As a new blogger I feel like I am constantly trying to keep up. I seem to have no shortage of “ideas” for posts, however, as quickly as the idea comes, dread follows when I think about what the accompanying images will look like. This fear is not based on assumption, but rather on the 100’s of photos I have taken of various subjects that come out completely different from how I pictured them (pun intended). I have tried a new camera, a new iPhone, editing apps and software, but I can’t seem to create the images I want. Not afraid of a challenge and always up for developing a new skill, I started to do a little research and in one short afternoon found two great resources to get me started.
Skillshare is always my go to place for learning creative skills online and as luck would have it, they just released a brand new School of Photography. Thank you, fate! I signed up for Food Photography: Capturing a Morning Worth Eating taught by Adam Goldberg, Food Photographer for A Life Worth Eating. The class focuses on your morning routine and how to capture it in photos– your basic coffee shop and pastry shots. It also covers lighting, styling and editing. I think it’s a perfect course to start with and look forward to sharing my photos this weekend.
My other great find started with an article by Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess in the magazine, Mollie Makes Blogging. In the article, Elsie shares her essential advice for lifestyle blogging and gives really great advice on taking photos and how to develop a personal style. My biggest takeaway was her suggestion about tackling the art of photography.
“Make a commitment to learn one new thing about photography each week and apply it to the pics on your blog. It’s a lot less intimidating than trying to learn everything at once.” – Elsie Larson
Not only was this perfect advice for me, it also gave me an idea for a new series called Snapshots. I can’t think of a better way to make a commitment to learning something new each week and then showing off my efforts on the site. This weekend I’ll be trying out my mobile food photography skills and capturing my morning routine. Photos to follow :)