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An at-your-own pace guide to the essential principles of photography

Hi! I'm Emily Quinton. I'm a photographer and online teacher. I help people learn how to take better photographs. 

If you're doing anything online, you need to be sharing great images that communicate what you are about. This month-long online course will help you to focus on improving the images that you create.

We'll cover all of the essential elements of making a good online image: using natural light, composing, styling, editing and publishing.

Read on for how it works! Emily xo


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Get confidence in using your camera or phone

Which settings to use when and the confidence to try new things

Creating attractive images for your blog, website, Instagram and Pinterest are now an important part of running a modern business or promoting whatever you do online.

But who has the time and the budget to pay a professional every time we need an image? 

I want to help you to get confident with your camera so you can make great images whenever you need to. 

Over a four week period I'll send you videos and practical lessons to take you through the essential aspects of photography. 

I love teaching people to improve at photography, and I've now taught thousands of happy people. You'll learn how to take photographs in a way that fits into your life, using the camera you already have.

Do you have a camera that you're using but not quite sure how all of the features work?

Do you see other people taking beautiful images and feel frustrated with your own results?

Are you trying to reach an online audience but wishing you could produce stronger images?

If you join this class we'll address all of those issues and more!

What we'll be covering

Video lessons and exercises including

Photography Principles

Use of natural light
Shooting in Aperture Priority

Getting into the habit

Finding inspiration
Developing a photographic style
Every day creativity

Fitting it into your life

Basic editing on your phone and computer
Getting the most from your camera phone
Ideas for building your photography kit
Projects to try throughout the year

Lessons are delivered via our own hand-built learning site and are a mixture of 10-15 minute "snackable" videos with exercises and downloads for you to fit into your day.

Tools to help you grow

Not just lessons – practical tools personalised to you

We've all seen courses promising the earth. With Makelight, we're super confident you'll love our videos and exercises, but we've taken things a stage further.

We've built a suite of useful, informative tools that specifically help you grow what you're doing online.


When you sign up, you'll get a Makelight Insights report all about your Instagram. We'll report back on the hashtags and themes that you're using and then give you recommendations about how to change your behaviour for the better.

Start by getting a free Insights report

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A personalised Instagram report


A huge library of hashtags


Recommendations for your account

We've analysed 4.33 million Instagram posts from the community, indexed 813 thousand hashtags, and summarised them into 3.17 thousand common themes so we know a thing or two about which hashtags and approaches work!

Love for the Makelight experience

Just some of the feedback we've had from our courses.

I'm new to Makelight, but I have gotten so much out of the first 3 lessons of Bloom. I've been frustrated and a bit overwhelmed about how to approach branding. I now feel in control of the task - it is just what I needed!

CoLee Wilkinson

Makelight is the most accessible and supportive community I've ever been part of. The instruction is top notch and you are never alone. Amazing!

Vicki Bouchard

The support from Emily and Stef is just amazing. Each course delivers really high value for money. I have paid more for courses and got back a LOT less.

Caron Rachael Philbert

How it works

Makelight.com is an online learning membership site for creators, makers and doers.

A community of entrepreneurs, Instagrammers and bloggers all learning how to grow communities, online audiences and businesses around what we're passionate about.

This is a one-off course with no ongoing commitment, but if you enjoy it we hope you'll join us as one of our monthly members where you'll receive lots more like this.

Some principles

You can learn at your own pace
Lessons are snackable so they're easy to fit in
Live video Q&As are great for motivation
Exercises are achievable and realistic
A supportive community helps you keep on track
Advice should be useful, honest and no-nonsense
The price should be affordable

What you'll receive by joining the course

Join a community of makers and entrepreneurs all looking to improve how they share what they're passionate about online
1 month of lessons including videos with text, images and embeds all delivered by our own custom-built learning site.
2 weeks of support and advice from the Makelight team and the community, or more if you join as a subscribing member
Advice on equipment, apps and how to use them
PDF downloads to help you with your workflow and planning
A profile page that will enable others in the community to find and follow you
A dedicated Facebook group just for the people taking the course
Facebook Live Q&A sessions
Access to the Makelight Hashtag Library to help you research and gather good hashtags to use
Hashtag recommendations based on what you share on Instagram
Recommended people to follow in the community
A series of Makelight Insights report for your Instagram account
Our weekly newsletter with inspiration and ideas
On-demand access to recap or catch up whenever you like

Phew! Sounds like a lot, but don't worry, the course is calm, inspiring and keeps you motivated throughout.

This course is hosted by Emily and Stef, co-founders of Makelight.


Hi, I'm Emily Quinton I'm a photographer, writer, teacher and founder of Makelight.

Learn to create beautiful images that tell your story, plus gain tools and techniques to grow in an authentic, inspiring way using the approaches I've learnt.

Over the last few years I've grown a following of 500,000 across Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Some of it's luck, but a lot of it is about consistently working towards what you're trying to achieve. Along the way I've learnt a lot and with our Makelight courses and membership sharing it all with you!


Hi, I'm Stef, Emily's husband. I'm a designer and technologist I'm working full time building and designing the Makelight.com you see around you today.

My background is in computer science, and I studied artificial intelligence at university. I'm applying that knowledge to help build our Instagram analytics tools.

I'm also a photographer and you'll see some of my photos on our shared Instagram account @thequinskis.

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