A bit about me and my website
A little bit about me:
Hey there, I’m Ben Campbell, the guy behind Find Away Photography. I created this site because I wanted to make the resource that I wish I had when I was first starting out in photography. Beyond that, it’s my place to share the things that I learn about photography, business, travel, and everything in between.
Besides these things, I love anything to do with adventure, and I spend as much time as I can hiking, biking, caving, kayaking or skiing. I grew up in a small town in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, and it was time spent climbing mountains and exploring that inspired me to get into photography in the first place. Check out more of my story here.
One of the best things about photography is that it can easily complement everything else that you enjoy doing. In a way it’s like ketchup, it just makes everything else better. I guess in my case, mountain biking, caving, hiking and travelling would be like the hamburgers, hotdogs, french fries, and whatever else you can put ketchup on. And really, is there anything that isn’t better with ketchup? I’m not sure if we’re even talking about food or photography anymore, but either way, the answer is no.
Goals for the site:
My goals for the site are pretty simple and there are only two, but I am a big fan of lists so I thought I would use one here for demonstration.
Goal #1: Simplify the process of learning photography for anyone just starting out or trying to learn a new skill in photography.
Goal #2: Share everything that I know and learn about creating a photography website and online business with honesty and transparency.
Both of these goals focus on the creative process of making something that is your own and that you believe in, whether it’s creating a photo or a business. Therefore, even, though the craft of photography is very different from the business of photography, I like to talk about both because they both focus on the process of creating something new and exciting out of nothing.
Goal #1: Simplify Learning Photography
I try to keep things light and simple, because let’s face it, everyone’s time is limited and every minute you spend on Google looking for answers could be better spent putting your ideas into action, taking pictures, or doing something else that you love to do.
Photography is a ton of fun and a good way to capture the world around us, so I think that it’s something that should be simple and easy for anyone to learn if they want to. I try to do my small part by making everything that I talk about as simple and straight-forward as possible.
Learning photography can get complicated quickly, and with all of the different opinions floating around it’s often hard to know what’s correct. Trying to figure out things like metering, diffraction, lens speed and sensor crop can easily become overwhelming when you’re first starting out. But by filtering through the noise and learning one thing at a time, anyone can learn to take photos that they love, and have fun doing it.
Maybe you want to take better pictures of your family, or maybe you want photos of your travels and adventures so that you remember them like you were there. And maybe you just want to try taking your camera off of the Auto setting. Whatever motivates you, I don’t think that it should require paying for a bunch of expensive courses or reading a stack of books to accomplish.
Goal #2: Creating a Photography Website and Online Business
First things first, I am not an expert when it comes to building a website or an online business, or even photography. I’m just a guy who loves this stuff and am open to sharing everything that I know and learn over time. Most of the time, I’m fumbling around trying to figure these things out for myself.
But, this site is my place to learn out loud and share the things that I learn as I experiment and make mistakes. Hopefully by doing this, I can help and motivate you in your own journey. Just remember, that with whatever you are trying to do, you don’t need to be an expert to take that first step. Whether you’re interested in creating a blog to share your photos and stories with friends and family, or you want to make a website that eventually becomes an online business, the first thing that you have to do is take action.
There is an entire world online where people make a side income (and sometimes even their entire living) while doing something that they care about through a website based business. I never knew that this was possible, and maybe you’re the same way, but when I stumbled across this idea, it really resonated with me.
The typical career follows the deferred life plan, where you sell your time for a salary with the hopes that one day you will have the time and the money to do the things that you want to do. But with an online business, it’s possible to generate a passive income and work from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection, giving you a lot more control and freedom to do the things that you want to do.
Before I get too carried away, however, creating an online business does take work and it doesn’t happen instantly. There is also a lot of misinformation surrounding online business that can lead to unrealistic expectations and it is definitely not a get-rich-quick plan. But if you’re willing to invest some time and effort, a lot of great things can happen.
The advantage with online business compared to most entrepreneurial endeavours is that there is a very minimal cost to get a website started and that you can do everything yourself if you take the time to learn the essentials.
My goal is to share everything that I do behind the scenes of my site with complete honesty and transparency. Whether you are just discovering online business or you are on your way to creating something yourself, I hope that you can learn from my successes and mistakes in your own journey.
I would absolutely love to hear from you with any feedback or questions and you can get in touch with me at email@example.com or through the contact box below.