Learning how to take a good photograph

Professional photographer, Louise O’Gorman, spent time at Bedales recently as a photographer in residence, talking to students about photography and also taking photos for our bank of photos for the website and promotional material.

Louise started taking pictures when she got her first camera at the age of 16, this was more of a hobby for her at the time. Since then she has taken pictures of business people and politicians, also travelling to exotic countries.

Louise spoke in assembly about the basic things you need to think about when taking a good photograph, including the rule of thirds, leading lines, shadows, composition, depth within the photo, and balancing the photograph.

A group of keen photographers then met with Louise and discussed the basics of creating a good picture using natural light and composition. We had a go with her professional camera thinking about the settings on the camera and where the person was in relation to the background. We learnt that when taking portrait photographs, being shy and not directing the person won’t achieve the best photo possible, and that having the confidence to move the person into a better background with better lighting would improve the quality of the picture.

I am a keen photographer and found this information useful to use within my own photos. I have recently made a website for some of my photos taken as a hobby.

By Lucy Hewett, 6.1

Photo of Bedales handshaking taken by Louise O'Gorman


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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