3 Reasons You Should Get into Amateur Photography



There are a whole range of different hobbies you could get into, depending on your particular inclinations and preferences. You could go for an old-fashioned classic and take up stamp collecting (hey, it may not scream “cool” but it’s still a fun and viable hobby, even in the 21st Century), or you could go ultra-modern and take up amateur web design.

Then again, why not take up amateur photography?

People today inarguably take more photos than ever before, but those photos are usually just casual snaps taken courtesy of a camera phone, which never escape from the internet and make their way into real-world photo albums or onto real life mantelpieces.

Nonetheless, taking up photography as a hobby has some great benefits. Here are some reasons why you should really look into amateur photography.

It can be a great way of exploring your artistic side

People often don’t really think of photography in the same way as they think of people standing in front of a canvas and painting, composing a piece of music, of writing a poem, but if you’ve ever been to see a really good photography display, competition, or expo, you’ll see that there’s a world of technique and artistic mastery that can go into every photograph.

If you take a course on photography, you’ll learn how to use lighting, timing, and all kinds of other essential features of the trade, to take photos that wouldn’t look at all out of place in an art gallery.

What’s more, with the right software, you can edit photos on a Mac, or PC, and create your own displays, collages, and special effects as a result.

It’s a brilliant way of preserving memories

A photo isn’t just a disconnected, pretty picture, it’s also a psychological anchor that can take you back to a particular place and time, immediately, and with a profound rush of emotion.

Taking selfies in a club bathroom may be the popular trend in photography these days, but having a proper camera with you, and taking attractive photos of some of those highlight events in your life, can be an excellent way of preserving memories — especially if you go through the additional work of making high-quality printouts of your photos and putting them into physical albums.

Years later, you may well page through one of these albums, and be amazed by all the forgotten memories that come flooding back.

It’s a fun hobby that you can get involved in

Photography doesn’t just have to be a lone activity — although it can, of course, be that as well. Photography can also be a deeply engaging hobby which serves as a way of meeting other people with the same interest, and becoming part of a wider community of amateur photographers.

You can even enter yourself in photography competitions of all different sorts, depending on your particular interests and specialities. It may be that you’ll be featured in a museum’s or society’s annual photo album or magazine, for that shot you took of a squirrel in your garden. You never know.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.