You don’t have to set up a dark room and find out the local compare electricity rates in Houston rates to get started with recreational photography. It’s as simple as picking up a camera and shooting! If you’re just getting into the art here are a few places to start that will challenge your skills and show you where your aptitude lies Pets: Pets are one of the most challenging subjects to shoot, mostly because they never stop moving. If you’ve got one of your own it’s a good place to start but if not head to a park and start shooting. Plants: Flowers make excellent subjects and they’re a great place to play with filters, zooms and color washes. If you can’t make a flower look good on film you may want to reconsider photography as a hobby. Still Lifes: In the age of Instagram everyone’s taking pictures of everyday objects and passing them off as art. Challenge yourself outside the grainy, overexposed filters and work in tones of blue or with things that aren’t inherently beautiful on their own.