*This post is sponsored by Panasonic but all photography love is, as always, completely my own.
I’ve been studying photography for 7 years now; first in college and now in university. I’ve even considered taking it up professionally once I graduate as it’s something I really enjoy doing.
But its only recently that I’ve actually started to like the photographs I take. You see up until this month I’ve always played it safe and done what would please other people or help me fit in.
Even in my college/university projects where I’ve had free reign on the topic and style; I’ve always played it on the safe side with the theme of my pieces and how I edit them.
That is until this month.
As you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram, my feed has been undergoing a transformation since Christmas.
Gone are the stark white, very cool tones flat lays. In their place are images that are darker, more colourful and a little bit warmer in tone.
I‘ve also changed from flat lay compositions to ones taken from the side with a pulled focus/blurred background, a style I’ve always enjoyed taking.
This isn’t something I particularly planned to do. I recently decided to stop fighting a loosing battle and switch from Photoshop to VSCO. I’ve never been a fan of Photoshop from day one; the interface is horrible and it takes a long time to do anything.
I’d been looking around for a new way to edit my blog photos and came across a lot of people telling me I needed VSCO in my life.
I’m so glad I listened to them! And not just because its made my life ten times easier; it’s helped me discover my own personal style.
Last year I finally managed to ditch writing my posts how other people did, rather than in my own “voice” for fear of not fitting in or no one reading my posts. I got fed up of pretending to be something I’m not just to try and fit in.
It made me begin to hate blogging and I realised that if I kept trying to make myself do things that way, I’d ended up quitting.
The same has happened with my photography. I was making myself do things the way “successful” and “real” bloggers did things; lots of white, really overexposed and bright photographs which really isn’t what I like.
So I decided to change not just how I take my photos and the props I use, but how I edit them too.
I’ve been incorporating a lot more colour into them, mostly in the form of a gorgeous mustard throw pillow I bought at the beginning of the year from Matalan. I’ve been combining it with my green Slytherin pillow from Primark and I’ve fallen in love with the colour combination.
When it comes to editing the photos, I’ve been exclusively using the M5 filter which is actually quite warm toned. I do tone it down by lowering the temperature a little, but I’ve actually started to love the effect it has.
Especially combined with the warm mustard colour.
I’m planning on dedicating an entire post on how I edit my photos so I wont go into all the details here, but I’ve finally found my own style and apparently other people like it as much as I do.
I’ve had so many comments and messages complimenting the photos on my blog and Instagram, its really given me a confidence boost and helped me rediscover my passion for the medium!
One of the things I’ve learnt since I started blogging its not to follow the crowd. If you want to add colour into you photos, do it. If you want to write about a topic that no one else has, do it. Don’t hold yourself back for fear of not fitting in. You do you boo!
I’m determined to carry this mind set across into my university projects too; this semester I have my final photography project and I want to really push myself with it. I want to do something that I love and that reflects me as a person.
Something that I’ve fond really inspiring is this video from Panasonic, it had me in awe. The contrast between light and dark is mesmerising and I could easily just watch someone do this for hours!
I’d love to somehow incorporate the idea into my own project, although I doubt I’ll be able to find anyone to do something this fancy…I think I might have to make do with sparklers or candles instead!
How do you edit your Instagram photos?