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.
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.