If you have a natural talent for photography then you are very lucky. The ability to capture emotion on film (although it’s pretty much all digital nowadays) is a skill that many are envious of.
Ok, so these days it is much easier to take a good photo. With new technology at our fingertips we can shoot, edit and send all within a matter of seconds. Companies such as Instagram have enabled us to add more drama to an ordinary photo by giving us a set of pre designed filters. We can crop and highlight, add fade and warm the edges. It is even possible through apps such as Facetune to touch up our faces, smooth out the skin and slim down our waists. However, none of this beats what a creative eye can see.
If you talk to professional photographers, the old school ones who shot on film, had a dark room and spent hours perfecting their art, they will tell you that a great photo doesn’t need any editing at all. The skill back then was to capture the emotion in one second. From animals to humans, war or celebration. Some of the most famous photos the world shares are completely untouched by human edits. They were simple. Honest. Bold.
The ability to do this should never be underestimated and if you have it, you need to share it. One of the best places to do that is through your own home.
Our homes should tell the story of who we are. From the first steps into our hallway, right down to the bathroom. The wall should be a visual display of you. What is in your heart and how you see the world.
You will probably shoot on a digital camera, just about everyone does now, so you can easily have your best images made into large artworks. Using companies online you can get some pretty good deals, especially using a snapfish coupon code. Then you just need to work out how to present your images. You could go with a timeless black frame and a deep white border, or consider a large canvas print. Whatever you do, think of your home as an exhibition. What order will you share your journey. Where should you add really thought provoking pieces. Perhaps the hallway is better for lighthearted work then the living room becomes an area for people to really engage with your images.
If you don’t think you are quite ready to fill your home with your photography then you could consider a workshop or course to help improve your technique. There are so many things to learn and it could be a fun social event too. You may learn that you are using a camera that is too complicated for you, or learn how to make the most of natural light to help you create even better black and white images. Take your hobby to the next level and really educate yourself on all the finer details of the professional photographers.
Then show off a little. You never know, someone might even commission you to shoot something for their home!