Hello again! 

I have been so impressed with all your flat lays. So inspiring and I think you can all make great use of this kind of image in your Instagram streams. 

Below I have taken a series of images that show you how I build up an image. While you are practising styling your images, it's great to take images each time you add something else. You can do this with your phone if it's easier and then take the final images with your main camera or indeed your phone! I have taken a final image and then a detail image of the final set up. I took all these with my dSLR camera and then also took one with my phone as a square crop that I could use on Instagram. 

Thinking about the background, colours, layers and the story of the image are all really important. 

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Sometimes when I style an image I find that I need to remove something or take something out because it's the wrong colour. The more you create little vignettes like this, the easier it is to know when something is working or isn't working. You will get to know colours and patterns that go together. You will know which backgrounds and props photograph well and can be reliable like old friends! 

Styling for photography takes practise. Remember to refer back to your Pinterest board. Keep adding to it. Take a look at how other people are styling images. What do you like about them? How have they composed the photograph? Look at backgrounds and colours. The more you look and the more you practise, the better you will become. 

And then you can combine your styling skills with your photography skills and create beautiful images! 


Well, this is embarrassing...I have muddled up the order of the last few lessons. I completely blame my tonsillitis and the exhaustion I've had this week and I can only apologise. If you're not in the Facebook Group...I was ill in bed for nearly all of last week and this week has been quite a struggle too. 

Anyway.... 

On Wednesday you should have got the White Balance lesson and not the Social Media one. That one should have followed this video and then the final styling tips one at the end. What a muddle! 

You have all the lessons though and I hope the silly mix up with the order hasn't confused you. 

As I have been poorly and not available in the Facebook Group as often as I usually am, I will keep the group open for an extra two week rather than one. 

Here is a final little video for you: 

Do you remember when you started the course that you took a photograph on the first day? Can you take one now and compare the two? I would love you to share these two images in the Facebook Group and if you would like to be featured on the Makelight blog next week then I would love you to email them to me. 

Thank you so much for being a part of this course. You have all inspired me. xo



 
 

White balance on your camera is there to help make sure that things that appear white in real life also appear white in your images. seems to go in one of two ways. You put on auto white balance and everything looks great. All the whites look white and you don't even have to give it a second thought. 

Or...you take a photograph and realise that everything is blue, orange or yellow. Or just plain yucky! This is nearly always because of artificial light that you can't turn off. When I worked as a wedding photographer white balance as some venues was a total nightmare. But these colours can also be caused by low natural light at dusk or dawn. 

If my auto white balance isn't working then I try one (or more!) of the following. 

First, I check to see if any of the alternative white balance settings on my camera will help. For example Incandescent for domestic lighting. 

Second, I shoot in RAW mode. Not all of your cameras will be able to do this but if you can shoot RAW and you are in a tricky lighting situation then I would do it. The files are very large, so you might not want to do this all the time but if you shoot RAW then all the colour data is retained in the file, compared to a JPEG file where unselected colour data (dependent on the White Balance setting you have selected) is not included in the file. This means that when you edit a RAW file you can correct the tone of the white in the image. 

I don't shoot all my work in RAW though. The files are too large and apart from for white balance work I rarely use the RAW data, so I just don't feel it's necessary. Pro-photographers are split on this one, so remember this is just my personal view. Other photographers shoot everything in RAW. 

Third, I set a custom white balance. I use a grey card to take an image to set the custom white balance to. Each camera you have will have a different button for this. When I do it I take a photograph of the grey card and then go to 'custom white balance' in my menu and select the image I've just taken. The custom white balance will then be adjusted to capture images in the same setting as the one I'm currently in. 

Be careful when you set the custom white balance indoors. You must make sure you put it back to Auto White Balance when you go back outside. Otherwise all your images will be really blue! 

Have fun! x