let’s talk about it.
Because that’s what this platform -Instagram- is all about, isn’t it? The photos? Just a bonus I’m able to work with some amazing brands! But it is my creative outlet-my visual diary. And photography is something I’m passionate about.
I am honestly as amateur as they get BUT In using this platform I have come in contact with like minded people-and some awesome, pro as people. Who have helped me evolve and are still helping me become better. This photo taking gig isn’t as simple as I once thought.
I had been using my sister in laws camera for about a year before I bought my own.
When I first bought my camera, 2 years ago, I had no clue what I was doing. I got a quick ‘how to’ from the person at the camera shop and I’ve been winging it ever since. I thought presets were a ‘one click fix’. And angles were parts of math equations.
I have always wanted to do some sort of photography course, but I would have to travel and also having two young children my money is best spent elsewhere. So I turned to Instagram for amazing aspiring and educational accounts to further my knowledge. And here are a few amazing people who have openly given it-for free!
SO first of all, I just want to give a massive shout out to Kari from @compassandaperture. She has freely, without hesitation given me all the tips and tricks. But she also has the most helpful vlog over on YouTube-linked HERE.
From lenses, presets and coffee, she’s your lady.
Karis presets are what I use-Available for pc and mobile Lightroom you can even edit on the go. I am so in love with them and they have made editing my photos so much easier. HERE you can find Karis full range of presets.
It was on Instagram where I learnt about composition. I thought a good photo was where the subject was smack bang in the middle of the frame. @lavara_photography taught me otherwise. Her account too, is so aspiring. Her page is filled with family and lifestyle pictures, flooded with natural light and the golden hour photos are to die for.
See the post about composition HERE.
Now last but not least. The account where I hope my photography skills might be one day @brandonwoelfel his photography is so next level, I could stare at his account all day!
Also, Brandon has a Youtube account filled with behind the scenes videos. Which blows my mind. I love seeing how the end result is actually made-with such ‘normal’ every day settings, these exquisite photographs are created.
I have still got a LONG way to go. And I will get there one day. But for now these amazing people, and many more, are teaching me new things every time I watch their vlogs or read their tips on their posts.
If you don’t already I suggest you follow these gems of people. There is so much free information out there, just searching what you want to learn on YouTube and a ton of videos pop up! I can’t wait to see how my skills evolve in the future.