Amateur Photographer…

I’ve loved photography for as long as I can remember. Mainly taking photo’s of landscapes…or animals. Catching the light in a certain way so that a flare appears on the lens. Catching the excitement on a dogs face; as he waits patiently for a treat. Or even just capturing a moment, that can be saved for a lifetime. The camera, in my opinion, is one if not the best invention so far. The power it has in such a small body is incredible. The ability to share a moment all over the world, over generations, that occurred in just one second to never be repeated again.

Over the last  few months I’ve been attempting to improve my photography skills,  but I could never find the right method to learn. I tried reading about it, but it never sunk in. I even tried looking at online video’s, and although I understood some parts…there were other areas where i needed extra help that I couldn’t find through videos. Then as I was searching Groupon one day for a cheap getaway, I came across a online course by Shaw Academy called ‘Diploma in Photography’. The aim of the course was to teach me how to get out of automatic mode, while learning about the important of shutter speed, aperture and exposure.

So I enrolled online and in February I attended a live online course on Mondays and Wednesdays 7-8pm. It was amazing! I’m finally able to use my camera to it’s full ability, and now I can say I have a diploma in photography. I’m so happy! I still class myself as an amateur though, as I don’t exactly have the portfolio to go with my diploma…but I’m getting there. With a few more trips away I’m sure I’ll be there in no time!

If you’d like to see any of my photo’s I’ll leave some links below. 🙂

https://www.instagram.com/njo_photography/

www.facebook.com/NJOramPhotography

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Plans for 2015

So 2015 has begun, and a number of questions will have entered people’s minds when the hangover had passed on new years… What will be different this year? What do I want to achieve? How can I be better? I thought about this, and have decided to devise a list of my own plans or even hopes for this year.

1. Pass my driving test – This is quite a big plan, and has been in my mind for a while. But now my test is in sight…I just hope I’ll pass first time.

2. Buy a car – This is really only if number one goes to plan. Can’t say I haven’t already started looking though in excitement though.

3. Travel More – I’ve mentioned this in a few of my other posts saying I want to travel, and explore the world. So this year I’m going to attempt to go somewhere new every month, even if it’s just for a couple of days.

4. Get Fitter – This is probably on a lot of people’s lists every year (mine included) but this year I’m really going to push myself. Running, circuit training, cycling, yoga, anything going really…maybe even a tough mudder.

5.Blog more – Write about anything and everything. Try not to focus only on topics I have a lot to say about, but also just everyday thoughts. So be prepared for some strange posts.

6. Try my hand at short films – I have a few ideas already scribbled down for short films, so this year I will attempt to put these online if possible.

7. Buy a better camera! – I love taking pictures, mainly of landscapes and sunsets as anyone could tell from my Instagram. But this year I’d like to try a professional side of it, and to do that I need a better and more expensive camera. This of course would also be helpful while creating short films, so that’s definitely a must have.

8. Possibly start a business – This may be an aspiration too far, but I guess it will be a trial and error process. I plan to be more creative and because I love quotes so much I thought I’d try combine the two in some way. We will have to see though.

9.Be a better person – Last year I don’t think I personally tried as hard as I could have to be a good person. So this year I plan to try harder to see and speak to people I rarely see, to be kinder if people require help even if they don’t ask, and to just overall be more appreciative of the friends and family I have around me.

10. Find my way – This is the biggest one this year. I really don’t know what I want to do in life career wise. So I’m going to try everything that takes my interest. I won’t be following any specific paths…more taking opportunities that appear. Letting the wind blow me in any direction in other words. And I can honestly say that I’m excited for that. Trying new things, even revisiting past career options. Saying that…I know I may not find it this year, but I’ll try keep up hope.

That’s my main plans anyway, as well as just living life a bit better and more fuller. Maybe I’ll look over this post in a years time and see what I actually accomplished…

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. – William J. Clinton