I love a good craft magazine and Mollie Makes is no different so I was super excited to find that the people behind the monthly magazine had released a few special editions. Photography is something I am working hard to improve, I’ve already written about attending a Makelight Workshop, but it’s good to have something to refer back to and so I picked up a copy when it came out (ok so it was published in 2014) and have finally had a chance to sit and read it cover to cover.
Now that I’ve treat myself to a new camera (Olympus PEN E-PL7) and also have a dslr camera I would like to learn more of the technical aspects of photography, rather than just ‘point and shoot’, but I find it rather daunting. The magazine includes loads of tips about the technical parts of photography in a factual way but also with practical examples, such as the ‘Find Your Light’ spread above.
I love that the magazine makes you think about your photography style and how to develop and change the way you take photos beyond your usual angles. The ‘Location, Location, Location’ piece in particular was interesting in challenging you to go on location for a week, change your perspective and not to get wrapped up in the small details. I hope to take myself on a photo walk of my town as a way to practice.
There are SO many ‘apps’ out there now to help edit your photos or create special effects, especially if you use the camera you keep in your back pocket. But it can be confusing which ones to use, paid or free, and so the ’12 of the best apps’ feature was really interesting. I love my iPhone for taking photos, the camera on it is great and it’s fab for updating social media quickly with a quick edit in an app. I use PicTapGo and Live Collage at the moment.
I wasn’t expecting to see craft tutorials in a magazine special about photography, but I loved the craft elements of the magazine. I never would have thought to take an old camera and turn it into a lamp base, and the felt camera bag tutorial was beyond cute. I also found it inspiring to read the various interviews and snippets with people who make a career out of photography, who share prolifically on social media, or who just have excellent photography styling and see what tips they had to share.
I am not sure if you can still pick up a copy of the magazine as it was published a little while ago now, but, if you do happen to see one I would say grab it! Have you read the Mollie Makes Photography special? I’d love to hear what you thought of it, or if you have any other photography tips please do share, it’s something I am always striving to improve.