As one of the reasons for starting this blog was to work on my writing skills and to have a hobby that doesn’t rely on my body being able to move, I figured I’d fill you all in on the hobbies I’ve invested time (and money) in to date. This doesn’t take into account everything I participated in when in school with my mum acting as my personal chauffeur bringing me to piano, clarinet, basketball, badminton, dancing….I can’t even remember the rest of the list.
After thinking about all of these hobbies I realised this might end up being a series of posts detailing all the good and bad things of the hobbies and what their future and mine look like. I’ll cover Flower Arranging, Knitting, Triathlon, Book Club, Blogging and this week it’s Photography.It seems unavoidable in my family to not have an interest in photography, mum, dad and my sister were all involved in camera clubs at one time or another. It did mean the post-holiday photo review got a bit competitive and a few heated debates on whose photo would be hung on the wall 🙂
I took some beginners and improvers evening courses, as well as a darkroom development short course in the Gallery of Photography. I joined a camera club for a year or so, which was good to push me but you do have to be careful about what you submit for competitions and judgment. Never submit something you love and are proud of, keeping that feeling for the photo far outweighs what some judge or panel think of it, especially when this is just a hobby.
- The company – Having my camera with me everywhere I went gave me an interest in where I was and helped fill my spare time when away from home.
- The observation skills – You start to notice the smaller details as you explore new places. Looking up at buildings in bus cities, examining flower boxes in window still all become the norm.
- The photos – Well, not much point in taking them if you’re not going to enjoy looking at them. I love having family photos around the house and prints reminding us of all we’ve seen and experienced on our travels.
- The photos – Following on from the last positive, you run out of wall space in your house way too fast. Reason #1 for an extension 🙂
- The cost of the equipment – The endless desire for more and better equipment. Although this does make for great Christmas present ideas for people to give you.
- The space – For all that equipment you need somewhere to store it all. Reason #2 for extension.
- The patience – It takes a lot of time and practice if you want to always improve, especially if landscapes are your thing, early mornings and plenty of climbing are required.
I’m so glad that when I had the time to take some evening classes in photography that I did actually do it. Granted, I dreamed of being a wedding photographer but didn’t have the drive to commit to it. For now, I use my camera phone for nearly everything, including using apps on my phone for basic editing. The DSLR is buried in a wardrobe somewhere. But I know when time allows I’ll fall back in love with the challenge to improve my photography and capture amazing moments.