LearningTheLight.com is 1 Year Old Today

Yep, that’s right, it’s LearningTheLight.com’s first anniversary today – I don’t really know why I started the site on Valentine’s Day 2010 (not the most romantic thing I’ve ever done…!), but at least I’ll always remember the site’s anniversary date now!

I’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to wonder around the site, reading the guides, tips and random photographic warblings of mine; leaving comments, asking questions, re-tweeting and facebook ‘Liking‘ – it’s all massively appreciated, and makes me really love writing the blog.

Personally, I’ve come quite a way over the past year when it comes to my photography – learning loads along the way, and hopefully imparting some of this new-found knowledge to you all as well. As an example, here is a photo of my parents that I took before I started to learn about photography, back in 2009:

A shot of my mum and dad before I learnt about photography

Over a year later, using my new photography knowledge (and new camera, of course – a 500D / T1i), here are a couple of portraits of them that I think are quite a lot better:

f/2.8, 1/500 sec, ISO 100

f/2.8, 1/640 sec, ISO 100

Another example, this time a shot of my dog, taken with a compact a couple of years ago:

My dog, looking a bit lost in the middle of the frame...

Compared to a shot I took within the first few weeks of owning my new DSLR, and my ‘photographic learning journey’ (Oh it sounds so grand…!):

f/5, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

None of my ‘new’ shots are going to win any awards, but I think you’ll agree just how far I’ve come. With a little understanding and knowledge, it really is easy to make your photos ‘shine’ – and the quality leap from the days of my compact, to what I’m shooting now, has really made every penny going into my DSLR totally worth it.

Here’s to another year of learning, and passing on what I find useful to you…!


  1. Thank you so much for your tips and pic examples.!!!! Like so many people I am not a professional but love to take and share pics of my kids , family,pets and surroundings. I love to show off my loveys and will share photos with everyone . I am the family photographer , so to speak. And while i am not a pro I did want to get the most out of the pictures I took ! I’ve always had point and shoots and have

  2. Hi Amber. I’m really glad you’re enjoying the site, thanks for leaving a message to let me know – it really means a lot to hear. It’s great being the ‘family photographer’ – that’s the reason why I got into photography too, to take beter photos of my family and friends.

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