In order to build up a good photography project and be consistent in the outcomes, we might want to keep a journal where we can write down all the stages of the project, starting from good research, which will help us to support our idea. Keeping track of the improvements will guide us to reach our goals and it’s a useful strategy to gain confidence. The best way to be conscious of our achievements is to take a look at the first pages of a journal and then compare them to the final pages. This is also a useful strategy when we want to build a good photographic portfolio. This was one of the most useful things I’ve learnt in college and helped me to really improve my editing skills.
Now I want to know more about you…
Would you consider using a journal to work on a new project? Why/why not?
Sometimes we take decisions which lead us towards a less comfortable situation, pushing our boundaries so that we can grow into e new version of ourselves. This often takes some kind of courage and, therefore, it’s not an easy thing to do. We like our good and bad habits because we know what to expect. But the nicest things happen when we thing outside the box.
In the past three years I’ve been learning about how to become a teacher, which at first felt pretty uncomfortable, in the same way I had some issues calling myself a photographer after twenty years of experience shooting in studio. But learning to become a better teacher might have made me a better version of myself, and perhaps a better photographer. I don’t know, but I’d like to think so. Anyway, it feels good to look back and realize that we are not in the same place we were not long ago, as a really good friend said to me.
It’s becoming a good habit of mine, to walk around town with a friend, my dog and my camera. Usually, you are so familiar with the place you live in that several things can get unnoticed, especially small things. The camera often works as a magnifying glass, where ordinary things gain importance while they are put into a different context. You choose and select the world around you in order to create a sequence of images which convey a personal vision and tell a unique story.
The more I photograph, the more I realize my pictures are all about light. So, when I manage to get the same lighting I use in the studio in an outdoor location, with natural light, then I feel as if I’ve just received the best gift.
In this shot the lighting is just perfect. Unfortunately, when I got home I realized that the picture was blurred. So tomorrow I ‘m going back to shoot with a tripodi the same picture. Finger crossed…
How are you? I just wanted to say hello! It has been a while…I wanted to write something, but I didn’t quite know what to say. This is such a difficult time. We are all dealing with uncertanty and fear and at the same time, we are trying to get things done, while adapting to new realities.
In Italy, as you know, we have been in lockdown for some time. I’m currently teaching online. I had to learn how to do it quickly, just like many other teachers. I live in an apartment with my dog and two cute cats. I talk to my friends on video and with my lovely neighbour on my balcony :-).
I’ve decided to spend most of my time in lockdown to learn new skills. This is helpful, it keeps my mind occupied and relaxes me. Photography is also very helpful when I face hard times, so you’ll probably see me a bit more often on this blog, from now on, as I’m thinking to start a lockdown project.
I just hope that you are all well and safe. If anyone needs to talk, I’ll be here. I’ll be available. Stay safe at home and use creativity in order to feel free.
Yesterday, a friend and I decided to take a break. We had lunch at a nice coffee shop and walked for a couple of hours. Sometimes you just have to take a walk to clear your mind, relax and recharge your energy….
Yes, this was the view! 🙂
Do you have a favourite place when you feel like to take a break?