I always wanted to be an artist but lacked talent. So I wrote instead. I then needed a hobby to take my thoughts away from my writing projects so I could return energized. Last December, with my husband's persuasion, I purchased a camera and lens and bag. The works. I went to work reading every book I could get my hands on about taking good pictures.
You see, years ago, I had tried photography but it was before the digital age. For some reason, I couldn't figure out F Stops, Aperture, ISO, Bracketing, etc, When I finally sat down and read book after book, a light came on. I finally understood what it took to take a good photo.
Understanding and expecting results didn't come hand-in-hand. I have to practice and practice as much as I can. Just like my writing. I started writing small challenges for Faithwriters.Week after week. Studying the comments to improve. Eventually I submitted online to free forums. Then I challenged myself to submit for pay.
I'm following that same process with my photography. It may be years before I'm any good but I'm enjoying it as I go. Just like I did with writing.
But I also take my new hobby seriously. I carve time out of my schedule to make those practice shots. To push my creativity.
I'm still finding the kind of art I want to create with my photos but that's the joy in starting a new hobby. Anything goes.
What new hobby have you taught yourself in the past years? Is there something you have been wanting to try but haven't taken the steps yet to do it?