I feel pressured when I take photos; I'm often thinking in terms
of my blog (which is why I got my camera), and so when I don't take photos for
my blog, when I don't like the time and the pressure, I forget about
documenting my and my family's life.
I am not at ease with
photography. I hate feeling watched and rushed. I don't understand it or what
I'm missing easily. It just doesn't click for me very well. But I've made HUGE
progress. I need to keep it up. I'm need to find balance. I don't have to have
tons of photos for my blog, but I do need to take photos of my life to preserve
memories. And if I want good photos, then I need practice.
I'm a perfectionist. I think
that quality is important. This clashes with the fact that I think that not
wasting time is important and that I tend to want to see instant results; well,
I cannot deliver results without practice. I tend to give up. I tend to waste
time in other ways though; I need to learn balance. If I'm annoying impatient
people (ahem), I need to learn to speed up my process and to take a break (I
didn't need to get San Diego Zoo photos). I need to think in terms of practice
as well as time management. I need to think in terms of life as well as blog
(by the way, some people have talked of using their blog to preserve memories,
to possibly print later; I think that is a lovely idea).
I got on Instagram to
grow my blog. After looking at the labor of putting DSLR photos
on Instagram, I
opted to use my iPhone which I usually use only for my pets, library
re-borrowing stacks, and photos for ideas or for notes. I felt pressured on Instagram and
was unhappy with my photos even after spending too much effort on them. I found
a tutorial that explained editing. . . what a crazy lot of time for "snaps"
to go on Instagram. And
then I spent so much time scrolling through my feed and not receiving much in
return. A low inspiration to time ratio. I got off Instagram. I think that if I ever do use it for
my blog, I will try to use photos that I've already taken even if it is
tedious. That seems a better use of my time.
I don't want to spend time on
iPhone photos that aren't worth much. I want to focus on quality photos, BUT I
do think I need to be willing to sacrifice quality for memories when need be
instead of the other way around. These however, wouldn't be for my blog, when I
take iPhone photos for my blog, I'm being lazy, when I use them for family and
friends, I'm being practical; there will be some moments I miss or people I
annoy if don't allow for this.
I need to work on my
composition. I love Ginny Sheller's style of photography; I want to
catch moments and style crafts like that. I focus so much on pristine
photos, but I like this blog; the lady's photos
aren't professional but the colors, lighting, subjects, and composition are
interesting and in photojournalism style.
I just spilled all my internal processing out; I'm not a succinct or lucid person, so I don't know if any of this made sense. I'm just trying to work out what works for me.
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