This weekend I set about putting my newly acquired camera tripod (a Christmas present from my brother) to use and what a difference to my photos it has made!
One of the drawbacks to living in a small cottage is that there it can be quite dark due to the smaller windows and this is means that when I take photos inside (especially when it is winter) I have to change the settings on my camera so that there is a longer delay on the shutter closure to allow more light in. But this also means that the camera picks up even the smallest movement of my hand, and results in a rather shaky picture!
But now with the tripod I have perfect stillness! I got up nice and early today to catch the best light and proceeded in settling up the tripod in each room and liberally snapped away. I tried to catch most of the room in two photos and then focus on a pretty room detail so that I could make pleasing collages of these images.
I am rather pleased with the results so far, the hardest room to do was the bathroom as it is the smallest room. I even took a few photos while standing in the bath! Holly and Ivy seemed determined to be in most of the photos and I had to disregard a few of the shots which have some rather blurry photos of them playing in the middle of the floor.
The dining room was also quite difficult as if I don't have the light switched on the natural light that comes through the garden door can make give it quite a "cool" look. But having the electric light can make it seem rather yellow, I quickly realised that getting the right lighting is what makes a really good photo - after content obviously. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my amateur attempts!