As any creative you can amass a lot of imagery and a bad habit a lot of us share (including myself) is to let them sit in our hard drives without any further use. As a photographer there are GBs worth of older work and whilst a big chunk could be filed away into the recycling bin but there's some successes you can sing about in various forms. Showcasing your work can not only can give you a mental high-five for a job well done but in some cases push you out there to a bigger audience.Here are a few ideas to give your work more of a center stage, how do you get more out of your imagery?
If you run a blog or any online space then you'll have your own way of doing things, including what you class as necessities that you can't be without when working and what you don't, all of which can change in an instant. Personally, I like to keep some elements in my routine as it means they aren't solely rooted in the online arena plus not being technology related will add more variety and can give you a break for your health. Here are a few of my much needed essentials that don't need the interference of technology, what are your blog & business fundamental items that you need for productivity?
A couple of months before the end of 2017 I gave up my usual shoulder bag to my sister & her pregnancy needs which I was happy to do but it meant my trusty ruck sack came out of retirement and since then it's come with me everywhere including photography days. Having a bag that is supportive and roomy without being as big as a house is important especially when you're off on a day of adventures. Here's what is usually in my photography / everyday bag?
Despite my education on the subject of photography, one area that still needs serious work (which I admit) is my blog imagery. As there are so many blogs and styles out there so finding an aesthetic you identify with can be harder to master than first thought, especially considering as your website is forever evolving and finding its place on the internet. I've been working hard to find my own style and alter my current look so that it fits with me, here are a few ways I've been doing it and taking pointers from some of my favourite creators. How do you build a consistent blogging / website imagery?
Over the past month I've discovered some new and older favourites from the creative world of instagram that I just can't keep to myself. Something I want to do more of this year is make the effort to spread the love whether that be in the form of an instragrammer, blogger, photographer, designer and anything in between. Today it's time for some wonderful instagram folks from across the internet, I'm more than prepared to wax lyrical about. Who has been inspiring you? Who has helped push your own efforts or simply kept you entertained?
Regardless of what artistic medium you use or when you can find the time to devote to your passions, it can mean essentially balancing creativity with everything else in your life - which can be tough especially as there are certain but necessary aspects you need to work around. As we're often so busy sometimes active rest can be pushed aside for 'another day'. Serious nourishment can be gained from making things off your own steam and ideas but we still need to get away and clear our minds to come back with even more motivation. Here are only a ways to find rest whilst you're busy setting up you own business, creating new work or just trying to have it all without busting a gut.
One subject I can wax lyrical about is obviously photography and a big reason I have such an affinity for it is because of the good things it can do for your head space. Creativity and art therapy often go hand in hand and you don't have to dedicate a lot of time to these kinds of passions to start to feel the benefit, this type of medium is actually a (not so) sneaky way to stop, breathe and practice mindfulness. Here are a few reasons why photography is a brilliant artistic and healthy pastime to take up.
Inspiration can at times be a fickle mistress, on occasion you'll have a tidal wave of ideas that it can be overwhelming however on the flip side you can also feel like there are no new ideas you want to complete. It's fair to say there are no truly original ideas as so man concepts are an exploration or extension of something else but that doesn't change the fact that you have your own voice to put out there to use another angle. I'm constantly on the hunt for fresh ideas and I don't just mean for blog posts but for life admin, decor, design aesthetics and general ideas that push my space on the internet a little further out there. Here's where I source those motivational ideas? Where are your favourite places to find exciting concepts or favourite people to look up to?
Earlier in the month I spoke of how my word for the year is 'Growth', in some cases I want to build my grounding, start again and in other life aspects expand my understanding. The idea of being more minimal has been something I've toyed with for a while now and this year I hope to try a little harder with small steps and generate more confidence on the matter. Here are a few ways I'm trying be more conscientious about what I use, keep and give back back.
Photography is a huge artistic genre to define let alone build some ultimate set in stone rules to adhere to, like many areas of study it's about building your own mantra or guidelines that suit you as a practitioner (regardless of whether you're a happy hobbyist or you make a living from it), for me it's taken years to build my own way of doing things and I thought I'd share a few lessons from along the way. Here are some of my golden rules in term of photography, what are yours?
