Not too long ago we talked about 5 Reasons Why Not to Become a Professional Photographer. This got me thinking, “what are the good reasons just to be a photographer?” I love photography. It’s changed my life for the better. A lot of people have cameras, but it’s not a passion for everyone. For those who do care, here are some reasons why you should be happy to be a photographer.
Being Part of a Community
When you become a part of the photography world, you join an eclectic array of characters. Some are kind people and some are brilliant. Others are just fun to be around. There are a few bad seeds as well, but all in all though it’s a great group to be part of. There are a great many events to attend like Photo Plus Expo or Photoshop World where you can meet the people you talk to on Facebook or Google+. Somewhere there is a photowalk happening or just a few togs hanging in a forest seeing what they can find. In photography, you never have to be alone.
Sharing Your Vision
A huge part of photography is about sharing your work. Whether you are selling your art or just putting the image on the web people will get to see it. You can seek critiques or even have gallery parties to show your work. Face it, if your images are stuck on your hard drive, what is the point? Sharing your images with the right photographers will help you improve, get business and help you challenge yourself to take better photos. It will also give you something to talk about.
There is Always Something to Learn and Try
There is always something to learn. You can never really get bored. There is always a new lens, a new technique, or a new hack to try. The world is ever-changing, as well as your subjects. All one has to do is stop take a moment, think things through and look at your surroundings. There is no reason to get bored in photography.
Something to Teach to Kids
One of the best things in photography is that it’s a skill that can be passed on. If you are the family type or want to give kids something to do, a camera is an excellent learning tool. Kids may not take it up as a career, but photography can be one of the things you can use to build their confidence to do well in other areas. As a photographer you don’t have to separate your passion from your family–they can be involved as well. Having something to share with your kids helps keep them out of trouble and you in their lives.
A Way to Help Others and Give Back
Sometimes people run into rough patches. Natural disasters ruin things, especially photos. You can help by assisting them create new memories or restore old ones. Photographers have many ways to give back to society in a positive manner if they are willing. With all the negative stuff going on in the world, it’s nice to do something good.
Helps You Take a Better Look at the World
Photographers have a great opportunity to take a fine look at the world around them. Whether they are looking at wild reminders of the ancient past, humbling moments in the present or hints of the future, photographer get to capture it all and share it. Regardless of what it’s for, photographers are in a unique position to show people what’s going on.
Gets You Out of the House
Photography makes you want to get up and get out the house. The world is an interesting place with many thought-provoking subjects. If you stay in the house, you miss things. Photography makes you want to go out and see the world . There is a lot to see, especially when looking through a camera lens. There is only so much a photographer can do at home.
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