I’ve been working on my blog photography (or at least trying to find the time to) for a long time. For me, it’s a slow process. I compare my blog and my photography to other people’s. Not in a bad way, I compare in a positive way because I compare myself to the people I’d like to be like one day.
During the summer last year I decided that I needed to improve my photography. I wanted to be able to take the clean crisp images that other bloggers could. I bought a nice camera and thought of some props that I could use from around the house. I took a few pictures that I’m really proud of and some that I’m not as happy with, but it was a learning curve.
Like I’ve said before, I don’t have the ideal blogger house. My room is like a cupboard and it’s hard to find anywhere to take a decent picture with natural lighting. But when I decided to improve my photography I wanted an instantaneous change across the board.
I wanted every Instagram post to be perfect. I wanted every image on my blog to be perfect. I wanted perfection and I wanted it immediately and consistently.
Rather than post what I thought was a bad picture I just posted nothing. So my Instagram kinda died off towards the end of last year. I used to love scrolling through Instagram and seeing what everyone else had been posting but I dreaded posting anything myself. I couldn’t bare the thought of posting a picture that didn’t have perfect lighting, composition and editing.
But on Monday morning I was lying in bed and I realised something.
I’ve never been the crisp and clean kind of blogger. If you’ve read this post then you’ll already know that. So why should I try and change myself? Our differences make us interesting. If we were all the same then that would be boring.
Plus I doubt I could ever be that blogger, even if I tried as hard as I possibly could and really really wanted to! I’m messy and lazy and, to be honest, I just don’t have the time to stick to a theme or a mega-high standard of photography. I’d love to, but it’s not practical and I’ve now realised that it’s not the end of the world either.
I’ve taken tons of pictures in the past six months that I could have shared with the world but I didn’t because I was scared that they weren’t perfect enough. Those are memories that I could have documented online, but I’ve missed the chance now.
Of course I care about the quality of the images I post, I’m not going to post absolutely anything on Instagram! But I’m not going to worry about whether or not the composition of every image is spot on or if I’ve edited each picture perfectly. There’s more to life!
Also I can make my Instagram whatever I want it to be. Some people choose to stick to a theme (I’ve shared my opinions on Instagram themes before) and other people don’t.
It’s the same with blogging. Blogging is about writing about things you care about and sharing it with the world. I shouldn’t put so much pressure on myself to try and match up to other bloggers. Like I said earlier, we’re all different and it’s our differences that make us interesting.
So, if you’re interested in keeping up with my not-so-perfect life then follow me on Instagram. I’m hoping to post at least once a day but we’ll see how that goes. I’m still going to try my best to improve my photography but in the meantime I’m not going to worry too much about it.
Learning how to take beautiful photographs is the same as learning to do anything. It takes time, dedication and hard work. So, if you have any photography tips and tricks then I’d love to hear them! Leave me a comment with your best advice or leave a link to some good blog posts that might help me out.