Putting the Craft back into Photography – Take Great Photos

Take Great Photos?

For all the amateur photographers out there, it’s time to stop perfecting your skills with your camera. Technical skills will only get you so far, as will a good camera. It’s time to think of the photos you take more as design rather than an accumulation of focusing/exposure/aperture skills with your camera. Photographers can get lost in focusing on camera skills and then are baffled when they don’t take great photos. Photos can make beautiful pieces of personalised photo wall art. Let’s take a look at some tips to help all you amateur photographers take photos you’d be proud to display at home.


What makes a photo a good photo?

When you take a photo that you like ask yourself what is it that you like about it? Is it the composition, the moment captured, the use of light, the colours? Really think about why it is appealing to you, and do this with the work of others that you see even via Instagram. The same goes for when you take a bad photo, or see someone else’s work that doesn’t inspire you. What’s not working in that particular photograph, what could be better, what features are unappealing to you? Thinking more critically about photos will help you learn what you like and what features to try and include in your work to create a photo that you love that represents who you are as a photographer. Taking photos worth displaying are great to allow you to design your own wall art, displaying your talent and your personality in your own home.


Taking good pictures


Try and try again!

If you’re using a digital camera then you have the opportunity to check your pictures as you’re shooting them. So check! If you don’t like what you see then again, ask yourself why and keep snapping until you’ve captured something you’re happy with. You can do this too if you’re using an analogue camera, you can dedicate a whole roll of film to playing around with 2 or 3 shots. Changing something slightly in each one and seeing what results make a better picture.


Find your passion in photography

Great photographers of past and present aren’t all taking pictures of the same things, in the same way, with the same equipment. No, they all take photos in the way that they love of subject matter that they enjoy photographing. You’ll be motivated to take the perfect your shots if you’re working in a way that’s personal to you. Think about your photos as an art form, and be inspired to develop your photos in an area that is personal to you. Play around with different techniques, subject matter, compositions, equipment until you find something that you’re really passionate about. When you’ve found it your photos are sure to improve and your skills will grow and develop.

Take great Photos

Be Inspired to Take Great Photos

Get inspiration by other photographers whose work you enjoy. If you’re not sure whose work you’re interested in then once you’ve found your passion in photography you can research photographers with similar styles and interests. Look through books, go to exhibitions and be critical about what you see. Don’t aspire to be like other photographers, but take their work as inspiration for your own. If you have friends who are into photography then talk to them about your interests, compare work. Don’t be shy, ask for honest criticisms as well as praise. Do the same with theirs, it will only make you a better photographer. If you see aspects of your friend’s photographs that you like then ask them how they achieved this look. To take great photos is all about learning more about your craft.

Turn your prized photos into a personalised photo canvas

If you take into account all the tips above then your work should start to improve and hopefully you will begin to take great photos. A great way to showcase your talents in your own home is to create a personalised photo canvas. Update your personal space with art work that you have created. Show your friends and relatives what you can do, and decorate with unique artwork created by you! Because you are the photographer you can take great photos to suit the different spaces in your home. Your photos can also make fantastic personalised art gifts, it’s a fun and thoughtful present to give someone the gift of art that you’ve created! If you have any thoughts on how to improve your photography, please leave them in our comments section below.

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Wow with Word Art

Updating your living space can be difficult, especially when thinking about artwork. A few canvasses can transform a room, so why not transform a room with art the means something to you and your family. Personalised word art can transform your home into a stylish space that reflects your personality and tastes.


From conceptual artist to canvas

Using words in art has been something that has been popularised by conceptual artists of the 20th century. From the neon signs of Bruce Nauman, Laurence Weiner’s words on walls, to the ever popular work of Ed Rushca, conceptualists of the 60’s played around with words in artwork, and it’s an idea we still love today. Back then they wanted their art to say something, literally, now we can make our walls say something, something about us!

DAILY PLANET Word Art 2003 by Edward Ruscha
DAILY PLANET 2003 Edward Ruscha born 1937 ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/AR00048

Put some personality into your home

It can be difficult to get inspired when decorating your home, and a lot of people can underestimate the impact that artwork can have on a room. When thinking about which artwork to choose it can be easy to be overwhelmed by vast amount of choice out there, or even decide on what styles to go for in each room. What you put on your walls will speak volumes about you as a person to everyone who visits. Personalised word art can put some personality into your home. Let your art speak for you by choosing something that reflects your personality. Music lovers can show their passions with personalised music canvasses. Football fans can support their teams in a unique and quirky way with personalised football wall art. Whatever your passion, you can create a piece of original artwork to display this.


Fun ideas for families

You can have fun with some personalised family art. A canvass with your family name on is an individual way do decorate your family home. Display your family tree, family birthdays or family names around your shared living spaces can create a cosy family feel, and it definitely creates a talking point! In the kids’ rooms design something with their names on, it’s a great idea to get the kids involved here, choosing the design and creating the wall art, something fun you can decide on together.

Family Joy - Word Art

Ideas for your workspace

Word art can be great for your office space too. Motivational quotes are perfect for work. Or depending on what kind of office you work in, maybe you have the opportunity to make it a more personal space. Work spaces have the reputation of taking away our individuality, take it back and personalise your space!


Word art can make a beautiful gift or keepsake

The Family book
The Family book Word Art Canvas Print

An anniversary, wedding, Valentine’s Day, and the arrival of a new born are the perfect opportunities to create a thoughtful personalised gift for someone, or a creative keepsake for you and your family. A word art canvass can say what you need for any occasion. You can create an anniversary gift that has a personal touch that you’ll enjoy seeing each day on your wall. If you’re looking to get a wedding gift that’s personal, than a word art canvas is perfect.


