Side of Photography!
Last Updated 13th July 2015
Photography is a wonderful hobby, it takes you out and about, meeting
people, capturing images of sometimes incredible scenes and that
interaction with people and nature can bring immense joy to your life.
It can dramatically improve your lifestyle, especially if you are
single, perhaps shy or old and retired and without a doubt can remove
depression by taking you out of the house and into a regular routine,
even if it is just walking around the town, the zoo, sports grounds or shooting
Introduced to kids at a very young age, photography can be incorporated
into visits to nature reserves, the zoo, hill walking, snowboarding,
cycling, football, rugby,
hockey, ice skating, especially travel and other social events
accompanied by their
parents. This interaction is not only beneficial for family
bonding it also opens up a wider insight into the
the world around them. Perhaps it may even help prevent a later obsession
with mobile phones, android devices and games on home computers along
with the obesity that is linked to those activities.
Today's cameras not
only shoot stills photography, some have
time lapse and stop motion
video. Youngsters can shoot still images and HD videos of flora, macro
insects, sport, wildlife and even create a video of a scene changing in
an entire day which lasts a few seconds on video - stars in the night or thunder clouds
passing swiftly overhead in a few seconds, even a flower growing in
seconds rather than days. Stop motion can produce animation video much
like Wallace & Gromit and parents can get in on the creative act as well.
A photograph on the wall can evoke a thousand words of conversation it
can take the visitors on a journey, it can stimulate the senses and
bring joy as past memories are unleashed even great moments with old
friends who have passed on. A picture on the wall encourages a social
experience, it is singular, a moment in time and part of your life.
Bitter sweet memories are also part of your life and should not be
hidden away in old photographs stacked in a cupboard.
The hobby of photography can assist you to turn your life around. The
government recently (October 2013) published a report raising
concern at the huge number of people in the UK, young and old who were
living their lives alone. Some people avoid any interaction with the
human race, perhaps they have suffered financial hardship, the loss of a
job, the death of their spouse, a messy divorce or just reaching old age
which has brought on depression. Their persona changes which in turn
creates an inability to become motivated which in turn deepens the
depression which may last for years. Photography is better than any
pills from the doctor, it can take you out of the rut, pull you away
from that television, give you a purpose to get out and about in the
open air, in the sun and the rain. It encourages a re-engagement with
the human race even if only from a distance and if conversations take
place it helps you to avoid a negative attitude to life and embrace the
Photography enhances those social moments, captures them and holds them
for later reflection, especially in old age but photography should not create friction between your friends, your spouse
and especially a beautiful girlfriend. There is nothing worse than a
photographer who allows the camera and his hobby to dominate his life
whereby his social encounters are compromised. In blunt terms, imagine
a golf widow whose husband was always out playing golf and then
he suddenly decided to take along his golf clubs when they went out
together and practiced his golf swing in the restaurant, during that
nice walk in the park and on holiday whilst walking down the street.
Even worse, imagine that he also left her alone in the lounge whilst in
the study he is endlessly browsing the internet, reading reviews on
golfing equipment, having countless 'cyberspace' conversations in golf
forums, Face book and Twitter with people he does not even know, keeping
a irrelevant blog up to date and
purchasing golfing gear that piles up in a cupboard - - - - so
moderation, especially in those moments of amour.
The social side of photography can prove very uplifting but there is a
side which everyone who takes up the
hobby should be aware of, especially parents with teenagers!
Photography encourages a life in the real world instead of one in
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