I recently wrote a post about 7 NYE resolutions that will help you as a photographer to develop, hopefully over the next 12 months, well I decided to undertake one of the ideas that I talk about in the post, A Self Portrait Project and see what I come up with, if you want to read more about those resolutions I blogged about, click Here and if you are considering a 365 day project over the next 12 months, you may want to check out this two part series (Part 1 & Part 2) on the 365 day project written by Takahiro Yamamoto as it may provide you some insights as to what you are going to be doing plus these two posts contain some great tips to help you keep going, and also this morning I received an email from WordPress talking about the Project 365 and they have been kind enough to provide links to 8 inspiring blogs from people who have been doing it for the last 12 months. If that project is something that you are considering, these links are definitely well worth checking out.
I must admit that I have had fun doing this Self Portrait Project and I will continue with it throughout the year to improve my photography and how I direct people when they are in front of the camera because now I have a better understanding of how daunting or even scary it can be being in front of the camera. Everything that I have used in these shots is stuff that I have found lying around, Some of these shots are good and some are not but that’s the idea, to improve your photography. So these are the Self Portrait photos that I have taken over the last few days.
This is my profile photo that I use on the majority of social media platforms such as Google +, cough Facebook muttered under my breath, here on the blog. This photo is really what got me started with the Self Portrait project and as per usual, these ideas sooner or later develop a life of their own.
So give it a go, honestly what’s the worst thing that can happen, you may improve your photography without you knowing it.
I like the world press photos when they come out every year. All of the images are amazing and I wonder how does a photographer get himself into the right place at the right time to capture these amazing images. The taking of these images must come at some degree of danger to the photographer because not all are in hospitable countries or the environment is inhospitable to the photographer.
All I can say is well done to all the photographers and World Press Photo for showing us these amazing images.
Well, this one comes with a warning to, some of these images are quite graphic and some of you out there may find them disturbing, so if you are feeling a little queazy at the site of blood, do not click the image below. You have been warned.
I was looking through the Daily Post tags and ended up looking at other people’s blogs. What I noticed is that people used some really nice themes and they seemed simple and easy to navigate around. I wondered how these people found these Themes that suited them and their needs or did they simply start with the first one they signed up with and then ditched it later for something better. I just didn’t know.
After much mulling over several brews (coffee’s), I had a good look at mine and I must say that I was a little disappointed by what I found. I don’t think that theme that I was using had functionality, was user friendly or even portrayed what I was trying to achieve with this blog.
Once I had decided that I needed an update on the Theme, came the problem of spending ages, and I do mean ages, looking for that right Theme. It’s like buying a new car, you want to take it for a test ride, make sure the kids have enough room in the back, easy to use and the wife can drive it with ease (no large blind spots and she doesn’t need a ladder to get in and out because you decided that you wanted a 6 inch lift kit on that new truck), not that my wife will be posting to this blog or driving my new truck!
After test driving a few like Pilcrow and Modularity Lite , I decided on the Twenty Ten theme. It certainly gave me the impression that it could provide me with what I needed.
CSS and HTML is something that I will not even attempt to understand and I am not sure that I want to know what they stand for either. I do remember writing computer code at school for games many, many years ago but that was as far as I ever got with it. I will not even attempt to write or read CSS or HTML as I fear that I will crash the wordpress.com servers for an extended period.
I ended up buying the car (theme) that I enjoyed the most when I test drove it, it suited my needs, it’s got cup holders as well and the wife should have no problems driving it either but is that the theme that I really need ?