Last year I picked up my first standalone camera and decided to level up my photography from smartphone snapshots to decent photos. I started this blog to encourage me to continue my photography and perhaps helps some others who were learning too.
Along the way things changed and evolved and I developed a deep love for all things street photography, I learnt a lot, I still sucked, I made some great connections and I really enjoyed making this site. However, I’m taking a break for the rest of January for the same reasons I started this site.
Why I’m taking a break
The reason for starting this site was two fold.
- to encourage me to take more photos
- to help others improve their photography.
I’m sure I’ve succeeded in the first goal and I hope I’ve done well in the second one (at least a bit) however for those same goals and some other aspects I need to take a break so I can do both goals better.
This site doesn’t take much effort for me to write (you can find out a bit about my writing process here) or make the graphics to go along with the post but the problem is, I have a couple of big events coming up at my work. This means that I have less time and I want to make sure that I use the time I do have for taking photos. I’ve also had a feeling for a while that I could easily add a bit extra time taking photos and that little time a week would soon add up. If I’m serious about getting better, then I should seek to maximise my practice time.
Sure, writing about taking photos is also useful for improving as a photographer, but taking photos is more useful so I want to put that into action.
Finally, I’ve got a series in mind that I want to make but I want to do the best job that I can. To do that, I need to take away the pressure of publishing each week so that I can make sure I do the best job that I can. [I know that this might seem to conflict with the last point but I am using some time which I can’t spend taking photos for this. If I used it to write blog posts just so that I had blog posts for this week, it would be a waste. I need time to review and improve them.]
So as you can see, by taking this break I’m going to both help myself improve as a photographer and create something that will help people who are learning photography as well.
Don’t worry though, If you want to read something, you can check out my most popular posts from the past year.
- Why you have to kill your excuses link
- Why I’m glad I learnt photography on a smartphone link
- Why photographers should care about the new google photos link
- 29 free resources to help you learn photography link
- Why my street photography sucks (and your’s probably does too) link
See you in February