new skill every month: photography

hey all! the new year is in full swing and i hate to say i’m still a bit dizzied by it. i daydream of the days i spent sleeping in and hanging out in my sweats watching tv, it might be awhile before i get to experience that again *sigghhh*

but i have a lot things to do and look forward to so it’s motivating me to keep moving forward! in my resolution post from a little while back i mentioned wanting to learn a new skill every month. well here i am checking in! i’ll admit i haven’t been too structured in my plan, but i’m hoping to improve on that in the coming months.

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my dslr camera, a canon eos rebel t3i

anyway, for my first skill i want to improve i’m picking photography. i figured it would be a great place to start because it’s something that could really benefit my blog and help it grow (another one of my resolutions) plus i have a pretty great dslr camera that i never really took the time to learn how to use.

i’m really more of a hands on learner so sometimes what helps me the most is to just play around with something until i kind of figure it out. i think i can do that to a certain extent with my camera but i’m going to have to enlist some outside forces too. i’ve compiled a little list of sources that i’ve used, or will use, in hopes that they’ll help you too!

via a beautiful mess

a beautiful mess has such a variety of great classes, i was particularly drawn to their dslr basics class. the class is a really great value for what you pay, plus you get a lot of takeaways. i can try to fumble through my camera’s manual but why when i can have these fun girls teach me!

to complement the dslr skills you gain in their class, a beautiful mess also sells sets of actions to be used when editing your photos in programs like photoshop

the nectar collective posted a beginner’s guide to using a dslr camera, which is just a real quick run through of what having a dslr camera, and taking quality photos can do for your blog

via pink pot

pink pot offers a really great and detailed guide to styling instagram posts, something that i’m really trying to do better as i try and brand my blog. ideas like using a cohesive color palette and using attractive backgrounds and props (which can be done cheaply!) can really amp up my instagram photos

via gimme some oven

this shooting setup, shown on gimme some oven, shows how you can create a great mini studio for shooting blog photos. i always feel a little intimidated that i don’t have a photo studio or photographer friends but she shows how easy it can be to shoot at home. i’m very lucky that my apartment gets excellent light so i’m super pumped to be trying out my skills at home.

but really guys, there are tons and tons and tons of resources out there and i’m sure i’ll find more as i continue to grow this skill. but hopefully these will help you out. i’ll be checking back in at the end of the month with some pictures that i took with my new skills – can’t wait to share!

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  • Reply Taylor Jones 01/12/2016 at 8:11 am

    I so needed this post! I’ve been thinking about investing in the a beautiful mess dslr class. This might be the push I needed!

    Thanks Catherine!

    • Reply catherinehblu 01/12/2016 at 7:05 pm

      Yes! I think I’m going to try and do it this weekend!

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