I’ve been taking photographs since I was a little girl. However, I didn’t start calling myself a photographer until I was in my twenties. Prior to that, I assumed that I had to have a degree in the arts to call myself a photographer. I made the same assumption about writing too. Luckily, I realized that isn’t true. To understand a subject, you don’t need a formal degree. But you do need determination, grit, and the willingness to keep learning throughout your life.
For those of you who are interested in photography, I’d like to share what I’ve learned so far.
1. Take photographs everyday. Similar to my writing practice, I take photographs everyday. I highly recommend developing your own photography project. For instance, My Morning View photography series has infused energy into my daily routine and it’s helped me become a little more creative with the types of shots I take.
3. Start a blog. I’ve been blogging since 2007 and it is one of the best things I’ve done with my time. Sharing my photography — and writing — has taken me to places I never imagined.
4. You don’t need a fancy camera to take gorgeous photographs. Prior to buying my iPhone in 2011, I used my Nikon D5000 to take photographs. I still use my Nikon to take photos. However, my iPhone 5s is my main camera. It’s always with me and it’s the perfect tool to capture My Morning View.
5. Keep learning. The closest college is 45 miles south of my house, so having the option to take online courses is fantastic. It enables me to keep learning and expanding my photographic knowledge. The Internet rocks!
What have you learned from photography? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
P.S. My Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project about Gratitude, Grief & Good Coffee was released a few weeks ago!
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