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Hello all, Sorry if you have not see many posts from me in the last month I ended up in A&E on a IV drip due to my chronic Migraines, but I am back and ready to go to tell you what other things I have been up to.
So I enrolled on my first ever Photography course with +Shaw Academy and "yes" have say was a little scared as was not sure what to expect or if I would get the hang of it, but had nothing to loose. What is it all about......
Photography is a wonderful form of expression and communication. Whether you want to tell a story, sell a product or just show how beautiful a certain place you visited is, photography plays an essential role in fulfilling your creative vision. Photography is a magnificent art form allowing the avid student to draw with light in the most imaginative of forms. Photographers have quite literally brought light to the world and opened our eyes to the imagery from the furthest corners of our planet. The course offers you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge and capture those images you have always dreamed of.
Your Tailored Live Online Diploma in Photography
The frustration for budding photographers and even experienced photographers is fulfilling their creative potential due to lack of technical knowledge and understanding of how to take full advantage of their camera. We take students who are stuck on fully automatic and give them the knowledge and skills to make that transition to fully manual shooting. The course provides you with a set of skills to fully utilize the functionality of your camera and help you expand your creative potential. The course also gives you fundamental knowledge about photography so that you have a solid understanding of the subject you are passionate about. Live Interactive Classes
This course consists of 10 core lessons, building up your Photography knowledge step by step with directly applicable skills and knowledge necessary to produce photographic work. All lessons are presented online live, twice weekly, in a structured manner in order to allow you to learn efficiently. The live aspect of our delivery allows for interactive learning and the questions and answers session will deal effectively with all of your questions to ensure that you are fully understanding of all of the information provided.
Study when or where you please whilst also having full tutor support throughout your journey.
Qualified tutors will support you during each step of your educational journey. In addition to live presentation, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 post their release date so that you can truly learn at your own convenience. This means that even if you can’t attend a live session online, you can catch up on the lesson in your own time. Study when or where you please whilst also having full tutor support throughout your journey, making mastering and implementing this beneficial knowledge easier than ever.
Lesson 1: What is Photography?
Every minute of the day we are exposed to photography and visual imagery in some shape or form, whether it’s an advertising campaign in your local department store or simply looking at pictures of friends and family on a social networking site. This lesson explores photographic styles and how they are used as a form of communication. Photography enables you to convey a message or a story, sell a product, or to simply illustrate how beautiful a certain place you visited is. Therefore the way you shoot and what you capture determines what your photography communicates. Understanding the different styles will help you identify the subjects you like to shoot and enhance your own style. Camera Types:
We will also dig into the various types of cameras currently available on the market and why you would use one over the other. This will help you with purchasing a camera best tailored for your needs, making shooting in various conditions and situations easier and more enjoyable. Lesson 2: Demystifying Camera Functions:
Most cameras come with a huge range of menus and functions which can be quite daunting for the user to comprehend. In lessons 2, we will look at the common functions that appear on most cameras and demystify their use. Understanding these functions will expand your creative control and open up new possibilities for your pictures. Lenses Types
The camera’s lens determines the quality and sharpness of your pictures and allows you to get closer or further away from the subject. We will explore the most frequently used lenses and when and where they are used. Picking the right lens for the scene you are capturing will ensure you get the best shot. Lesson 3: Capturing the Light
As technology grows, cameras seem to become more complex by the day with user manuals getting bigger and bigger with each new model. In actual fact cameras are an extremely simple device. The process of capturing and recording light is a reasonably simple process and understanding this process will change the way you think about the complexity of the camera. Exposure
Understanding the concept of exposure is essential to developing your knowledge of light and will improve your ability to capture the scene the way you see it. We will also discuss different types of light and with the aid of some examples we will analysis various lighting conditions you might find yourself shooting in. Lesson 4: Motion and Depth
Motion and Depth are essential to expanding the creative potential of your photography. Controlling and manipulating motion and depth in your images will allow you to add drama and sophistication to your images. Whether you want to freeze an athlete in action or blur the flow of a waterfall, controlling motion will expand your capabilities and allow you to explore new subjects. Lesson 4 explores the camera’s shutter and aperture and examines the role they play in harnessing this creative potential. Lesson 5: Composition
Composition is one of the most fundamental elements in a photograph. Composition refers to the placement and relationship of elements within a picture. The arrangement of elements in a scene, the angle they are shot at, and the distance the photo is taken from, can completely change the final outcome of the photograph. They can ultimately determine the difference between a good and a bad picture. Understanding how to explore all of the compositional possibilities of the scene will greatly improve your ability to capture the best photographs. Lesson 6: Advanced Composition
In this lesson we will delve deeper in to the subject of composition and look at techniques to guide the viewer’s eye into or around your image. Mastering advanced composition techniques will allow you take pictures that engage the viewer and hold their attention. We will also discuss visual consistency when creating a series of pictures. Lesson 7: How Much Light is Enough?
