Thursday, 5 February 2015

5 Ways to Fall Back in Love with Photography

I think photography sounds a bit too professional but I couldn't come up with a better title... I am a crummy photographer. But I love it and I think that's what's important. I'm always trying new things to improve, not that I can see much improvement but at least I am enjoying it. This post isn't going to help you properly improve the look of your photos (if it does let me know!) but it might help you rediscover loving photography!

Taken on my iPhone and edited on the computer using picmonkey.

1. Use a different camera for a while. I left my camera at my parents' house after the Christmas holidays and decided to continue using my iPhone camera. Turns out they can take pretty decent photos and I actually like the look they have. There are so many great editing apps too, one I've only just bought is Afterlight.

Left: taken using "toy camera" setting on my camera || Right: taken with vivid colours || Bottom: black and white

2. Play with settings. I know, most bloggers just want you to use the manual settings and just change up the exposure and all that important boring shit. I'm talking about playing with black and white photos, if your camera has other things like fish-eye, vignette, blurs, like mine luckily does, try these out! You can create more diverse and interesting photos. I know, again everyone says your blog photos should have a similar look to them, they still can if you want. Bloggers seem to think photos always need to be bright, white and clear. Sometimes darker photos actually can look good haha! At least playing with these settings can open up new possibilities for your photography.

Also taken on my iPhone of a pretty ordinary coffee shop taken a while ago.

3. Take photos of ordinary things. My house isn't photogenic at all. And at the moment everyone seems to think white walls, white furniture and clean clean spaces are they key to the perfect photos. But that's just fashion, everyone used to take photos on floral bedcovers (including me) before this so trends change! Make the best of what you have, your photos do not have to look like everyone else's! I want to look back and see real photos on my blog, not just staged perfectly placed photos.

4. Don't force yourself to take the camera out. Which is the opposite advice of what a lot of people seem to give but honestly, being in the moment and enjoying it is far more inspiring than being stuck behind a camera lens when you're not feeling it!

Quite obviously taken on my iPhone! Edited using Afterlight. Not a perfect photo but whatta good night!

5. Take photos of you and your friends on a day/night out. They don't have to be good just have a laugh and enjoy scrolling through the memories afterwards.

I've been taking a lot more photos recently and I'm pretty pleased with myself! They might not be the best but I've been trying to take more photos of real life things and not worry so much how they come out. I've also got some great memories captured from the last couple of weeks! What do you do when you're falling out of love with photography? xo 

7 comments :

  1. I love playing with cameras, but I do get very frustrated when things don't go very well! It's good to see all of the photographs you've taken.


    Sammy xo.


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  2. Aw I love this post! I've been trying to take more photos & up my photography skills recently too. I bloody love photos of interiors, that coffee shop photo is gorgeous! :)

    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

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  3. I know what you mean, but that's why I like taking photos of real life things so they have memories attached to them and I just think natural photos always are better than staged :)

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  4. Thank you :) everything in this post is how I've got back into it, I don't know if I've improved my skills but I'm enjoying the variety of photos I can come up with! My editing is improving too :)

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  5. Love this post! I know everyone says to keep your photos similar, build your brand, but I really struggle with that. It just is not as interesting to me. My instagram is a mess by "proper" blogging standards but it isn't just for my blog, ya know? It is a look into my life and in my life not every pic is perfect.


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  6. Thank you :D me too! My instagram is like that, I try to take good photos of things I love, and I also love including photos of nights out with friends and stuff. I much prefer instagrams like ours that are real life rather than lipstick and nail polish and nail polish and nail polish.... haha ;) xo

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  7. Playing with the settings is so much fun! Sometimes I play with the camera settings and sometimes the editing settings. I find constantly having the same look for photos to be quite boring. There are certain photos I like to take but I also like trying different things out :)

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