I stated this new series last week when I introduced you to my participation in the weekly Instagram challenges set by Creatively Squared. For those that missed it, I’ll just recap what the whole thing is about. Creatively Squared is a website that brings together content creators and brands. The platform has a database of different creators and will match each brand with the most suitable people for their purposes. It’s a fantastic site but I’ve not had the nerve to sign up as a creator. For one thing, I’m still very new at this whole photography thing and, for another, I’d be worried about having adequate time to create. But, for professional creators, it’s a brilliant thing to be involved with. If you’re more of an amateur like me, then you can join their weekly hashtag challenges and become part of the community. Each week a new theme is announced and you have from Monday to Sunday to post your entry. The best are shared through the platform’s Instagram page and, at the end of the week, an ultimate winner is announced. With prizes sometimes up for grabs and the chance to be noticed by other creators, it’s a wonderful thing to be part of.
As the title suggests, this week’s hashtag was #cs_better together. It’s really as simple as it sounds. Just a bunch of things that go really well together. You know, like salt and pepper, rosemary and thyme, milk and cookies. There were probably some other non-food related options in there but, as I’m never one to miss the chance to include food in my photos, I went down the eating route. It’s just so I can eat everything when I’m done. It’s my secret, Captain. I’m always hungry.
I was really happy with some of these. Especially as I took a few of them before and after work this week. It’s been horrendous weather this week so the lighting has been dreadful. It took a lot of editing to get them looking right. I think my favourite has to be the tomato, mozzarella, basil, and balsamic. I may have ruined my backdrop with the blobs of vinegar but I think they look really effective on the white. I know it’s not for everyone but the crisp white background is a thing of joy for me. Using that negative space to highlight your subject is always going to be something I’m into. I’m not one of these people who likes a more chaotic look. I don’t want to distract too much from the point. Otherwise, it screams of desperation or not having faith in your subject in my opinion. But I know it’s something that works well on Instagram because the minimalist look can look quite sterile. I’m constantly trying to figure out a way that works for both me and my followers. It’s a painful process!
Are you a keen photographer? What are your approaches to photography? I feel a bit weird when people claim I’m a photographer because it feels fraudulent. I take photos but it’s not the same. As we know through social media, anyone can take a photo but not everyone has the talent of a professional. I happen to know some amazing photographers and it always puts things into perspective for me! It’s always good to have some self-awareness I think.