With the weather steadily improving, now is the perfect time to go outside, take a walk, and capture the moment through the viewfinder of your camera! It just so happens that May is also National Photography Month – dedicated to the craft that has captivated humanity since the invention of the camera, as well as celebrating the photographers who captured important moments in history.
Photography is more than just a hobby for many – it is an art. Photographers also often put their lives on the line in order to capture that perfect shot. Wartime photographers are often casualties of war, and the photos they take can have a profound impact on public opinion of a conflict. Nature and wildlife photographers will spend days, weeks, months, or even years in rugged and inhospitable conditions just to shoot a rare moment.
While photography can take years to master, technology has helped make it more accessible than ever. You don’t need a high-priced camera to get started when everyone has a camera in their pocket built into their mobile devices. Even now, during this time of social distancing, there are plenty of ways to practice!
- Nature: Get outside, go to a park, or take a hike with your camera. There are many opportunities to capture nature, landscape, plants, and wild animals.
- Animals: If you can’t do a photoshoot with friends and family, do one with a pet! Everyone loves cute animal photos.
- Food: Cook a great meal? Take a picture! Instagram is full of photos of home cooked meals that look mouth-watering.
- Everyday objects and moments: You don’t need to be in nature to take a good picture. See some objects that look unique and interesting? Take a picture! A close-up photo on an everyday object, such as kitchen utensils or fabric on a chair can make an artsy image.
While the month is almost over, there is still plenty of time to celebrate. Grab your camera and capture the moment during National Photography Month!