A picture can paint 1000 words…

So a picture with words says even more? In a way yes! Word art canvasses are versatile and can convey any message to suit you and your personality. They’re a unique way to decorate your home or office space, and they make thoughtful and unusual gifts for any occasion. Check out Transform Your Images’ range of word art canvasses, find something that reflects you. Let us know what you’ve created with personalised word art, how have you brought your personality to your space, or what keepsakes or gifts did you create? Let us know in our comments section.

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Tips for Taking Photos of Babies That You Can Treasure Forever

After you’ve welcomed your beautiful baby into the world, one of the first things you’ll want to do is snap some gorgeous photos of them to share with your family and friends. But babies can be notoriously difficult to photograph, not only because they like to wriggle around so much but because they certainly don’t pay attention to cues, making snapping family album-worthy shots trickier than you expected.

Taking Photos of Babies


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The Best Quotes about Food to Display in Your Kitchen

The only thing that we like better than talking about food is actually eating it, but we especially love a great inspirational quote about food to get our appetites going.

There are so many great food quotes from esteemed writers, poets and cooking personalities that sum up exactly how we feel about eating and enjoying our food, and all of them would look great in your kitchen or dining room as stunning typographic wall art from Transform Your Images!

After all, food is at the heart of every home and mealtimes are an important part of the day for every family, so displaying quotes about food in your home or food-themed photo wall art will help to remind everyone to be home in time for dinner – or at least to chip in with the cooking and washing up.

Of course, it’s not just food that we enjoy consuming too – there are a couple of quotes about wine in our collection for all you readers who love a cheeky glass or two at home, with or without a meal to accompany it!

So here are our favourite famous quotes about food to inspire you to add a splash of colour to your kitchen, or just get in there and cook up a storm.

Our Favourite Quotes about Food!

Love to Eat Food Quote - Julia Child


“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child


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The Must-Know Secrets to Taking Photos of Dogs

Dog owners: are you guilty of snapping endless photographs of your beloved pooch? Of course we already know the answer is “Oh yes!”, but it can be trickier than you think to get photos that are good enough to become photo wall art, or even upload to social media.

So to make every one of your dog photos worthy of putting on your wall, whether physical or digital, here are our essential tips for taking photos of dogs that you’ll love to share. Not that you need an excuse to take more!

Taking Better Photos of Dogs


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How to Choose the Best Wedding Photographer for You

Whether you’re opting for an extravagant wedding attended by all of your friends and family, or a small, intimate ceremony with only nearest and dearest loved ones present, having a fantastic wedding photographer on hand to capture your day is absolutely essential.

Best Wedding Photographer

After all, your wedding day will inevitably pass by in a whirlwind of emotions, so it will be the role of your wedding photographer to immortalise each special moment of your day for you to revisit for a lifetime. But when there are so many wedding photographers to choose from, how do you find the one that is right for you?

In this article we’ll share with you our must-know tips on choosing a wedding photographer, to ensure that your big day looks just as good in your wedding album as it does in your memories.


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Five Instagram Travel Photographers You’ll Love to Follow!

The amazing thing about Instagram is that it really does seem to put the whole world at your fingertips – and even more so if you follow some of the globe’s most adventurous and inspiring travel photographers, who snap and upload incredible images from their travels that make the rest of us feel inspired, awe-stuck and sometimes, just a little bit jealous.

If you’d like to broaden the horizons of your Instagram feed, or perhaps pick up some tips and inspiration for your own travel pictures, here are five Instagram travel photographers whose accounts are absolutely worth a ‘Follow’. And if you have your own favourite travel photographers to follow on Instagram that we haven’t mentioned in this article, please share their account handles with us in the comments below!


Instagram Travel Photographers


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Fun Ideas to Recreate in a Photoshoot with Friends

What better way to capture the spirit of friendship than by setting up a fun photoshoot with your best friend?

Whether you wear complimenting outfits, pick hilarious props, strike serious (or seriously crazy) poses, or just head to a wow-worthy location, taking unique and personal photos with your best friend or group of best friends will leave you all with lots of great memories, and plenty of adorable photos to proudly display in your home.

To inspire you to grab your camera, we’ve created a Pinterest board with some of the sweetest, cleverest and quirkiest best ideas that we’ve seen around the internet’s selection of photoshoots with friends. From a brilliant twist on using photo frames as a prop to making your hair the star of the photographs, or even getting your dog in on the action, you and your closest friends will want to recreate these fantastic friendship photo ideas right away!

Take a look at our ‘Best Friend Photoshoot Ideas’ Pinterest board here, and don’t forget to click ‘Follow’ to save them all for later.

Follow Transform Your Images’s board Best Friend Photoshoot Ideas on Pinterest.


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Inspiring Quotes About Family – Perfect for Your Home

Whether tongue-in-cheek or seriously sweet, there are so many wonderful inspirational quotes about family from famous personalities and anonymous authors alike. They can make you see your family in a different light, motivate you to call home or just give you a little chuckle.

Here are just a few of our favourite quotes about family from Transform Your Images, which will inspire you to add a piece of our family-themed personalised canvas wall art to your own home. Or, why not create your personalised wall art as a unique gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a special birthday, or ‘just because’?

Lilo Quote on Family Meaning


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3 Personalised Football Gift Ideas for Men, Women and Children

We all know how important Football is to the British public.

There are so many great clubs in Britain and here at Transform Your Images we think that British football supporters are the best in the world.

Personalised Football Gifts

That’s why we offer so many customisable gifts for football fans. They’re perfect for boys, girls, women and men alike. After all, football unites the whole family!

But what kind of personalised football gifts do we offer?


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