If it's hard to recognise your Mum unless she has a camera in front of her face, then she will love something from this list of Mother's Day ideas for photographer Mums!
1. Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom.
Because Mum should be in the photos too! This tripod is small enough to keep in the camera bag for shots which include the photographer, and is also useful for long exposure or night-time shots. The ball head means that the tripod will support the weight of a DSLR up to 3kg, although there is an even larger option which can support up to 5kg of weight! The design means that the tripod can either stand or wrap around an object for the best position.
You can buy this here for $88 AUD
2. Pimp My Mac Fr
How about a fun sticker decal for Mum's laptop? There are many different options on Etsy so you will definitely find one to suit your Mum's style! This cute polaroid camera decal only costs about $10.50 AUD and can be found here.
3. Lilah Snow 'Zoe' Camera Bag.
The best way to get Mum to keep taking those gorgeous photos is by making it easy for her to keep her camera with her. The Zoe camera bag is genuine leather and has a customisable padded interior so she can carry her camera, spare lenses and personal items.
You can use the code MUMSDAY to save $50 off any Lilah Snow Camera Bag until May 8th, 2016 which makes the Zoe only $269 AUD delivered via Express Post within Australia.
You can shop for camera bags here.
4. Expedition Vintage Camera Bookends.
For the photographer Mum who already has everything, how about these cute retro camera bookends? These would be great for holding up photo albums perhaps. One reviewer on Amazon even said that there was a secret compartment in the base where she hid lollies from her kids. Show me a Mum who wouldn't like that!
These quality bookends cost about $65 from Amazon.
5. A 'Nifty Fifty'
A new lens is likely to be at the top of Mum's list because, well, you can never have too many! If your Mum is still using the lens that came with the camera, you should open her eyes to the joy of prime lenses and you can start with something as inexpensive as a 'nifty fifty'. A 50mm lens, even at this entry level can give the lovely blurry bokeh in the background that everyone dreams of when they first buy their DSLR. Having a fixed focus forces you to move yourself and your perspective, rather than just zoom the lens, and this increases your creativity.
Of course, if your budget allows, there are limitless options for lenses, but you can get a nifty fifty for both Canon and Nikon for around $150 AUD.
What is on your photography wish list? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to see what you are currently wishing for (and I can add it to my wish list too!)
Everybody seems to be on Instagram these days, but if you have been wondering what it's all about but are not sure where to start, this guide will help you set up an account and get it up and running.
1. Download the app.
This is a readily available free app so just download it from the Itunes App Store or Google Play.
2. Choose a unique user name.
The name you choose can actually be changed later if you like but it is getting harder to get the name you'd prefer as Instagram becomes more popular. Get creative with underscores and full stops if you need to and try and choose something relevant to you or your business. If you intend to build followers, often your user name will be the reason someone will actually click on your profile, so make sure it suits!
3. Connect with your friends.
Now that Instagram is owned by Facebook, it is easy to connect with your Facebook friends who are already using Instagram. You can also search your phone contacts for other people you know but can skip this step when setting up if you like as you can come back to it at any time.
4. Follow people that you like.
Instagram is not like Facebook where you are 'Friends' with people. If you 'Follow' someone you will see their photos as they upload them, and they will only see yours if they follow you, or go directly to your profile.
If you would prefer to share your images only with people you have approved, it is possible to have your profile set to 'private'. If you have a private account (or want to follow someone who does) the follower must send a request and will only be able to see images in that account once that request has been approved.
5. Like photos that you like!
It sounds obvious, but interaction is the key to Instagram and people love to have their work admired. A double tap on the image will bring up the 'heart' which is Instagram's version of Facebook's 'like'. You can also tap the small heart under the bottom left of the photo to give some love!
6. Comment on photos.
Once again, interaction is the key to getting the most out of Instagram, and it is possible to leave a comment on someone's photo by tapping the little speech bubble next to the 'heart'. If you comment on a photo, the owner of the image will be notified, but if you are replying to someone's comment on your own image, make sure you also use their username with an @ in front (eg: @lilahsnow) and only then will they be notified of your comment.
7. Use hashtags when posting photos.
Unless you are a big user of Twitter, you most likely think that hashtags are a little bit silly. It took me ages to use hashtags properly on Instagram because I felt I was being a bit pretentious for some reason! But if there was ever a time to use them, this is it. Instagram lets you use up to 30 hashtags per image and these can be in the photo description or you can add it in the comments of your own photo. Start with the obvious ones if you like, and Instagram will often suggest other popular related tags that may suit. Get in the habit of clicking on hashtags that you are using and pick out your favourite images. Hashtags are a great way to discover accounts with a similar subject matter to you. Exploring how these accounts tag their photos may also lead you further towards a version of Instagram that suits your interests and style.
8. Upload photos.
Instagram was originally 'instant' and was designed to upload images from your mobile device on the go. Even now, you can only upload a photo from your phone or tablet, but if you email yourself a photo from your camera and save it to your phone, or if your DLSR has wifi, you can upload any image. It is best to edit the photo using apps such as Snapseed or Lightroom for iPhone before uploading to Instagram. You can edit by adding filters on Instagram, but I feel like I see them used less and less these days...although maybe that's just my feed.
9. Sharing photos (The Regram)
It's ok to regram (repost someone else's shot), but make sure you make it clear that this is not your photo and always give credit by tagging them with @username so they know that it has been shared. Try to make the majority of your feed your own photos unless your goal is to only share images.
In time you find yourself gravitating towards groups of users who use specific hashtags and the result is a personalised feed of inspiring images.
What's not to love?
Leave your Instagram name in the comments section below and I will be sure to check you out, or click the button below and check out my feed. This month you can win one of my leather camera bags with the hash tag #lifewellcaptured. More details here.
Emma Anderson. Creating, learning, growing and taking photos of it all!
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