Photography 101, Well For Us Beginners Anyway...


Hello friends. 

Ever dabble in photography at all? It seems like almost anyone can take a relatively good looking photo now that smart phones are around. Even magazine covers are being taken with iPhone’s:

(Read on for more info about the Times cover series shot by Luisa Dörr.)

That said, I do enjoy the quality and artistic expression a DSLR allows its user. The more I learn how to use my camera, the more I’m able to express my creativity and personality through my photos. 

Here are a few tips from a course I’ve been doing called School of Light (pop over to their website for more info on the course and what's offered) where I’ve been learning all the basics you need to know! 

Light is probably one of the most important (if not the most important) aspects of capturing an amazing photograph. Good natural light is always best, unless you’re shooting in a studio with studio lighting of course.

All in all it’s about finding that amazing, soft, beautiful light. Usually found just after sun rise or sun set… Golden Hour! Light really does make all the difference.

Here are some pictures I took just after sun rise in Kalk bay, we went as a group for a practical lesson with School of Light.


When taking landscape photos it’s usually best to shoot on a wide angle lense. These could have been cropped a little better with more of the landscape in the picture.


Some basic terms to learn:

  • Aperture: Controls the amount of light entering the camera through the lens, measured in F-stops.
  • Lightmeter: Measures the amount of light that hits your camera’s sensor.
  • ISO: The sensitivity of your camera’s sensor to light.
  • Shutterspeed: The speed that the light enters the lens.

I can’t wait to show you more of what we’ve done at School of Light, it has been such an amazing course so far!