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Photography: Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride

Everywhere you go, you add value to your own life and to others around you. How? You record special occasions. You immortalize interesting people. You freeze beautiful moments in time.

What’s your superpower?

You’re a photographer. It’s a way to learn and grow. It’s a way to connect with people and places. And it’s a way to make a difference wherever you go.

Photography is more than just a way to capture an image. Think of it as a way to use your technical expertise to extract meaning from wonderful moments hiding in plain sights. Should you take it up as a hobby or a side hustle? That’s a good question. But before you consider those options, you have to consider something else first: how to how to get good at it.

Here are three steps you can take to ace photography:

1. Get an education:

How do you gain technical proficiency as a photographer?

You can, of course, start by reading books and magazines on photography and by subscribing to blogs dedicated to it. Although you’ll glean many tips, your progress will be modest. You’ll get some traction, and you’ll be better than before. But to get momentum, you should enroll in photography classes.

You’ll learn all sorts of interesting things in a class. One is the rule of thirds. It’s a guideline for composing visual images. Essentially, you’ll get the horizon to sit on the horizontal line that divides the lower third of your photo from the remaining upper two-thirds of it. In this way, by dividing your image into a grid, you’ll create dynamic interest in your picture.

2. Buy the right equipment:

You have innumerable options when it comes to cameras. You can go with a small point-and-shoot or choose an impressive DSLR. It all depends on your preferences and budget.

For an all-purpose compact camera, consider the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70, and if you want an advanced compact camera, check out the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II or the Nikon D810.

What’s more, the equipment isn’t just about cameras, lenses, backpacks, and stands. You’ll also want to start editing your favorite images. Editing allows you to do all sorts of things; for instance, adjust the exposure or the color. Using cutting-edge software will make it easy to enhance your shots with adjustments that appear perfectly natural.

3. Get in plenty of practice:

Taking plenty of pictures in all sorts of different places and experimenting with different angles and camera settings isn’t enough. You have to learn to fine tune your observation skills, too. You can do this by analyzing inanimate objects on a plain surface, like a table, then set it on a window to expand your perspective.

You could also pause to evaluate your location before you shoot. And you can even go full-out Zen and take photographs in your mind.

Photography as a hobby

If you’re a fun, productive Mom, then this may be the perfect hobby for you. You can use this hobby to immortalize your family’s special moments, to document your children’s journey into adulthood, and to relieve the tedium of just managing and organizing things all day.

Photography will inspire your imagination, and it also works like a health tonic–as a wonderful, safe, effective, all-natural self-esteem boosting vitamin.

Photography as A Side Hustle

If you start to get serious about your photography, then you can use it as a side-hustle. There are many benefits to monetizing your hard-earned skills. The most obvious one is that you’ll earn an extra income.

Other benefits are that you’ll learn new things, meet interesting people, go to interesting places, and build a professional network. In the fullness of time, these wonderful experiences will lead to unexpected opportunities of all kinds.

In conclusion, it’s good to remember that behind every picture, there’s a story. It’s a story of love, adventure, and joy. Every time you see a picture you took, it will evoke a story, and it will dawn on you that you’re not just a photographer, but a storyteller, a chronicler of quintessential moments.

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 15,12, 6 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in Texas.

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