THE DAILY PHOTO: Start a Photography Project & Build a Creative Habit | Tammy Strobel | Skillshare

THE DAILY PHOTO: Start a Photography Project & Build a Creative Habit

Tammy Strobel, writer & photographer

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10 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. My Story & What You'll Learn

      3:06
    • 2. Choosing a Project

      6:59
    • 3. Project Examples

      5:44
    • 4. How to Make Your Photography Habit Easy

      5:36
    • 5. Shot Composition

      8:33
    • 6. Lighting

      7:20
    • 7. Editing Tools & How I Use Lightroom

      6:59
    • 8. How I Use Snapseed

      4:11
    • 9. Create a Portfolio

      7:25
    • 10. Final Words & Thank You!

      1:43

About This Class

Learn how photographer and author Tammy Strobel brings creativity and gratitude into her photography practice. In this 58-minute class, you'll learn how to start a daily photography project and build a creative habit. Throughout the course, Strobel will share tips and tricks that will enable you to take stunning photos. This class is perfect for beginning photographers. You don't need prior knowledge to get started! By the end of the class, you'll have everything you need to start a daily photography project.

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Who THE DAILY PHOTO is for:

- Photographers who want to start a daily photography project and build a creative habit.

- Individuals who want to develop an online photography portfolio.

What you'll learn in the class:

- How taking a daily image will improve your photography skills

- How to choose a thematic photography project

- Tips and tricks to take beautiful images

- How to create a portfolio

To complete the class project you need:

- A camera

- A blog or an Instagram account

Important note: You don’t need to buy a new camera for this class. Use the camera that you already own.