The ability to capture the light the way you see or would like to see it, is essential to making great photographs that have drama, vivid colours and depth. To fully understand how much light you need to capture for a scene, you need a way of measuring how much light is there. Most cameras have a light meter to indicate whether you have too much, too little or just the right amount of light to capture the scene. Lesson 7 looks at the light meter and discusses how it can be used to understand your exposure even before you have taken the picture. Grasping how to read the light meter will help you avoid taking those pictures that are too bright or too dark. Lesson 8: Manual Mode – The Relationship between Shutter Speed and Aperture.
This is one of the most fundamental topics in photography. The marriage of shutter and aperture in manual mode gives you the most creative control offered to you by the camera. Having an understanding of the relationship between the two, will allow you to expand the potential of your photography and make creative decisions that were not available to you before. Lesson 9: The Colour of Light : White Balance
In this lesson we will look at the different colours of various light sources and how they can change the atmosphere and mood of your photographs. We will also discuss how to avoid and resolve colour issues within your pictures. Focusing
Focus is key for taking high quality photographs that are sharp and capture your vision. Lesson 9 discusses different various techniques and focusing modes available on most cameras. An understanding of focusing will help you keep the viewer engaged with the key subjects in your images. Lesson 10: The Digital Image
What is a digital picture? Lesson 10 explores file format and how digital images are constructed. This gives you an insight into the file formats available on your camera which equips you with the knowledge to select the highest quality file format and image size that best suits your purpose. We will also look at some image editing software and the key differences between the most popular ones on the market. Imaging software can take your photography to the next level, transforming your pictures into works of art.
No Prior Experience Required - Perfect for Beginners Discover the Secrets of Photography Professionals Learn From a Long-Time Industry Professional Photographer Weekly Assessments Provided to Enable Students to Test Their Knowledge
Photographic Styles Camera Types Camera Functions Vision vs. Camera Lens Types How the Camera Works Controlling Motion with Shutter Speeds Controlling Depth with Apertures Compositional Techniques Compositional Vocabulary Visual Consistency The Light Meter Stops of Light Exposure Compensation Fully Manual Mode Adjusting Aperture and Shutter Speed in Manual Mode Light metering in Manual Mode ISO Colour Temperature/White Balance Focusing Modes Resolution File Format Image Editing Software Overview
All courses at Shaw Academy are independently accredited by an internationally recognised body for CPD purposes. This course is also accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which is an independent body that ensures qualifications are in line with the most current professional standards. You might be thinking "that's a lot" it is but as shown its broken down into each individual lesion with each topic, the course started on the 27th of June and now its the 14th of July we have all just done lesion 8. Have been keen on Photography as my Dad has a very good knowledge on the subject and loves his Cameras, I was never as into it as he was it's only around the last 8 years become more aware and how this piece of tech can be so valuable. Cameras I own NikonD3100 DSLR + extra lens kits Nikon Compact Coolpix s9900 x30 Zoom Lumix (does not work now ) Home Studio Kit.... Also doing my blog work I use my home Photography studio kit which is so handy and works well for me and my blog posts.
Never during my course did I think that I would be learning about F-Stops and putting them in to practice with my Nikon so far I have learned so much and more to come. Will keep you all updated if and when I pass fingers crossed! And will leave you with a few on my images.....
Yes that's right we are bringing you a Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Giveaway + Goodies
You are going to have the chanceto enter this Lush Giveaway, but first this is what you could win!
