GET OUT AND EXPLORE
My favourite thing to photograph is nature. I absolutely love taking pictures of the beautiful world we live in. One of the reasons I love shooting nature is because there are endless amounts of it and everyone sees something different. Some people might see a tree and think nothing of it, whereas others see the same tree and it brings back memories or inspires ideas.
I live in a scenic village in Yorkshire, so shooting the outdoors is something I do on a regular basis, but if I really want to be inspired, I just head somewhere new.
Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK and has a national park in every area. Not only are there parks and villages to explore, but there are moors and woods dotted all over the place. I’ve lived here since birth and still haven’t been to them all.
Plus, the world is constantly changing with the seasons, there’s just so much to capture.
Instagram is my favourite place to find photographers. It’s the ultimate photo-sharing platform. I’m currently trying to transform my profile into a mini portfolio, sharing shot of my favourite shots and watching my feed change as the seasons do (autumn is easily the best).
I have an entire collection of bookmarked posts just full of photos I want to recreate, then another collection for places I want to visit, then another collection for techniques that I want to try and… you get the idea. Every single time I open Instagram, I find a new photo to fall in love with, and the very favourites get screenshotted and saved to another gallery in my phone.
There are so many photographers out there that rely solely on Instagram to make a living and book collaborations, which I think is awesome, and something I aspire to also. When I see talented creatives trying new things, working with cool brands and having fun experiences, I’m inspired to try something different with my blog and get out there and improve my skills.
I have a couple photography-based board on Pinterest too!
LEARN A NEW TECHNIQUE
I have been taking photos for about five years and there’s still so much I don’t know. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever know everything about photography or whether it’s just the important things that stick.
When I learned the basics of photography in school, I remember being so excited to get outside and shoot. I remember being desperate the grab hold of the camera and take as many photos as possible and put into practise what I had just learned.
I’m still the same today. I have a little folder full of new things I’m trying to take on when it comes to photography. My focus is landscapes and nature, and I’m learning to use my cameras to the best of my ability, and so I can create some cool content for the internet.
Every week (or so), I try to Google something or find a YouTube video (Mango Street and Jessica Kobeissi are my favourites) on a new trick or technique when it comes to shooting, and as soon as I figure something out, I’m inspired to get out and try it.
Camera shopping is a hobby of mine. It’s so dangerous but it’s so fun. I know buying a new DSLR isn’t in my budget right now, BUT I love to see what’s out there and keep up with how cameras are changing and advancing.
My interest in cameras and how they work is one of the things that sparked my interest in photography, and I like to stay updated on the latest camera technology, editing software and I lovvveeeee watching YouTube videos on anything photography.
I want to work hard to earn the money to purchase a new camera (I’m thinking film next), and that motivates me to work harder to better my photo-taking skills, and pushes me to go out and shoot, even when I don’t want to. Just a quick look online is easy inspo for me!