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Transcripts

1. My Story & What You'll Learn: Hello and welcome to the daily photo. I'm so happy you're here. My name's Tammy Strobel, and I'm an author, blogger and photographer. So I started taking photos when I was a teenager, but I didn't start calling myself a photographer until my mid twenties because I didn't have a photography degree. Luckily, I realized that I don't need a degree to call myself a photographer. Mastering photography is all about practice, and that's why I take a daily photo taking. My daily photo has helped me hone my skills and find my voice. I started my first daily photography project in 2013 and I ended the project over five years later. And during the course of the project, I took over 4000 photos and built a strong creative habit. I'll definitely share more about that project later in the course, and for now I'll say this. My daily photography project was small and it wasn't time intensive. I was so surprised that such a tiny project improved my photos and help me build a strong creative habit, and I'm really excited to share some of my learnings with you. And speaking of learning in this course, you'll learn how taking a daily image will improve your photography skills. How to choose a thematic photography project Also talk about tips and tricks that will help you take beautiful images and we'll talk about how to create a portfolio. And you can show off some of your learnings by completing the class project. So the class project has a couple of components. First, share three photos in the photo gallery that represent your daily photography project. The images can be new or they can be curated. Shots from your photo archive and second include a link to your blawg or INSTAGRAM account in the Project gallery. The wonderful thing about the skill share platform is it's easy to connect with each other . We can share our projects and progress as a community, so please share your photos in the photo gallery, ask questions and encourage your classmates during our time together. And last but not least, don't forget to rate the class. If you didn't have a five star experience, please tell me why your feedback will give me the opportunity to improve this class and future offerings. So with that, let's get started 2. Choosing a Project : in this lesson, I'll share my story and tips that will help you choose a thematic photography project. After my step Dad, Male and died in the summer of 2012 I struggled with grief and depression, and something that helped me cope was my daily photography practice. To give my practice a little more structure, I decided to start a new creative endeavor on January 1st 2013 and that Endeavour was a thematic photography project. Since Malin and I loved coffee and the great outdoors, I decided to take a daily photo off my morning view. I also included my coffee cup in the frame. I called my project My Morning View, an iPhone photography project about gratitude, grief and good coffee Eve. So toe hold myself accountable to my daily practice. I posted my daily photo on Instagram. It was fun sharing my photo on Instagram, and the encouragement I received from other photographers inspired me and kept me going. So my project had some unexpected outcomes. So first off, I published over 2000 photos of my morning view online. Plus, I took over 4000 photos during the course of the project, and that's because I took multiple shots of my morning view every day. I also wrote a short book about the project, and I ran the project for over five years. My daily photography project Help me move through grief, and I learned valuable lessons about photography along the way. So first off, rather than shooting the Siri's with my DSLR, I decided to use my iPhone because it was always with me. Using what I had was a creative challenge and less expensive because I didn't have to buy new gear. Second, my photographic voice is based on how I see the world, the type of camera I use and how I edit my images. However, I didn't find my voice until I made a decision to engage in the ritual of daily deliberate practice. Setting time aside each day to take photos has become ingrained in my routine, and finally sharing my images on Instagram kept me accountable and I built a portfolio to that was another unexpected project lesson. After 5.5 years of running the Siri's, I ended it because the timing felt right. I also decided to take a break from shooting folo photos daily. However, I missed taking my daily photo, but I couldn't decide what photography project to focus on next. And that's when color tracking emerged in my life. One of my favorite experiences of 2018 was attending a month long creative writing workshop in Paris, France. In addition to writing all the words, I spent a lot of time walking through the city completing class exercises. One of my favorite journaling exercises from the workshop was color tracking. I picked a weekly color, and on my daily Flynn, you're I photographed objects that rough reflected the tone. And then I wrote about them at home. The exercise. Help me slow down and notice the beautiful and not so beautiful details of Paris. I wanted to incorporate more color into my prod into my photography practice in 2019 So I decided to bring the exercise from Paris into my everyday life. At the time of this recording, it's the summer of 2019 and for the last six months I've been sharing colorful photos on my blawg and my instagram feed. I still take coffee themed photos and photos of my view. However, it's been so much fun to bring war color into my photography practice. So let's talk about how to choose a photography project that's right for you. First, I want you to sit down with the journal and a pen and answer a few questions. So, first, what do you love to photograph landscapes, your dog or your cat? Are you obsessed with coffee? Maybe bikes or flowers? Second, what are your interests? And, third, what sparks your curiosity? Take some time to answer these questions because it will help you choose a thematic project , and it will help you from overthinking your