6 Reasons to Take Up Photography

6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk

I absolutely love photography. It’s a skill I’ll always adore. There’s something about having a creative skill and learning something new that just makes me really happy. The list of things humans are capable of is endless, so here’s six reasons why you should add photography to that list.

6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk 6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk

You Become Part of a Community

Like blogging, photography is one of those areas of work that has its own little community. Photographers often group up and inspire one another. In the blogging world, it’s so easy to watch the journey of another creative and become inspired by it. Photography is exactly the same.

Social media enables us to share images and information quicker than ever before, and it’s the perfect platform for budding photographers. You can find some of my photos on Instagram too!

The best way to get inspired and learn from others is to find them. There are plenty of ways to do this. For example, Bidvine is a service that helps you find local professionals, and even hire them. You can discover creatives for any type of photographer and learn more about their work, hire them for some shoots or even learn a few tips from them. I quite like the idea of learning from someone who already knows what they’re doing, even working with them and joining the community.

6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk 6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk

Everyone Loves a Good Photo

One of my favourite things about being a photographer is that I have become that friend. You know the one who can take a couple of iPhone photos and know exactly what needs to be in the shot, how the lighting should be and what post looks being to ensure a quality photo.

My friends know me as the one with a camera, and I’m always stopping to take shots of everything and anything. There’s something quite fun about that.

I’ve never come across someone who doesn’t like snapshots. As soon as most people learn I like to take photos, they immediately show interest in seeing some of my work and favourite shots. I think because humans love the idea of being able to capture a moment in time so much, they love to see photos.

Whether it’s a landscape, fashion, fine art, candid, or even food – there’s always a type of photography that one person is into. It’s a conversation starter!

6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk 6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk

It Provides Opportunity to Travel

I was never interested in travelling before I picked up a camera and started playing around with it. Before getting into blogging and cameras, I was happy with the idea of settling down at 24 and living the simplest life possible. Now, I still want a simple life (I hate the idea of being loaded down with stuff), but I want to see and photograph as much of the world as possible.

Travel photography is easily the most popular type on Instagram, because it provides a window into a whole other world for dreamers like me. I know my opportunities will come at one time or another, but I love seeing other creatives fly around the world and use their skills too – I know it’s a possibility.  

I’m in the process of saving up all my pennies to start visiting new countries and practising my photography on a new landscape. Nature is my favourite thing to shoot, so it’s time to try somewhere new.

6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk 6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk

It’s a Creative Outlet

I think every person should have some sort of creative outlet. Whether it’s painting and drawing or sports and science. I think each individual should have a hobby they feel like they can escape to. That’s what photography and blogging does for me, it’s like a happy place.

I can disappear with my headphones and my camera for an hour and feel so much more refreshed. It’s something fun that I enjoy!

There’s so much more to photography and just the point-and-shoot method. There’s tricks to learn, edits to be made and presets to try. With most hobbies, the lessons to learn are endless and it’s good for the brain to constantly learn new skills.

6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.ukEvery Shoot is a Workout

If I’m shooting photos for myself, I don’t need makeup or nice clothes, like I do for the blog. Most of the time, I head out with my sister wearing workout gear because we’ll get a sweat on – especially in the summer.

I live in Yorkshire, which is full of rolling hills, a couple of rock formations and plenty of woodlands. My favourite thing about living in my little village is that there’s so much to explore. I’ve lived in this area for over ten years and I still haven’t seen it all.

No matter where we go, we end up walking (maybe climbing) at least a couple of miles, and it’s a great way to improve my fitness level. For photographers who climb mountains and venture through jungles, I can’t imagine the amount of stamina they must have!

6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk 6 Reasons to Take up Photography | Anika May | Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography Blogger | anikamay.co.uk

You Can Teach Yourself

With the existence of YouTube and wikiHow, it’s pretty learn a new skill. Every camera comes with a manual, but you don’t need the most expensive DSLR on the market to become a photographer. There are many who begin with an phone and grow from there.

Since I have started digging a little deeper into photography, I have realised there’s a lot to learn and I really need to get studying. At the moment, I’m learning more about exposure and how that affects my photos.

Like a lot of hobbies, a great way to learn is to try; then you’ll know if you really like it. Over time, you begin to develop a personal style and find out what kind of photography you’re into. Each person is different, but it’s no secret that most photographers are self-taught.

Have you ever tried any photography? If you have any tips, lemme know!

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