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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In Review: Trinity Kitchen, September 2014

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Last month, I forgot to visit Trinity Kitchen. But blaming a heavy workload (read: latte lunches) and respectfully mourning the loss of The Cauldron and Banh Mi Booth only got me so far. With the turn of the trucks, I sped over to Trinity Leeds as soon as the September gang arrived.

Drawn visually to PopaBall, I sampled their reinvented Asian bubble tea – which trades tapioca balls for jelly balls – and delighted at every flavour. Out of lychee, strawberry, mango, vanilla and kiwi balls, the latter was my personal (but tough-to-choose) favourite. The tiny truck is even offering a mini afternoon tea – with drink, finger food and cake – for just £12.

But a drink alone does not a food review make.

Darting between the menus of Street Fodder (worldly weekly menus), The Salty Cow (moreish salt beef sandwiches done three ways), and Rice Shack, I settled on
the global gluttony of the latter. Unlike the majority of street food vendors, Rice Shack doesn’t focus on any one cuisine or food trend. Simply, Rice Shack is a diverse selection of meals served with rice – all made from scratch. With The Manfriend craving a crispy shredded beef (even after the owner himself telling him he made a ‘boring choice’) and my intrigue over the Japanese Drunken Duck fried rice winning over my carb-consciousness, we sat down with our paper tubs and tucked in.

No taste phenomenon in the rice department, but both of the proteins were fantastic.

I’m coming back for you, Brio Gelati

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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!

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