Lush Exclusive Kitchen item Phoenix Bubble Bar...
Lush description: When Lush first started out, it arose from the ashes, if you will, of the founders’ former company, Cosmetics to Go. We had a competition for a new name. Naturally loads of people chose Phoenix but most of them spelled it Pheonix. This Bubble Bar is helps you to arise from the ashes of your bad behaviour to return, refreshed to your normal self the next morning. Warming, reviving cinnamon and sandalwood help your brain to switch itself back on again. It smells rather like a cinnamon bun so don’t leave it in the kitchen. Now get the coffee on and have a bath. For mornings when you wish your brain had an ‘on’ switch.
How to use....
Frothy and fragrant bubbles are at your fingertips with our solid Bubble Bars. Crumbling one of these self-preserving bars under the running tap will reveal heaps of bubbles with Hollywood proportions for a luxurious, inviting bath. The only thing that might make your bath even better? Adding candles, a soundtrack and maybe a bathing companion, of course.
A warming blackcurrant blanket. The Comforter fragrance has quite a history. Back in the 20th century, it started out in the Cherie Ripe Massage Bar. Its distinctively comforting element is blackcurrant absolute. If you were brought up on blackcurrant drinks as a child, or always choose the black jelly babies, you will feel safe and secure with The Comforter. Fruity bergamot and reviving cypress oil will make the world seem much brighter.
The Comforter - Bubble Bar
Comforting fruity blackcurrant bubbler
When life is getting you down, crumble The Comforter under hot, running water for passionately purple water and creamy, comforting bubbles. This massive slice of vibrant fruitiness gives you the feeling of being enveloped in a warm hug and gently consoled by the friendly fruity aroma of a blackcurrant candy. It was created to bring a real sense of comfort to people, just like a real comforter would. Snuggle in, and stay undercover until you’re ready to face the world once again. Even better, each bar creates two baths of fruity comfort. This is such a good one if you like berry scents as its fruity blackcurrant aromas will fill the bathroom with a comforting smell. Price £4.95 each
The Comforter Shower Cream -
A cuddle in a bottle
his berrylicious, reassuring shower cream brings to mind warm, familiar memories. The blend of sweet cassis absolute, uplifting bergamot and assuring cypress essential oils create a blackcurrant aroma. Lather up and you'll feel like you're being wrapped in a warm hug. You can also use this as I do like a Lush Cocktail by braking up some of the bubble bar then putting a layer of the cream into the bath. Price - £4.95 / 100g £9.75 / 2509 £16.50 /500g £27.95 / 1kg
Sex Bomb - Bath Bomb
When you’ve got that feeling - tired, stressed out and anxious - you need some sensual healing. The fragrant blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage will soon have you relaxed and feeling in the mood... Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac, used as a sensual perfume in India for centuries and in aromatherapy to ease stress and anxiety. Clary sage clears the mind, while ylang ylang is renowned for soothing worries.
This has such a nice scent of floral tones coming out of the bath bomb, not only that but its unique flower that stands proudly in the middle will leave the bath bomb and rise upto the top of your bath!
Price - £3.50 each
Watch out for a Lush Giveaway to my next Lush post :)
Our blog was given the opportunity to review an item from Tostadora website.
Tostadora.co.uk is the ambition of two friends become reality. Albert and Ivan met during their Erasmus year in Helsinki. Today, they lead a group of young, creative and motivated people, and have several branches in Europe, including Paris and London. Their printing studio is based in Barcelona.
Are you a graphic designer, an illustrator, an independent & alternative artist, a cartoonist, a graffiti or street artist or even an aspiring artist? With Tostadora you can become the creator of personalised t-shirts and many other products that reach thousands of customers from across the world.
With Tostadora.co.uk, you can be the initiator of new styles and trends. Crowdsourcing allows you become a creative designer and sell to our many users. Our guarantee? The quality, of course - but, most importantly, YOUR satisfaction!
