I know it’s been a while since I’ve written anything here, but I’ve certainly thought about it a lot. I’ve been busy making pillows, and am especially enjoying dying and making my favorite Indigos. I have also loved getting to know Instagram better, and any of you who follow me there can probably tell that I am really quite smitten. I love looking at and learning how to be a better photographer by observing what I like and why.
I’ve realized that I’m quite visual in how I learn and what I like to do, which is why Instagram appeals to me so much. I’m not snapping a picture of every latte I drink, and there’s never been a selfie, and there never will be. I’ve mostly enjoyed challenges presented, often in themes. Someone will offer a challenge to anyone who cares to enter, and it’s a choice to give it a try or not. No prizes, awards, or particular notoriety. Just a challenge to myself to try something new and work to do my best. Like my daddy always said: If you’re going to do something, do it well.
This is a recent contribution to the theme of Crockery. I took my time to get each photo just right and then fit them into the rules of a 3 X 3 grid. Instagram pictures are always square, so that can sometimes be a challenge in itself. Trying to get the perfect sunset as a square is pretty tricky.
If you have a smart phone, I encourage you to join Instagram. It’s a free downloadable app for use with your phone or iPad. You can just follow favorite artists, friends, or whomever (even celebrities). You can remain completely private and never post a single photo, yet enjoy some of the beauty of photographers from around the world. I follow a number of IG’ers from Australia and I love seeing their photos with the opposite of our seasons. Their photos are the first ones I see in the morning due to our time difference.
To encourage you and let you see what I’ve been up to, here are a selection of a recent theme I started. I had such fun setting up my ‘Color for Today’ ideas, and became a bit obsessive as I wandered the house and cupboards for my specific color of the day. I chose to take the photos from the top down, adding a new challenge to myself. Things definitely look different from above.
Instagram doesn’t just offer filters to suddenly make a photographer out of everyone. The filters are fun and can enhance and fine tune things, but I think I’ve gotten better by practicing and by having my phone available to me for any opportunity.
If you decide to join the party, you can find me at Janet Brown Studios. It’s all just for fun and can give you pretty pictures to look at when you’re standing in a too long line, or waiting for a friend. If you see a photo you love, you simply tap the little ‘like’ button under the picture, letting the person know. You can also leave them a comment. It’s all quite simple and I find it very user friendly. Hope to see you there!