Has anyone ever told you that you need a hobby? Maybe you work so hard to the point that your peers worry about your health. Maybe you know every aspect of every button’s potential on the Universal Remote Control to your television entertainment system. Maybe you’re just bored as hell. Perhaps you do need a hobby.
What better time than January, National Hobby Month, to venture into something that will help you relax and stimulate your creative side. It’s the start of a brand new year. Resolutions are a big deal (for the first week or two anyway), and it may just be the launching pad you need to get your new recreational commitment off the ground. It’s a great opportunity to commit to improving your mental or physical health; often times both.
There are many hobbies to choose from, and photography is a very popular, and rewarding, hobby to get started. You can also get started easily, whether you can afford a fully loaded, brand new, top-of-the-line camera or not. If you are planning to dive into your new hobby by spending thousands of dollars in equipment, congratulations! Your dedication to your new commitment is admirable; however, it could become a bit overwhelming without proper guidance and direction. The nice thing about photography is that you don’t need the most expensive apparatus to capture nice photos. You can start off your effort by using second-hand equipment or affordable new options to learn the basic fundamentals of photography before you start shooting with what the professionals use. You can find great deals on camera equipment by browsing Craigslist or Ebay. If you’re not sure what a good deal is or not, do some quick research via Google. Check Amazon.com to see what items are retailing for on their website. If you have a photography savvy friend or sibling who can help, take advantage of the opportunity.
I would suggest starting with a digital camera (DSLR), unless you are planning to take a class that requires the use of a film camera (SLR). It all depends on the direction you want to go, but digital is most common these days. Regardless, either option will help you learn the basic fundamentals of photography.
If you’re not interested in all the technical details of photography to start, and you just want to start snapping pictures, you can always buy a point-n-shoot digital camera. There are a lot of inexpensive options out there. You can also choose to use the camera in your Smartphone to take great, respectable, high quality images. Furthermore, you can download specialized applications on your phone that you can use to enhance your photos once you have them in your phone.
Once you have everything you need to get started, you really just need to figure out what kind of subjects you want to photograph. I will touch more on that topic in the next article in this National Hobby Month series. Stay tuned!