I am Jernej (pronounced ‘yer-nay’), a 34-year-old male from Slovenia. I have a BS in marine engineering and I work as an engineering technologist. I would love to say that I’m a photographer but I’m not. Yet. 😊
And now I am starting my blog. Do you want to know why? It all began in November 2018 when I came across this Instagram profile: @kaihornung
Up to then I had seen 9,347,930,483,795 beautiful photos on the Internet, but those … they took my breath away. How can I take such brilliant photos and make my Instagram profile look like Kai’s? Frankly, I have no idea. But with hard work and learning I am sure I can get there. Someday. 😊
I dusted off my Canon 1300d (which I’ve had for about 2 years but honestly used very little – details coming up later) and typed ‘Photography for beginners’ in the YouTube search box. A couple of days later I took this photo:
After that, things started to move at great speed.
I spent my afternoons (after work) throughout December 2018 by lakes and rivers, freezing my ass off and waiting for the sundown. At nights I worked on the shots I took and searched the World Wide Web far and wide, reading everything I could find on photography and watching every YouTube video available. I wanted my photos to be the best. Just like Kai’s.
Of course, they were not like his. But they were definitely better than the ones I had taken with my phone. My Instagram posts started getting more likes and I kept getting more followers. Wow! 😊
So I continued, taking photos and counting likes. And I also noticed more comments and messages. First, words of praise, followed by questions and requests for advice.
- What camera do you use?
- What settings did you use for this photo?
- Which photo editing software do you use?
- How do I start in photography?
- How long have you been doing photography?
- Which camera and lens should I buy?
I must say I get pretty excited every time I get such a message. It does feel special when someone appreciates your work.
Unfortunately, I cannot answer all the questions in few brief lines. I have a better idea, though. Wait for my next blog post and I’ll explain how I got from this:
in merely three months.
Enjoy reading and stay tuned 😉