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Are you in a bit of a rut, and looking for a new and exciting hobby? Every year, people pick up a camera for the first time and start learning photography from scratch. It can be an addictive and rewarding hobby, and for many people, it becomes a significant part of their life. You might even end up seeing the camera as an extension of your arm! If you’ve been thinking about photography for a while, this post should push you to put your worries aside and reach for that camera. Here are the reasons why you should pick up your camera.
It’s easy to get started
Photography is one of those hobbies with a low barrier to entry. It used to be that you needed all kinds of equipment to get started, but today almost everyone has a smartphone with a camera. In fact, some of the cameras on modern phones rival digital cameras you could find in the shops. Starting out using your phone for photography is a wonderful idea since you can see if you enjoy it before committing to more expensive equipment.
What’s more, your phone is highly portable. Since you’re likely to have your phone on you most of the time, it’s ideal to get started. You’ll probably catch the photography bug and being seeing opportunities everywhere, so having a camera in your pocket will be perfect. After all, practice makes perfect! You can even begin experimenting with different editing techniques in this way, too.
It doesn’t need to be expensive to get started, either. With some new skills, you have to spend a lot of money on equipment and courses. With photography, there’s no right or wrong. You get to decide how much you want to invest and went. You can find plenty of free online tutorials and Youtube videos that will talk you through the basics of taking a great shot, whether on a phone camera or a DSLR. Sites like Skillshare are also really handy since you can learn tips and tricks from seasoned photographers.
If you decide to graduate from your camera phone to a ‘real’ camera, don’t rush into making a pricey purchase. It pays to do your research and find the right type of camera for the kind of photography you’re most interested in. Getting the right tools for the job will make your hobby easier and more enjoyable. There’s no rush to make a purchase, so consider holding off until the sales. Another great idea is to trawl eBay or other second-hand shops to see if you can scoop a bargain.
It’s a great solo activity
So much of photography is about careful observation and waiting to catch the perfect moment. It’s also about refining your skills, reading up about the technicalities, and practicing everywhere and anywhere. For this reason, it’s the ideal hobby for introverts, shy people, or people who just love the peace of working on a solo project. It’s a great way to get out of the house, whether among nature or in the hustle and bustle of the city. And while you’re there, with just you and your camera, you’ll likely see the world in a whole different light.
You can make friends
But that’s not to say it can’t be a social activity, too. Look online and you’re bound to find a local meet-up group or class that you can get involved in. If there isn’t one, perhaps consider setting one up, so you can get together with other newbies and share your learning. Sometimes tutors or experienced photographers will take aspiring photographers on guided walks where they can apply their new skills. You could also meet new people by regularly visiting art shows and galleries. Getting into portraiture is a great way to meet new people, and can even improve your confidence in approaching people.
You’ll see your progress over time
Like many other forms of art, you’ll get to see a thrilling progression over time. The great thing with photography is that so much of it is digital now. Whether you store your pictures on the cloud or on your own blog or website, you have a record of your progress. After a lot of practice and experience, it can be fun to look back and reflect on how far you’ve come. You’ll look back on that first shot you took, the one you were so proud of, and you’ll probably laugh. But seeing how your skills, technical understanding, and artistic flair have grown over time, you’ll most likely be immensely gratified.
You get to enjoy the outcome
Everyone needs a motivation to continue with a hobby they’ve just picked up. It can be time consuming and hard work, and sometimes you want to throw in the towel. But with photography, you get such exciting rewards from all that time spent waiting for the right shot. When you’ve got your first shot you’re proud of, you should celebrate by getting it printed out.
Whether you file it away or frame it is entirely up to you. But there’s something about seeing your work in the flesh that confirms to you that you are, in fact, a photographer now. If you do decide to frame it, you’ll want to consider where to hang it up. When you come to hang your masterpiece, take time to choose the right size, colour, and thickness of frame to complement your shot. Don’t forget the picture mounts, as these can really make your artwork pop. Other ideas are to get Christmas or birthday cards printed with your designs. It feels great to be able to share your new-found passion with loved ones!
Learning a new skill is good for the soul
Ultimately, learning and mastering a brand new skill set just feels fantastic! You might enjoy a new spark in life and a fresh feeling of confidence. You’ll probably start seeing art everywhere, too, even in the most mundane places. Enjoy this new experience, and get snapping!