I’d Rather Be…

Today is technically the first day of Spring and after a weekend of being ‘snowed in’…when it snows in the UK, it’s the worst as it doesn’t happen as often…but I digress.

As pretty as the snow is especially to take pictures in, I am not a fan of the cold.

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But now that the weather is warming up, no excuses, but to get out there and photograph right after I have finish editing said photos and videos.

So, if I could be anywhere else other than in front of my computer, I’d rather be outside taking pictures or travelling.

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3 Things I Learnt in 2017

Well, hello everyone and welcome to my new looking blog/website.

Seeing that another new year is upon us, I thought for once it would be nice to just go with the whole, ‘New Year, New Website’ vibe. Yes, I decided to tidy up this place so that I could share my work side by side on the same platform as my blog.

Also, this year, I have decided that I will not have any resolutions. Instead, I will focus on just getting things done. Which brings me to the “3 Things I Learnt in 2017”.

Lesson #1 – Don’t Start What You Cannot Finish

This one for me is like kicking myself. I am always starting things and never finish. For example, this time last year, I started a photography challenge that would see me take a picture a week for a whole year. By now, I would have 52 photographs that I would be looking back on and reflecting on a job well done.

BUT WAIT…How far did I get with that one? I hear you ask.

Well, two weeks. I only lasted a measly TWO WEEKS. Yes, January was not even halfway and I already failed to literally commit to the challenge.

To be honest, the reason I started that challenge in the first place was to distract myself from doing my dissertation. I soon realised that it would not write itself and I just had to dig deep, stop procrastinating and get to it. By the time I finished with my paper, I was too bored/lazy to continue on with the challenge. So I shelved that idea.

Looking back, I have soon realised that I should not commit to anything unless I intend to see it to the end. And if this means saying no to anything that comes my way that will have an effect on this outcome, then so be it.

Which brings me to…

Lesson #2 – It is OK to say NO!

I am slowly realising that saying NO is necessarily not a bad thing. You may upset people along the way who may not like your answer, but at the end of the day, it is your decision and choice whether you want to honour someone’s request or not (within reason of course). Being a creative, I have reached a point in my life that I can’t keep saying yes to assignments/jobs just because I need to make ends meet. Most of the time, my heart and soul is not even there and I end up feeling terrible after the fact and end up doing something just because. JUST BECAUSE is not a good way to do something and you may end up not do it to the best of your ability. So, I just made it my mission to only do something that I know I can do and I will enjoy doing. No point wasting my time and yours if my heart is not in it and we all know, time is money.

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Lesson #3 – Never Stop Learning

In this day and age of the internet and social media, we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of resources to learn something new every day. Being a parent, I am also learning new things through my kids on a daily basis. So in essence, this is one aspect of life we cannot avoid, but as humans, we have the perchance to ignore it especially when it matters the most. So, if I see something I am totally interested in and don’t know how to do it or need more practice, I will ask someone to teach me or use the internet to know how. And, if relevant to what I am trying to do here on my blog/website, I will give back by sharing what I have learnt. I know by doing so, I will help someone come unstuck and grow.

Moving forward, I would like this year and the years to come to be my chance of self-improvement and investment so I can have a worthy result that I am happy and content with.

What lessons have you learnt in 2017 that you will take with you into 2018 and beyond?

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Starting a Youtube Channel

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Well, I have actually started a Youtube Channel people.

I have been meaning to do this for a long time, but the truth is, I have either been busy or just plain lazy to do it. Now that I have a creative slot free seeing that I am technically just waiting to graduate from University, I decided to go for it.

 

I would like to create photography related content that is aimed at mums who happen to be photographers aka ‘Mumtographer’. I have searched on Youtube and I haven’t come across such a channel. Unless I wasn’t looking hard enough.

According to the Urban Dictionary, the meaning of ‘Mumtographer’ is

Usually a stay-at-home mom who buys a camera from Amazon, teaches herself the basics of Photoshop and starts her own “photography company”. (side note, changed Best Buy to Amazon)

Well, I am a stay-at-home mum, I have several cameras and I am self-taught with an added bonus of doing a degree in photography. So, I would say I qualify, no?

