Four ways to contribute and make a difference

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I often find myself at my local camera repair shop chopping it up with the owner about all things photography. During our last catch-up session, I informed him about Fuji ending its run of Fujifilm Pro 400h.

To which the owner shrugged and replied: “I give film photography 20 more years at most, that’s it.”

His words landed like a direct hit to my solar plexus, wind gone. He laid out the reasoning behind his conclusion, and although bleak, he made a lot of good points.

There aren’t many companies manufacturing film…


Here’s how growing up with a bully prepared me.

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After years of producing original online content, my time has come. I’ve gained my first internet troll. Also known as haters, bullies, envious spectators, these types of individuals have been around since the beginning of humanity.

During my formative years, social media and online bullying hadn’t reached the heights they’re at today. I was lucky and unlucky. If I signed off a platform or delete an account altogether, I could presumably rid myself of any online adversarial confrontation.

However, the bullies I encountered during my childhood were all live and in person. …


It’s never too late to find your people.

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Photo by Timon Studler on Unsplash

It can seem like a daunting effort to go out and make new friends. It’s not like it was during childhood. Back then, all you had to do was ask someone to be your friend, and it was a pretty good bet you’d be eating pudding together by recess.

Making friends as an adult lacks the simplicity and nuance childhood provided. Now, it feels like sitting down at a chessboard to make friends. My anxiety levels spike every time I know I’m going to be meeting new people, and it doesn’t matter the circumstances.

Will they like me? Will I…


Four reasons why creatives should disconnect to improve

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Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash

On January 1st of 2020, I chose to deactivate my Instagram account. I wanted to spend the year creating original work and studying acclaimed photographers’ past and present.

I’d long felt the imagery I saw on Instagram was not sparking inspiration or challenging me in a way that was conducive to my personal growth as a photographer.

My boredom was in no way the fault or responsibility of the members participating on the platform, but a problem with Instagram itself. …


Techniques for those of us who hate video calls the most.

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Photo by Magnet.me on Unsplash

It seems like 2020 made everyone and their mama Zoom aficionados. Cute videos popped up all around, showcasing the love fest taking place worldwide as family, friends, and co-workers embraced video calls as their primary way of communication.

As with most fads, the love bug didn’t bite me. If I’d seen it, I would’ve swatted it away for attempted assault.

I’ve never been a fan of video calls, and I sure as heck wasn’t going to jump on board because everyone else was doing it. …


The problem with double-tapping culture.

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Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

While most people leaned into social media platforms in 2020 to distract themselves from the pandemic’s chaos, I did the opposite. At the end of 2019, I decided to leave social media behind for a year-long detox.

I wanted to simulate a simpler time in my life and felt closing the door on social media would help.

My only caveat was YouTube. I still wanted to create and share videos, so I allowed myself this outlet.

My 2020 was relatively quiet. Of course, this was my intent striking out on such an endeavor, but I…


I allowed perfectionism to bully me.

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Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash

I started my Youtube channel back in 2017. To say it’s been like climbing a steep uphill trail would be accurate. I’m not an outlier who reached a million subscribers in a year. No, I’m an average creator growing at a regular steady pace.

Along the way, I’ve made many mistakes and paid the price for them as well. The great thing about my mishaps is they turned out to be invaluable lessons, which I can apply in other areas in my life today.

Most of my biggest blunders happened when I was starting on YouTube. …


The good, the bad, and the hilarity of it all.

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Meet Louie. Photo by Talya Adams

Over the winter holidays, I decided to spend some time with my parents. This time turned into well over a month, but we’re living through a pandemic and quality time like this was invaluable.

During my stay, I tagged along with my mom and sister to a holiday rescue drive for local animals hosted by the Humane Society. We arrived late because we went to the wrong address first.

When we made our appearance, there were only three dogs left. A packaged deal of two small ankle-biters and one lone…


Techniques for the most resilient sleepy heads

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Photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash

If you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled your whole life to rise and shine to greet the morning light. You’re a repeat offender on the snooze button, and you have a reputation of growling at those who dare to rouse you from your slumber early.

Dragging yourself from the warmth of your blankets can be hard work, but dealing with the shame of getting a late start and not reaching your daily goals is disappointing as well. …


And I can’t stop.

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If you live in a big city, you know there’s a certain amount of filth that comes with the lifestyle. Thousands of people commuting daily to and from work often leaves behind a trail of trash. You adapt to this fact. You get used to it.

During the pandemic, I decided to start documenting my neighborhood as the lockdown restrictions in Los Angeles have prevented many of my usual photographing activities.

In the beginning, I found myself taking photos of the furniture left abandoned on the sidewalks. The great LA flight was underway, and most streets…

Talya Adams

Writer. Youtuber. Photographer. Wanderer.

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