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.

Shopping in Lockdown

My fifth instalment of #LivingInLockdown, another glimpse in to life during COVID-19 lockdown in the UK.

One of the few occasions that we’re allowed to venture out in to the big world outside of our homes…shopping!!! Where even people who would normally hate the ideal of shopping are probably rejoicing to be able to pop to the shops. I have to admit I have only been out shopping once since lockdown (as my wife has been doing our weekly shop, so no change there…lol). We needed a few bits that we didn’t get on our usual weekly shop, so nipped to one of our local shopping centres, which inspired this post.

So far from what I have seen most retailers are adhering to our governments social distancing guidelines. Retailers are becoming our fourth emergency service, keeping us all stocked up on provisions. Thankfully most of the panic buying (pasta, toilet roll, etc) appears to be over and the shops seem to be pretty well stocked again (so my wife tells me). Like I said in my last post I think lockdown is becoming the new normal (for just now at least). We are being very British and just getting on with life the best that we can.

#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.

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