choice. You'll find a downloadable worksheet with the questions I shared on the course page, so be sure to check that out. And remember, you don't necessarily need a theme for your project. Your project can be broad. For example, you can photograph a person, a place or a scene. The captures your eye. Also. If you go with a thematic project, don't overthink it. Choose something fun and just get out there and start taking photos. Remember, engaging in deliberate practice will hone your skills. Something else to think about is the project length. Will your project be short, say, 30 days or less? or longer like a year. You don't have to stick with a certain time line. However, I've found that committing to a certain project length, whether it's for 14 days or 100 days or even five years, it helps me stick with a project. And last but not least, don't forget to experiment and have fun with this whole process. In the next lesson, I'll share a few more creative project examples. I hope the examples provide inspiration and creative ideas for your photography practice. 3. Project Examples: One of my favorite things about the Internet is discovering fun and creative photography projects, and I typically go to Instagram to find my creative inspiration for photography. I also you go to blog's and things like that. But it seems like more and more people are moving over to Instagram to share their photos, which is great. And I chose three accounts on door projects that I wanted to share with you today, and I hope these examples inspire you as well, especially as you begin your daily photography project. The first project I want to share with you is called 12 Colors by Trina, and she is photographing a different color every month throughout the year. And currently she's focused on yellow, and I just love this project, in part because her photos are beautiful as you can see and super creative. Trina lives in the Netherlands and the Netherlands is gorgeous. Uh um, and also I just like the creative vibe of this project. Before Trina started photographing yellow, she was doing a rainbow theme, as you can see, and these are just things that she noticed in her daily life, which I think is super creative and fun. So if you're really into colors, that is a really neat creative idea that you could go with. Second, I want to share Mary Jo Hoffman's block. It's called Still, Um, and I'm just going to read a little bit from Mary Jo's about Page so that you all can get an idea of what this project is about. So the still Blawg posts one image daily of gathered natural objects. Objects found near me Near me usually means Minneapolis and ST Paul, Minnesota. My home. And then Mary Jo goes on to talk about how sometimes the natural objects she gathers are in southern France, which is a kind of second home. And she also talks about how the still blawg is a place to just stop and be still and toe look at beautiful images. So I think Mary Jo started this project. I want to say in 2007 I could be wrong on the date, but I've been following her work for quite some time on her blawg and also on her Instagram account. So Mary Jo's instagram account. Usually she shares behind the scenes photos of her daily photography project, which is also creative and really fun. So be sure to check out Mary Jo's Blawg and instant account for creative inspiration and ideas. I just love, love, love, the white space and all the colors. So the third project I want to share is by Sean A Trend Hole, and Shauna recently moved to Portugal with her very cute dog. Milo. Check Milo out. Isn't he so sweet? Ah, anyways, so she posts photos of Milo on her Instagram page. Also, she's documenting just objects that she notices in her home and in her environment. The objects aren't curated or filtered. It's just things, she notices, and I think the same goes for the rest of the project. It's really like documenting her life and adventures in Portugal, which is really rad. So even if you're having a hard time coming up with a narrow theme like, for example, Mary Jo's Blawg um, it's pretty narrow in terms of theme, like she's photographing like natural objects that she finds near her home. Um, and Trina's is a bit more focused with with the colors, but it doesn't have to be Well, I should say your project does not have to be super focused use your life is an example. That's what Sean is doing. And in a way, that's what I do to with my instagram page. Um, I think the most important thing that you can do is get out there, shoot your daily photo and have fun with the project. Also, I created a comprehensive resource list for this class, so be sure to check that out on the course page, for example. Bull. You'll find links to all the projects and people I mention in this course on that resource documents, so be sure to download it. Click around, check things out. And if you have any, um, accounts that you follow on instagram or bloggers that you want to share post links to those people places etcetera on the course page. That way we can all learn something new and discover creative. Uh, resource is online, and last but not least, don't forget to share your creative work on the skill share project page. I'd love to see what you all are up to and comment on your projects, and if you have questions or concerns, just let me know I'm here is a resource, and if I don't know the answer to something, I'm happy to point you in the right direction. 