It's been a year and a half since I took a look at what a day of blogging looks like for me, as so much has changed for me and my working schedule I thought I'd revisit how I do things. As I work during the week for the 9-5 slog the majority of blogging related tasks need to completed on the weekend but I'm also trying to balance steady productivity with elusive rest so I'm not overwhelmed come Monday morning for the monotony. Weekends are for image creation, writing and scheduling. Here's what I get up to come Saturday morning, what does your blogging schedule look like?
The new year and the month of January both bring a sense of beginnings or fresh possibilities but with the dark mornings and colder temperatures still around for a while yet it's even more important to relish those little pick me ups that can help your day. If like me your motivation and energy levels can take a significant dip around this time of year, bye sunlight, then it's good to have those reliable ways to better your mood especially if you're wanting some much needed productivity or if you have the afternoon slump. How do you turn around a bad day into something a little happier and hopefully gives you more output?
Last Year was all sorts of good and bad but a goal that I wanted to work harder on was capturing more of my adventures, those little moments and finding ways to better my blog / general photography. What helped was falling head over heels for instagram stories, as I had more time on my hands it was the perfect opportunity to take in and show more. Here are a few snippets from the year of 2017, some are images are blog related favourites whilst others are more personal in nature. What's in your 2017 camera roll?
2017 was a good year for all things Not Copper Armour, although small in numbers compared to some but looking back at the past year(s) there's been a whole lot of growth on and off screen - this includes both imagery and content with a slightly new direction I'm happier with. There were a lot of changes and there's going to be a whole lot more to come in in the following months, so I thought why not take a trip through this year's archives with some of the work I'm most proud of and enjoy. What blogs & content have you been loving (whether it be yours or someone else's)?
It's fair to say I'm starting my blogging year a little later than others but I wanted time to consider my goals and what I wanted from the year. After all the good, bad and frustration that 2017 brought especially after reassessing my goals list it became clear that a change needed to happen. Some of my favourite folks on the internet don't follow the traditional resolutions ritual instead they prefer just oneword that will hopefully shape and guide their year (hopefully) to fruition. This year I'm choosing 'G R O W T H' as my key word and here's why I'm forgoing the usual list. What's on your yearly goals list?
It's finally the big day. It's the day where Santa has visited, the day where it's wholly acceptable to eat your body weight in food, the day where playing family games can tow the line between fun and arguments. It's the time to take a real break from all things internet or work and partake in the festive activities you absolutely adore.
The weather in the UK seems to have fallen a little further in terms of degrees to match the Winter season and whilst this time of year has the ability to give us some stunning photographic opportunities but going out in it can be a little tougher and even worse when you're not prepared. Trying to stay warm whilst creating stunning imagery can be a difficult balancing act to juggle, with sometimes limbs having to brave the cold for the perfect shot. Here are a few of some of my much needed essentials for colder weather photographic shooting?
After a few weeks off the grid it's given me time to reflect on the things I want and make a start on some new ideas for this for this space. for a while I've felt it's been an uphill struggle to produce quality content partly because there doesn't seem enough time to fit everything in but also as I felt a little lost at sea with what this blog stands for. After my last post on where I've been during some quiet time touched upon a few plans but this post should delve into more detail of what you can see in the near future (it also serves as my tick sheet plus makes me more likely to attempt it). Do you have any plans for your blog?
A very few of you beady eyed folks will have noticed that things all Not Copper Armour have been really quiet, in fact all but none existent which wasn't planned but was needed. After last month's blog post about balancing blogging and full time work it was becoming apparent that I hadn't found it yet, the fact is whilst I was practicing what I preached there physically wasn't enough time in the day to fit it all in. It was time to take stock properly of what I'm doing, how I'm doing it and what I actually need or want. Here's why it all went dark on the blog and why it wasn't as bad as it sounds.
Last month I wrote a post looking at some of the main genres of photography and what makes them unique which you can find here, as there are so many it would have turned into an essay so this is the 2nd half of that post. What is your favourite type of photography? What attracts you to an image?