I encourage you to indulge in your hobby daily.
My favorite hobby is photography.
I’ve wanted to learn photography since I was in high school, but, until the birth of digital photography, it always felt beyond my reach. I got interested again because, about ten years ago, someone asked me what I liked to do for fun. At the time, I was stymied for an answer. My shock at not having a hobby led me to take a good portion of my savings at the time and buy my first DSLR. That led me to a Flickr account and some fooling around. That led me to doing the 365 Project, just as a way to learn my camera. And, I can tell you, shooting a self-portrait every day for a year straight was an amazing experience. I’m not sure that I’d go so far as to say it was “life changing”, but it sure did make me a lot more comfortable with my camera.
If you’re one of the lucky people who got a new camera for Christmas this year, you may be looking for a project to get your feet wet. I highly recommend some kind of 365-day project. If the idea of a self-portrait every day is too much, why not take a look at the 365 Days of Shooting Prompts Challenge at Photoblog? They have a shooting prompt for every day of the calendar year in 2017, all in a downloadable calendar. I know this is posting on the 6th, but you can easily catch up, or just go until January 6th, 2018!
I’m firmly convinced that your photography will improve with shooting every day, whether you use a professional-grade DSLR or the camera on your smart phone. What do you have to lose?
Incidentally, I think photography is going to be my theme this month. Not everything will be entirely free, but I’ll probably include some links to free tutorials for paid software, so it’ll be pretty close.
Enjoy and have a great 2017!