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Photography, Blogging and a Fashion Week Throwback


A s any self respecting fashion and life-style blogger knows, great photography is a must. I purchased my first DSLR about a year and a half ago and have been steadily learning how to use it. There is a lot to know and learn if you want move beyond shooting in auto mode. And for anyone who learned photography on an old school camera, you will find that focusing with a digital camera is whole different ballgame. But the more or less instant gratification and ease of use that comes with a DSLR can not be beat. Photography is about three things: composition, exposure, and what is, or is not in focus. You also need to know what modes to shoot in based on the situation in which you are shooting. For example, I should have been shooting in continuous mode or AI Servo on Canon cameras and AF-C on Nikon cameras, to stop the action and avoid motion blur when I took this picture of Leila Yavari. She was late arriving to the show, and was in quite the hurry and was not about to stop and pose for the plethora of photographers vying to get a shot of her. Myself, the amateur paparazzi included. Shooting on auto and in continuous mode is certainly the best choice when shooting subjects on the street, or subjects that are moving in which you do not have a lot of control. When you do have more control then taking your camera off auto and shooting in manual to me is the whole reason to own a digital camera.

[blockquote] It’s really hard work being a street style photographer — Garance Dore[/blockquote]

I still have a lot to learn, but I am excited about the control that a DSLR and shooting in manual allows me to have in creating photos that excite and inspire me.  I am self-taught but I do plan on taking a class and would recommend this to any budding amateur photographer. And for my NY based readers there is class you can take at Photo Uno for which I have heard wonderful things from fellow bloggers. I myself plan on taking this class in late winter or early spring. So how do you feel about photography? Do you take your own photos or are you mainly the subject of the photos on the your blog? And what side of the lens do you like to be on?

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  1. great shooting, and i wish one day i can own my own camara


  2. I prefer to take photos but I am often the subject on my blog, but I do take all of Charnele’s pics.


  3. Before you know it you will be like a pro with your camera is not easy in the beginning so many trick and tips in you tube might help you out and this is not that bad for a amateur.

  4. I like to be behind the camera. I love taking pictures but HATE my picture being taken. LOL.

  5. I so agree – photography is complicated – pre-during-post production… I think my images are not all that, I too am learning stuff on a daily basis!


  6. This is so true. I have had my camera for about 2 years now and I am always finding new ways to use it better. Cameras are so amazing.

  7. i am self taught too and i am not very versed in the technical aspect. i always tell myself that i should learn though… sometimes with certain things though i tend to rely on just a feeling instead of the techniques. is that weird?

  8. I think your photos are always fantastic and I’m sure as you continue practicing they will only get better. I have a good camera but it’s not quite the photographer’s camera. I hope to get one someday!

  9. Always so exciting to enhance and tinker with your craft. Your photography is gorgeous and will only get better love! xx

  10. I started out working in the photography industry and circled around back to it after a number of years. Digital is so different from film but each has it merits. I usually shoot in shutter priority mode while on the street but I prefer manual for still shots. Too bad you missed Jenna Lyons but at least you managed to catch Leila Yavari here.

  11. I lost my SLR camera a few years back and am yet to replace it. I need to do so soon because I’ve been meaning to do my own photography on my own blog and well my little iPhone don’t cut it for me. I know what you mean about those old school cameras, they are so different to the new ones. It took me a while to get acquainted with my old Canon and I feel like when I replace it, it’s not going to be like riding a bike either


  12. This pic is a great shot overall, I love her sunnies! Having a really good camera is so worth it.


  13. lovely post:-) i’m only just learning to properly use my dslr and figuring out how photography can be both fun&complicated. i think i love photographing more than being photographed, which is why i usually take all of the photos on my blog as well! x

  14. I used to use my DSLR a lot, but now that I don’t go to shows as often for work, I am happy not to trot around with it, as it’s quite heavy when travelling a lot. I am still learning it on the side though, but use my small digital camera now. Love your throwback capture.:)

  15. I love street photography and Garance Dore and The Sartorialist have been great inspiration for me.

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  16. I love taking pictures and also use graphic programs. I have still a lot to learn, but I really enjoy it!:)

  17. I love my SLR, too 🙂 There’s no substitute for lots of practice– I used to take my camera along everywhere in the early days, and I still take it to family events, etc. There’s always more to learn in photography!

  18. Marvellous pictures, I really love taking pictures, sometimes more so than getting my picture taken :))

  19. Kudos to you for taking this on. Photography is so hard because you have to both a good eye and technical skills. I always love your photos though so i’d say you’re definitely on the right track!

    xx Hélène

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