Your Love for Lenses: Photography as a Hobby
Poets say that a photographer has a different set of eyes from everybody else. While everyone sees objects for what they are, a photographer sees objects for what they represent in a story. For instance, an ordinary picnic table can simply be an empty table for anyone not engaged in photography. A photographer, however, can see the picnic table as a representation of childhood left behind. If the picnic table is set on a solitary hill, the photographer can see it as misplaced furniture. If the picnic table is overturned, the photographer can see it as part of a tragic tale.
If you have this ability to see beyond the everyday and ordinary, then you may have a gift that many aspiring photographers have. You might want to enroll in a photography class and invest in photographers’ equipment. You will also want to practice your craft and even do your own prints. When you finally gain a foothold on your talent and finances, then you might also want to put up your own studio or company, and engage in photography for a living.
Before you buy your equipment, make your prints, and practice those shots, take note of these reminders. You need to prepare yourself physically and financially before you plunge into photography full time. You also need to know your strengths and weaknesses so that you have a good idea of what kind of photographs you can take.
– There is an ongoing debate in the world of photography: is digital photography really the way to go? Conventional photography, using film, silver solutions for developing pictures, and long, often bulky cameras and lenses, can sometimes capture images and image tones that digital photography will not. Digital photography, on the other hand, with its reliance on computers and advances in lighting technology, can sometimes capture details and colors that conventional photography will not.
Conventional and digital photography each have their own advantages and disadvantages. If you take a photography class, you will be introduced to both styles, and you will be taught to be comfortable in using either of them. Choose which kind of photography you want so you can set aside the appropriate finances to support your craft. If you choose both kinds, then you will need to save even more money to support your hobby.
– How serious are you in pursuing photography? If you want to take landscape shots, wedding shots, and night shots, then you will need to invest in the proper lenses and lighting. You will need to invest thousands of dollars in getting the best lighting equipment, as well as equipment to maintain or clean your lenses. If you are engaged in digital photography, then you also need a lot of memory sticks to store all the photographs that you will take. If you are engaged in conventional photography, then you will still need a lot of money to buy the rolls of film that you need.
– Photography, like all other arts, constantly evolves. You need to be updated with the latest equipment and styles. You will also need to practice your hobby constantly. Set aside a certain time of each day in trying to capture various images, such as scurrying cats or birds in flight, speeding cars or vagrants on a street corner – the possibilities are endless for a photographer in search of a subject.
You will also need to attend workshops regularly in order to be updated with the trends in photography. Workshops can also put you in touch with experts in the craft, and can allow you to meet more friends with whom you can share your interest in your hobby. As you build your network, you will not only have more prospective clients, but better photographer’s eyes as well.