Long cut T-Shirt and feminine style, ideal for the summer and the rest of the year. Sizes available from S to XL. 100% combed cotton, weight: 5.31 oz/yd2 Finished with ribs Cut and sewn Available in 4 colours 100% satisfaction guaranteed Made with passion
If you are looking for some cool prints to be placed on t-shirts and other items or even make your own then Tostadora has a wide variety for you.
The Gig / Concert tank top was one that was already on the site and was the design that I was looking for due to me being a huge fan of gigs & festivals, so this was the perfect item to try out. With it's fantatic "rock chick" look this top is perfect to kick off that look.
On receiving this t-shirt I did have a close look around to see how the quality of the top was and have to say very happy with it, the sewing plus material came up good.
Also the log design was comfortable to wear as with some tops with printed pictures can feel so heavy and the look of them can be not so good, but no problems at all from Tostadora.
Product information Sol's 150 gr/m2 : Long cut T-Shirt and feminine style. Cut and sewn. Rib collar
Just love the whole idea behind Tostadora site with its unique fun vs cool stylish and well up to date trends that express your individuality, and would highly recommend this site for its excellent service too. Their site is so easy to use and navigate through but if you run in to any problems they are always happy to help.
I believe they have a few discount codes -
20% off all home decoration - Framed Prints and Canvas
Use code: D3COR
Grab ALL our personalised Hoodies at 15% off!
Use code HOOD1E5 at checkout!
The Barley Twist is named after the sweets which were made on this site many years ago. Now instead of confectionary, the kitchen serves up delicious, freshly cooked pub food! Our friendly and experienced team genuinely care about every guest who walks through our door - four team members have worked here since the day we opened! Plus, we're ideally located close to Doncaster Minster & Historic Doncaster Market.
The Barley Twist and other Table Table Restaurants have just launched their new exciting spring menu and what better time with Easter almost upon us to go take a look and explore your taste buds, to which our blog got the chance to try and test out some new food they had to offer.
What's on the Barley Twist Spring Menu
Garlic and Herb Breaded Mushrooms
Served with BBQ sauce.
Spiced breaded chicken goujons with piri piri sauce.
Carrot and Coriander Soup
Served with bloomer bread and butter
Crispy Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Pasta Bites
Served with a light sour cream and pesto dip
Topped with melted cheese, bacon and spring onion. Served with sour cream.
Wasabi King Prawns
Served with a pea and mint mayo dip.
Classic Prawn Cocktail
Served on crisp romaine lettuce with brown bloomer bread and butter.
Chicken Liver and Herb Pâté
A smooth pâté served with toasted brown bloomer bread and apple and cider chutney.
Buffalo Chicken Wings (Choose from our 2 flavours)
Feeling fiery? Try our spicy hot chicken wings or for something milder try our BBQ wings both served with blue cheese dip.
Served with horseradish soft cheese and malted brown bread.
Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad
Slices of tomato, topped with buffalo mozzarella salad drizzled with basil pesto.
Table Table Sharing Platter
Garlic and herb breaded mushrooms, chicken goujons, potato dippers, calamari, garlic bread and coleslaw. Served with your choice of two of the following dips: BBQ, blue cheese, ranch, sweet chilli sauce or sour cream.
They have a huge variety of food only going to show you a few from the selection. They have - Smoked Chicken & Barley Salad, tossed with ranch dressing and pine nuts Chicken Forestière! Tasty chicken breast topped with sautéed mushrooms, Diane sauce, crispy fried onions and bacon, all served on a bed of mash fresh Prawn, Ginger & Sesame Salad
I'm a vegetarian and sometimes, its a struggle to find good food. most people think if your a vegetarian, you must like mushrooms or cheese. Although those are nice, Table Tables Barley Twist did not disappoint with its mouth watering Chickpea and Spinach Burger.
Served with a pineapple ring, onion marmalade and rocket on a pretzel bun.
This was really nice and made a change to have the pineapple ring to give it a lovely texture.
Our kids got a little excited as they got given some colouring and sticker activities to do which was very handy to pass the time between the food coming.
For the kids, Alfie had Cod Cubes , fries plus yummy beans
You can choose lots of healthy options we went for this for our son as its hard to get fish and other foods into him that's he needs, so this is such a good way with the cod cubes.
Millie had Penne Tomato Pasta she ate hers then finished off her brothers beans.
