Friday, 4 January 2019

Hello 2019

It's been quite a while since I wrote here & I'm really sorry for that. Overall, 2018 was a bit of a slow year photography wise, especially from around August to November I didn't pick my camera up much at all. This was mainly due to health reasons {if you want to know more about that you can read my post, Photography & My Health} So let me fill you in on what I've been up for the past few months & share a few of the photographs I've managed to take:

After having visitors over the Summer, which included helping my lovely Sister in Law with the Sony Bridge Camera I gave her while having a good session of Garden photography, I spent September resting & recuperating. Then towards the end of that month, I ended up with Bilateral Tendonitis in both hands which meant I had to take a rather unexpected break from Photography, writing, most things actually. I was unable to pick my camera for a couple of months & boy did I miss it!

Focal Length 85mm / Aperture: f/4.8 / ISO: 400 / Shutter Speed: 1/351s

My hands finally started to feel better mid-November & I was able to have some time in the garden with my Macro 85mm lens. {My review of this lens} Then towards the end of November I managed to have a little outing to the Beach to photograph the Sunset. Since the Tendonitis, I have to be more aware of how I'm holding my camera, not stretching my right thumb too much around the back of the camera as it causes it to become painful & I have to stop.

Focal Length: 300mm / Aperture: f/5.6 / ISO: 400 / Shutter Speed: 1/2000s

December was an interesting month, after almost a year of having my website, I finally made a sale! Okay it was from a family member but it was so lovely none the less to have someone want to buy my work! I've renewed my website for another year. In fact, my site address has changed & I'm now the proud owner of I've also made a few changes & I'm trialing a dedicated *NEW* Gallery, so all the images I add are easy to find. After a month, I'll then filter them into the other Galleries. I use the "New In" feature on websites I browse & thought I'd try it out on my own. Please check out my site & let me know what you think.

Two Set of Four Coasters purchased from my Website. Coasters printed by Loxley Colour

I'm going to try to promote my site more this year & hopefully I'll have a few more sales from it. I'm also toying with the idea of starting a shop on Etsy & selling prints & keepsakes that way - but this is just an idea. I have to consider the impact this might have on my health, that is my priority. Selling through SmugMug is hassle free & I don't have to fulfil the orders personally, they come from Loxley Colour {UK Orders do anyway} If I sell on Etsy, I would be fulfilling orders myself; I'd still use Loxley Colour for the items I'd sell but I'd have a stock at home to then send out. So I have a few things to figure out & think about regarding this.

My last photography highlight came at the end of December when I was able to photograph a Wedding Venue. I went away for my Brother's Wedding & while I am not well enough to photograph a full Wedding {He didn't want me to be ill from photographing it} I did take my Camera Kit - Nikon D7200, 18-55mm, 35mm, 55-300mm lenses as I wanted to document my weekend away & I snuck down to the rooms the wedding ceremony & breakfast were being held in & photographed it. My lens of choice was my 35mm & it did a lovely job of picking up the details of the rooms from a distance & close up.

Focal Length: 35mm / Aperture: f/4.8 / ISO: 400 / Shutter Speed: 1/90s

I've finished post processing them & I've selected my favourites to share over on my Instagram in a week or two. So if you're not already, make sure you're following me on there so you can see them. I've not really got many photography plans for this year, other than to keep doing it & maybe be more creative & try some new techniques. I do know I'll be doing a Portrait shoot later in the year. Although my Brother had a photographer for his wedding, I'm going to be doing a more personal shoot for him & his wife in their wedding clothes along with their pets.

The other thing I have plans for this year is to try & write more posts on here. I really struggle to know what to write for this blog as I don't feel qualified to give photography advice as I'm not a professional. I have a few items I would like to write reviews on but other than that, I'm struggling to think of subjects, so if you have any suggestions on anything you'd like me to write about or how I took a certain picture, please leave me a comment or drop me an email. I'd really appreciate the suggestions.

I hope everyone's year has gotten off to a good start & that whatever your plans for this coming year are, that you can make them happen.

Happy Snapping!