4. How to Make Your Photography Habit Easy: in this lesson, I thought it would be useful to share strategies that have helped me and past students cultivate a photography habit. I hope the tips I share in this lesson help you, too. Before we move forward, I want to offer a caveat. The tips I share in this lesson have worked for me, and they aren't the only way to develop good habits. If you have additional ideas, please share them on the community discussion page. The more we share, the more we can learn from one another. With that, let's get started, take advantage of the community in this course and find an accountability buddy. For example. I've met a lot of good friends through my Blawg and Instagram account, and the friendships have helped me stay on track with many habits. For instance, I check in with an account of, but it accountability Buddy Daily is so that I can stay on track with my writing and photography goals, and she does the same with me. Sharing your photo online is another form of public accountability, which has worked really well for me over the years. When I started my morning view, Siri's I made a commitment to post a photo a day on Instagram. I didn't have many followers at the time, but I knew that if I didn't post my photo, friends would follow up with me. Plus, I was inspired by the work of fellow photographers, and I knew that if I posted a photo a day, I developed a portfolio over time. And that's exactly what happened. Typically, my creative juices are at their peak in the mornings, so that's when I take my daily photo home. And if for some reason I forget, I'll take my daily photo on an afternoon walk. Sticking with a time has given my photography practice a little more structure. Also, I love taking my daily photo because even if my day isn't great, I know that I accomplished something. You can take your photo in the morning that afternoon or in the evening. Just choose a time that works for you and stick with it to make sure you're staying on track, consider developing. Ah, habit tracker Austin, clear on one of my favorite authors and artists, uses a simple calender method. Here's how Austin described the method in his bog post. He says for big, important creative work, not just the day to day meetings and appointments. Ah, paper Wall Calendar is a simple visual tool that helps you plan, gives you concrete goals and keeps you on track. I love this idea so much so instead of stressing out over a huge project, the idea is to take things day by day, and before you know it, a creative project will be completed. And at the end of every day when you've finished your chat when you finished your task, you just make a big X on the calendar, so your project could be a novel, a weekly blogged post or a daily photo. And you know, taking a daily photo doesn't seem like a big deal. But after 365 days, you'll have a giant portfolio of beautiful images to show off. And that's really exciting. And even if you only stick with the project for 30 days, that's pretty awesome. Teoh. You can also develop a habit tracker in your journal. This is big in the bullet journal community, and the method has helped me stick with a lot of creative goals, as well as exercise habits healthy eating and also my daily photography practice. I love Austin cleans Wall calendar method, and I love the portability of my journal. If you have your camera with you, it's easy to take photos. This is why I prefer my small cameras like my iPhone and Sony, so make sure your camera is always in your bag or pocket. That way you can snap photos on the go and stick with your daily photography habit. I'd love to hear from you. What ideas would you add to the list I shared above? Share your ideas or resource is on the community discussion page. Like I said at the beginning of the lesson, the more we share with one another, the more we can learn. And last but not least, I shared some of my favorite books about creating good habits on the resource worksheet that I created for the class. So don't forget to check it out. See you in the next lesson. 5. Shot Composition : composition is simply the way you arrange the key elements or subjects in a scene. So when you're taking a photo, don't overthink shot composition, because the best thing about taking a daily photo is that it gives you the opportunity to practice your craft while you're out there shooting. Ask yourself the following questions. First, how can I draw the viewers attention to the main subject to How can I lead the viewer's eye into the image? And finally, how can I root? Move distractions in the photo With these questions in mind, let's dive into a few techniques that will improve your images. Ah, photo should include a main subject and or a focal point. In essence, the main subject in an image will intrigue a viewer and give them a place to rest their eyes. Without a main subject, it will be hard to hold a viewer's attention. So when you're shooting, ask yourself what is my main subject and look for something interesting to include in the scene. So here's an example whole. The butterfly in this image provides a focal point for the viewer. Without the butterfly, the photo would be a shot of boring green grass and flowers with the mountains as a backdrop. In short, the butterfly provides a placed provides a place for the viewer to rest their eyes. So here's a contrast ing photo from last winter. I placed my husband in the frame because it made the image more interesting. Otherwise, it would be a boring white landscape with no sense of perspective or scale. Once you've identified the main subject in your photo, then you can compose the photo around the focal point, and the rule of thirds will help you accomplish this aim. So back in 2011 I took drawing lessons, and I learned that the rule of thirds emerged from painting theory. It's also used in photography, and it's one of my favorite rules. The rule of thirds is all about where you position the main elements in a scene, and the rule states that an image will look more balanced and aesthetically pleasing if you if you position important parts of the scene off center. If you're new to the rule of thirds, here's a tip in your camera settings. Switch on the grid feature. This will display two horizontal and two vertical lines on the screen. The rules suggests that the most powerful areas of the image are the four points where the lines intersect and that our eyes are naturally drawn to these areas first. So position your main subject on one of these intersections to give the most emphasis to your subject. And if you forget to use the rule of thirds while you're shooting, don't worry. You can always use the rule while you're editing photos Later on, you just have to crop the image to your liking. I'll talk about how you can do this in our lesson on editing. So perspective refers