Photo Blogging

As a photographer who blogs to share my work (I guess that means I’m a photo blogger). The one thing that I always struggle with when publishing to my photography blog is knowing what to write. I use my website / blog as more of a portfolio of my work than an actual blog. I am sure there are no right or wrong answers to photo blogging or blogging in general for that matter. Though I always feel when I post a selection of my photography work that I should write some sort of blurb or story to go with it. Writing does not come naturally to me, which I guess is a bit odd concept for a blogger. This is partly why I started the “Behind The Lens” thread to my website, to take me out of my comfort zone from time to time to share my thoughts.

From a readers view point I enjoy photographer’s blogs more when there is more photographic content as I can enjoy their work. This is not to say that I do not enjoy or appreciate when other photographers share their tips & experiences as it helps us all learn & become better at our art.

From reading other blogs & websites by photographers I have seen various photographers blog in various different styles. Maybe your blogging style as a photographer is determined by your style of photography? This is another challenge that I have. As I find it hard to define myself to one particular style of photography (this is a story for another post), in short I photograph what I like & what captures my eye or imagination at that moment in time.

I think sometimes I fall in to the trap of comparing myself, my work, & my website to other photographers that I follow. Then judge myself & my work harshly. The over critical tendencies of a creative mind.

Living In Lockdown

As of Monday 23rd March 2020 at 8:30pm GMT the UK went in to lockdown due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  As we now find ourselves in these unprecedented times of social distancing and social isolation I want to try and record the effects of lockdown in my local community, while obviously abiding by our government’s social distancing guidelines. #LivingInLockdown

#StaySafe

Nikon School: Free Courses

Stuck for something to do during lockdown while we’re stuck in the house? Why not learn a new skill or add to an existing skill set. One of my good friends brought this to my attention so thought I would share it. Nikon has generously provided their Nikon School: Online classes, free until the end of April. Whether your a beginner or a more advanced photographer I’m sure you can find a course that will interest you.

One of my favourite courses available is the “Discovering Macro Photography” by Joey Terrill. Below is just a very small sample of the courses available.

I’m a Nikon user myself anyway, regardless I think this is a good move on Nikon’s part (I’m aware they are not the only organisation to offer free learning courses). During this time of uncertainty while we are all spend more time at home it’s a good way to help keep us occupied and keep our little grey cells working…..Thank you Nikon.

Photography vs Lockdown

I’ve not been posting to my website as much of late. As for one reason or another I’ve not had the time or the motivation to blog. So I’m going to try and use some of my new found extra spare time to blog more and spend more time on my photography. I’ve previously only posted photo blogs and then only posted when I’ve had some photos that I particularly wanted to share. Going forward I shall try and share some of my thoughts as well. With this in mind I have added the new blog category of “Behind The Lens”. So here we go…

One thing that I have learned from the current Corona Virus lockdown that we all find ourselves in. Is while most of us are social isolating and or social distancing it’s important to take the time to enjoy the little things in life.

For me one of those little things is to try and spend more time enjoying nature. Although we are all on lockdown, we are still currently aloud to go outside for some form of daily exercise (walks, cycling, etc) as long as we adhere to the governments Social Distancing guidelines. Where we live we are quite lucky that we are surrounded by various parks, woodlands etc. So some form of nature is no more than 10 minutes away from our house. We have been trying to make the most of this and once a day taking some time to get out & enjoy nature. Our garden is also providing us another way of getting back to nature as well as providing some great photographic opportunities thanks so some of our garden wildlife visitors.

The above video was taken during a walk around one of our local parks. I was trying to capture the birdsong as well as the daffodils (sorry not the best sound quality). I also managed to get some nice photos of this year’s daffodils that are already in full bloom. I’ve not posted those up yet. Watch this space.