Lessons Learnt Creating Imagery For Your Blog
As some of you guys may know, photography has been 1 of my ultimate loves for many years so when I finally plucked up the courage to marry this with the urge to create through blogging it seemed like the perfect chance to bring out the camera. However even after studying, taught the subject, worked for businesses and their imagery - 1 of the hardest challenges was to find an image style that suited me plus what I wanted to say. It’s well established that you may not find comfort in certain genres within your artistic field and with 1 as huge as photography … it’s a no brainer. For me I’ve found that getting to a happy place with my rhythm and aesthetic has taken longer than any other journey I’ve taken with anything let alone photography but for now I’m starting to feel at peace with what goes out off into the world through my ‘brand’. Here are few lessons learnt from attempting to define my own personality for the blog and the accompanying aesthetic - do you outsource your images? Have you struggled with any aspects of image - making?
Not Everything Will Be Perfect Every Time
Whether it’s a personal brief or a professional one sometimes the vision in our heads doesn’t always correlate to what is physically being produced. And yes it’s seriously annoying - but that’s ok. An image can be used for a range of purposes e.g. to inform, to entertain or even give a hint / introduce your potential topic. With all this in mind it could mean your brief or purpose gets lost along the way, for a variety of reasons but looking at our missteps can help us go back and rectify them plus serve as experience for future projects. With being an artist sometimes the motivation and spark isn’t automatically there on the day, in which case a mental warm up may be needed which could take any form including: creating and look through a mood board for your shoot, sketching or possibly 5 minutes shooting randomly to name only a few methods. However one of the joys of working in a creative industry (even for personal projects) is that you do also get those sweet moments of pure bliss when it all goes to plan or sometimes works out better than 1st thought. Sometimes it’s about accepting that it doesn’t always go to plan but it’s about making the best out of a not so great situation and adding that to your bank of experience.
Your Style Will Constantly Evolve
If you’ve read some of my older posts you’ll definitely notice that my style has changed over the years and this has reflected quite a few stages in my journey for example: new camera, new backgrounds, finding lighting that appeals, investing in my props even a change of direction. Whether you’re someone who’s been taking their images for a couple of months or a seasoned professional you’ll notice every now and again that your natural style in terms of imagery will have reached a new peak in your evolution. Trying new techniques, colour palettes, editing styles, working with new subject matter … etc can lead to a new shift in how you do things. At times when you knowingly want to challenge yourself and switch up things it can require a bit of research to make that essential link or develop your confidence further. The good thing is that you won’t be alone as so many creative folks no matter their discipline will continuously work on their source material / inspiration and style in general. It’s no secret that at the minute I’m attempting something new with my imagery including a new colour palette and very slightly more homely look - it’s not there yet but it’s always an on-going worthwhile process.
Investing Isn’t The 1st Necessity But Can Be A Help
I will say it a x1000 times over and then a x1000 times again but you do not need the most up to date fancy pants model camera to create stunning imagery but what you do require is the knowledge of your current model as it can help you make you aware of what is possible plus you can build up your confidence. Buying your own camera can be a huge investment, especially if your purse strings are rather tight but if you understand your basics, can use your current model to it’s full effect. When you begin to feel as if your current camera can literally give you no more - it may be time to make your next purchase as it can really help with the next step in your photographic journey. It’s good to take the time and play with whatever device you choose, for example mobile phones are not to be sneered at either as their quality in some cases can rival some camera brands / models, you may be surprised by some of the results plus many artists have become a success through this process. This is also true of your prop [/ background / lighting] choices, as you get further down the rabbit hole of creating imagery you can easily collect slightly inexpensive props that get your message across, every now and again you can add certain items with a bit more expense and consideration that you feel elevate your pictures . As I do not own my own home with my own furnishings it can sometimes be hard to manipulate the space plus it means I have to rely heavily on my props but this is all a necessary learning curve.