Photography tips for beginners - the passion project

Today's post, the third in the Passion Project series, is brought to you by Sophia! Sophia's hobby is photography, check out her tips for beginners looking to take up this hobby.

As you get older, you may find that you lose track of the amount of time you have available to work or enjoy your hobbies, especially as a college student juggling various activities at the same time.

And while sometimes the lack of time makes you realize you didn’t enjoy a particular hobby as much, sometimes it also makes you realize how much a certain hobby brings you joy and calms you down during a stressful time.

So here are my tips to find time for your hobbies:

Work it in – if you truly love a particular hobby, you will be able to find time to work it in, even if it’s between classes.
Find like-minded people, wherever they are – sometimes what you need is someone who does the same hobby to motivate you and push you to work on your passion more.
Work towards a goal – sometimes if we are doing a hobby with no real end goal, we lose track of what made us enjoy the hobby to begin with.

Photography is one of my many hobbies that I try to balance with my school work and job activities.

I don’t know any fancy terms like professional photographers, and nor do I have those large and heavy fancy DSLR cameras, but I do enjoy looking at aesthetic and angle.

When looking at taking a photograph in college, I pay attention to the following things:


The belief is that you should take photographs when it’s a bright sunny day because then the light is perfect for whatever you are taking the photograph of.

However, in my experience, that isn’t necessarily true.

I have found that when it is cloudy (not heavy clouds like thunderstorm clouds) is when skin looks more natural, the colors look more normal, and a lot less neon/bright.

Don’t get me wrong, photographs taken in the sunlight works, but then you got to think of the shadow issue, and that becomes a whole other problem that I do not have the experience to deal with. And it’s okay to realize that as a new hobbyist you won’t be able to learn everything in a few days, especially something as complicated as photography (although phone company’s have significantly simplified photography for us, if you have any physical camera, it is still super complicated.).


This isn’t necessarily in terms of what you are seeing in your lens, but more about what the audience will see when they see your photograph. What is going to get their attention, what is their eye going to focus on, and what is too much or too little detail?

Everyone’s perspective is different because we all like to focus on different things.

For me personally, I like to focus on one main thing. I like to have the thing to focus on, whatever it is, be occupying the largest part of the frame so the eye will see almost nothing but the object in focus, and be able to see the minute details that someone walking by the object may have missed.

Finding what perspective you want the audience to see is almost more important that any of the other stuff.


When looking at taking a photograph, what kind of angle do you want the audience to see? In my unprofessional opinion, the more angled the object is, the more strain and work the audience has to put in to fully comprehend and understand the picture.

If your object is tilted away from the viewer, it may mean the viewer has to follow the object to see what is in the distance. And vice versa. (But of course, if you like it that way, then totally go for it!)

Whatever angle the object is, that will determine where the audience goes.

Photography isn’t an old passion of mine, but it is one that I have learned to develop, and come to enjoy, while I am on the last leg of my college journey.

So even though my college career is exponentially getting busier, I find times in my day where I can work in my photography passion. The other day I just took my camera, and took photographs as I was walking to class (now I was also walking to class about 20 minutes before class officially begins) because I wanted to play around with perspective, and angles.

And I would never have considered photography a hobby until the people I surround myself with, at school, and on Facebook Support Groups shared their images, and inspired me to use my camera for more than my blog imaging. Their photographs made me look at imaging differently, being able to decide what photographs I liked, and what I didn’t like. Those moments developed my own perspective and angles.

While I do not show the world the images I have right now, I enjoy sharing them with others because it’s always inspiring to see how another person would look at an environment or situation and make it into an art form. So I encourage you to be inspired by those around you in taking up a hobby you never considered a hobby before. Because college isn’t just about studying, but also about learning something new

About Sophia

21 year old full-time college student, full-time friend, full-time girlfriend, part-time blogger.
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