I received the class mentioned in this post for free from CreativeLive. This post also contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll get some cash money if you sign up for a class after clicking on my links (thanks, people!)
Perhaps the most challenging aspect of lifestyle blogging for me has been photography. I’ve always loved to write and that part comes pretty naturally to me, but photos can make or break a post. Even the cutest outfit can be ruined by poor lighting, distracting backgrounds, and unflattering angles. I’ve always had an interest in photography (I saved up my allowance for months when I was 13 years old to buy my first SLR), but somewhere in college, I gave up the hobby. I was gifted a DSLR for my 25th birthday, and found a renewed interest in taking pictures at that point, but it was mostly reserved to when I was traveling. Fast forward to blogging – in the years since I started The Hip Suburban, I’ve learned the basics of operating a DSLR and upgraded to some more advanced hardware. I know enough to never have to shoot on Automatic, but I’m far from understanding all of the capabilities of my camera. Even if you’re not a blogger, photography is a great skill to have – what better way to capture special moments and memories of great adventures?
So I’ve decided to embark on a challenge to level up my photography skills with CreativeLive. CreativeLive is an online platform that seeks to empower you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. CreativeLive offers more than 1,500 classes across a variety of topics, including photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting, and software training. Over the next month, I’ll be taking The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners, a course designed to enable you to:
- Learn the the most essential functions of your camera
- Gain confidence in putting new functions into action
- Get the swing of basic photographic terminology
- Feel prepared to move on to more advanced classes
- Gain a solid understanding of must-know lighting and composition techniques
- Learn to position yourself and your subject to capture the best photo possible with the camera you have
I’m hoping to be able to shoot fully manual by the end of the class, and improve my techniques when it comes to lighting and composition.
Post your photos using #TheHipPhotoChallenge on Instagram to share your results (and follow along to see my progress)!
Here are some examples of shots I’m trying to improve: