When it comes to taking pictures and photographs, I am not the easiest of fellows to get along with. Here, let me explain this to you. Sit in a little closer. Relax. Before you know it, you will be eagerly ordering your first or next batch of likes for Instagram photos. No professional photographer myself, I do hope my little contribution to the Insta world is a worthwhile one in terms of encouraging you to keep on trying to do your best to make things better for yourself on your platform.
If you have been as clueless as I once was, you should know that you need your lessons. Photography lessons to be specific. Generally speaking, these have been known to take a chunk of time out of any average to exceptional hardworking man or woman. If the classes are available over the weekend, you go in for lessons. When I first tried it out, I found that even that was taking a chunk out of my weekend time.
I began to feel despondent about this. I began to wonder. Maybe my heart is not really in it. I was never cut out to be a full-fledged photographer, even if it was all so amateurish. Fortunately, I felt, I still had a way with words. So I thought, light at the end of the tunnel, I could still make up for this shortcoming, the alleged lack of ability and desire for taking pictures in the park. But I tell you, I soon learnt, that it was all bosh.
This amount of negativity could easily kill a spotty sparrow. And birds with feathers, they are among the most positive of beasts. And they can fly. You will never know until you really give it a try. And while, yes, I am good with words, it turns out to be pretty meaningless. It’s the thing about Instagram. It is a visually focused platform. Emphasis is placed on visual presentations, whether through photographic images, downloaded or self-designed graphics, or videos.
Acting as coherent and contextual captions, the words turn out to be quite secondary. They still need to be effective in the sense that they will be attracting viewers and likes to your platform. No matter how good I was with words, I still needed to make hay weather with the icon digestible otherwise known as the hashtag. Fair enough, and my hopes soared. I was creative enough to put hashtags to good use.
And no longer trembling with doubt, I soon learnt that it was easy peasy learning how to take fine pictures. On my spanking new smart mobile, you know, that thing they used to call a mobile phone, and on my platform, the Instagram platform. Even in an imperfect world with no Instagram (imagine that!) you could still learn the basics of photography. All online today, of course. And of course, there’s plenty of time for lessons.
You choose the time.