to the angle and viewpoint from which your photograph is taken. And here are a few ways that I use perspective when I'm shooting. I always think about the foreground in an image, because foreground gives the scene depth for example, whether I'm shooting landscapes or architecture, I typically sit down or lay on the ground to capture the depth in a scene. And that's what I tried to do with the seashell image and the photos of pumpkins. I'm also a big fan of looking up and down. There are leading lines, trees, clouds and gorgeous colors to capture, so have a little bit of fun shooting low or high angle shots. Forced perspective is a technique that makes an object appear farther away, closer or larger or smaller than it actually is. In this shot, I tried to make my cat Christie look like a giant in the background. You'll see our old tiny house, and if you look really closely, you'll see our cat, Elena walking toward me. And basically I wanted this photo to be really funny and draw the viewer's eye into the scene. In this photo, I had my husband stand by this tiny car in Amsterdam. Doing so really showed how tiny the car waas. If I just taken a shot of the car, the sense of scale would not have translated well to the photo. So when you're shooting, remember, sent to think about sense of scale also take advantage of lines, textures and shapes. They are everywhere and so much fund a photograph and really, at its simplest, consider your photograph to be a series of lines and shapes, working together to create a gorgeous image. For example, in this shot, I used the rule of thirds to position the dogs in the photo and the woman sitting far off on the beach. I also used the dog leash as a leading line in the image. I wanted the viewer to be drawn into the beach scene to see the dogs and move there I to the Horizon line. Amsterdam is filled with so much beautiful architecture. There are lines, shapes and so many textures to photograph. And in this shot I took advantage of the Panorama feature on my iPhone to try and capture the street scene. And what caught my eye were the building lines, the lines on the road and all the people and bicycles. This was one of the first pictures I took when we arrived in the Netherlands. We just sat down for our first cup of coffee, and when I looked down, it was a picture perfect flat lay the coffee, the travel book and the texture of the table provided elements that I love in a photo lines , textures and shapes. Remember, rules are helpful, but they aren't everything. Sometimes it's more fun to put the main subject in your photo in the center of the frame rather than off to the side, and I really think the most important thing you can do is visualize an image before you take a photograph. So, for example, in this image, I placed my main subject in this shot the waterfall in the center, and this is against the rule of thirds. But I still love this photo. Also, if you look closely, you'll see a man sitting on a rock in front of the waterfall, and it really gives the waterfall a sense of scale home. So in short, don't be afraid to try new things. You might need toe lie on the ground or crouch low to get the perfect picture. Just experiment and have fun as you compose photos. If you have questions or comments, please share them. Let me and let me know how these tips help your daily photography practice. So with that, I'll see you in the next lesson. 6. Lighting: in this lesson, I'll share a few basic tips about lighting that will help you improve your photography. I'll talk about the golden hour shooting into the sun, low light situations and more so with that. Let's get started when you're out there shooting. An important question to ask yourself is, Where is your light source coming from? If you're outside, take note of where the sun is located because the sun's location will affect your main subject. For example, in this shot of my mom, I wanted to capture her taking a selfie at a local balloon fair. The morning light was hitting her face perfectly, and it gave her portrait a nice warm glow. Plus, the balloons in the background made the image intriguing. If you're shooting inside, notice where your light source is coming from. Are you using an overhead lamp, or are you taking advantage of the natural light that's streaming through a window? Keep in mind it's important to work with one light source, especially if you're shooting inside, because lots of light sources will create lots of shadows. Also, colors and light can affect your image. Here's an example. I took this shot in a dark room with one bright Sunbeam coming through the window. Christie, my cat loves the son, and she ended up creating a natural silhouette for me. In this particular image, however, noticed the left side of the photo. It has a slight red tint, and the tint is coming from our red curtains that are casting a glow onto the wall. So just remember that color, whether you're shooting inside or outside, can affect how an image turns out. The golden hour, which is either at sunrise or sunset, is one of my favorite times to shoot photos because the light is beautiful. So I took this shot when I was still shooting my morning view photography, Siri's and it aligned perfectly. I love how the morning light gave Christie's for a nice golden tint, and I also like the shadows in the image as well. So basically, getting up early to chase the light is totally worth it. For example, in 2018 my mom and I went to a local balloon fairer. We got up early before sunrise so that we could see the balloons lift off and take four photos in the morning light. Most of My images from that day had a nice warm glow, which I love. So typically, photographers are instructed not to shoot into the sun. However, I think it depends on the circumstance. For example, shooting into the light can be fun and give you the ability to create unique and bright images. I tried this trick at the balloon fair, and it was such a such a fun activity. I also really liked how my images turned out. So when you're outside, try this approach and see how it affects your photography. In addition to shooting during