I needed a break from life so bad and I’m so glad I quit tumbrling instagraming facebooking, and communication in general.
It was getting exhausting
I’m finally feeling myself and want to get back into this…
I just pulled the trigger on my most expensive purchase yet… a $1500 two day retreat.
I’ll be spending a weekend in a 1700s restored farmhouse (above) in Shenandoah Valley learning from my favorite food photographer. It’ll be held in late august and involves sourcing materials, food prep, cooking, styling, photographing, and setting a table.
Lately I’ll catch myself daydreaming for hours at a time, really, I’ll look at the clock and two hours will have gone by.
I can’t even remember what I was thinking about.
Nothing is as terrifying as not knowing where your mind has gone.
(Does this happen to anyone else?)
I miss more than just cake
haven’t been here in ages
Q:Your favourite book and why (this is not a drill)
I spent 17 years trying to come up with an answer that’ll make me seem fun but still well-read
whatever screw it my number one favorite is 4 hour work week (I KNOW KILL ME NOW)
and then after that might be orhan pamuk’s snow
BUT I JUST CAN’T SAY FOR SURE I mean there’s too many books I haven’t even read and comparing them just seems a little unfair you know.
Q:hi there! I'm tryna find a good USM lens for my canon and there a few that I can afford right now. What would you suggest be the first USM to have?? (17-85 mm, 28-135m, 28-105 mm)?
My personal recommendation would be to paypal me all dat moneh so I can haz new lens muhahahaha
ok but seriously assuming you know your kit lens inside out and assuming you already have the 50…. I have no idea
I haven’t used any of those o_O
plus I have a nikon O_o
Q:Hi Aleena! I saw your photography and it's really amazing! Do you have tips for young photographers? I just moved up to DSLR but I don't know what to learn first. Could you enlighten me?
Eeeeeeeeeek I’m so happy for you. First thing I ever bought with my own money was my DSLR and it’s still the best $380 I’ve spent.
There’s a million and one articles on ‘how to be a better photographer’ and ‘easy photo ideas’ etc etc and I’m sure you’ve been through those (I hope) so I’m just gonna talk about things that no one ever told me
How to start out as a photographer (things no one tells you)
1. First order of business, download RescueTime NOW. We think we spend a lot of time on ‘learning photography’ but really it’s 90% looking at pretty pictures, 7% actually reading a how-to article, and 3% applying it.
Use Rescuetime to pace yourself. Watch how you spend your time. And if you’re not picking up your camera every single day for at least an hour, you’re not going to get anywhere.
2. WHAT THE HELL you didn’t download Rescuetime did you GET BACK UP THERE and download it asap. I CANNOT believe you tried to pull that one on me. THIS IS WHY WE’RE NOT FRIENDS. jk, ily!
3. Get the hell on creativelive.com. I can’t believe no one ever told me about this. FREE ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES FROM ALL YOUR FAVORITE FREAKING PHOTOGRAPHERS!!! Check their calendar and note when the live classes are for ANYTHING photography related. (And photoshop related). I’m gonna say this again…it’s FREEEEEEEEEE like if you’re desi or arab or broke then you realize that should be enough to reel you in ok.
(I took three by Sue Bryce, Scott Robert, and Susan Stripling in the last month alone!!!)
Always always always invest more time and money on your education as opposed to gear. In 2013 I took three paid photo classes. I bought zero lenses.
4. Don’t be a knowledge junkie. It is so so so easy to read a bunch about a new technique, and then pick up your camera and fall into default form. (like what THE HELL you did not just go into default mode) PUSH. YOUR. FREAKIN. SELF. Also, shoot in manual. It will force you to learn faster.
5. Recreate a photograph. I can’t believe no one else told me this either. With the power of the interwebs you can find the exif data of ANY photo. Take a simple photo you like, and just recreate it to the best of your ability. I mean like every detail. I can’t stress this enough. Don’t show the photo and claim it your own. But you’re gonna learn so much its crazy. Like insane. In fact, let this be one of the first things you do (AFTER YOU DOWNLOAD RESCUETIME YA GOON)
6. Get the hell off the internet. Idk why we don’t talk more about this. EVERY ONE spends way more time than they admit to people. You should NOT NOT NOT be spending more than two hours a day on social media (AND EVEN THAT’S A LOT). (omg imagine if facebook started showing who viewed your profile) (or if your profile had a timer that showed how long you spent on facebook that day) (we could change the world lol)
I’m a hundred percent confident that the time you spend lollygagging (haha)(I wrote this whole post to use that word ok judge me) on the internet is directly proportional to your success.
7. Stop doing the same damn thing. I showed my work to a wedding photographer I really like here in ATL and he’s like dude, why do you take the same pictures of the same dang thing. I’m so grateful he told me this, because his suggestion was two things really. 1) take different photos of the same subject, and 2) take the same photo of a different subject.
The first one helps you with composition, lighting, trying new things with the same thing. Don’t reinvent your own wheel. Create something new from something ‘old’ news.
The second helps with nailing your technique for a certain ‘type’ of photo. Usually photographers are known for a certain type of photo that they do really well, and execute flawlessly every time.
8. Produce a VOLUME of work. It blows my mind that people don’t pick up their camera every day.
If doctors and lawyers and engineers put in eighty hours of work and study a week, you can do at least fifteen.
9. Stop making excuses for yourself. Shooting with a new model, new location, new lights, new gear won’t make you better. The weather is not an excuse, an uncooperative model is not an excuse, your gear is not an excuse. Your shyness is not an excuse to not show your work.
Also let’s be real no one takes anyone who makes excuses seriously anyway. Don’t be ‘that guy’
10. ALSO: don’t believe the facebook ‘likes’
they are A LIE!!
of course your friends like what you post
THEY ARE YOUR FRIENDS THAT IS THEIR LITERAL ONLY JOB
sorry that got a little long.
Q:If you were to say one thing to answer the question "What is hijab?" what would you respond?
Hijab is a concept. It’s sort of a lifestyle that revolves around modesty, dignity, honor, and respect. In the physical realm it is clothing, your aura, the air you carry around you and in the abstract sense its a guideline for your thoughts, mindset, perspective, and drive to be better.
Hard to say though. It feels like I’m reducing the vastness of the term (the etymology! the history! the connotations! the context!) to a poorly constructed post on tumblr.