I recently read a really great blog post by the Digital Photography School (which by the way is great teaching aid). It was all about using your talent to help to give to others. After reading the post I became inspired and tried to think of my own ways to help others. Giving back is a gift that makes you feel good from the inside and not the other way around, I believe. So here are my ways in sharing your talent…I’d love to hear what you think!
1. Spread the word
With travel photography you can help people learn about new and interesting places. Roads less traveled are often the best ones to take and there is only one way to help people experience the treasures of our world and that is through photos and words and lets face it, when reading up about a place you really want to see photos!
2. Teach people about wildlife
Wildlife photography is a great tool to help people to understand and appreciate different forms of wildlife. From learning about what beauty small creatures such as insects and spiders have to observing different sorts of behaviour larger creatures enjoy, all contributes in a small way to conservation. If you have never seen the beauty of a spider or dragonfly close-up you’ll never know what they really look like and have no problem squishing them. This way you’ll think twice, I hope!
3. Share secrets
There are some photographers out there who prefer to keep their secrets to themselves but there are more that are happy to share. One such photographer is Christine Meintjes. She truly is a kind lovely person who loves to help others and has helped many many photographers whatever the questions may be. With the few questions I get about my photography I do answer and hope to get as many questions as you do, one day, Christine!
4. Donate artwork
If you enjoy taking photos of landscapes, wildlife or anything else abstract or similar to that, donate it to a silent auction. You could even hold your own bidding and give the money to a favourite charity of yours.