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 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.