Vlog – EP 7 Flamborough Head


This week we went to the East coast of Yorkshire and I managed to get some time to go to flamborough Head for sunrise!!

Super excited to be out again at sunrise it’s been a long, long time since I have done this type of photography. However, one thing the vlog has helped me with is Drive. It is great to give yourself targets and the Vlog has helped me get out and relearn all the techniques I learnt over the years.

So, check it out, im really proud of a couple of the images but let me know what you think.

5 Tips to improve your photography skills

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5 Tips to improve your photography skills with a digital camera

Hey, If you have recently bought a DSLR or digital camera and you are looking to learn how to use it, then check out the vid further down the page.  I’m Scott and I have small photography business, doing weddings and some product photography.

I love the artistic side to photography and spend a lot of my time shooting street and nature photography. I recently started a new you tube channel to try and share what I have learnt over the years with the aim of helping new photographers.

This vid goes through 5 basic tips to help you learn what the camera is doing and help get you off auto mode and on to using manual. I have broken down the vid below to explain what I go through so you can see if its something you want to watch.

I also do some longer more technical tutorials on my channel if you are interested in the machines to it all. free feel to check them out.

Thanks for visiting The Riley Shot and don’t for get to let me know what you think by leaving a comment , like, or subscribe to follow me on my you tube Journey.

5 tips to get you from auto to manual

I spend 2 mins on each of the five tips in the below order trying to share my knowledge to help you learn as a photography & Artist. If

1. Exposure – I go through how to set your camera up in RAW as opposed to JPEG. I also show you which icon to look out for when taking a picture that shows you if you are exposed correctly.
2. Aperture priority mode – I explain this setting and how to use it
3. Focus – How to use the focus button correctly
4. Composition- I explain 2 forms of Photography composition in a simple way. Rule of Thirds and Leading lines
5. Auto – Might sound daft, but I show you how to learn from Auto and use it to your advantage.


Hi, Im Scott, http://www.therileyshot.com . I have recently set up a channel to try and pass on some of my photography knowledge I have learnt over the 10-12 years I have been shooting.

I have seen a lot of chatter out in youtube and instagram about too much tech talk in photography and i think we can get lost in it, sometimes. Therefore, I’m going to try keep that out of today and just talk about what you need to do to be creative. Thats the fun part, right?

My aim is simple, to put a vid out each week of either a vlog about my week with photography or a tutorial , or maybe a mix. Im new to short film making so go gentle on the filming but feel free to question the images I show so we can all learn. I want to keep things simple with my vids, so each new vid i am trying to improve one more thing, so I hope you can see that. let me know what you think and come join me on my little journey 🙂

Check out my other vids for more details of the things I have talked about in the video.

Aperture Vid – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzii4Zh0WN4&t=866s                                                              Shutter speed vid – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQkDrjbGjd8
ISO vid – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC-BbbmxlQQ&t=116s
General chit chat about my photography in Manchester, York and a little about me- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aQVOeEaygs



What is Shutter speed in photography


Why shutter speed

If you are a beginner in photography and have started out learning, shutter speed is a great place to start.

When you first turn your DSLR on to manual mode, you are faced with 3 options. Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO. I have 3 videos to explain what each means and how to use them to create an image you want, not what the camera wants.

What the Vlog says

So, this was my first attempt, I’m not a filmmaker, Im a photographer (that’s my excuse) so I purposely didn’t make it flashy :). In this video I chat about my plans for the channel and go through the details of shutter speed. I throw a few pics out to explain.

In a rush?

Check out the video below for a super short 4 minute explanation.

What next

I really want to share my learning with people who are keen to move away from auto mode and help people learn. I will put out a post on ISO next and then, try to do a super short all in one Shutter speed, Aperture, ISO vid, with vivid examples. After this, I’ll keep posting Vlogs about what’s going on and my work. Hopefully to show people that you can have a full time office job, family etc and still find time to shoot.



What is Aperture in photography

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What is aperture 

Below is a recent Vlog on the basics of aperture in photography. If you are a beginner to photography and what to learn how to shoot in manual mode this is a good starting point.

Why aperture

Well, when you first attempt to move away from manual mode on your camera. There are 3 made settings, Shutter Speed, Iso and Aperture. You could start with any, but here is aperture.

Ill go through what you need to take a good portrait and why and what to do for landscapes.

Why a Vlog and tutorials?

I really want to share what I have learnt over the years and I also want to show people that you don’t have to have all the time in the world to be creative. So, I hope you learn something.

If you like, hit subscribe or like and I’ll be putting more on in the coming months.

Landscape Photography – Marsden Moorland fires

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Hey. So this week I was going to do a blogpost on some of my old California shots but after the wild fires near my favourite Yorkshire moorland.  I will show you the impact of leaving a BBQ in the middle of wild heather on a dry day, instead. Hope you like it 


Beginners guide to photography – The Riley Shot.

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New start – The Riley Shot Blog.

In the last 6 months I have written 20 different drafts of what I was shooting and none have made it to my website. I don’t know if its just me but I must re read my work 100 times until I talk my self out of publishing anything. The main reason I set up my small business and this website was to shoot weddings, which I love, and to show my other work like landscape and travel photography. However, add a 40 hour job, 6 month old baby and editing the weddings that I shoot on the weekend, it doesn’t leave much time for blogging the other shoots I do..

So, I have my new aim, just to blog my latest work and hopefully share some things i have learnt over the years with people who are new to photography, simple really, just show what I am up to and what I’m learning. Thats what I’m going to do. This week you can see my latest portraits and next week I’ll be showing off some of my landscape travel shots from last year, with my aim of adding small blogs each week of my adventures. Now, adventures could be a tad misleading, at the moment I have a 6 month old baby, so I won’t be flying off to the USA again any time soon but I will defiantly be pushing my ability with a few projects lined up. I hope you start of with really simply stuff that I think will help you take better photos, then ideally we could get in to the details and I’ll explain how I learnt these things.

Next week, it will be Yosemite national park from late last year. After that it will be Portraits and hopefully (health permitted) more landscapes, for now I hope you enjoy this weeks blog.

Also, I will be adding a small shop page soon with prints for sale, however, for now if you would like a print please email me.

Yorkshire wedding photographer – The Riley Shot

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The wedding of Rebecca and Gareth

Click the photo or here for my latest blog on Gareth and Rebecca’s wedding.

West Yorkshire wedding photographer – The Riley Shot – Halifax wedding – Mr & Mrs Harvey

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Mr & Mrs Harvey

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