Kids - Scary Face Sundae
Vanilla ice cream, strawberry laces, mini chocolate beans, milk teeth gums and a cone. How scary can you make your sundae?
Chocolate and Caramel Tart
Served with Beechdean salted caramel ice cream.
Has to be said this was outstanding and if you are a Caramel mad as I am you will be sure to love it.
We don't live in Doncaster and only visit occasionally, it's always a bit unnerving going to a new place when you have
young children, especially one with special needs like Millie has, you tend to go to places you know and that has being tried and tested before. That was your less likely to be disappointed .
Our worries were washed away when we arrived. Greeted with a friendly hello, and showed to our table with ease, they were very kind, professional and great with the kids. The service we received was excellent. Millie and Alfie were treated to some fun colouring and sticker books which really helped keep them happy.
They made us very special and the outing was a real success. This is one place I shall be returning too very soon. If you happen to be in the area and unsure where to go and have a tasty bite to eat in relaxing surroundings please try
Bioglan is a serious provider of quality Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements based on the latest clinical research and unique formulations
As a mum of two children I do worry especially with my daughter having complex health problems are they getting enough vitamins / nutrients each day.
Kids do get vitamins from a balanced diet from...
Milk and dairy products like cheese and yogurt (preferably low-fat products for kids over age 3) Fresh fruits and leafy, green vegetables Protein like chicken, fish, meat, and eggs Whole grains like steel-cut oats and brown rice.
My son is a very fussy eater and tends not avoid his greens we do try our best by hiding them with other foods and even making smiley faces out of them, but sometimes he will have none of it so vitamins can play a key part of helping.
Bioglan SmartKids Superfood Shake
Ssshhh… A chocolicious Shake packed with hidden fruit and veg, not sugar!
Ok, we admit it. We’ve been really sneaky and packed heaps of super-nutritious hidden fruit and veggies into our Bioglan SmartKids cacao punch Superfood Shake. We say ‘hidden’ because they’ll honestly never know they’re in there – all they will taste is the amazingly rich chocolicious cacao shake flavour! Yum!
Perfect for a before and after school snack, or for busy kids on the go, without any of the nasties like added sugar and artificial sweeteners and flavours.
Compare the taste of Bioglan SmartKids Superfood Shake to other kids supplements on the market and see the difference. Simply spoon, stir, sip – yum!
Immune health; 'Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system' Healthy Bones; 'Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth'
All you need to do is add 1 and a half teaspoons (7.5g) and mix with milk, smoothies, cereal or yoghurt.
I also had a little taste of the sake and found it very pleasant needless to say the kids loved it, and you do get a fair amount of powder mixture from the packet.
This is a very clever way to get greens / fruit + veg into them especially if you have a child like mine who is not keen of items such as these.
Bioglan SmartKids Brain Formula Omega 3 As parents we always want to make sure that our children are achieving their full potential. Bioglan SmartKids Brain Formula is especially designed to help support healthy brain function, to make sure your little ones get the best support possible. Bioglan SmartKids Brain Formula contains Omega-3 Fish Oil which is especially high in DHA, the fatty acid best known for its role in brain health. The formula is further fortified with several B-vitamins which contribute to normal nervous system function, and iron which plays a vital role in oxygen transportation to the brain and the rest of the body, as well as contributes to the normal cognitive development of children. Bioglan SmartKids Brain Formula comes in a delicious citrus flavour which kids will love. Compare the strength and taste of Bioglan SmartKids Brain Formula to other kids supplements on the market and see the difference. Healthy Brain Function; 'DHA contributes to normal brain function' Learning & Memory; 'Iron contributes to normal cognitive development of children' Healthy Nervous System; 'Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Thiamine, Riboflavin, and Biotin contribute to normal functioning of the nervous system' Healthy Growth; 'Iodine contributes to the normal growth of children'
From ages 4+ they daily dosage is that they recommend is 2 capsules a day with food and up to 6 a day for the first 12 weeks to build up your bodys stores
As it has fish oils in they are not suitable for vegetarians / vegans The price range is around £9.99 they are a little bit more expensive from this brand. Do love the cool eye-catching design found of the kids products.