Your camera is a great tool for work and play so make sure to use and enjoy yours every chance you get.
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Start looking at your camera as a way to have fun! I first fell for cameras and photography during my early years in college. One of the jobs that I had while working my way through school was at a store that sold greeting cards, photography equipment and did photo processing. Back in those days, all the cameras used film that had to be processed in a dark room or at a photo processing location.
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While film was not super expensive, taking photos on film, and processing the film did have a cost. Our store would charge about $10 to $15 to process 36 photographs. Some of the photos would be great and some of the photos would be not so great. Most photographers will agree that if you want to get good at photography you must take photos – lots of photos. In the age of film, it was financially prohibitive for many people to get good at photography.
Fast forward to today when most smartphones have good cameras. Digital cameras ranging from simple point-and-shoot cameras to complex DSLR cameras are increasingly within the price range of many consumers. Digital photos can be seen almost immediately. Using a digital camera whether a stand-alone machine or one that is part of your smartphone you can take hundreds of photos without it costing a dime.
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So get out your camera and just start taking photos. Take photos of anything that strikes your fancy – your shoes, your breakfast cereal or even the traffic outside your house. Start taking photos, as many as you want, as often as you want so that you can start to get good at the job.
When using your camera, take time to have fun.
Don’t forget that your camera and photography can be fun. A gun game is to use your camera to play hide and seek. At home or at the playground, take a photo of something and show it to your kids. The game means that whoever finds the item in the photo first wins. Another way to have fun with the camera is to find ways to take photos that look interesting or like other items.
While walking down the street, you can use your camera to take photos as you window shop. At home, photos are a creative way to make your shopping list. When you run out of something, take a photo of it before you throw the container away so that when you go to the market or send someone on your behalf, they can get exactly the item you need. If you have children who are struggling with writing or following stories from beginning to middle to end, take photos and allow your children to put the photos in the order they want and create a story that makes the photo arrangements make sense.
Lastly, don’t forget to spend time taking photos of everyone in the family making silly faces, telling jokes or just having a good time. Your camera is a tool and it can be a fun tool so, use it that way.
So, the question for you this terrific day is, what is the most fun you have had with your camera?
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