Monday, September 25, 2023


Do you enjoy photography?

You might love taking photos. You might only enjoy it when you’re standing in front of a beautiful view, or hanging out with your grandkids, or you might not care at all about taking photos. Everyone feels different behind a camera lens, and some people feel like they’re meant to be there, and others don’t.

What about you? Do you enjoy photography? Do you consider yourself a good photographer? Do you only enjoy taking photos during certain situations? Answer these questions in the comments below, if you’d like. We’d like to hear from you on this topic.

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Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.


  1. I love photography but real and raw and candid stuff plus sometimes adding a small phrase in art. I’ve sold a few pieces on canvas also… love it. But I still miss my 35mm Pentax. It really was a fantastic picture… digital just doesn’t cut it as well in my opinion… Love stopping moments in time with a photo!

  2. Photography was my 4-H project. But I bought my first camera when I was about 8 for $1.00 at Belk’s Department Store and film was .25. I spend most of my allowance from then on the hobby. Fortunately I talked my parents into footing the bill for developing a few rolls a month. I believe I was in the 8th grade when I got my first 35mm camera. A Minolta that I had up until I was 50 when it was stolen along with my 35mm Nikon. At that time I had gone digital but I still miss the old cameras.

  3. I have taken tens of thousands photos in my lifetime. I also have thousands of dollars in equipment, including a 1000mm lens. It can be an expensive hobby but I love it.

  4. My 35mm Minolta has taken many pictures. I no longer have any idea of which tree lined mountain that is. I went over 10,000 slides and pictures that my father and father-in-law had taken.Again, I have no idea which mountain that is, or the names of the seagulls on the beach – thousands of them. I am down to just under 1,000 pics I have saved and every once-in-a-while I go thru and toss more pictures. I don’t even know who’s wedding that was. They kept Kodak in business for decades.

  5. I answered “Somewhat” though I have been a serious photographer since I was 12. I spent 30 years as a professional film maker, and continued with still photography after that. But in the last couple of years I have lost my enthusiasm for photography. Of late years my photography has pretty much been limited to scenes from my travels, but we haven’t gone anywhere interesting since the pandemic struck.

  6. I’ve taken tens of thousands of photos over the years. At times, it has been a hobby but now I see it as just a tool, a means to an end. I rarely take photos anymore that I don’t plan on doing something with.

  7. My wife has a MFA in Photography. There are cameras around, but we both tend to shoot with our phones these days. She actually works at putting together great photos I tend to shoot and post. In our early years I had the fancy 35 mm cameras and she had the point and shoot. One day she took my Minolta for a shoot and I never got my hands on it again 🙂

  8. I got hooked during the year I was in South America (junior year in college). My left his 35mm rangefinder camera with me when he & my siblings came for a visit at Christmas. I took about 500 slides during the remaining months I was there. On return I took a year of photography as part of my minor. I never looked back when I got my first digital camera. No more gambling on whether to wait or shoot the last frame of a roll. No more waiting a week to see how they came out I call my camera my attachment & photography is my addiction

  9. I love taking photographs. Anything colorful. It just makes me feel happier, I use a Sony a7 and a9 because as someone said pictures from phones just are not the same.

  10. Funny, I was just asking myself yesterday as I fought the urge to grab my phone for a photo, if you didn’t take a picture, does that mean it didn’t happen?🙃

  11. I love taking photo’s of whatever catches my eye; grandkido’s, extreme weather, sunsets,etc. my cell phone takes cool photos and is always on hand.

  12. Rivers, streams and waterfalls. Flowers and unique tree formations. Sunsets. All these are magnificent creations of God. But my favorite thing to photograph is Old Glory, our flag, all across this wonderful nation. I also seek out Veteran Memorials in small town America. As a 22 year Navy veteran, these hold a special place in my heart.

  13. I was heavy into it when 35mm film was king, not so much any more. I still have the old Canon A-1 and the lenses though it has been over 20 years since it has been out of the case. Phones and other digital cameras just don’t seem to be the same.

    • I think I have the same camera. It will probably go to a thrift store because I don’t see film cameras coming back like vinyl records . . . Just sayin’.

      • There is an enthusiastic subset of photographers that concentrate on shooting film (even some who do cyanotypes) and print in black and white. B&W seems to have a special cachet in photo clubs.

        • Hi, Gene. That brings back happy memories from my childhood (back in the Dark Ages!) when I grew up in North Seattle. My dad was a commercial photographer from the ’40s through the ’70s, and had a darkroom in his shop (a huge outbuilding) at our house. I loved to develop my own film and print my own B&W pictures when I was a kid, plus play around with the enlarger. My dad took pictures for postcards mostly in the Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest, and was one of only two photographers permitted to take commercial pictures at the Seattle World’s Fair (1962). The other photographer lived in California, so guess who took most of the commercial pictures of the fair? (My dad didn’t process and print color film, only B&W.) 🙂 —Diane at


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