Heart-wrenching images of people caught in the crossfire of war. Awe-inspiring photos of the wonder of nature. Beautiful, quieter pictures of motherly love, or the simple beauty of a girl in complete and total happiness. Throughout the years, man’s history has been expressed through the power of photography. Many men have gone ahead, picked up their cameras, and captured images of total wonder and beauty, freezing these moments in time and history.
That’s why photography has remained one of the most popular hobbies for men. There is a lot of potential in the art and craft, and a lot of skill involved. For one, you will have to master the technical process — of learning to how to use the light to your advantage, using lines, patterns, and color for maximum impact in your pictures; adjusting the aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and all those other technical specifications.
But more than that, you learn to connect with the humans you are photographing. You want to convey what they are feeling and make those emotions leap out at the viewers of your images. You learn to be more humane; you learn to connect with your subjects, talk to them, know who they are and what they are feeling. That translates dramatically to your images, and that’s what makes your photos more profound.
There are many areas photographers can get into, depending on their interests. Some go into portrait photography, preferring to capture the soul and essence of their subjects. Others like wedding photography, wanting to capture those joyous moments for the preservation of the happy couple. Some like the glitz and glamor of fashion photography, and styling models to get a cover-worthy shot.
Some photographers take the leap into photojournalism, preferring to be right in the middle of the action and watch history unfold. They capture images of war and conflict, showing the human tragedy and the human triumph. Their photographs can change the world: spur a country to get into action and stop a war; urge people to protest against unfair institutions; topple a dictator. What kind of craft has the power to do something like that?
Learning photography is an exploration of the human self, the technical craft, and the chance to discover more about other people. You get to travel, see new things, explore beauty, and see it wherever you go. It’s an eye opening hobby that’s kept men hooked for decades.