Photography is a great hobby if you're retired - Retirement Today Mag

Photography is a great hobby if you're retired - Retirement Today Mag - Wildlife and photography articles
It’s less frustrating than golf, more challenging than fishing and more rewarding than walking. See life in a new light, engage your senses and enter the world of photography.

THE SECRET BEHIND THE PLEASURE
The most enriching aspect of photography is that you start to notice the beauty in everything around you. You look much more closely at the world. Things that were once mundane and lacking in interest become dazzling spectacles of wonder. Wet moss is now a shroud of verdant colour sparkling in the sunlight. You notice texture, colour and form. It’s the perfect way of appreciating the simple things in life and, in the end, isn’t that what most people aspire to?

KIND TO THE MIND
The fundamentals of photography are simple; but like so much burnt skin there is always another enticing layer to peel back. One of the joys of photography is that it’s easy to get a lot better very quickly, yet you will never stop learning and improving. The more you know, the more you know you don’t know. With each new piece of knowledge you acquire you will see your photos improve. Having a hobby that allows you to improve quickly, but always have room to develop is extremely satisfying. And you always have something tangible to show off, a testament to your accomplishments.

HOW TO GET STARTED
After the initial outlay on the equipment photography is a very cheap hobby. A digital photograph costs nothing to take, unless you decide to print it rather than view it on a computer screen. This means you can take as many shots as you like to hone your skills without worrying about the cost.
So, how do you choose what equipment to buy? Ideally you will want to buy an SLR camera, as they give you far more creative control than a compact. This is because SLR cameras allow you to choose different types of lenses, filters and settings so you can create an image rather than just snap one. SLR cameras start at around £250, brand new.
Many SLR cameras come with a lens as part of the kit, but not always. A kit lens is of standard quality, but certainly won’t disappoint a beginner. However, it’s worth remembering that the lens is the most important part of your kit, not the camera. So, if you have extra money to spend, buy a camera without a kit lens and focus your budget on a higher quality lens. If you want to photograph things that are far away then you will need a telephoto lens, while wide-angle lenses are more common for landscapes.

TOP UP YOUR PENSION
With people’s savings being squeezed by the low interest rates it is comforting to know that photography is a hobby that can earn you money. It will take a few years, but since there are no physical constraints to being a good photographer you can keep improving for many years to come and you can keep earning indefinitely. You can then sell your images on photo libraries like www.alamy.com. You could sell greeting cards or calendars, or perhaps be the local pet photographer; whatever suits you.

NOW IT'S UP TO YOU
There are countless magazines, books and websites on the subject. www.ephotozine.com is a good place to start. Learning some of the simple rules like ‘The rule of thirds’, ‘lead-in lines’, ‘foreground interest’ and simply moving closer to your subject will improve your shots immediately. Once you’ve seen this initial surge of improvement you’ll be hooked. There are billions of potential subjects to shoot, from infinite angles and in countless locations. If you ever become tired of photography you’re tired of life.
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