It all starts with a camera. Now a days, you can buy a camera for a decent price that takes well enough pictures to start your hobby. A digital camera gives you a few more perks; the ability to download right to your computer and print through Costco or Sam’s Club right from your home to pick up in an hour if you’d like. What a great way to spend an evening or weekend than out on the town, never feeling alone because you’ve got your handy camera and a mission to explore and an adventure to conquer.
The peace and quiet that goes along with this hobby is actually the plus side. Photography is something you can do alone or in the presence of company. The choice is all yours. Photography is something you can do anywhere, too; like walking downtown and shooting pictures of flower gardens or waterfalls. Or shooting pictures at a family wedding, but not of the wedding party. Perhaps the flower arrangements make for a perfect picture that can be appreciated for years to come as a gift to the bride. A keepsake picture to treasure and cherish is always most appreciated for its thoughtfulness. You can sure make an impression this way. Perhaps a picture of the church. The sky is the limit and you are in charge.
Pictures tell a story. Pictures talk. As you begin to photograph different things, you will notice that each picture you’ve taken actually has meaning. It may be that others will recognize the meaning of your pictures, too, and there is nothing more gratifying than that. The more you learn about photography, the more you will amaze yourself with the pictures you take. You may decide to take photos of nature, or culture, or sunsets, or mountains. The sky again is the limit. Exploring the opportunities is what makes photography fun. Gift giving will never again be hard because of the dreaded task of finding something to give to that difficult person in the family.
There is nothing more therapeutic than a hobby that you love. When you find yourself jumping out of bed in the morning to take a picture of the sunrise at the crack of dawn, then you know you’re hooked. When you can’t fall asleep because you are thinking of the great photos you took that day and can’t wait to see them developed, then you’re hooked. It’s a great feeling to feel self-accomplished. Photography can do this to you. It can cast a spell on you. The more you photograph, the more you learn because practice makes perfect.
Anyone can become a photographer. If you have a niece who is a loner, get her a camera and see her blossom. If you have a nephew who has ADD, get him a camera and ask that he surprise you with as many pictures of his favorite cars as he can take. If you have a child who is really shy, send him/her to the park with a camera to take pictures of butterflies or lizards and he/she will surely make friends. If you have a friend who just broke up with his/her boyfriend, get them a camera and tell him/her to hit the town and take pictures of beautiful flowers and surroundings. He just might strike up conversation with a new friend. If you know of someone who could use a hobby, but just isn’t quite sure of what, then get a camera ready for action. It’s sure to do the trick! It can be the start of something really special.