Getting the DSLR off of ‘Auto’

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While I know I’m not alone in my love for photography, I have known for quite some time that I have forced myself into an undesirable niche photographers; the ones who don’t get their DSLR off the ‘auto’ setting.

Don’t get me wrong – I’ve tried. I have attended a handful of ‘photography classes’ over the past three years but have always left feeling either confused (“Why have I spent four hours studying light leaks when 90% of my photography is reactive?”) or underwhelmed (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been ‘taught’ the rule of thirds when my only photographical strength is a natural knack for composition).

This time, things were different.

On Sunday, I spent the day with a group of fantastic bloggers and photographers at the Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield to receive a full-on masterclass from Pandora Maund of Going Digital. Unlike classes that I have previously attended, I came away from the day like a singleton returning from The Perfect First Date – I wanted to take a picture of absolutely everything in sight (the kind of camera lust that has dwindled since purchasing my first ‘proper’ camera as a teenager).

Instead of fiddling around tirelessly with manual settings, the day equipped me with both textbook and practical tips and knowledge that has – in my opinion – improved my photography tenfold. Not only that, but the Copthorne Hotel’s proximity to the football grounds of Sheffield United made for some super snazzy shots (special access is a beautiful thing, eh?).

My new year’s resolution is to never take a photo on ‘auto’ again.*

(*If I struggle, there’s always Instagram…)

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Vlog: How Can You Be a Feminist?

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Vlog time! This week, we’re talking feminism.

To paraphrase the video; I basically wanted to do a little non-rant for you guys because feminism has been popping up in conversation quite a bit over the oast few weeks and I didn’t expect to be so surprised by the conversations I’ve had.

With almost half of the people I’ve spoken to, they’ve been either surprised that I consider myself a feminist or say something like ‘but not the lesbian kind’ LOL…

Please watch (and enjoy!) ‘How Can You Be a Feminist…?’, below.

(And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more!)

Competition: Go backstage at London Fashion Week with LG!

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Are you a fashion student that wants to go behind the scenes of London Fashion Week? You are?! Have I got an excellent opportunity for you!

For the seventh consecutive season, LG Electronics (LG) are taking the reigns as the Official Garment Care Supplier of one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year and, as their official London Fashion Week blogger, we’re looking for a talented fashionista to be a part of the action!

LG will provide expert support at this season’s London Fashion Week (12th – 16th September), with a dedicated ‘Steam Team’ helping backstage. For one passionate fashion student, LG and I are excited to offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a part of the LG Steam Team! Working alongside an industry expert in garment care, the lucky winner will experience the fast-paced fashion environment backstage at London Fashion Week with the opportunity to increase their knowledge in fashion and fabric care.

LG’s latest home appliance range includes leading innovations in washing, such as the introduction of 6 Motion Direct Drive technology that uses a combination of drum motions to deliver an amazing wash performance coupled with optimum fabric care. With such a range of fabrics used in today’s fashions, LG’s 6 Motion Direct Drive Technology ensures that everything from jeans to delicates come out looking and feeling their absolute best, as well as thoroughly cleaned. So you can take the trends off the catwalk and into your everyday wardrobe, safe in the knowledge that your clothes will look good for seasons to come.

To enter:
Simply tweet @LGUK using the hashtag #LGSteamTeam and tell us which catwalk show you are most looking forward to this season to be in with the chance of winning!

For more information on LG please visit: www.lg.com/uk/appliances
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Free Spotify Playlist – September 2014

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With the ridiculous amount of ‘back to school’ posts I’ve seen flitting around the blogosphere in the lead up to September, I figured a healthy dose of new school choons would be ideal for this month’s free Spotify playlist.

It’s a loose tie-in. I’m well aware most of the Lela London community hasn’t seen the insides of a classroom for a few years.

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for August’s free Spotify playlist.)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

(Download Spotify here. It’s free!)

Track listing:
Move Like U Stole It by ZZ Ward
Figure It Out by Royal Blood
1957 by Milo Greene
Chandelier by Sia
Believer by American Authors
This Is How We Do by Katy Perry
Shake, Shake, Shake by Bronze Radio Return
Come With Me Now by KONGOS
New Love by Maroon 5
Waterfall by The Stone Roses
Changing by Sigma and Paloma Faith
MyType by Saint Motel
Happy Idiot by TV On The Radio
Dance Apocalyptic by Janelle Monae
Hit Me Down Sonny by The Ting Tings

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