**I’VE ALREADY WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED THIS ONCE, AND THEN, WITH MY PODGY FINGERS, MANAGED TO MOVE IT TO TRASH, AND THEN ACCIDENTALLY DELETED IT PERMANENTLY. FFS.**
I had another blog before this one, which I worked on for about three years. It was a beauty blog, and I loved writing it, trying new products and getting to grips with WordPress etc. The one thing that prevented me from posting consistently was taking photos. Why?
It was too hard
Seriously. I had no idea what I was doing. I have a Canon 600d DSLR (they don’t make it any more, but they replaced it with this one), which I love, but cannot use. Don’t buy one unless you’ve mastered the old point-and-shoot. I didn’t take that advice, but honestly, unless you’re either a photographer or an enthusiastic amateur, your phone will be more than good enough. Use free software such as Pic Monkey and get to grips with that.
Pic Monkey is amazing because it has an ‘auto-adjust’ feature than improves your phot ten-fold at the click of a button. Huge love for that one. You get a tonne of editing power for FREE (I actually get the royale package for extra features for the princely sum of about £40 a year, but more for the overlays and fonts than the editing features). BTW the Pic Monkey link isn’t an affiliate one, I just love them. I tried Canva for about three seconds, and it seemed good, but for my needs Pic Monkey is perfect.
I had no idea how to compose a picture. What good lighting was. What a good angle was. No clue.
It really stifled my writing, because I was constantly wondering why I had no idea how to get a good photo (and then wouldn’t know if it was a good photo or not).
It was a hassle
I’m a writer to the core. I like sitting down with a pen and paper or a computer and writing. I don’t like getting up and wandering around and cluttering stuff up and finding light and all that. I like taking photos outside of pretty things like flowers and bunnies. I don’t like spending twenty minutes twice a day trying to find my memory card (which is always in the blue box next to the TV. Always.)
I LIKE SITTING DOWN.
The core issue is that I’m lazy, a talentless-photographer and time-poor. I don’t like wasting my time on something I don’t like doing and still ending up with an inferior product.
I used stock photography when I could, but it doesn’t really work when your blog focusses on 1. beauty products and 2. your own face.
I burnt out. It was too much hassle. I had a job. I’m lazy.
Yes, I still edit them in Pic Monkey, but I can do all that sitting down (without a required round of Hunt the Memory Card). Yay.
I’ve bought a photography course on Groupon, but more because I want to justify spending the money on my DSLR, rather than with an end result of not using stock photos.
It saves time
Man, it’s dark a lot in England. The best light for taking photos (I didn’t discover this myself, I googled it) occurs around three in the afternoon, which is my run/writing time. I ain’t got time for pictures.
It stops me hating blogging
I don’t mind taking time over my blog. I love it actually. I thought I’d fallen out of love with it, but nah, I was just stressed by taking pictures that were crap all the time.