the golden hour, I enjoy working with diffuse light, so this type of light softens photos, and basically it reduces harsh shadows and glare. It can also bring out the best in your main subject because it gives the image a soft look . So I take advantage of diffuse light frequently, especially when I'm outside hiking. For example, When I was in Bend, Oregon, we went on a late morning hike and I took advantage of the cloud cover. So if the sky had been clear and bright blue, the trees and the image probably would have cast more shadows and the image would have been a little more harsh, but I felt like this image was a bit softer and I was able to see the waterfall in the background. So I've always struggled, taking photos at night and in conditions that are Lowell It. However, I keep practicing because I know I'll get better over time. And that's where the power of a daily photography project really can enhance your skills. So don't let low light situations deter you from taking photos. So I want to share a few examples. Taking photos right before the sunrise is a great way to practice taking shots in low light . Plus, you'll have the opportunity to shoot gorgeous images once the sun rises. And that's exactly what I did in this shot of Mount Shasta in California so similar to my cat, Christie, My old cat Elena used to nap in Sunbeam's on Our Bed, and this is one of my favorite photos of Elena because it captures her loving personality and giant eyes. She was actually under the covers before I took this shot, and she poked her head out to see me, and I got really lucky with this particular portrait because the bedroom was really dark, and I was in the bedroom practising, taking photos in a low light situation, and the light shifted through the window and it shined onto Elaina's face. And it turned out to be a really beautiful portrait. And she actually passed away a couple weeks after I took this shot, so I was really happy toe have hit. So evening and night time can be challenging to take photos. However, don't be scared to get out there. In practice. I would suggest purchasing a tripod because tripods air really handy for nighttime shooting . It will stabilize your camera and as a result, go avoid camera shake. And basically that means your images will be clear, crisp and beautiful. And that's the strategy I used for this image. It wasn't as clear as I hoped, but I'm. I was out there practicing, and that's really what matters. And that's it. The tips I shared in this lesson are a great starting point to improve or to invigorate your photography practice. And the more you practice, the better you'll get. So get out there and take photos in a variety of different lighting conditions and let me know if you have any questions. With that, I'll see you in the next lesson 7. Editing Tools & How I Use Lightroom: Over the years, I've experimented with lots of different photo editing tools, and I've narrowed down my tools to keep my digital life simple and streamlined. And I'd encourage you to experiment with different tools to because experimenting will help you find what program works for you. So, for example, I love editing my daily photo in Adobe right light room, and I'll show you how I do that in a second. But I do want to go over my digital tools really quickly. As you can see, my list is super simple. In short, I use light room instagram and flume as well a snap seed for editing photos and uploading them to the Internet. Light room is where I spend the majority of my editing time because I love the program. I enjoy editing photos on my laptop versus my phone. It's just easier for me to see the images. Ah, the screen is bigger. I also use Instagram to share my photos. However, I don't keep the app on my phone, and that's why I use ah, an app called flume, and that's on my desktop. So it makes it really easy for me to upload my photos and share them with my INSTAGRAM followers. And be sure to check out my lesson on snap seed. I talk about how I use that particular app in the lesson, and I will say this. Over the years, I've used so many different photo editing APS on my phone, and I found that snap seed has everything I need, and that's what I use when I edit on my phone. However, that's not very often. Like I said, I prefer editing on or rather with light room. And today I'm going to show you how I generally edit my photos within light room and I'll show you this really cute dear photo, and I'll do a quick edit with you guys. I took this photo at midday on a long walk in Bend, Oregon, and as you can see, this little dough is eating some grass. I got really lucky with this shot. She was eating grass and happened to look up, and I was able to snap the photo really quickly. However, I don't necessarily like the way she's positioned within the image. Ah, she's dead center in the frame and I prefer having the main subject off to the side, a bitch in my photographs, and it kind of falls in line with the rule of thirds that I talked about in the composition lesson. So I am gonna place the little deer here on, uh, off to the side in the image and go ahead and click. Enter. And I actually, I might undo this. I feel like there's not enough like space there, so I'm gonna make the image a little a little bit bigger. And I will say, with this particular shot, the lighting was challenging because it was midday when I took it. But I still like the photo, so I'll show you all some of my favorite filters in Adobe Light room. And I've got them bookmarked here, off to the side. And if you notice the photo is turning different colors as I scroll down, um, I d tend to use either the artistic image, which has our artistic filter, Rather which has a little bit more warmth to it. Or I'll go with the vintage filter. Um, also, I just go basic, and what I'll do during an edit is maybe is increased. The exposure bump up the contrast a little bit attention, not like super blown out images. But you can increase blackness kind of highlights within an image or even the temperature so it can go way up or way down to cool and obviously like find some balance with whatever you're doing for edits. I