Week 1 of photo challenge – Resolution
It’s the first week in January and the perfect time for making a start on your New Year’s Resolutions … So, what have you got planned for 2019?
What is on your list of things you would like to achieve? Or places you would like to visit?
One of my resolutions this year is to blog more … hence the photo of me blogging.
While I’ve always been comfortable writing (I used to write novels as a teenager – don’t worry, they are not published and they’re best left that way!), I have really struggled to keep a blog for my photography website. I think what I have struggled with the most is knowing what to blog about?
I think I have finally come up with some ideas, so for the next 12 months I am hoping to blog at least twice a week. Yes, I know … that’s quite a lot, but after all these years of not blogging, I have a lot to talk about!
Every Tuesday, I will publish a blog to do with my work as a professional photographer. It will alternate between posts about family photography, babies and maternity, and headshots, where I will talk about how to look best in your photographs and show you examples of my work.
Every Friday, I will publish a blog about my photo challenge for that week, what my vision was, how I re-created it and maybe some behind the scenes photos too … to give you an insight into my work. If you haven’t yet read about my
This week’s theme was Resolution, and my vision for this photograph was a stock photo of a person blogging – the kind of generic photograph that you might go to Adobe Stock, download (after paying for it, of course!) and then use on your website or blog. The photograph itself was not particularly challenging, but still quite time consuming. First of all, I wanted the colours in the image to match my new colour scheme, so I quickly popped in to my local M&S to find some pink flowers, and these tulips looked just perfect.
I also knew that I wanted to use natural light, rather than flash, but the only place where I could get the right light and the clean white background I was looking for, was where my sofa usually is. So I moved the sofa and replaced it my dining table. Once I’d set up the table, not forgetting the very traditional cup of tea (I needed it, after all that furniture moving), I then set up the tripod and was ready for the shot.
The only difficulty when trying to take a selfie with a dSLR is focus. Luckily my son Max was at home, so I got him to sit in my chair, focused the camera on him, and then asked him to quickly get out of the picture, so I could take his place. A few photos later (18 to be precise – I set my camera’s timer to take 9 photos at 3 second intervals) and I had exactly what I was looking for. I did download the photographs into Adobe Lightroom and adjusted the levels slightly, before cropping the photos square, ready for Instagram.
So here are my two favourite photos … One of me working, and one of me whimsically looking into the distance. Which one is your favourite? Let me know by leaving me a comment below …
Embracing my curly hair is another resolution for 2019!