Photography as a Lifestyle

Photography as a LifestylePhotography is my life. I have always loved to capture life’s precious moments as I would grip my camera and focus on the details that would leave me in total awe. In case you didn’t know, I have many hobbies. Actually, I like to call them passions since I think about them daily. I remember the adventures I had one summer with a friend of mine—Frank. Frank and I have been buds since junior high. When we entered adulthood, we continued to converse through the miracles of social networking. Frank and I decided to spend some time together enjoying many summer activities.

I wanted to remember these times since Frank and I rarely hung out. I had the idea of taking pictures of our real life events. These were photos I wanted to remember when I’d come across them again in the future. I had the idea of having a picnic and inviting our friends to the event. Frank looked forward to it. As a photography enthusiast, I knew exactly how to take quality pictures. Even when in doubt, I always bring my camera. When a photographer wants to take lifestyle photos, he or she must be prepared at all times. There are several toys that I like, including camera, tripod, and SD card readers. I make sure I have my bag to carry what I need; it is very convenient.

A tip I can give when it comes to taking pictures of everyday life is to be creative. Don’t worry if the action or object you want to take a picture of looks odd to some people. Uniqueness is a great quality to have and it stands out from ordinary photos. No matter how trivial we thought the action or object was at first glance, I would take the snapshot. I took pictures at the picnic we had with our friends. We were eating subs, fresh watermelon, and other goodies and I was telling jokes to the point that Frank had a “laugh attack.” This allowed me to capture moments that built into a true, interesting story to tell friends.

When taking a picture, it is important to utilize the features on a digital camera or camera phone. Zooming in can make a huge difference. When I took a picture of Frank, I made sure that I zoomed in enough to get his face in as he was laughing hysterically. Details matter, so don’t miss the chance to get them!

Last, but definitely not least, make sure you have the right lighting. Move in a different spot for better shooting, changing the camera’s angle, or using a reflector can help. It is up to the photographer to see whether or not the lighting provided is sufficient. The day of the picnic was very sunny, so I had natural light to work with.

After Frank, our friends, and myself finished the midday get-together, I showed Frank the pictures I shot. We had a great time telling stories, eating, and making each other laugh. It was one of many summer memories Frank and I shared and had the opportunity look back later. After the picnic, I went home and looked over all the photos I captured. Simply knowing I had the ability to capture life’s moments with my “photography toys” left me feeling a sense of satisfaction.