As dads today, we will probably never get to develop photos in a darkroom with our kids. It’s something that I really enjoyed when I was younger and something that my dad got me started on when he handed me his old Pentax 35mm camera. Yes, it took film (have fun explaining to the kiddos how we used to take pictures that we couldn’t see right away and then had to wait *and pay* to develop them).
But today, there is simply no reason not to get into photography. The entry barriers are extremely low. No film costs, no development costs and no print costs unless you really like a photo and want something beautifully tangible.
And if you’re a dad (or soon-to-be dad) with lots of hobbies that take you away from the family, photography can be a remedy. It’s something that you can get into quickly and have fun with while spending more time with your family. In fact, it’s an activity that can help you appreciate your family more, both in the present while you’re capturing shots and for years to come as you enjoy the photos and remember the experiences behind them.
Of course you can take some great shots with your smartphone, but as you get deeper into this hobby, you may want to take a step up and buy a dedicated camera. If you don’t know where to start, take a look at these photography basics and you’ll be up and rollin’ in no time.
Do you enjoy photography as a way to spend time with the family?