Wednesday, 29 February 2012

How often should I post?

Ok, so I got started last week and since then I have been tweeting away on Twitter @sarajealphotos (just in case I hadn't mentioned that!) and gaining more followers which I hope will eventually mean more exposure as a photographer.  I also hope that it means I will have a better all round view of the photography world around me, because at the moment I am pretty green to all that goes on out there!  I keep looking for articles of interest to tweet and am trying to learn from others by looking at their websites and blogs, but I seem to have spent so much time doing this in the last few days that I haven't actually posted anything to my blog!  So how often should I post to my blog?  Every day I have thought about this and I've felt a sense of guilt for not posting a daily about giving myself a headache!  After all, this is meant to be fun and about me sharing some of my photography and all the stuff that I learn along the way.  There are so many distractions when it comes to looking for articles or work of interest, reading tweets and looking at websites, reading tutorials and commenting on posts that I'm in danger of forgetting to actually go out and take photos.  That said, I do think that this new journey I'm embarking on will benefit the way I look at photography....its fine that I am in love with photography and fantastic that I am making connections with other like minded people but I do want it to actually go somewhere at some point in my life.  What photographer doesn't want their images to be admired and be worth selling?  But where do you even start?  Erm...I'd buy a camera first and then the possibilities are endless..... 

So, to try and stay focused I am going to limit myself to 2 blogs a week, there's no point in blogging just for the sake of it but I'd like to think that I do have something to say a couple of times a week.  As I'm new to Twitter and found some pretty interesting people I'll probably be mentioning a few that I think are worth a look or that have caught my attention.  One of the best websites I subscribe to that give great articles and insights into the photography world is @LightStalking and I have gained a few fantastic contacts through their Twitter and website, its definitely good for inspiration and they have a section of cool photos which are usually posted from Flickr.  I visit often as they also pick the best of the web for great tutorial websites and such.  I'd say its a pretty cool place to start!

I'm off to end my evening with a tweet to my blog, I'm so techno its unreal! Bye for now..... :) 

Thursday, 23 February 2012

The 2am post

So, here it is, my first ever Blog!  A little over 9 hours ago, I decided that I would start writing a blog, even though I haven't researched blogging too thoroughly yet, or read lots of other peoples blogs , I concluded that now is the time.  So I had to tell myself to stop procrastinating about it all and just go for it!  As it says in the "About Me" section, I am a self taught photographer and I have been interested in photography since I was about 12.  Only recently did I acquire a decent enough DSLR to be able to really explore the possibilities and now I am most definitely hooked.  When I was 25 my husband bought me a Minolta SLR, but at the time I didn't have the resources to fund my new passion..., film processing was too expensive and the result is a plastic bag filled with around 40 undeveloped films!  Yes they are years old now, but I do hope that in the near future I will get around to processing them, even if it is only to cringe at the naivety shown by them!  Last year I took the step to purchase the Sony A390 along with an additional Tamron 70-300mm lens.  I'm not really that bothered that its a fairly cheap alternative to the Nikons and Canons, I am more from the school of thought that if the artist is good, the tools are only secondary to the resulting creation, its all about producing an image that I am pleased with and that I think others would agree.  

So, why the 2am post then?!  Well, its taken me 9 hours to go through the basic set up of the blog and in between   catching up on my Twitter page (@sarajealphotos) and Facebook page (Sara Jeal Photos), I think I have cracked it!?  Perhaps once I post this I will take another look at my layout etc but for now, I just want to get on an write!  I'll be back soon.....zzzzzzzz 

Sara Jeal Photos' photostream

Archway edited using curvesGrovely TrackOrange popB&W Snow & Colour PotsLens FlareEvening Starscape
Salisbury Cathedral with StarburstLandscape with StarburstMoonFemale MerlinFemale MerlinGolden bud
CrunchAnticipationMy placeBoundNew homeSpun
Man on the horizonBuzzyCudNew cropRustedThorn on my side