With just a cheap digital camera,photography can be an inexpensive and satisfying hobby. Previously, prior to the availability of electronic cameras, it was very much more time consuming, expensive, and tried the patience whilst you waited for your results from the processing lab. Now you can instantly see the image you have captured. You can take another if it is not exactly what you wanted or digitally alter it on your computer.
If you need a good reason to walk out in the fresh air,like many of us, photography gives you the perfect reason.Nature Photography can be very rewarding. The world becomes a different and exciting place, once you start looking at it through the viewfinder of your camera. Different lighting and aspects will make images take on different forms.
There are just two categories of photography that can then be split into many types – Amateur, ie those just for personal use, and professional, where you are earning some income from them. eg. wedding photography. Sometimes these will not be quite so easy to differentiate when the photograph you took intending it to be a memory, turns out to be special in one way or another .
Two main areas can be created for the personal use photographs, memories – photographs of your child’s first step, bike ride etc; photographs of places you go on holiday; Family parties, anniversaries etc and ‘art’ photographs – Images that impressed you, often of common articles taken in striking lighting or unusual settings. Light frequently plays an important part in these types of photographs.
You will never go anywhere without your camera once you get hooked on your photography. Once your camera becomes part of your regularly carried accessories, you will be able to capture anything you see that excites your imagination.
Whenever you take a photograph, be it of the first time you see your new born baby or of your grandparents sitting having tea at the kitchen table, it is important to really look at the image and compose it so that it conveys the image you want it to and so that it looks natural. The outsides of the picture are as important as the central image, it should be well balanced and most of all sharp and focussed (unless of course you are trying to convey movement which is a whole different ball game). whilst modern Digital cameras can greatly improve standard protographs, they can also create difficulties if you are trying to be creative. If you are trying to depict speed or movement, it is often harder to do this with modern digital cameras with anti-shake, and auto focus functions.
The more you take photographs, and analyse your results, the better you will get at capturing the images as you want, and therefore the more satisfying it will become. This is one of the areas in life there age really does not matter. You can take really good photographys when you are nine or ninety. All you have to do is look at the world around you – then capture it through the viewfinder.