Time is an asset.
It is fundamental but it can be harsh. I started off by looking toward the one place we should all start… the “Google”.
As I’m sure you know, the World Wide Web is full of information. Some helpful, though most really isn’t. Either way, deciphering that information can be a very daunting task. Usually, when faced with a monumental task or project, I keep two things in mind at all times.
–“How do you eat an elephant?”
(Just so you know, these are my “go to’s” but everyone learns differently and uses different ways of getting through projects.)
So, just how do you eat an elephant? In reality, you don’t. They are majestic creatures not for consumption. If you don’t think that they’re majestic, please click here. The answer to the question is “one bite at a time.”
In other words, just take it step by step, little by little. It takes a lot of bricks to make a building and that’s exactly what we’re aiming to achieve.
Now, deconstruction is a whole different approach that goes hand in hand with our metaphorical elephant. The basic principle is to see the final product then work backwards to your current starting place. Thus, deconstructing it. This gives us the chance to envision our end goal and can give us a guide on how to get there.
With those two thoughts, I quickly decided that I needed to create a few different lists to help me visualize what I needed, to get to the final product that I wished to produce. To start, I visited Pinterest. I started creating specific boards for everything I was visually drawn to. From hardware to lighting, to theme specific photography sessions, to poses…I had boards created for each and every one.
I surfed that app every free second I had, pinning my little heart out. At break and lunch, during my work days, I’d go back and read the actual post/blog to get more information on a topic or find something new to look up. I got a note pad and pen to keep with me in my car for note taking. I also started using the notebook app on my phone to jot down things here and there when I was without pen and paper.
I began learning about auto–mode, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. If I didn’t get enough information from Pinterest and needed a visual aid, I would jump on YouTube and search for that specific topic. I’d watch three or more of the top–videos. Each YouTube personality would give their opinion/view of the topic and afterwards I would form my own opinion. Before long, I realized I had completely changed my normal day to day habits. Every free second I had, was devoted to reading and pinning, watching and note taking.
So to recap,
- Pinterest is a wonderful app, full of talented people from around the world. Every topic imaginable is on there. If you don’t have it, you need it. Get specific with your boards and stay organized. Everything you pin is something you want to refer back to. We will defiantly be using this more in the future.
- A note book is invaluable to your success. Get one or five.
- If you need visuals, YouTube is the place to start. Watch the content, take notes and subscribe to the users that you are drawn to.
To most, this may seem like a no–brainer. The point of this post is to say that we all have to start somewhere.
These three resources are literally at your fingertips. Weather you’re an ant on top of a cake or you find yourself bibbed with and elephant on your plate, this is where you start eating.
Essentially, we’ve just started packing our bags for the journey to come. Our quest is long and filled with obstacles but we will be victorious!
– B. Shields