Get out of auto and win a Manfrotto Pixi mini tripod!

How many times have you said to yourself “I really need to start taking better photos – I really need to get out of auto…” Well, now you can!

If you’re looking at getting out of auto and into manual, or if you’re looking for a few ways of improving your photography, then come and join me on a photo walk at BlogStock 2015.

Photo walk at BlogStock

Last year I was BlogStock’s photographer (I am again this year, so keep an eye out for me), but this year I thought I’d go one step further and do a photography session too.

Bloggers – whether family, food, lifestyle or travel – really get to see and experience so much just through doing what they love, and adding good quality photos really enriches any type of content.

A lot of my friends who are bloggers often come up to me and say “so I’ve just bought this pretty nice camera but I still don’t really know how to use it. Think you can help me out?” The answer’s yes!

Now’s your chance to really improve your photography, and I truly believe everyone will learn at least one thing from this photo walk (that’s a big shout but I stand by it).

How to take better photos

In it, I will be going through the transition of auto into manual, the difference between aperture and shutter speed, what is depth of field, how to use manual focus, and other camera techniques to ensure you get the most out of your equipment.

I’ll be speaking on the Saturday of BlogStock at 11:45. We’ll be meeting by the second marquee then walking around the fields and campsite learning as we go. I know there are a number of superb sessions going on at the same time, so if people want to run off or join at any point then you’re free to do so!

This is going to be a very relaxed practical session, so if you have a camera, no matter if it is a compact or a DSLR, then bring it along.

Manfrotto Pixi mini tripod

Win a Manfrotto Pixi mini tripod

I really want to encourage people to start thinking about their photography (I wrote a post about how you need to start framing everything as a photographer for An Adventurous World), and to encourage you to do that I’m giving away a Manfrotto Pixi mini tripod (RRP £24.95).

This tripod is brilliant in a bind as it is so light and small, giving you stability when a bigger tripod isn’t to hand. Also, it’s surprisingly good at selfies (I’ll show you how to do exactly this in my photo walk).

To be in with a chance of winning the tripod, really think about your photos – the composition, what you want it to say – then tweet me your favourite photo you took over the BlogStock weekend using the hashtag #PhotoWalkBlogStock. I’ll select what I consider is the best photo from there.

Obviously you don’t need to be at my photo walk to be in with a shout of winning, but hopefully what you learn from it will help! Oh, and let’s say you’ve got until Sunday 13th September to enter the competition.indexIf you have any specific questions on how you can improve your photography, please feel free to leave a comment, tweet them to me @backpackermacca, or ask them on the day and I’ll do my best to answer each and every one.