• How I Blog: Photo Battles, Editing, Inspiration…

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    I have been blogging since March this year and it has been a really crazy adventure to say the least. I have learned so much and I now take my blogging so much more seriously than I did when I started out. I have had so many ups and downs with my blogging and I thought I would write a little blog post about my feelings towards blogging, how I blog and more.
    I (try to) blog daily, either everyday or every couple days, and it an be quite full on. When I as doing exams at school I did stop because my exams were more important and I had personal issues as well at the time and if I blogged I wouldn’t have seemed myself. But when I started blogging again after that I felt so much better because I realized that blogging to me is like a little escape, where I can write and write and write ignoring everything else that is happening. However I am a perfectionist and I want everything to be perfect. Looking back on it my photos I took when I first started blogging are horrific! I would use my old iPhone 5, no specific background and poor lighting. But I had just started blogging and I didn’t really know what I was doing.

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    This is the first photo on my blog and I strung on fairy lights up on my wall and help up the eyeshadow palette. I took this on my old iPhone and it is so pixelated! Eeek!

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    Again this was on my iPhone but I remember moving it to get the lights in the background and I started being more picky about my photos.

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    This is when I started using my camera. It was a Lumix dmc-fx72 and I got it for my birthday one year. I remember feeling really proud and I also realised natural light was the best.

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    This was the first photo with a marble background. I started getting more followers at this point and this was when I started taking my blog more seriously.

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    I hated this post and the photos. I was desperate for studio lighting and the best I could do was outside, so I strung paper on the wall of my house and took photos but these were awful. If it wasn’t an AD I would delete it.

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    This is from Sunday’s post and it is the first photo with my new Canon EOS 1300D. I love it so much. I also have a soft box to get me even and better lighting.

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    This is today’s photo. From my little evolution you can see how much better my photos are now.

    However still I am really picky with my photos and I dislike most of the photos I take. I always compare myself to someone else when really I know I shouldn’t. Now I have new equipment I feel like I am more confident though with my photos than I was before. Before I got my new camera a few days ago I was really down about my photos but it is only onwards and upwards from here.
    To take my blog post photos I used to use my Lumix DMC-FZ72 and it was a good camera. I would also take photos for my brothers rugby with it but I recently bought a new one. I loved this camera as it was my first DSLR but it wasn’t suiting me anymore. It didn’t give me the image I wanted and I wanted to move on to something more professional. So I saved up and got the Canon EOS 1300D. It is an amazing camera however I am still learning to use it but I am so happy I have it. To also take my photos I used to use natural lighting as I had an over head window in my kitchen which was good, however if it was sunny it would give a yellowy tinge to my photo. I hated this so I bought off amazon a soft box. It was only £25, was really easy to set up and gives amazing natural light. You can find the one I got here.
    I edit my photos once I have taken them using a website called ‘BeFunky.com‘. Of course the dream is to have and use PhotoShop but I don’t have it and as a student I can’t afford it however I think that the website I use is good and it is free. I tend to turn up the highlights, brightness and then the sharpness. I look back on some of my edits and think to myself ‘What was I thinking?‘ because I can tell when I added a poor focus or turned the contrast up too much.
    I have had many people contact me or comment on my blog saying they don’t understand how I can find the inspiration and what to blog about every day. Honestly I do struggle, and more recently I have been having a bit of a ‘writers block‘ but I just stick to the motto of ‘review, look at others for inspiration and favourites‘. Then when I have an idea I will blog about that too.
    Let me know if you have photo battles, or what your inspiration is.
    Emily Clare
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    28 Comments

    1. 29/11/2016 / 5:38 pm

      I love your honest take on the process of blogging. It can definitely be a struggle sometimes. But, it must be great to be able to look back and see your progress!

      • 29/11/2016 / 5:41 pm

        It is! I look back to when I first started blogging and I am proud of where I have come! It may sound vain but it is such a dramatic difference from back in March.

    2. 29/11/2016 / 7:15 pm

      I’ve totally been going though the same evolution with my blog. First I upgraded my camera, and then lighting, and then a tripod. It’s very fun though!

      • 29/11/2016 / 7:33 pm

        I agree! Plus I love geeking out with new equipment! I am like a little kid in a candy shop!

        • 29/11/2016 / 7:38 pm

          Have you gotten a Ring Light? I just ordered one on Amazon and I can’t wait to try it out.

    3. 29/11/2016 / 8:02 pm

      I’m quite new to the whole blogging thing, and I’m going to use these tips to improve my usually hideous pictures lol. Thank you and well done on growing your blog so quickly! x

    4. 30/11/2016 / 11:25 am

      You have an amazing blog and this was super helpful. I am currently struggling with lighting too, I’m still undecided whether I should buy a soft box or not.. x

      • 30/11/2016 / 3:57 pm

        Awwh thank you! I bought mine recently and I would definitely recommend one! It is life changing!!

    5. 30/11/2016 / 12:11 pm

      This post is so helpful, thank you ! x

    6. 01/12/2016 / 6:37 pm

      I think you’re doing a great job, and you are going to learn so much along the way!
      As a beginnier blogger starting just a couple days ago, this post was really helpful and inspirational! A little reminder that we all start somewhere so you should be proud that you’re using the tools you do have in the best way you can, and you’re already helping others!

      • 01/12/2016 / 6:51 pm

        Awwh thank you so much! That means a lot! I hope you enjoy the blogging world too x

    7. 04/12/2016 / 3:39 am

      Thank you for sharing your photo journey! You’re pictures look absolutely gorgeous right now!

    8. 05/12/2016 / 1:56 am

      Thank you for sharing this blog post. I agree blogging is a tassel to handle. I’m a new blogger so I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing most of the time. I have photo battles also my dad bought me this camera and it has the worst quality I’ve seen yet so I’ve been using my tablet witch is a much better improvement. We all have tough times in the hobbies we like but we always mange to get through it. Once again thank you for this blog post. x

      • 05/12/2016 / 7:27 am

        Aww your welcome.minunderstand getting annoyed at bad camera quality. Even though it is expensive I highly recommend getting a canon camera if you serious about blogging.

    9. 08/12/2016 / 7:18 pm

      Love your blog. It looks so great! I love the layout, the photos and the content. Keep it up

    10. 15/01/2017 / 7:12 pm

      Thanks for the blogging insight, I’m new to this but I really enjoy it so far. Maybe I’ll invest in a camera so I can start taking pictures!

      • 15/01/2017 / 9:06 pm

        You totally should! Only invest if you think you are going t keep blogging up so that you don’t waste a lot of money.

      • 04/03/2017 / 1:14 pm

        It has actually just become a year!! I am posting a special post about it tonight!

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