Anyway, the whole reason for creating my channel is that I just want to share my experiences on how I go about being a mum of two and still find time to be creative as a photographer. Hopefully, what I put out there will help other mums too.

I won’t lie to you and say it is going to be easy. I created the channel in September 2016 and it has taken me at least 6 months to upload my first video.  Hurdle number one done!

Now to conquer the next hurdle called CONSISTENCY. Wish me luck!

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” — Scott Belsky, Behance co-founder.

Confession Time

Well, to be honest, this is my third channel. The first one I started I cannot get access to as it was created well before YouTube & Google merged. My second channel was created, well, to kind of make up the fact I could not get access to the first one, but the content was just random videos I shot and decided to share with the world.

Now, I want to do this seriously (pause) 😁.

Ok…here goes….

Attempt #3

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Tips on How I Archive My Work

My Western Digital hard drives

As a digital photographer, you will always end up with loads of photographs and videos over the years and in my case, around 8+ years worth. Unfortunately, one of my computers, an iMac, decided to call it a day and I cannot retrieve a whole library of my work, most of which wasn’t backed up. Yes, I can feel you cringing from way over there. That is a blog post for another day.

In this post, I am going to share a few tips on how I archive my work. A system that works for me, but might be helpful to someone out there. My methods may not be perfect, but it works and I can find my folders/files easily.

Tip #1 – External Hard Drives

Now that I haven’t got a desktop anymore, I work mostly on my MacBook Pro. My laptop hasn’t got much storage at 250GB with only 26GB left at the time of writing this. I try very hard not to let it drop below 20GB as it tends to slow down my machine. It’s an old laptop as well.

I digress.

Anyway, I have invested in hard drives. My favourite brand being Western Digital ‘My Passport’ hard drives. The key is to have several small capacity hard drives than saving all of your work in one large capacity hard drive. I tend to save my work on the current one that I am using and have another one to backup my work in. I am still looking for that third option to store my work as we all know how expensive it can be to invest in hard drives, cloud and data loss. So far, the best one I have come across in BackBlaze, which is a Cloud type of storage.

Tip #2 – USB Sticks / iCloud

I always have a pair of USBs with me in case I forget my hard drive, it gets full or simply stops working. This way I have an option readily available to save my work when out and about.

Current pair of USB sticks

For my phone, as I take a lot of images using my iPhone, I have invested in iCloud especially for storage for my images and videos. The thought of losing photographs of my children is just too painful.

I am now looking to go much further and invest in Backblaze Cloud storage solution I mentioned above. The peace of mind that your data is safe in case your computer is lost or stolen just makes it a worthy investment. And in the case this happens, they send you an encrypted hard drive of your backed up computer to restore depending on where you are in the world. This is at a cost of course. You can read all about it here.

Tip #3 – Creating Folders

For as long as I can remember, I have been creating folders for all my assignments, projects, etc. and I have always put them in a Master Folder. I have one for images and another for video.

The more I photograph, I have come to a realisation that I now need to categorise my folders into years and then months that I have now started dating my folders so when I decide to ‘spring clean’ my computer, I know exactly which folder goes where.

Tip #4 – Naming the Folders

For anyone, this is no brainer. You name your folder according to what the images or videos are. As mentioned in Tip #3, I have now started putting dates on my folders, e.g. EK13 Filmscans 010317 – my brand, what is in the folder and the date (day month year). And in the folder, I have an original folder for the DNG files and then a Final folder for finished edits. Depending on the project/job, I will have additional folders for Photoshop, Web, Social Media all in the ‘master’ folder for the particular project/job.

Tip #5 – Online Platforms

My current choice is Flickr, but this has turned out to be my final thought when I want to archive my pictures. With it changing over the years and the threat of it being discontinued, makes me not make it my priority to store my images, but worth a mention as I have some photographs that I lost from my desktop saved on Flickr. There are others out there like Picasa, but I am yet to try them.

Well, there you have it. My tips or should I say, ‘insider’ information on how I archive my images.

Care to share other ways I might want to look at when it comes to archiving or backing up data.

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