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New Project 260 Days of Photography By Sasha Bell

For the last few weeks I have been thinking about starting a new photography project and also trying to decide what kind of project to do.

Having already completed two separate 365 projects, I felt I wanted to try something else… and after a lot of thought, I finally set my heart on a unique “260 Days of Photography Project”!

260 Days of Photography: What’s it all about?

The project is quite similar to a 365 Project, minus the weekends – so what I’ll be doing is, taking a photograph every day during the week; Monday-Friday, for a whole year.

Behind the Scenes of "Red Heart" Photograph!

This gives me time on the weekends to do other things, and focus on photography during the week – while at the same time still really building up a huge portfolio.

That’s what I love about these big projects – you get to make a commitment, to do something often, and this really helps build a portfolio that you can be immensely proud of. I have no idea where I would be with my photography if it weren’t for this project, and others like it.

So… without further ado, lets take a look at the first of many photographs to come in my new 260 Days of Photography Project!

Raspberries in Heart Shape

Red Heart Jump

Start Your Own Project!

So, if you’re like me, and you want to build up your photography portfolio, challenge yourself, and give yourself an opportunity to  try new things, then I cannot recommend a photography project more.

Whether you want to take on the big challenge of a 365 Days Project, or so365bookcover-border-2mething a little less time-consuming, such as a 260 Days Project, or 52 Days Project… it’s all possible!

If you’re looking for help, and advice on how to go about doing one of these projects, and all the many things you should, and should not do, how to get through a long and lengthy project, while still staying inspired, plus all the many important tips and things we’ve learnt over the course of many 365 projects, then I highly recommend you grab your copy of “How To: 365 Photography Project” eBook.

This will really help you to avoid those sticky situations when you have no clue what to do, or what the best composition is, or what to photograph, or how to photograph something. It’s a complete guide to photography, and a challenging project.

I’ll let the page do the talking; find out what’s inside the eBook, and how it can help you, even if you don’t want to do a big project like we have – it’s a total guide to your DSLR, how to use it to the best of anyone’s ability, and how to dramatically become a stunning photography, in any field of photography.

“How To: 365 Days of Photography Project” 

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3 Do Nots When Uploading Photography Online

One of the things that really helped me when I first started photography was to know certain “do nots” when uploading my photographs.

This not only helped me to improve quickly, it also meant that when I looked back at older photographs, I didn’t go “ughhh!” when I looked at them later on, down the line etc…

So in this blog post I’m going to share with you some really important tips when it comes to uploading your photography online.

Raspberries in Heart Shape

Raspberries in Heart Shape

1. Do Not Upload Unfinished Photographs

There are certain aspects you need to pay attention to with each photograph before you upload it – kind of like a check list…

You need to tick each box so that you can build up a following on photo sharing websites and create a hight quality collection of photographs from each photoshoot.

So what you need to do is:-

(1 check the photograph is completely straight, if it’s not then correct it in Lightroom or whatever program you use to straighten photographs.

(2 check to see if it’s 100% in focus, don’t upload a blurry photograph – no matter how good the light may be or how special the moment is, if it’s blurry put in the bin!

(3 check it’s not over or underexposed.

Lavender

Lavender

2. Do Not Upload Similar Photographs

Don’t dilute your photography by uploading photographs that are so similar that other people can’t tell the difference between the photographs…  that doesn’t mean to say you can’t upload multiple photographs from each photoshoot, you just need to make sure they have a different composition, or a different perspective etc, something which gives them a reason to also be uploaded.

Here are two photographs that would be too similar to upload:

Too Similar to Upload...

Too Similar to Upload…

When you look at these two photograph for long enough you will notice some very slight changes, but over all both are too similar to upload.

Now I’m going to show you an example of two photographs that were taken in the same photoshoot and are different enough to upload online.

Different Enough to Upload

Different Enough to Upload

Are you starting to get the idea?

Often people will upload 5/15 photographs that look the same, this doesn’t work because it takes away the impact of the one photograph. You don’t want your photographs to blend together, you want them to stand out and really “WOW” people.

3. Do Not Weaken Your Portfolio

Lets say you are a landscape photographer or a portrait photographer, don’t make the mistake of uploading something very random, like a blurry photograph of you at a halloween party… I’m obviously you giving you an extreme example here…! But my point is don’t confuse your followers with totally random photographs.

It might seem like a small tip, but I see this happen a lot and fixing these mistakes only get you closer to becoming a successful photographer! Mostly if I follow someone because they take gorgeous portraits, if they then upload tons of holiday snaps, I’m going to unfollow them… so beware of this.

Flying Free

Flying Free

We hoped you enjoyed this blog post and found it helpful – if you did, feel free to leave a comment below or ask us any questions you might have so that we can answer them in a another blog post!

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20 Great Quotes To Inspire You To Be a Better Photographer

Here are 20 Great Quotes to help inspire you to become a better photographer. The quotes below have really helped me with my own photography.

If there’s a particular one (or more) that “clicks” with you and find inspiring – write it down and/or bookmark this page and read it daily.

Doing little things like this makes all the difference in becoming a better photographer.

Quote #1

“The only real secret to inspiration consists not in seeking new locations, but in having new eyes.”

"The only real secret to inspiration consists not in seeking new locations, but in having new eyes."

Quote #2

“Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need one good reason, why it will”

"Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need one good reason, why it will"

Quote #3

“Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect”

Quote #4

“Life is like a snowglobe, often it’s prettiest AFTER it’s been turned upside-down.”

Quote #5

“There is no top. There are always further heights to reach.”

"There is no top. There are always further heights to reach."

Quote #6

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."

Quote #7

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Quote #8

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Quote #9

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

"Inspiration exists but it has to find you working"

Quote #10

“The most important thing is that you believe in yourself and keep on going,”

"The most important thing is that you believe in yourself and keep on going"

Quote #11

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Quote #12

“Go and do the things you can’t. That is how you get to do them.”

Quote #13

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings “

"I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. i simply follow my own feelings"

Quote #14

“Excellences is the commitment to completion “

"Excellences is the commitment to completion"

Quote #15

“To be able to find beauty in small things makes it possible for you to find beauty in everything”

 

"To be able to find beauty in small things makes it possible for you to find beauty in everything"

Quote #16

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Quote #17

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

Quote #18

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”

"Art is not a handcraft it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced."

Quote #19

“The difference between something good and some great is the attention to detail”

Quote #20

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

"No person has the right to rain on your dreams"

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