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5 Essential Photography Tips for Beginners

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Everyone has to start somewhere! Getting started with photography is a long and winding road. Here are 5 Essential Photography Tips for Beginners, whether you already know them or you’re just getting started and want to learn a little more before diving in.

1. Expensive hobby.

As much as this is extremely relative. DSLR cameras, software can be extremely expensive for someone who is starting out. The truth is, you don’t really need the most expensive camera to start with. Your trusty DSLR and the lens that comes with it are enough. Work on improving on your ability to take great photos until you feel it’s time to upgrade your equipment.

2. Willingness to learn.

From switching to manual mode, to understanding your camera settings and staying ahead of the game. As an amateur photographer, you really need to put in the time to learn the latest trends in photography. I was astonished one day to find a professional photographer on YouTube looking at tutorials. Trust me, learning is a daily thing and never be afraid to make mistakes. That’s how you learn to be the best. Maybe even attend a photography class.

3. Patience.

You want to succeed and stay long in the game as an amateur photographer, you will need patience. Most successful photographers have invested a lot of their time and resources to be better and succeed in the craft. Discipline and patience are all it takes.

One of my favorite quotes, Mike Tyson, said “discipline is doing what you hate to do but do it like you love it.” My advice to anyone starting out is to trust the process and not worry about making quick money. Everything else will fall into place if you do it for the passion.

4. Find your niche.

I remember starting out, didn’t know what to shoot. I shot trees, birds, flowers, and almost everything else. To make my hobby profitable, I had to find my niche and stand out from the pack. Photography is broad and saturated. Quick pointer to finding your niche, is what your shooting fulfilling to you if yes you have your answer. Stick to that and make it beneficial!

5. Marketing.

Marketing is one of the key things to consider while thinking of starting photography. Getting your work out there and known is important. You’ll be amazed that some of the best photographers are not known, let alone by their own families because they failed to market themselves. Let’s talk about having a portfolio. It’s free to start a social media page.

You can engage with potential clients and like-minded photographers by uploading your pictures. Potential clients hire photographers who have another skill in their weaponry too. Don’t shy away from this idea and take advantage of these tools.

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4 People That Inspire My Creativity.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Often we lack the motivation to do what we love most and as weird as it gets this mostly gets in the way of our creativity and passion. But did you know one way to spice things up and feel alive is by getting inspiration from successful people in your space? Yes, just a couple more days to the end of the year. It’s not too late to collect yourself and reignite that flame so as I share some of my top 5 people that inspire my creativity I hope some of these folks will inspire you too.

Ansel Adams

I love films with favored sharp focus and the use of the full tonal range of photography and Ansel Adams was a genius at that. His iconic vintage black-and-white images helped to establish photography among the fine arts.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”4929″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Mutua Matheka

Arguably one of the top photographers in Kenya. Seeing his work online really inspired me to start photography. Interestingly I also look up to local photographers from my area for inspiration. Away from him being known for his travel and architectural photography which is far away from what I do, I’m still inspired. Extremely talented and never shy’s away from sharing his journey and experiences with his followers[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”4936″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bee Trofort

Bee Trofort happens to be one of my favorite female commercial photographers. Are you looking for purpose-driven content that encourages others to be their best selves? Then she’s the photographer to follow. Being an avid photographer that has a key focus on sports photography, Bee Trofort has been a key inspiration to my photography journey. Whether it’s documenting the story of an athlete, or shooting the behind-the-scenes of a commercial set, Bee Trofort is a master at telling stories behind the camera to motivate and inspire the audience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”4939″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Chris Burkard

In case you are looking for some inspiration to travel and find out new places through photography then Chris Burkard is the person to follow. From his stunning landscape, lifestyle, surf, outdoor, and travel images to his editing skills this guy is a different breed at what he does. What’s unique about Chris Burkard is that all his subjects have been shot using natural light. Quite cool, right![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”4941″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Are you in the creative space? Plug me in with your favorite creators. Peace and Love![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Photography Pet Peeves

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over the past couple of years of being in the photography industry, I have come across some pet peeves that really have gotten in the way of my creativity and passion. Please don’t get me wrong. I have been privileged to work with some amazing clients over the years and created friendships and networks that I’ll cherish for a long time. The business side of photography is usually affected when certain boundaries are overstepped without failure of realization.

