two years ago. I told no one, published not a single photo and continued to use other people's credited images on my blog. I was curating rather than creating and hugely frustrated by my lack of ability to create the same amazing images that I took such pleasure in finding and using (with permission). ...

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A morning in the life of Mullumbimby

Mullum Music Festival-8

Admittedly today is a special morning in the life of Mullumbimby. We travelled north to the Mullum Music Festival to surround ourselves with music, colour and community and that's exactly what we found. Mullum hummed with a vibrancy that made my insides dance. It was all about the music, of course. I didn't take many pictures of the performers, ...

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Photography for beginners | How to DIY a product or food photography shoot

How to set up a DIY food photography shoot - the set up

Being able to write an irresistible story is vital for building an audience for your blog, but there is no denying that it is the way your blog looks that provides the critical first impression and photography plays a big part of that. Photography will draw your audience in and it is on your images that they will click to find out more. Even if ...

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Photography for beginners | Using artificial light

Using artificial lighting

If there is one thing that doing a proper photography course has taught me, it is this. I am definitely a natural light photographer. The times that I have tried to use artificial lighting have been nothing short of a disaster.  I can’t seem to ‘see’ artificial light the way I can ‘see’ natural light. This doesn't surprise me in the least. My ...

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A morning in the life of medieval times

A morning in the life of medieval times - feature

Last weekend we went back in time at the St Ives Medieval Faire. There was jousting - actual jousting. The people fascinated me and not just because they were hundreds of years old... Who are these wonderfully quirky people who spend their weekends dressed in handmade linen garb, drinking mead and talking about their feudal lord? Who ...

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Photography for beginners | Tips for natural light

Photography for absolute beginners - working with natural light

Photography is light – capturing it, blending it, manipulating it and marvelling at it. Light changes every minute of every day and there is no such thing as “bad” natural light. Sure, that light right at sunrise and sunset (“the golden hour”) creates long shadows and casts a beautiful glow across everything, but who’s to say that the dynamic light ...

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Photography for beginners | How to take great children’s portraits

How to take great children's portraits

One of the best photography tips I have so far from the online digital photography course I’m doing, is ‘get comfortable’. As far as I can gather, this is true of all things photography, especially portrait photography. To take a good shot: you need to feel physically comfortable yourself you need to make your subject feel comfortable you ...

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