In today’s age of smart phones that make your office fit in your pocket, it has become more crucial than ever before to learn to take a break from your work and de-stress. Fortunately, the same technology is also bringing to your pockets, a hobby that was once considered prohibitively expensive; Photography. Smart phones today come equipped with cameras that are capable of shooting high definition photos and videos, making it easier for anyone with a good phone to give Photography a good thought. Almost everyone will agree that you definitely need to have an eye for it and the desire to explore your talent further but if you think you have that, adopting photography as a hobby may require only a few simple steps.
1. Pick Your Partner: If you really wish to give it a shot, get yourself acquainted with the various devices available to you. Check your budget range and pick a camera or a smart phone that you think suits you the best. Put in a few hours of research and find yourself a device that is not only good to begin with but also decent enough to take you a little beyond just the ‘beginner’ level.
2. Develop An ‘Eye’: The mark of a good photographer is often the uniqueness of their perspective. Try to gain that unique perspective on your surroundings and capture it on film. Take pictures of the ordinary, the mundane and see how you can bring a new dimension to them.
3. Take Pictures Even If You Don’t Want To: Be consistent. It is easy to indulge yourself with a new camera and play with photography for a little while before getting distracted. Remain focused. Try to take pictures even when you aren’t in the mood. Any hobby, any talent needs to be hewn into perfection with constant practice and patience.
4. Experiment: Try everything that you can do with your camera. Use the different settings for the same picture and observe the differences. Learn to use software applications to enhance your pictures after you have taken them to bring out certain elements. The more you experiment, the more you learn.
5. Share And Take Advice: Make it a habit to share your work with better photographers and ask them what they think, work on the feedback they give you to improve your skill learn more by observing their work.
A good camera and a little practice could make photography the hobby that you’ve always wanted to have. Not only does it provide creative release, it is also an evolved form of expression that could bring out a side of you even you didn’t know you had. Take it one day at a time and see if your lens indeed becomes a new friend to you.