At the end of the day, it’s only right to adhere to certain etiquette when dealing with the creative business side of things. Here are my top 5 pet peeves that I’ve experienced during my journey as a photographer in the industry so far,

1. You will get Exposure.

This must be one of the major pet peeves, in the creative industry. Building your portfolio as a photographer is one of the most important things to do, and once you’ve done that, never be afraid to talk numbers. Let’s be honest for a moment: why would you use someone’s service and not pay for it? After all, I’ve never heard of bills being paid solely through exposure. Know and appreciate your worth!

2. Working for the likes and followers rather than passion.

Let’s be honest, social media is a great tool for brand marketing, as much as the numbers are important. It really irks me when I see creatives focusing most of their energy on the likes and followers. There has to be a bigger picture as to why you take time to create. Let’s focus more on the passion and time we invest in our craft will have an overall impact on our longevity at both personal and business levels.

3. People think there is a fast track to success.

To put it bluntly, there is no shortcut to success. Some may arrive sooner, while others may work more before reaching ultimate success, but in most cases, success takes time. You must constantly improve your craft, build your portfolio, and meet and network with others. Finally, you must be patient and work your butt off!

4. Stealing copyrighted images for personal gain.

You randomly stumble upon a great image online and want to acquire it, but you fail to follow the right procedures. You go ahead and steal without failing to give credit to the owner. This irritates many photographers. Be willing to get sued for downloading copyrighted images without permission. Let’s talk about the proper channels to follow to avoid this. Start by reaching out by requesting permission to use their work. When the owner grants access to their work, remember to give credit.

5. Being told what to shoot every time.

In case you’re reading this and you’re a photographer. You must at least have experienced this at a given point during a photoshoot where you get orders of what to shoot every time. Are you the kind of person who orders photographers around? You need to stop. Once you hire a professional photographer for work, please leave the job in their hands. They know best and will perform at a higher level when given full control of the photoshoot.

So yes! that officially rounds off my photography pet peeves. Are you a photographer? Are you in the creative industry? I would like to hear what really irks you. Let’s talk in the comments section below. Peace and love.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Aberdare Forest on Fire

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lately, I’ve been constantly reminded about our planet, and thought I alter things up a bit for today’s blog post and speak about the conservancy of the environment. Every day I see a lot of concerning issues revolving around the state of our oceans, the standard of the air we breathe, and the overall impact we are having on our planet. During my short trip to Nanyuki, I saw the Aberdare forest on fire.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3869″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3862″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Aberdare Forest on Fire:

The weather was ideal for some landscape photography, as seen in the images above. Unfortunately, later that night, the Aberdare forest caught fire. I had to go shoot this the next day. So I did some research and discovered that, unfortunately, fire spreads quickly and uncontrollably in the process of some crooks smoking bees away while harvesting honey.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3631″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3871″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I honestly worry about the amount of damage to human life, vegetation, animals, and ecosystems that have evolved over the years. Now more than ever is the time to begin thinking about a healthier environment and a healthier population. Below is what I do regularly to preserve my environment:

1. I mostly ride my bike to commute.

2. I do not litter.

3. I do not burn plastic trash.

4. I save water and energy.

5. I use reusable bags. I’m happy the government of my country said no to plastic bags.

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Are you curious about taking care of the environment? Please leave a comment below. I’m curious to hear what you do to help minimize your impact. Peace and Love.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Through the lens of a photographer in a pandemic.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic has been sweeping businesses across the country including the photography industry. Certain photographers have had to make significant changes to their business practices. However, in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

2020 has been by far the most fascinating year of my life. Growing up, I heard about deadly pandemics like Ebola and Meningitis, but as a young child, it didn’t mean much. I’m an adult in 2020, in the midst of a deadly pandemic that has brought almost everything to a halt. Who would have guessed that masks and social distancing would be popular in 2020? Yes, we are currently living in this epoch.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”4072″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Being a photographer during a pandemic. COVID-19:

If not all of us, a large portion of us can agree that 2020 has been a strange year, and its effects have hit hard. If you thought time moved at a steady speed, you most likely don’t any longer.

