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Photography as a Hobby- How to become an Amateur Photographer

Updated on July 25, 2012
- How to become an Amateur Photographer, by Rosie2010, photo by gugiNot, source photobucket -
- How to become an Amateur Photographer, by Rosie2010, photo by gugiNot, source photobucket -

How to become an amateur photographer

If you are thinking of starting photography as a hobby, what are you waiting for? Go ahead - photography as a hobby is easy and fun to do. You are probably considering what kind of camera to buy. Well, stop thinking! Get yourself a cheap digital camera and start shooting.

Two years ago, I bought myself a manufacturer's refurbished camera for $99 and I never look back. I belong to an internet site that features every Friday as Photo Day. Most of us are amateurs and we have in-site professionals who give us lessons and tips on photography. Every week we are given a subject or a theme and then we show our best photos on Fridays. So most of us who don't have a life, live for Friday Photo Day. We have rules to follow, of course, the first one being you have to be the one who took the photos you are submitting. Now, you might be thinking why anyone would submit a photo that was not taken by them? Well, as Forrest Gump would likely say "Stupid is as stupid does."


An eggstraordinary lucky shot, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
An eggstraordinary lucky shot, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby


As an amateur photographer, be ready to take hundreds of pictures before you get a perfect or close-to-perfect shot, which for amateur photographers mean a focused shot.

On this particular Friday, the subject was the letter "E". I chose eggs as my subject because I have no imagination and it just so happen that I had eggs in the fridge. While taking pictures, a strange thing happened.. or should I say eggstrange.

Since I am an amateur photographer of the lowest rank using an inexpensive digital camera, which I didn't even bother to learn how to use properly, I had to take several shots before I could get a picture that is close to being passable. And once in a while I get lucky, like this shot of a single egg... no tricks involved here. I just put the egg on top of the black stove and without using the flash, just the light from the setting sun coming from the window, I took two shots... and one turned out almost perfect. As a matter of fact, one of our pros said "nice mirror image." But I didn't use mirror imaging, I swear.


Strange picture looking more like dough rolls, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Strange picture looking more like dough rolls, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby


Annnny-way, I arranged the eggs into a pyramid and started taking pictures. As usual, a lot were out of focus, but one looked very strange. If you don't look closely, you won't even see a semblance of eggs... they look more like dough rolls.

How eggstrange!




The next thing I did was put a little bit of colour on the unfocused photo of eggs, and then I crystallized it. To my utter surprise, the crystallized image looked like a Japanese woman wearing a kimono talking to two kids... at least that's what it looked to me.


Eggstraordinary! - photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Eggstraordinary! - photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby

Well, isn't that eggstraordinary?

To start your hobby as an amateur photographer, you don't have to spend a lot of money. As I have already said, all you need at first is a cheap digital camera and go from there. As far as editing your photos, if you are willing to fork out at least $200 for the cheapest Photoshop, by all means do so. Or you can download Photoscape or Picasa for FREE. I find Photoscape easier to use than Picasa, but try both and see which one you prefer. And if you use rechargeable batteries, you'll save tons of money as the regular alkaline batteries are only good for a few shots using flash. I got myself a package of Noma 15-minute rechargeable set which included two AA and two AAA high performance batteries for $24, which if the Business Depot guy is correct in his assumption, will last forever. I have been using these batteries for two years now, so far so good.

Amateur photography is a great hobby and so much fun. I take great pleasure looking at my photos and I proudly show them to everyone, whether they want to or not. You can make birthday cards, Christmas cards, or personalized calendars using your own photos. This Christmas, I am making personalized calendar for my family using my own photos with the use of the easy-to-use free calendar template that I featured in my hub How To Make A Photo Calendar.

I love taking pictures of flowers, specially roses. Roses are my favorite flower. Here are some rose photos I had taken from the Mother's Day rose bouquet I received this year.


Yellow and Pink Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Yellow and Pink Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Lilac colored Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Lilac colored Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Orange Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Orange Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
White Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
White Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Pink Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Pink Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Red Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby
Red Rose, photo by Rosie2010 - Photography as a Hobby


So what are you waiting for? Start shooting!



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    TJ Hooper 4 years ago from dublin Ga

    Hi, Rosie. I'd like to make a comment about what said when the pro said your image had nice mirroring. You said that you didn't use mirror imaging, but in fact you did. The black stove acted as the mirror, which with the sunset light, made the back image of the egg.

    Very nice hub. :)

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    Luis E Gonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

    Rosie2010: try to bounce your flash from a reflector or from the ceiling as this creates a softer and less harsh light upon your subjects and it also prevents hot spots and dark shadows as well as a "washed out" effect.

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    Jason Matthews 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow, this is am amazing Hub! I would really like to get a nicer camera so I can learn more about photography and take some good shots. When I do get one, I need come here and learn from your expertise. Keep up the great hubbing!

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    travel-O-grapher 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

    nice!! its got some really good tips for beginners .... and written with humor!

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Chin Chin, thanks for dropping by. So nice to meet a fellow amateur photographer. Is your husband a pro? I'm glad you enjoyed reading photography as a hobby hub. Enjoy shooting!

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

    Thanks for sharing your journey as an amateur photographer. I am also beginning to take interest in photography because of my husband. Have a nice day.

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Loveslove, thanks for dropping by. I'm happy to hear you love taking pictures too. How that was unusual indeed.. taking a photo through a hole in a bucket!! That takes imagination and talent. I'm nowhere in that creativity.. I'm still in taking pictures of flowers because I love flowers and I love looking pictures of flowers. I don't have grands yet but I'm sure I would be doing that too when they come. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my photography as a hobby hub.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Loveslove 6 years ago from England

    I really enjoyed reading this HUB I love photography and drive my husband mad with my camera..I wont take ordinary shots I am always looking for the unusual..like a view of our local beach taken trough a hole in a bucket !! I am always taking photographs of my grandchildren. Thanks

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya WhiteOak, thanks for dropping by. I'm so glad you enjoyed my photography as a hobby hub and you love my rose photos. OMG! I was feeling a little down tonight as I was reading disconcerting things in the forums and then I saw your comment. I'm going to bed with a smile. Thank you so much.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Eva Thomas 6 years ago from Georgia

    I agree, this hub is very good!! And your photos of the roses, well Ms. Rosie, they are beautiful!!! I love the velvet texture of the dark pink almost redish tone rose. Fantastic job!

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Eiddwen, thanks for dropping by. Oh please do.. add your photos in your hubs so we can enjoy them too. I'm glad we have another thing in common.. amateur photography.. it's fun and very therapeutic.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    hi Rosie,

    I loved this hub. The only photography I have ever done is photos of the kids and now also Grandchildren, pets etc.

    It is only recently that I take more scenic ones so that I can publish them into my hubs.

    Your hubs are always so detailed and interesting and I enjoy them all Rosie.

    Take care,

    Eiddwen.

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya nikitha, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my hub.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    nikitha p 6 years ago from India

    Thanks for a nice hub.

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya DjBryle, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed my photography hub and found it useful. Thanks for the vote up. See ya!

    Have a nice day!

    Rosie

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    DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

    I love photography, thanks so much for sharing this very helpful hub! Voted up! See you around! =)

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Purple Perl, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed my photography hobby hub. So much fun, everyone should try it. Thank you so much for the great compliment.

    Have a nice day!

    Rosie

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    Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India

    Rosie2010, this hub serves as an encouragement for all newbies to photography. And inspiration to others to begin.

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