Why Do You Photograph?
Written 7 years ago by Lee Milthorpe
Our young blog turns just 3 months old this coming weekend and we already have a growing number of loyal readers, but we know very little about each other so today I want to throw a question out there to help us get to know you better.
If you are a regular visitor, you obviously have some interest in photography and more than likely come here with the hope of improving your own photography, whether it be through the tutorials or by seeking inspiration from the showcase galleries. What I would like to know is why do you photograph? Maybe you just enjoy capturing something you would usually only see for a moment, or do you hope to turn your hobby into a business and create a living for yourself?
Please post your answer using the comment form below. Even if this is your first visit or you have never commented before, we want to hear from you. I will get the ball rolling:
Firstly, I am no professional when it comes to photography and up until just over a year ago, I had never used anything other than your standard point and shoot camera. I now shoot with a Canon EOS 350D. Why? I always looked at other people’s stunning photographs and thought to myself, I’d like to be able to do that! I was bored with my own bland looking images that had no character whatsoever and was inspired by clear portraits with blurred backgrounds and landscape shots with that fantasy feel about them. I knew photography was never going to be a career for me and will always be nothing more than a hobby, so the entry level camera is the perfect choice. So now that I know the basics and have moved on from being your everyday guy with a point and shoot, why do I photograph? I love seeing moments being captured in a way that you don’t really see with your own eyes, and the fact that I can take a photograph of the English countryside, then come back to it later and actually make it look sunny in Photoshop! That is why I photograph.
Now that you know me a little better, it’s your turn. Mark will also post his answer in the comments below so look out for that. Thank you for taking the time to read and I hope to read your replies soon.
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