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What is your hobby?
Though I only became serious about it recently, my main hobby is photography.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
Visual arts and culture have long been passions of mine, and photography allows me to capture the visual representations of culture I often encounter while traveling.
Tell us what you love about it.
I love that since there are so many nuances and subtleties to the art form there will always be something more for me to learn and new skills for me to master.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
One of my oldest friends studied photography for many years, so he is the closest thing to a formal photography group I can cite.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I bought several different cameras and lenses for different kinds of photography, but most of my other equipment was given to me by a friend. Fortunately for me, he really has more camera equipment than he knows what to do with and is more than happy to part with whatever I happen to need.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
It has become a bit harder to buy supplies at a physical shop, so most of my supplies are bought through online retailers.
Are there any good books for beginners?
Though it is hardly a traditional book for a beginning photographer, my perception really changed after reading Hitchcock/Truffaut. Even though it is about filmmaking, the attention to detail and the advance planning that went into every shot and every sequence helped me develop a more discerning eye for photography.
How has this changed your life?
It has really altered the way I look at things and has allowed me to see both the literal and figurative angles that I would have likely missed if not for photography. It has also served as a potent reminder that no matter how much you learn about any subject, there is always more that can be learned and there are more skills that can be developed.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
My advice is to delay investing in expensive equipment until you really understand what the equipment is capable of. Practice with what you have and learn as much as you can so that you ensure your money is well spent.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I love being outside and love to read just about anything, so one of my favorite hobbies is to simply sit under a shady tree with a good book in my hands.