Just over three years ago, I purchased my very first camera. The Sony A6000 has been my go-to camera ever since and I’ve soon fallen in love with photography, practicing my skills on a near-daily basis! Here are five amazing reasons why I’m glad I took up photography as a hobby (and why you may well love it too!)
You learn to see things from a different perspective
When you’re looking through the lens of a camera, you’re quite literally seeing the world through a new perspective. And when you take up photography as a hobby, you’re quite simply always looking for new angles and innovative ways to take your photos.
If you’re looking to capture the world from another perspective, then I recommend reading my articles on ‘how to create sunbursts with your camera‘ (add a star effect to your photos in manual mode) and ‘how to create a puddlegram‘ (use water to create perfect reflections with your images).
You learn to appreciate the light
After you’ve started using a camera (especially once you’ve started using the camera in Manual mode- something you should be attempting from day one!), you’ll start to appreciate light in another way. You see, the word ‘photography’ comes from the Greek words φωτός +γραφή and quite literally means ‘drawing with light‘.
Once you’ve started learning to edit your photos, you’ll soon discover that light changes the perspective of your shots, as well as their ambiance much more than you may have initially believed. When taking your photos, be sure to capture the images in RAW if your camera has that capability as it allows for much greater manipulation of the photos during editing at a later date.
You learn to become a morning person
If you’re anything like me, then the morning is not your friend! Instead, evenings are the best time to be productive, work, and simply get stuff done! However, the reality of the situation is that more often than not, the best light can be found at the golden hour- i.e. the time around dawn and dusk.
And while everyone is present for sunset, meaning that there are much larger crowds around, it takes much more commitment to rise early and capture the sunrise. When you take up photography as a hobby, you soon begin to appreciate the sunrise, the light, and the crowd-less opportunities it presents.
You make lots of new friends
When it comes to the photography community, friends could not be easier to find. Whether you want to find someone to go on sunrise shoots with, discuss editing techniques, or simply want to meet likeminded people, there are plenty of photo meetups all around the world.
Personally, I’ve met some of my best friends through Instameets @MichelleAHunziker and @theglitteringunknown to name just a couple! Still not sure whether you should start photography as a hobby or not? Here are 10 reasons to pick up a camera ASAP!
You learn a profitable skill
When I first started photography as a hobby, I had no idea that it would eventually lead to the creation of this blog- which has since become my full-time job! Around three years ago, I started an Instagram account. I was working in a retail store, volunteering in a museum (the Sir John Soane Museum in London), and studying for my degree in Classics with French.
However, I craved a creative outlet and soon started snapping photos here and there during small walks around London. I quickly started uploading them to my Instagram account, and shortly afterward, created this blog. Since then, I’ve now sold my photographs to various companies and organisations, and have even spoken about blogging on the radio with the BBC!
Thinking of taking up photography as a hobby? A quick guide to the camera gear I use:
As my passion for photography has grown, so too has the amount of gear I use. From using a drone to take aerial shots to the lens I use on a day-to-day basis, here’s a quick guide to the camera gear I use:
iPhone 6S: Although I use my camera for the majority of my shots, I’ve recently started a YouTube channel and currently film most of my footage using my phone with a selfie stick. If I’m in a place where larger cameras aren’t allowed, then my phone often provides ample shots so that I can cover the place in my blog!
Sony A6000: The Sony A6000 is the first camera I ever purchased and I still use it for the majority of photos to this day (most of the photos on this website were taken using this camera!). And while I’m now considering an upgrade, I’ve been using this camera for over three years and in the purchase price, the body comes with a standard kit lens, 15-50 mm power zoom lens.
16-70 mm F4 Vario-Tessar: While I spent the first two years with my camera solely using the kit lens, when I accidentally dropped the kit lens in Poland, it smashed completely! I’d been thinking of upgrading lenses for a while and soon settled on upgrading to the beautiful 16-70 mm lens.
DJI Spark: The most recent addition to my camera equipment is that of the DJI Spark. Small and easily portable, it produces beautiful aerial footage; both in the form of still shots as well as videos. I recommend purchasing the fly more combo as this allows for more fly time due to the extra battery, and the remote control allows for greater control of the aircraft itself!