12 Essentials to Take Your Photo Skills to the Next Level
Photography is everywhere, from cool blogs to creative baby photos to magazines and so much in between. It only makes sense that you’re looking to take some of your own killer shots. If mastering your camera is on your list of things to learn, we’ve got all the photo essentials you need right here. Bonus: They make excellent photography gifts for yourself or someone you love!
1. Jenna Kutcher’s Intro to DSLR Photography Online Class ($39): If you’ve ever picked up a digital camera and been a little bit overwhelmed by all the knobs and buttons, this class is for you. It’ll de-mysitfy the DSLR camera and have you taking pretty pictures in no time.
2. Irene Kim Shepherd’s How to Crush It on Instagram Online Class ($29): One of the reasons to take good photos is to throw ’em on Insta’ and share them with the people we love, near and far. Whatever your reason is, this class will help you get the traction you’re looking for.
3. Sunnylife Bronte Underwater Camera ($20): Under the sea shots are just as worthy as above agua photos. Add this versatile baby to your arsenal, and you’ll never be limited by a little bit of moisture again.
4. Impossible Polaroid 600 Camera + Film Set ($122): If you want to get started with photography, Polaroids are one of the most stress-free and fun-filled ways to do it. So much of it is out of your control — you gotta just point, shoot and see what happens.
5. Modern Scrapbooking Online Class and Kit ($49): Once you’ve got those epic shots, learn how to incorporate them into the memories you’ll keep for the rest of your life with this class and kit. It’ll get you on the ground and running in just a little bit more than the time it takes you to snap a photo.
6. Photojojo Phoneography Starter Kit ($30): If you don’t want to invest in a camera, but want to have a little more than your phone’s factory lens at your disposal, grab this phoneography starter kit. It’ll give your images an extra kick, and it’s all super fun to use too.
7. Sakura Considine’s Adobe Lightroom Online Class ($39): Once you’ve got good shots, the next step is figuring out how to edit them. This class will teach you how to edit to perfection in Adobe Lightroom.
8. Casetify Bluetooth Selfie Stick ($35): Selfies are all the rage, and they don’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon. If you really want good shots of you and your crew, investing in a selfie stick is the way to go.
9. Photojojo Polarizer Lens ($20): This little gadget blocks light rays at specific angles to give you the most crisp and clean images you’ve ever taken with your phone… ever. One huge bonus is that it’s tiny and mega portable, so you don’t have to worry about hauling some big piece of equipment around to get good shots.
10. Impossible Instant Lab Photo Printer and Film Set ($193): Never be chained to one place when it comes to printing photos again with this wonderfully portable printer and film set. Transform your phone photos to IRL images in a flash!
11. Photojojo Magnetic Photo Rope ($12): Once you’ve shot, edited and printed your glorious images, the next task is finding a lovely way to show them all off. This photo rope utilizes magnets, so your images are never damaged.
12. Intro to Travel Photography Online Class ($33): Hold on to those fab vacation memories with the help of this class. You’ll be racking up the likes on Insta in no time.
What are your photo taking must haves? Tell us about ’em on Twitter @BritandCo!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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