Larry Bennett is a professional photographer and the person responsible for putting a camera in my hands at exactly the right time in my life. You’ll hear more about Larry in future posts because he’s my photo buddy.
Photo buddy? Yep. There are things I enjoy doing alone, things I don’t care one way or the other about, and then there are things that are just a lot more fun to do with someone else—photography is one of those things.
Larry’s my photo buddy and we have a ton of fun running around out there, taking photos, talking about potential shots, sharing viewpoints, and ideas—lots and lots of ideas. It’s great fun.
If you’d like to make photography a hobby, think about finding a photo buddy to increase your fun.
If you don’t already know someone who might want to go on the occasional photo shoot with you, start talking about it when you’re in your various social situations. Be patient and find someone you can have as much fun with as possible.
The other thing you can do is look for a camera club in your area. I found a couple of excellent ones in my area.
I don’t live in a large metropolitan area but we have a local club that has great programs and doesn’t expect anyone to be a pro (or even a good amateur). I found them when I was at the county fair. They were in charge of the photography exhibit.
There will be times you’ll want to share your photography experience with someone else and other times when you’ll want to go out on your own so you can just wander about, finding just exactly what you want to find rather than compromising on locations and amount of time spent there.
Both experiences can be very rewarding.