do think this image is a it to yellowish, so I'm gonna bring down the temperature just a tad, and I'm going to pump up the clarity of the image slightly and add a little vignette to the image. I think I'll do. Let's see, I could go crazy into a white vignette or may be something darker, but I think I'm gonna go with the white than yet and just make sure her she's totally in focus. And then that's about it. I don't spend a ton of time editing my photos because while I do enjoy editing my daily photo, it's a lot of fun, and I've gotten better with editing over the years. I prefer being outside taking images whenever I can, and I worry less about spending tons of time doing edits and from here what I do. If I'm going to share the photo online, I'll typically save the photo to my desktop. And if I'm going to share it on INSTAGRAM, upload the image to an app called Flume, or if I'm going to do a photo essay on my blog's, I'll put it in a folder. And, um, I might even put it on my portfolio page if I really, really liked the image. So that's basically it in terms of my editing process on light room. And just to be clear, I am not affiliated with Adobe Light Room. I just sincerely love their software program, and I found it to be a very useful editing tool. So if you want to explore light room in more depth, download a free trial of the program. And there are also some excellent skill share courses about light room so you can go even deeper and learn more on this platform. So with that, if you all have any questions, comments or concerns about editing tools and how to integrate those tools into your daily photography practice, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you in the community discussion section. Like I've said throughout this class, the more we share, the more we can learn from one another and improve our photography practice. So with that, I'll see you in the next lesson. 8. How I Use Snapseed: so I thought it would be useful to share how I edit photos on my iPhone seven plus. And I typically don't do a ton of photo editing on my iPhone just because it's easier for me to do on my laptop. However, when I do edit photos on my iPhone, I use an app called Snap Seed. And before I start editing, I swipe up from the bottom to make sure the brightness is all the way up, which it waas. I like to be able to make sure I'm editing it full brightness. That way I'm not over like blowing out an image or something like that. So I'm gonna search for snap Seed. There it is. I've already got a photo up, but I'm going to go to the original here, and I really like this image. It's a shot of a waterfall in Bend, Oregon, and if you look closely, l zoom in for you guys. You can see a person on the lookout, which is kind of nice, because it gives the image a sense of scale. And snap seed has a bunch of different looks, as you can see on the bottom here and Often I'll use a feature called Bright a preset, I should say, and this doesn't really work for the image. It's too blown out. I don't like it. So let me click around and see if any of diesel work faded. Glow is another one I'll use pretty frequently, but I'm not the biggest fan of how that looks with this particular image, it makes it a little too dark. And portrait mode is really nice, because it will smooth out an image, especially if you're working with a portrait. But this isn't a portrait. And so what I'm going to do is click on the tools box and you can see there's all kinds of different options. You can crop the image. You can tune it so I could bump up the brightness a tad if I wanted. Um, I can play with the saturation here and maybe add a little bit of warmth. So that's a pretty nice to have all that handy for phone editing. And then when I'm done, I click the check box and I'm gonna click tools again because Snap Seed also offers vintage presets, greeny film, black and white. You can also do vignettes and MAWR. So I'm gonna click vintage, and I actually really love these filters, and it depends on the image. They have filters that are warmer or cooler, which are really fun, and you can also decrease the brightness or increase the brightness. And I'm actually kind of digging this this particular preset and or filter. So I think I'm going to go with it. And so what I'll do is click the check box. And then there's an export buttons, so you can either share the image on social media or via messenger. You can save it, and what I'm going to do is just click export. And that's going to save a copy to my photo album and a minute Just make sure that that copy saved and it looked like it dead. So there's the copy, and here is the original, so it's not a huge difference, but sometimes I like the old time even yet for photos, and I just find that really fun personally. So there are a ba jillion APS out there that you can play with, and I would encourage you to do so. I've experimented with probably hundreds of different photo editing APS over the years, and I've found that snaps, he just really works for me. It has tons of great features and really everything that I need and something that I like is just having really simple digital tools. That way I know what I'm gonna use, how to use it and then be done with my editing. And I can get back outside and start shooting again, so I hope that was helpful. 