Friday, 2 May 2014

Mastering your DSLR - Review

So, if you follow me on Instagram, you will already know that I recently took part in the Mastering your DSLR course by Candice Stringham for A Beautiful Mess.

Let me give you a little bit of background first. I love taking photos. I always have my iphone camera on the go and I tend to annoy family members because of it. But I just can't help it. I love capturing special moments, so anyway, for Christmas I got my first ever DSLR, a handmidown from my Dad (who is a fab photographer) so I was SUPER excited to start my college course and learn how to use it.

Well, let's just say it didn't really turn out how I'd hoped. I was hoping to make some friends, which I did (Hello lovely Claire if you are reading) but I didn't really learn anything. OK that's a little un fair. But we all felt the same, it was a shame. The Teacher was nice, just not really, I don't know, informative enough, anyway I don't want to go in to it too much let's just say it was 10 wasted weeks (Tues eves) apart from getting to hang out with Claire of course ;) ha x

So anyway, when I saw that A Beautiful Mess were going to be launching a course I KNEW right away this would be what I was looking for and after the first class I was blown away. I was right. It was even better than I imagined. Candice was lovely and as well as a written class there was a Video tutorial along with lovely mp3s where Candice just chatted away to us. There was an online forum where we could 'meet' our lovely classmates - I say lovely because they are and I love following them on Instagram now !!

I won't spoilt it too much for those thinking of doing it but I will just say you will be blown away by how simple using Manual really is and you'll do it a lot quicker than you think you will ! There is so much support from the teachers too and the classmates as well.

I am absolutely LOVING my camera now and I take it out every opportunity I get now (you may have seen) haha so I thought I would share some of my favourites below. I know they might not be quite a professional level, but to me, I am SO proud of what I have achieved in such a short space of time (5 week course) it's just the best feeling to know what you are doing and get the results you are actually aiming to achieve!

I cannot recommend this course more, it's not running at the moment, but I know they will be doing it again, so keep an eye out for next time !! The numbers were limited, so get in quick !!
Oooh and I nearly forgot, I downloaded all the PDFs and make it in to an awesome folder so I can refer back to anytime and they even gave you a front cover ! Awesome !

Thank you A Beautiful Mess & Candice, you're amazing !!!

Just as footnote, it was a TOTAL bargain for what it was ! Amazing.


  1. Such beautiful photography. We must go toy one of Emily's workshops later in the year xxx

    1. Sorry Laura looks like I commented rather than replied (see below) hhaha that would be so lovely xx

  2. Aww thank you so much Laura xxx yes we absolutely should!! Would be so lovely!! X

  3. Wow! Your photography has changed so much since the class- so clear and light. Awesome white balance and depth of field! (from one who struggles).

  4. The A Beautiful Mess course sounds great! I am doing a an photography evening class at college at the moment and I have to say, it isn't great, but I shall persevere!

    P.S. your blog is beautiful!

    1. Aw shame but yes do persevere!! Thank you so much xx