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Let’s just start at the beginning. Since I came back from my trip to Southeast Asia, I had in mind the idea of starting a blog on photography. I had already started writing on a blog to share and capture my travel experience and my passion for photography in 2013. However, I didn’t start right away, for lack of time, desire, courage, I don’t know.
However, learning photography has been a real passion for many years and since I bought my first digital DSLR camera, a Canon 500D, in 2012. Obviously, passionate about travels and adventures, I had mostly bought this first camera to take travel photos and try to take the best photos of what I can find on the road. My passion grew more and more and more and the past year in Southeast Asia was an eye-opener. I really enjoyed taking pictures in many different travel situations.
I had no idea of becoming a professional photographer (even if the idea was in my head), I really wanted to progress, to know how to shoot in such a case, to make a perfect shot, to understand the manual mode, the long exposure or to be able to do post-treatment of my photos.
I had never taken a photo course or a photography class itself, except for the few advice I found on the net to understand all the technical terms as barbarous as focal, shutter speed, hyper focused, and so on….
In June 2017, I decided to create a website that brings together my two passions: travel and photography. The Blog Les Deux Pieds Dehors is finally born! I must admit that the beginnings were a little complicated, focusing more on the travel part of my site than on the photography part. And then, step by step, I came to it, I started shyly, I must say in this world where there are already many things online. I often ask myself the question at the beginning: how to create a photography blog that has meaning while knowing that there are already a very large number of photo techniques and tips online? In fact, you just have to take a step forward and say to yourself that no matter if it already exists, I want to share my passion in the domain and try to make it as simple as possible to teach photography to all beginners.
It’s a little disconcerting when you start out. I think we should start with the basics of photography, in short, try to give my advice to understand and learn the subject on our own. I would advise someone who wants to start in photography blogging to take inspiration from existing sites but not to focus on them. If you start looking at everything that has been written in the domain of landscape photography, macrophotography, or wildlife photography, you may get scared and not get out there. The most important thing is to write, share your writing and your passion, even if you don’t do Shakespeare. That’s exactly what I’m doing.
If you have the ambition to make your photography or travel blog grow and see where it takes you, you’re going to have to take the bull by the horns, if I may say so, and roll up your sleeves. Why is that? Because to be able to rank at the top of Google on terms as general as depth of field, backlight, street photo, bokeh or exposure time, you will have to work and master SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Honestly, without it, the chances of you going up to the top of page 1 on Google on landscape photography or how to choose your polarizing filter, are very low….
Anyway, enough talk, I’m rambling. Now let’s get to the heart of the matter, my photography blog, what it contains and how I’ve composed it so far. During the big update of my blog in March 2018, I wanted to redesign the site and I tried to reorganize things better, both on the photography part and travel. For the photo part, I split the blog in two:
I present below in more detail what you will find in each section.
Thank you for following me and reading this short text and I hope you will enjoy reading my photography posts. See you soon and above all, do not hesitate to leave a comment at the bottom of posts if you want more details or if you notice an error / inaccuracy.
The first one is simply about the basics of photography. If you don’t know anything about it and want to become an amateur photographer (or even more), that’s where you start. I agree that this is not the most exciting thing, but I remain confident that you will have no choice but to understand and learn the technical terms of photography to go further. My logic is the following. How do you want to be able to take good pictures if you don’t already know how to use your DSLR camera? If you don’t know the terms white balance, diaphragm or shutter speed? If you don’t know how to focus with a focus point and your autofocus, etc.,. I see a lot of people who had a DSLR at Christmas or for their birthday shooting in automatic mode, even after several years, simply hoping to make beautiful pictures simply because it is a DSLR. Frankly, it’s not that simple in the world of photography.
This first part will therefore be a compilation of photo tips to learn all the basic technical terms and definitions in photography. Understanding how exposure works and its three associated parameters is essential before going any further. I had trouble starting to write about definitions because it was important to find a balance between explaining things in a simple way and going into too much detail. In general, people looking for advice on the Internet are beginners. Pro’s and those who already know the domains will not come on photography blogs, that’s for sure. So I try as best I can to offer posts on the basics and all the technical terms that come to mind. For the moment, I have had only good feedback or almost and honestly I am quite satisfied with the result. Everything is not there and this section will grow as the blog progresses.
The second part of this large section on learning photography is called “photography tips and techniques“. It logically comes after the first one on the basics. We go into a little more detail here and I would focus in this section on giving practical photo advice on the different areas and situations of shooting. In order to understand the content of the different articles here, you can refer to the basics of the photography I was talking about above.
We won’t talk about photo equipment or accessories here. There is another section of the blog that is devoted to this. Here, it is rather the situations or types of photos that I will try to detail. To mention only a few examples already present on the blog:
Anyway, you see the idea, right? A lot is missing in areas that I don’t necessarily know at all: light painting, studio portrait, black and white image, food photography, wedding photography, etc. As it stands, it’s impossible for me to write about it because I’m really not at ease with these subjects. I am thinking about getting professional photographers from each area to give advice to my readers. A matter to be followed, then.
The basics and specific technical definitions to get started in photography
Tips to begin, progress and improve in photography
The first section is called digital “photography equipment“. Are you going to tell me why digital? Simply because I was born in that world and the argentic is really not something I know how to do. This section is not yet, at the time of writing, very extensive but it will become so. Here, we will talk about everything related to his camera and lenses, essentially the DSLR camera that I know very well. As I don’t have a hybrid, I don’t necessarily want to write about it right now. What are we going to find here, for example:
In short, everything that concerns directly or indirectly your camera and the associated lenses. I will try as best I can to update the posts as new releases come out. I started with the choice of bodies and wide angles, but I’m still missing a lot of articles that are being written like the choice of a telephoto lens? Choose a fixed focal length or a zoom? Why is a 50mm ideal for many situations, etc.?
The second part of this important section on camera gear is called “camera accessories“. This is the area where I am most comfortable talking about photography on the blog. Everything related to camera accessories. So, no, I don’t have a perfect command of all the accessories, we agree, but I really enjoy writing about everything that is a photo filter. It is one of the accessories I use most in everyday life and even when traveling. I prefer to spend time behind my DSLR (digital single-lens reflex for intimates) than in post-production, behind my computer….
As a result, you will find a lot of articles on the different photo filters: ND filter, GND filter, polarizing filter. I explain to you each time what they are used for, how to choose them and how to use them. I’m also talking about photo tripods and other things….
Here, I still told my life story… but you now know a little more about what you will find on the photography blog section.
Tips and advice to choose your camera and lenses
Choose camera accessories and use them !
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