21 September 2017

Never be afraid to try something new


"Never be afraid to try something new, 
because life gets boring when you stay within the limits 
of what you already know." -- Anon

20 September 2017

Serenity Project - September 2017


"The sunrise doesn't care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no-one bothers to look at it." -- Gene Arnole

The images above were captured when most people were still snuggled up asleep in bed. Outside, it felt as if the whole world was asleep at 5.00am - apart from nature that is!  

Love the peace and quiet afforded when the sun is just beginning to rise on the horizon. On this particular morning, there was also a blanket of mist stretched across the fields which was just beginning to burn off against the sun. Made for some pretty spectacular viewing!

Next in the serenity circle is a hard working photographer, Nadeen from Nadeen Flynn Photography, Northern California. Please click here to follow the circle around and enjoy what Nadeen and the girls have to share this month.  Each month I look forward to viewing the girls' images and am always amazed and inspired by what they have to share.  Why not take a look and likewise enjoy!

18 September 2017

Delicious autumn

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"Delicious autumn!.... If I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns." -- George Elliot

17 September 2017

Watching the leaves turn

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"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn." -- Elizabeth Lawrence

Went for a photo walk whilst Finn was having a nap this afternoon. I take the opportunity for a little time to myself whenever I can because I don't get a moment's peace when Finn's awake! He's a cute bundle of energy and very typical of a 6 month old Labrador, i.e. into everything and up to no end of mischief! 

I didn't stay out for long however because it was really cold and damp from all the recent rainfall plus it was starting to get windy. Was just thinking that we will soon have to dig out our winter woollies!  Can you believe it or am I the only one thinking this year is passing quickly?

13 September 2017

Be thankful

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"No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up each day and be THANKFUL for life.  Someone somewhere is fighting to survive." -- bethankfulforlife

12 September 2017

The benefits of knowing your photography style (and how to achieve such)

There are so many excellent photographers worldwide whose work we admire over the internet as well as talented artists much closer to home - all of whom inspire and who ignite a longing in us to create beautiful works of art just like they do! 

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to emulate another photographers work exactly.  Ha! Hands up - been there, tried such and wrote about it here: 6 ways to build confidence as a photographer. But for now, let's consider the benefits of "knowing your OWN photography style" as well as how to achieve this goal.



Firstly, the benefits of knowing your own unique photography style



  • You will discover which type of locations / subjects / lighting conditions inspire you to make art and will instinctively know which camera setting to use for such from experience. You won't waste time on those locations and lighting conditions which don't deliver your desired results (at least not through choice).
  • You will spend less time editing because you know which sliders, etc to use in Lightroom / Photoshop to achieve your preferred look and tend to stick to the same editing routine for the majority of your work.
  • You will become more focused regarding what you need to learn to enhance your work and as a result be less willing to spend time on equipment and training which doesn't keep you on track.
  • You will discover which photography genres work for you and which ones don't. This makes it easier to know what to invest in when it comes to workshops and equipment and could also save you money.
  • You will feel happier and more organised having a consistent portfolio of work which in turn will increase your confidence as an artist and encourage you to grow and learn even more.
  • Your images will be identifiable so that when people view your work - no matter what the genre - they will instinctively see your signatory style and know you are the artist who produced them. 


How to achieve these goals

It's all very easy talking about the benefits of "knowing your photography style" which are great, but it's not so easy achieving such when you're first starting out! Personally, I don't claim to know all there is to know about photography, because I'm nowhere near such, but I do realise what works for me and what doesn't. My advise to anyone seeking to find their photography voice is:



  • Keep shooting, editing and learning what works and what doesn't work for you. 
  • Make mental or actual recorded notes re: lighting conditions and camera settings when they work out.
  • Apply the same as above when it comes to editing techniques in Lightroom / Photoshop. 
  • Study your favourite photographers' images and try and work out what time of day they have chosen, what type of lighting / shadow techniques, etc they have used and have a go yourself. You may not achieve the exact same results, but you might just be surprised to find that you have created something remarkably distinct and beautiful which has YOUR OWN stamp on it instead! 
  • Composition may also become part of your individual style.  Perhaps you enjoy shooting your subject/s by placing them central in the frame or along the top left of right rule of thirds, etc.  That's fine as long as you change it up sometimes for a bit of variety. 
  • The type of lighting you opt to use may also become part of your style.  I have a friend who likes to shoot in backlight a majority of the time.  Another uses sun bursts often in her work.  I personally like side light.  
  • High key or low key photography can also become part of your signature style. 
  • Matte editing can also be something that stands your work out as belonging to you.  There are a ton of free tutorials on the internet that teach how to edit matte style.
  • Vintage / retro editing is another marker that is unique to some photographers.  You can purchase Lightroom presets if you'd like to try such, or you can learn how to make your own.
  • Once you have found your signature style and feel more confident, you may also want to add textures, etc to create fine art which  may likewise become unique to you.
  •  Take up a project.  See Project 365 below.
All these things are useful to know and can help you find your photography voice.  




"Keep learning. Keep trying. Keep on keeping on and sooner or later your own personal photography style will start to shine through."

Project 365

Having all your images together in a project like 365 can help you notice a pattern forming in your work, e.g.

Project 365 has helped me notice that I tend to shoot central, using the perfect spiral or along the rule of thirds.  Matte editing seems to work for me.  I  seem to lean towards shadows and moody lighting a majority of the time.... etc.
If you are new to photography, or even someone who has struggled for ages to find your way like myself, why not try Project 365 and find out if it could work for you? This project has helped thousands of photographers  discover their voice and grow and it could help you likewise if you are willing to give it a go.

11 September 2017

A time for everything

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"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.... a time to plant and a time to uproot...." -- Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2

8 September 2017

Slow down a little

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"We would do well to slow down a little, focus significantly and truly see the things that matter the most." -- Dieter F Uchtdorf

6 September 2017

3 September 2017

Egg-stra special

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Thought I'd try a new lunch recipe this afternoon.  Smoked chicken and ham with egg recipe.  Turned out yummy!

2 September 2017

Autumn

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"Then all of a sudden, summer collapsed into fall." -- Oscar Wilde


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