Learning curve

I’ve learnt a lot of things since I joined redbubble over two years ago. I’ve learnt about photography and about other forms of art. So I thought I’d create a little list of things I’ve learnt

I’ve learnt how to compose images better. I learnt about the rule of thirds, and began to crop my images in order to improve the quality. I’ve learnt that if I’m taking an image, I need to set it up so the light is right, and so that there are no other objects making my photo messy or interfering

I’ve learnt that if you’re taking pictures of paintings, they should be done outside because natural light is best, and that taking pictures of black will almost always be a pain until I get really good:P

I’ve learnt that dawn light makes fantastic reflections, and that dusk light gives beautiful colours.

I’ve learnt that when taking people pictures, especially of children, the best thing to do is capture a moment, for example by taking pictures of children on a trampoline as opposed to making them sit down and look all serious, because children generally do either scowling or smiling!

I’ve learnt that woods are great, but you have to be careful not to get lost in a confusion of leaves that remove the whole point of the picture, and I’ve learnt about changing tones in photoshop JUST enough to make my picture what I wanted it to be.

I’ve also learnt that for some reason my compact does light painting better than my dSLR which actually allows you to change shutter speed, but I’m presuming this is because I fail at dSLR because it makes no sense…

And I’ve learnt that you CAN trust people on the internet. Most of them are normal, and a fair load of people on the internet are abnormally nice. They will help you and show you their art with pleasure, and just enjoy the whole experience with you. I’ve learnt that there’s not much more of a buzz than features or getting your group featured on the homepage, and that hosting a group is a bit like work with less financial gain and much more reward, although getting people to enter challenges can be a pain in the neck, but it all works out if you have a friendly co-host.

Above all I’ve learnt that redbubble is the place to be if you’re any sort of artist, because it will help you and encourage you and make you feel like all those years of blurry shots of your own wellies when you were five were really worth it!


  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 4 years ago

    Well written Alice.

  • Thank you :)

    – Alice Oates

  • Darrell Kinsel
    Darrell Kinselover 4 years ago

    this is sooo cool and well written…im glad u r on my watch list!

  • Thank you, I’m glad you like it, and I’m glad you’re glad you watchlisted me!

    – Alice Oates

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much!

    – Alice Oates