9. Create a Portfolio: one of the easiest ways to develop a portfolio of beautiful images is by taking a daily photo. Over time, you'll create a beautiful archive of photographs that you can share with friends, family and potential employers. So after you've been taking a daily photo for at least 30 days, you'll begin to compile an archive of images that you can use to build a portfolio. And if you're just getting started with this process, give yourself time to build that archive of images. From there, you can create a portfolio based on your interests. I'd also encourage you to share your daily photo on Instagram and your personal website. Social media sites are great, however they come and go. So I really think it's important to have ah website of your own. And for me, I think of my website as my home base online, and there are a lot of services out there that allow you to easily create a website of your own. So, for example, I use Squarespace to host my blawg and my portfolio, and as an aside, I am not affiliated with squarespace. I just genuinely love the service because it's so easy to use and the customer service is great. So if you don't have a personal website, I'd encourage you to check the service out. So with that, I want to share some examples of different portfolios. And first off, I'll share my portfolio, and I'll talk a little bit about how I've developed it over the years. So here's a quick glance at my photography portfolio. It's really simple. And, you know, like I said at the beginning of the class, I've been taking photos for a long time. And so it took me a while to curate this group of images. And these images are based on my interests, like landscapes. For example, Coffee, wildlife. Um, what else do I have here? Of course I've got cats. This is my cat, Elena. This I took on a hike to Deadfall Lakes and then some more, um, cute animal photos. So I also listed some projects at the top of my page. So anybody that's new to my work, who comes by my website, they can check out what I've done over the years, which is handy toe have, and I actually have been admiring a few other photographers, portfolios and that's inspired me to completely over call my own photography portfolio. So right now I'm in the process of going through different themes and selecting out images that I want to share on this page. So with that, I thought it would be fun to share a couple more examples of portfolios. So Cyril Amore is the advanced selfie queen. I follow her on Instagram, and I really like her work. She is also a YouTuber, and she has a lot of great photography tips. So if you want to learn how to take selfies, check out her work. But I want to show you all her portfolio. So she's got ah portfolio over on her menu here on the website. Um, and let's see, let's click on the advanced Selfies tab so you can see she's curated some really cool images of her between the selfie thing on this page. Um, and it's a nice just compilation of her work, and also I like her photography page as well. So these air some beautiful shots like the horse is gorgeous. Just the colors really drew me in as a viewer. So this is just one example that I've been inspired by recently. So as you're creating your own portfolio, I would really encourage you all to check out other photographers work because it is inspiring. And it can give you some creative ideas as you build your own photography portfolio. So let's check out Marty's portfolio as well. I'm going to go to her home page really quick and scroll down. So her website is really simple. She's a lifestyle photographer and travel photographer. I found her work on Instagram, and then I decided to check out her website, and I thought, Oh, maybe she would have a blawg or something more in depth. But I really loved the simplicity of her website. And as you can see, she's got portfolios grouped by different topics. And since I love cats, let's go ahead and click on on this, um, portfolio of her cat, Suki, who appears in a lot of her images. And these were just really, really sweet photos that drew me in as a viewer. So that's just a couple examples, and I hope these inspire you to get creative with your own photography and just have fun as you build your portfolio over time. So before I close out the lesson, I want to review a few tips. So first off, keep taking your daily photo. And like I said earlier, if you're just getting started with his, it might take you some time to build up a photo archive and a portfolio of images that you really, really like. Um, and as part of the process, make sure you edit your photos. That's gonna be a key ingredient as well. And as I mentioned in my editing lesson, I don't spend a spend a ton of time editing my photographs because, um, I've streamlined my process, and I like to spend more time shooting rather than inside editing. And once you get to the point of creating a portfolio, think about curating your photos by topic interest, color, etcetera. There's so much you can do with a portfolio of images and make sure you create your own website and share your images there. Social media is great, and I am constantly inspired by what I see on Instagram. However, social media sites come and go. I don't know that interest. Instagram's going to go away anytime soon, but it's always nice having your own home base on the Internet. So I hope the idea of creating a beautiful portfolio of images has inspired you guys. And let me know if you have any questions about building a portfolio in the community discussion section and just keep getting out there taking images and have fun with the process. 10. Final Words & Thank You!: thank you for being part of the daily photo. It was such a fun class to create, and I hope it inspired you. So during the course of this class, we covered a lot of material, including how to choose a thematic photography project, tips and tricks to help you take beautiful images, how to create a portfolio and more. I hope this course gave you the tools and inspiration to start and stick with a daily photography project. So I want to go over a couple of housekeeping items before we close out the class. First off, don't forget to share your project in the class gallery. Also, don't forget to download the worksheets that I made for you. Also, I'd be incredibly grateful if you reviewed the daily photo reviews. Help me more than you know. And with reviews, I can improve this class as well as future classes that I offer on skill share and last but not least, keep taking your daily photo. The best way to improve your photography is by practicing, practicing and practicing, and I think one way to do that is by sticking with your daily photography project and if you all have any questions? Feel free to email me. Don't be afraid to reach out. I'm friendly and I love chatting with students So I wish all of you the best. And I hope you have a wonderful day. I hope to see you in my next class on skill share.