Play a game to learn photography?

Hello everyone
Here I am again with the second blog. First of all, how are you and how was your first month of 2019? I hope you had a good January and if you didn’t… well February has just started so don’t you worry. Every day is a different day where you can make things better.
I want to thank you to have read my first blog and to have started to follow me. You have no idea how much I appreciate your support.

So let’s start this second blog.
How January has been for me…

As I want to become a travel/landscape photographer and I am building my van to do so I decided until the van is not finish to go ones every month out of the city. Somewhere new to discover and of course to take photos of. Not only the ones that I like but photos that can be sold. I did lots of researching and looked to different pictures to see which one sell and which one doesn’t. Of course I have a rough idea of it but I am not sure 100% , the only way to really learn is trying myself.

The location I picked for January has been Rottingdean. I choose it because I saw on Instagram a photo of a Mill Hill that attract me. Before to go I researched if there was a nice walk to get there from Brighton as my train from London was stopping here. I checked through Google maps if there was something interesting and it came out “the walk under the cliff” which I recommend cause it is a really nice walk by the sea and as the name says, it is under the cliffs. I stayed there the whole day and ones I was back home I picked some photos that I think might sell. I am writing a “presentation” of this photos to try to pitch agencies that might be interested in buy them. So let’s see.

Last year I started as well stock photography through some websites like Shutterstock. I don’t have lots of photos uploaded yet but I am working on it. As you might know it is better to have different incomes, specially when you just started. Not only for money but also to discover your self, your photography, your niche, your style. Trying different things does help you to grow as a photographer and as a person as well. I think.

A photographer that I am following on Youtube ones said “your success depends on what success means to you, if it’s money either £5 or 1000£, to have followers on Instagram or FB either 2 or 1000. You decide what success is”.
I just wanted to sell one photo through stock photography. Just one. To proof my self that with patience, perseverance and hard work I can make it. And guess what? Well… I sold two. Yeah I know It’s not a lot of money. I mean… literally nothing but who cares. I feel like the most rich person in the world. So trust me, never give up, you can do it and I am not talking only about photography.

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About the van… I am researching how much will cost me, roughly. Insulation, kitchen, windows, etc… What I need to buy and how I would like to build it. So nothing concrete yet but I will start to build it in March so I will keep you update.

As last… I would like to start a photography game with you.
As you know already to be a better photographer you need to practice, practice, practice and then practice again. Everyone does. Pro photographer included. So I decided every month to pick a theme and practice it. As it’s the first time I think it should be good to start with the first rule that every photographer learn, “the rule of thirds”. At the link below is explain what it is in case you don’t know it. I choose this link cause is one of the websites that helped me to understand photography and no, I am not sponsored from them.

https://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds/

Now that you know what the rule of third is, you will have to take photos with this technique. No matter what you decide to photograph and which camera you are going to use, even your phone is fine. You will have to take photos base on the rule of thirds for the whole month of February. As I said, I would like to do this game as I believe the best way to learn photography is going out and practice it your self.

What’s happening after this? At the end of the month you will have to choose only one image that you shoot, the one you think is the best. Only one and then… well, if you want to know what you have to do next follow me on the third blog I will post. It’s going to be in the beginning of March. So follow me on my website to have new updates.

For now go out there and start to take photos. Remember it does no matter if you are a professional or a beginner, practicing is something everyone does.

Looking forward to see you on the third blog. In the meantime have a happy February. Remember… never give up, always forward.

Starting to blog

Hi everyone and welcome to this blog.
I decided to start it as I am starting to take my journey…
Where? Well I am not sure yet.
In the last years I started to discover a bit more of myself, and this year I would like to make it the year of changes.

The first change is trying to develop more documentary photography. I love talking to people and telling their story from their own prospective. I feel grateful that somebody opens up with me and lets me take their portrait.
I am still researching my portrait style but I know it will come at one point with more practice and experience.

The second change… landscape. I never tried it before and last year I started to realise that I really like it. Quite tough though and I am still learning but I like to go for walks or going for a ride with my bicycle on my own and just stay there, finding a place that inspires me, trying to find a composition and waiting for the weather to be the way I want it. I am still not really good at it but I am working on it.
Landscape photography helps me clear my mind. It makes me feel at peace with myself.

The third change… well. I just bought a van and in the end of May I am going to start living in it. It is not converted yet which is going to happen in the next months.
End of May because the contract of the house I am living in will end by then so I decided that my adventure will start from there. It’s anyway already started as in the meantime I am trying as well to be a freelance photographer while I am working full time as a bookbinder and yes… As you understood already, I would like to start a nomad life with photography as a job.

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I know it won’t be easy and I know it will take a really long time to be a pro photographer and of course find my balance by living in the van, but it’s something I know I have to do.
From when I had this idea I feel lighter and happy. Yes. I am scared. Am I doing the right thing? Will it be dangerous? Will I be able to support myself only with photography? Do I really want to jump in this adventure, as I am not that young anymore and I never done something like it? Is it going to work? Lots of questions but in the end… which question about life actually has an answer?
What I know is that I don’t want to look back one day and regret I didn’t try.
With time, patience and hard work everything is possible. I think.

By sharing my adventure with you from the start I hope I will help you be inspired and learn from my mistakes and my achievement to find your own path.
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Have a happy life and a big smile. Always forward. I’ll see you on the second post.