Photography: Why It Is Oh So Awesome

I may be pointing out the obvious, but to me photography is a completely unique kind of activity. I think taking photographs, even for fun when you have no particular aspirations, is hugely rewarding process. Here’s a few reasons why I think photography is awesome:

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have jobs where we can be creative, have ideas and share them. I certainly don’t. Desk jobs aren’t known for engaging the creative part of your mind. By spending some of your free time behind a camera, you actively use and develop a part of your brain that gets neglected at work. Every photo you take is going to teach you something, whether it be something technical about composition, or something as simple as learning how to get people to smile and pose for you.

Whether you shoot Landscapes or portraiture, photography has a great ability get you out of your comfort zone. It’s so easy to crash in front of the TV or computer after a long week at work. But when you have that shiny, expensive camera sat there, begging to be used, it has great effect on your motivation to get off your bum and go outside and take photos. That camera can get you to visit places you’d never usually visit, or to meet people you usually wouldn’t meet. It’s going to give you great stories to tell, fresh air in your lungs and some awesome photos for your wall at home too. It’s a great way of getting to see the world.

And of course, unlike other hobbies, such as video games or err…fishing(?), if you are good enough at taking photos, really passionate, and not afraid of putting the hard work in, you could even begin to make money from your hobby.  Imagine that. I can think of no better motivation to take photos!

Lastly, it’s just a bit of fun. You have to take it for what it is, have a laugh and enjoy it. The great thing about taking photos is that there is no right or wrong way to do it! Just like art, a photo is interpreted differently by every viewer, just because someone else doesn’t like it doesn’t mean its bad photo. If you enjoy what you see, and you like it than that’s all that matters.  The best thing is that you have created it from scratch using your own eyes, your own brain and your own ideas. That’s something to be incredibly proud of.

These are just a few of things that make photography such an awesome thing to do.

So what are you waiting for, go grab that camera and go out and shoot!

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