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Shooting Your Own Hub Photos

Updated on November 28, 2011

It's a snap!....

Photography may be America's fastest growing hobby now that everyone can print their own magnificent shots.
Photography may be America's fastest growing hobby now that everyone can print their own magnificent shots. | Source

A photo is worth 1,000 words (and more $$ too!)...

I have found that being a photo journalist/writer represents a happy challenge. I think you can, too.

Concurrent with having a new Hub idea, is the challenge of illustrating it for greater reader/viewer interest.

Most Hubbers are creative in the first place, or we wouldn't be here!

So why not take the challenge and come up with real, live, photos you take yourself to illustrate your articles?

In some cases, you can enlist one or more family members to assist, such as I have done in several of my recent Hubs. In other cases, a neighbor (Santa, by the way), a building (actually several for the same Hub on churches), a store display (for another seasonal Hub), and so forth, can yield just the right photo shoots.

Getting out (almost had a typo of "gout" there, sure didn't want that!) gets the juices moving again, especially if you have been sitting for a long time typing questions, comments, emails, and Hubs!

I happen to have an older Sony(R) "Digital Mavica(TM)" camera which takes photos it records on the older style, double-sided, HD disks. But I installed an older-style disc drive (you should be able to find one at a fraction of what they used to cost, maybe at Goodwill, or another thrift shop.) and the combination permits me to see my shots, know that I have the image(s) I need, and head back to the computer ready to add a good Photo Capsule to the latest project or two.

If I figure out how to download individual photos from my newer Sony(R) Cyber-Shot(TM) (now that I have learned how to reduce the number of pixels to what HubPages allows for our photos,) I can choose between the two cameras. Most current camera models use memory chips (instead of conventional film) and they lend themselves easily to getting photos into your Hub pages.

Photos have always done a great job at capturing beauty (such as for my Hub on fall foliage) and people-centered activities (such as I will soon add to my article on Thanksgiving dinners for the needy, lonely, homeless, poor, and challenged,) and today's cameras also allow you to photograph your own documents, your hand-drawn signs, and artwork (such as the drawing I paid an artist to do for the hard cover version of my story on Mrs. Santa's dog.)

For anyone who is as creative as most Hubbers are, deciding on a relevant photo shoot for illustrating your own Hub, is just some more fun you can derive from the whole creative process.

If you want folks to spend even more time on your Hub, add a video (and many of today's modestly priced cameras have that capability, too.) Advertisers like articles that are going to keep a Hub's readers engaged longer, and a video should, therefor, raise a good Hub's score even higher. (See the Learning Center for instructions on how to add a video.)

Make sure to provide sourcing for any photos or other media that you use (everyone likes to get credit when credit is due!) There are stock photos which are available, if you don't love shooting your own, but it is simpler when you can just label your own photo as "Photo by Author."

So, add this arrow to your quiver for more fun, and for hitting more targets!

© This work is licensed under a Creative Comments Attribution-No Derivs 3.0 United States License

What have you been up to lately?....

Have you been illustrating articles, letters, and emails you write? Comments are welcomed.

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      Agreed. It helps me own my writing and inspires me to take more. Great hub Perspy!

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I do take my own photos for almost every article or Hub. I even set up a photo shoot to match the Hub. Rarely I must use other photos (like the Mary Ellen Wilson ones for the child abuse Hub. Thanks for the inspiration and tips.

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      Claudette Coleman Carter 6 years ago from Media, Pennsylvania

      I totally agree about taking my own photos. It has been a source of inspiration for me to look at God's creations more carefully, in order to photograph them. Thanks for the good suggestions.

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      First of all, that is a gorgeous photo that you have taken for this hub. Great article you have inspired me to take more photos and post them on to my hubs. Thanks!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I agree also - I try to use my own photos whenever possible, although sometimes I do get lazy and find some copy-right free photo someone else has done. Voted up.

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      PenMePretty 6 years ago from Franklin

      Voted up! Great hub.

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      I totally agree, I much prefer seeing hubbers and bloggers do their own photography--When it's good. Really don't appreciate blurry pictures and poor quality though. Great hub, good suggestions, up useful and interesting. Keep up the good work!