Photography is one of the most wonderful hobbies in the world. It’s an activity that can make precious memories for you, it’s one that can take you around the world and it’s something relaxing that you can do without stressing your body and mind too much. Like any art, photography can be expressive as well. The types of pictures you take can really define you, and there’s always a chance of turning it into a lucrative career if you’re dedicated to your craft.
Sadly, photography can take a lot of your time due to the travelling it involves to get some of the most breathtaking shots, and it can also be expensive due to the equipment you need and how much you’ll end up paying in travel fees. But whether you’ve put down your camera in favour of other hobbies or because you can no longer afford it, here are a couple of ways to give yourself the motivation to pick up photography again.
Give yourself a reason to travel again
Photography and travelling go hand-in-hand. Photographers are always looking for new places to snap up some beautiful landscape pictures, or backdrops where they can photograph friends and loved ones to create priceless memories that you can keep forever. Take inspiration from photographers such as Peter Lik, one of the most prominent landscape photographers who makes a serious living from his beautiful pictures. Those types of photographs can only be achieved by being in the right place at the right time, which is why travelling is such a wonderful companion to photography. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get out more and travel, then use photography as an excuse—get out there, explore and find something amazing to snap a picture of.
See beauty in everything
Photographers have a keen eye for beauty. When you’re a photographer, you appreciate the finer details in life and your surroundings which can seriously boost your mood and give you a positive outlook on life. Those flowers and trees you walk past on your way to work are no longer ignored when you’re a photographer. You’ll see beautiful plants and you may even stop by to take a couple of amazing pictures. It’s this ability to see smaller details and appreciate things in life that will ultimately improve your mood, boost your mental health and even slow down life so you can enjoy it to its fullest.
Give yourself new job prospects
Becoming a photographer is something that can be done in your spare time. After all, you aren’t expected to set up an expensive photo shooting room and you probably won’t need an expensive DSLR to start up your photography career again. As a result, it’s something that you can do without having to heavily invest, meaning that it opens up alternate job opportunities even while you’re still working a full-time job. Here are a couple of ideas on how you can earn an income with simple photography:
- Selling stock photographs – there are many places to give away stock photographs as royalty free, but if you have a particularly good collection of images then you may want to actually sell them on the internet. Stock photographs are used for everything from articles to blogs and even publications, which is why they’re always in demand.
- Writing and selling a book – as a photographer, you’ll likely do a lot of travelling. Because of this, you can write comprehensive books about various countries or destinations and include your beautiful photographs in the book.
- Selling prints – if you prefer to keep the ownership of your photographs, then why not sell prints? You can sell the pictures in frames, you can sell them attached to bags or shirts and you could even sell merchandise with your pictures as the theme.
Motivating yourself to try again
It can be difficult trying to motivate yourself to take up a hobby after dropping it due to time or money constraints, but photography can be an incredibly fun hobby to take up if you’re after something that gives you an excuse to travel and can make you see the world from a different perspective. It can start from something as simple as taking a picture of your children and capturing their younger memories, or it could begin when you go on holiday and soak in all of the beautiful sights and scenery that the world has to offer.