Emma Davies

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I'm Emma Davies, professional photographer and professional blogger. I teach bloggers how to: take better photographs | optimise their images for Google | put their readers first | be creative and have fun | find and use free images legally.
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Every time we reach the editing module of A Year With My Camera I have at least 1 in 10 students tell me that they will be skipping this part because they believe in getting the photograph right when they take it, not fixing it afterwards. And every time this...
DSLR camera
What camera should I buy? “What camera should I buy to shoot flowers?” “I want a DSLR, what should I get?” “I need a new camera for the holiday of a lifetime, what do you recommend?” These are all questions I’ve been asked online already this year (today is 16 January). I love being...
Camera and laptop
I'm delighted to announce the launch of my new, free, year-long photography workshop for 2016: "A Year With My Camera". Join now, and get an email every Thursday with a weekly photography lesson and small project. We might be working on composition, aperture, use of colour, creating a mood, telling...
Camera film roll
In the year 2000 I took my life savings to a tiny camera shop under the arches at London Bridge station and bought the first digital SLR that Canon produced – the D30. I was a lawyer at the time, and had to run out at lunchtime on the day when...
Food photography, photo credit Emma Davies
I recently went on Aspire Photography Training’s Fine Art Food Photography workshop. Everything that the talented Joan Ransley taught me is directly applicable to food bloggers. I won’t give away all her secrets – I recommend you go on one of her courses – but I’m going to use the photographs I took...
Macro fly
There are no new rules to learn for macro, just remember everything you already know applies twice over. Camera shake will be magnified, light loss will be doubled, and your depth of field reduced down to fractions of a millimetre. Here’s a reminder of the 8 skills you need...
Stylish woman in photograph
I think it’s more important to have an idea of the photograph you want to take before you take it, but in the long run I think yes, having a style is what makes you a photographer. Your style will probably evolve, and you won’t always use it, but it...
Instagram user
With over 300 million Instagram users, and a community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos each day, Instagram has become a home for creativity and exploring passions. Whether you're a fashion, food, travel or niche writer, Dahling, this is not an audience a blogger of any description...
Long view of art gallery
Let me stand in your shoes When someone looks at your photo, they effectively stand in your shoes and take on your point of view. It’s the most intimate part of the photograph, and the thing that connects you to your viewer. It’s also the one thing you always have complete...
Food blogger
Shoot with options in mind Take 3 or 4 photos of the same thing so you can have a square crop for Instagram, a long thin shot for Pinterest, a landscape aspect for your featured image and maybe something with negative space for text overlay. Plan your photos around your editorial...
Movie reel and clapper
This is a quick guide to get you started today if you want to shoot and share videos – on your blog, on YouTube or on other social media. A lot of video guides for bloggers overwhelm you with detail and kit specifications. This guide is for you if (1)...
Instagram camera
Blogging is getting more social by the day. Bloggers are turning off comments and moving their engagement over to social media. They are posting micro updates on social platforms where previously they would have put up a blog post. Why? It’s quick, it’s personal and it’s so much easier than...