Goals Update: Better Photo Content

October 9, 2019

This post was created in collaboration with Chase Freedom Unlimited. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

One of my goals for this year was to get back to photographing what I love, and to share it… rather than only sharing outfits and photographs I think people would like to see, I wanted to travel more and post more travel photography content. Because I have made a gear transition and switched to the Nikon Z7 from using Canon for 10+ years I definitely took advantage of using my Chase Freedom Unlimited card when upgrading. Photo gear is expensive, (photography life) so getting 1.5% cash back is quite helpful! I bought the 35mm 1.8 lens and the 24mm tilt shift lens for my architecture and interior work. Combined with the 24-70 I bought with the camera body, it’s a pretty well-rounded kit.

People often ask me “what camera do you use” or “what app do you use to edit your photos.” I always tell them what I used for that particular photo but finish by saying “but I have been a photographer for over 15 years, and a professional for nearly 10. And I have my MFA in photography.” There is no easy trick to creating better photos; what you need is patience, drive, and creativity. Also: not everyone can be a good photographer… and that’s ok! I am still learning and improving too!

I have used Adobe Lightroom to edit photos on my computer for as long as it has been available. I always used something else to edit the photos on my phone. Up until a month or so ago I was using VSCO, but the iPhone photos never looked as good as I wanted them to look. However, I recently discovered (admittedly embarrassingly late) that you can sync your presets on the desktop with Lightroom mobile! Ever since I figured that out my iPhone photos, and subsequently my Instagram feed, have looked SO MUCH BETTER! And because I am using my iPhone a lot more while I travel, it’s super helpful to have a more consistent look across my cameras.

You can use Lightroom Mobile for free, but if you want to sync, and have a few advanced features, you need to pay the $10/month subscription. For me this isn’t even a question; I pulled out my cash back credit card and signed up, and I haven’t looked back! I am constantly amazed at how much better everything looks from the tiny sensor on that iPhone. I also just used my Chase Freedom Unlimited card to pre-order the new iPhone! I can’t wait to have that third WIDER lens, which is something I always want with my street photography!! It makes sense for me to just keep upgrading, using my Chase Freedom Unlimited card, and earning 1.5% cash back while I am out photographing, no matter which device I’m using.

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