One thing I realized as I dove into this new endeavor of a lifestyle and travel blogger, is how challenging this business can be, especially in its versatility. I have to be a stylist, a photographer, a videographer, a writer, an editor, a manager, a brand specialist and many more things all at once. The pressure to be good, no, great, at all of these things is high because the competition is fierce. So, I dove into learning the craft each one of these specialty areas as I knew no more of them than an average enthusiast.
Talking about photography, I always hear how important the quality of photos and careful editing and styling is important for blogs, but especially for the instagram feed. So creating my own presentation style is what I tried to concentrate on at the beginning. There are tons of tutorials on photography on youtube. And my most favorite ones are Peter McKinnon, Sorelle Amore, and Chris Hau.
And I chose them for their level of professionalism, creativity, and also for great personalities that give me boost of energy to do it, because I tell you, the more I realize how much I don’t know, the more I scared I get that it’s too late for me to start learning a whole new industry. So them being realistic definitely helps.
A few notes. One, before getting to watch these guys, make sure to learn all important basics of your camera. Right now, I use Cannon 80D with 18-55mm lens. I watched the boring but very informative tutorial on Cannon 80D, made notes on my phone how to change aperture or ISO, etc. which are a must know if you want to ditch auto, and start shooting raw. (and believe me, if you don’t know what any of this means, I did not know it either just a month ago!)
Two, the tutorials by Chris, Peter, and Sorelle, are very informative, and fun and entertaining, but be aware not to just watch, but to practice and take pics at least a few times a week. Because I did find myself at first wanting keep clicking to the next video and next video, I don’t have a whole day to do so. I simply need to practice the skills in between learning and in the midst of my day. This also helps fight the fears of inferiority.
These photos are my first attempt on shooting photos without Auto. any photographer will be able to rip them apart, but at least its a start. It was very tempting to go back to Auto, especially since this was a crowded pumpkin patch day and I felt pressured to get out of there as fast as I could, but I leave the issue of self-sabotaging myself to another day.
Do you feel that you need to excel in photography and learn shooting as professional?