Did you know that over 2 billion photos are posted every single day on social media? It’s almost mind-blowing to think back and realize that less than ten years ago, photography was either an expensive hobby or a job reserved for a professional.
My name is Linda Holt, owner of Linda Holt Creative. I started my interior design business in 2011 after a twenty-five-year career as a professional photographer in Boston. My specialty was shooting acting and modeling headshots and portfolios. Over the course of my career, I photographed over 5000 actors, singers, models, comedians and other performers. For most of my career, I used heavy pro film cameras and lenses, along with even heavier lighting and equipment.
You may have heard the expression, “ The best camera you will ever own is the one you always have with you.” For the vast majority of us, myself included, that camera is the cellphone. I no longer even own a DSLR camera and I shoot exclusively with my iPhone. Today’s cellphone cameras are so advanced that they often rival expensive DSLR cameras.
We are such a visual society that it’s only natural we want to post beautiful images that get lots of “likes.” If you feel your images are not quite as good as you wish, then I want to share two ways to help you increase your photography skills while having a little fun at the same time.
Join the “Isolating at home cellphone photo challenge” on Facebook
One of the best ways you can increase your photography skills is to practice daily. Most of us, however, are staying safe at home so getting out with our camera is a challenge.
If you would like to work on your skills in a supportive and fun group, then I would love you to join my new Facebook group called “Isolating at home cellphone photography challenge.”
When Boston went under stay at home orders I started this Facebook group somewhat as a lark. I thought maybe a few friends would want to join in and work on their photo skills while keeping their creativity alive. Well, fast forward five weeks and the group has exploded in popularity. There are now over 500 members from all over the world! Seeing how involved everyone has become, and looking through the daily images, is the bright spot of my day.
It’s a fun, nonprofessional group and anyone can join in. The way the photo challenge works is, three times a week, I post a different photography challenge that can be done inside the home. When the posting time frame is up, the “judges” get to work picking three winners. The judges rotate with every challenge in that the three winners of the previous challenge become judges for the new challenge.
Join ASPIRE and me for a free webinar called “Composition and Lighting for stellar cellphone images”
This webinar is for anyone who would like to improve their cell phone photography skills. Composition and lighting are the two most important elements of getting a good photo. During the webinar, I will be sharing my top tips for mastering the basics of both composition and lighting using the cellphone camera.
As an added bonus, anyone who attends the Webinar will get a complimentary one-year digital subscription to ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME Magazine.
The webinar is Thursday, April 30th at 1:00 PM. Click here to register.
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