January feels so far back I think back about it in solemn moments. The Covid-19 pandemic has hugely affected the economy and enterprises around the world over, particularly the ones which include outside work and interacting with others.

With the arrival of COVID-19 or Coronavirus, the demand for Professional Photography has been on the decline. In today’s blog, I will discuss what I think photographers can do during this situation and how to effectively carry out a successful photoshoot.

Pointers:

Things are not steady and the recovery of businesses including Photography isn’t promised at this point with an expected second wave of Covid-19 in most parts of the world.

However, if you are considering what you can do in this circumstance to stay ahead of your game and still be beneficial by improving your business. I got you with some cool pointers that have so far worked for me and that you may wish to consider.

Photography isn’t just tied in with clicking pictures, right? You need to create a brand for yourself so you can reach new clients and have the option to stand out among the competition. Best of all, times are in your favor. Right now, everybody is active on their phones, surfing the web.

Now, is the ideal opportunity to advance your business and increase rope in some possible clients until the full return and recuperation of your work. Here are some of the ways to do that:

1. Improve your portfolio website

2. Increase social media activity and engagement

3. Focus on improving your website ranking through SEO

4. Concentrate your effort on advertisements

5. Take advantage of free courses and learn some new skills

6. Most importantly don’t ignore your clients.

Safety Measures:

In the case where you’re hired for a gig, ensure that you practice safety measures while doing photoshoots. Right off the bat, sanitize your hands before beginning your photoshoot.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”4071″ img_size=”500*300″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Additionally, stay away from any actual contact with your subject. Wear a mask during and after the photoshoot. At the end of the day, it is all about being safe and protecting those around you. If you want to book a safe photo shoot, contact me at info@alexwainaina.com

Parting Shot:

Did you know we only have close to 38 days before 2020 ends? What’s the biggest lesson or takeaway 2020 has given you? For me, it’s just how little control we actually have over anything, so it’s better to learn how to roll with the punches and make decisions on the fly rather than be attached to any one thing. Feel free to share what you’ve learned in the comments below. I would love to hear. Till next time. Peace, love, and stay safe.

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Bucket List

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I met this amazing mom, who is very young at heart, while hiking with a group of friends to Ngong Hills the other day. Although she recently turned 68 years old, one would likely assume she is in her late 30s. Her secret: exercise, laughter, and a healthy diet. Isn’t it simple? After all, you’re only as old as you think you are. During our conversation, she mentioned a number of unique outdoor activities on her bucket list, one of which I’ll highlight in today’s blog.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3858″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What struck me most about our conversation was how much emphasis she placed on having a bucket list. Her face lit up as she told me about her ambition to climb Mt. Kenya one day. The hike to Ngong Hills was part of her preparation for achieving one of her life goals.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3860″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I couldn’t help but think of the wonderful mom as I worked on the post-production of these cool photos I took of Mt. Kenya processed in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. I hope she was successful in her endeavor. If everything goes well, I plan to climb this mountain one day.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3867″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Meanwhile, have you ever felt like your days are passing you by with no tangible output? I’m sure we’ve all been there, but did you know that making a bucket list is one of the best ways to spice up your life and live it to the fullest? Get started right away, make your list, and remember to hold yourself accountable as you work toward your goals.

What are some of the activities on your bucket list? I would love to hear them. Till next time Peace and Love.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Welcome To My World!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What’s up, everyone!… So after some profound thought. Let me announce my photo blog. Dubbed welcome to my world. Exciting right? My objective with this blog is to provide insight into my work and just being able to connect a bit more with everyone.

Working in such a soaked industry, the height of photography I find has made a stride back, shockingly as far as narrating and the creative process. This blog is to offer some perspective in this space as well as challenge myself to focus on creating purpose-driven content while encouraging others to be their best selves in the process.

I hope you guys find this new space beneficial. Stay tuned & I hope to keep things fresh. Thanks for being a part of this journey! Peace & Love[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”4044″ img_size=”600*400″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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