Meet Paula, our Happy Pear Quality Systems Manager, with a passion for photography! Paula took her first photography class three years ago, after she received a digital SLR camera as a birthday gift. Since then, Paula has taken part in many more classes and has been working on perfecting her pictures. We love a good Instagram picture; whether it’s styling our food for the perfect shot, or snapping a beautiful sunrise on the beach, we enjoy playing around with photography. So we thought we would pry Paula out from behind the lens to share her top photography tips with us! Cheers Paula!

How Paula Perfects Her Pics

The first photography course I took was a great way of learning the basics of how to use my camera properly. Since then, I’ve taken part in courses on street photography, using flash, black and white photography and travel photography. I do try to go out and practise everything I have learned and I have gone on a few organised photography walks in places like Bray Head, Killiney beach and Glendalough.

Shooting Stars

My favourite shoot was getting the opportunity to take star trail photographs in Glendalough. Star trail photography is a type of photography that uses long exposure times to capture the movement of the stars across the sky. You can get some amazing pictures! I also love taking photos of people when they aren’t looking. I was recently at a hen party and got some great, candid pictures of my friends. Taking a good picture is all about having an eye for it, which is something I am working on. It is pretty common to take 600 pictures on a shoot and come back with only one or two decent ones.

The Magic Behind The Scenes

A lot of work goes into a picture after it is taken and I use photoshop to alter things like the exposure, the white balance and to change little details. Editing a photo with photoshop is different to what you would do on Instagram, but it is possible to take some really brilliant pictures just using your phone.

Paula’s Tips For Getting Snap Happy

  • Go to a class: The instruction manual that comes with a camera won’t really teach you much, you are better off going to a class where a tutor can guide you through the different functions. It’s also a nice chance to meet other people who also have an interest in photography.
  • Lighting is hugely important for taking a good picture. The ‘golden hours’ of the day, when you can get the best lighting, is the half an hour before and the half an hour after sunrise and sunset.
  • When taking foodie pictures, a coloured background that compliments the food you are photographing works well. Also, play around with different angles; get an overhead shot of your food by standing up on a chair.
  • You don’t need a fancy camera to take nice pictures. Get out and explore with your phone and see what pictures you can get.
We love that photography is all about being creative and having fun, so why not get out this weekend and see what pictures you can take. Be sure to send us in your best snaps and share with us any tips that you have! If you would like to keep up with the latest pics from Paula, then be sure to follow her on Instagram at @paula_ruttle

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