Monday, April 16, 2012

12 Most Guaranteed Outcomes of Photography as a Hobby

Photography seems to be the favorite hobby of every third person I know. And the rest are on their way to reading about photography or learning photography or buying cameras and photography equipment or experimenting with existing cameras, gadgets and tools. I was wondering why photography is gaining so much popularity.

I ask some,
I Google a bit,
I observe a little,
I mull, ponder and reflect a lot…

In this blog, I have listed the 12 Most guaranteed outcomes of photography as a hobby.

1. Enables you to capture moments of life

One of the most obvious outcomes of photography is that it enables you to capture life moments and experiences. Given the convergence and integration of cameras with the mobile phone, it is becoming convenient, easy and affordable for everyone to take photographs. And then of course, a picture is worth a thousand words. So much said in one good photograph!

2. It’s a great reason (& excuse) to explore the world with a new lens

Photography gives you the reason (& excuse) to travel anywhere from the local vegetable market to the weekly flower market to the Himalayas to the far east to the cold south to any other coordinate in the world – just to capture that one perfect view, sunrise, sunset, picture, event, person, or moment.

3. You can re-connect with your creative side

Photography brings you closer to reality, to nature, to life. And this empowers you to re-connect with your creative side.

4. You can make some extra money

If you are really good, you can make some additional money – By participating in contests, by doing photo-shoots, etc. And who does not mind some extra money for doing things they love?

5. Makes you happy

Photography can make you personally happy and contented. Not to mention the additional delight when someone compliments you for your photos!

6. Keeps your social media profile active

If you have nothing really to say in your Twitter / Facebook / Blog, just upload a picture. So much is said with one photograph!! As a result, you can generate some activity from those following you!

7. An opportunity to off-load some of your bank balance

Good cameras, photography equipment and accessories are expensive and can definitely help you in reducing the load from your bank account. But it’s definitely worthwhile if you are really passionate about photography.

8. You get ME time

The art of photography is personal, private and exclusive – And hence you naturally get time for yourself to observe, think, learn, experiment and improvise.

9. Relationships improve!!!

Many of the boys / men who have been / are pursuing photography as a hobby say that it has actually improved their personal relationships as photography makes the girls / women in their lives happy :) . Apparently, the girls / women don’t really complain about this hobby / passion / obsession as long as an occasional picture of theirs is taken… Bah!!!

10. You learn a new hobby and also learn about yourself

Along the way photography can definitely be added to your list of hobbies. And the skills you acquire in your journey as a photographer can be applied to one or many other things in life. As you discover the process of photography and begin to enjoy it, you also begin to learn and discover new facets of your personality and of yourself.

11. Open new avenues

Photography opens new avenues in your life – I know of people who made new friends due to a common love for photography, who became part of a community, who go on photo shoot-walks, who started a blog to showcase their photographs, etc. So there can be a host of other avenues that can open up with photography – you just need to have an open mind and be open to learning.

12. Gives you an opportunity to re-live some special memories

I don’t know of anyone anywhere in the world who has not at some point in time looked fondly at old photographs to cherish and re-live special moments and memories – it could be with your family, your friends, your love, your school, your wild times, your youth, your adventures, your tears, your joys, your experiences, your milestones in life, your achievements, your key life events…And the reason you had this opportunity is because someone actually took the effort and trouble to capture it from behind the lens.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your camera and click a photograph

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