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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Start Railway Photography

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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Start Railway Photography

The world of railway photography is a vast, ever-expanding collective of like-minded people, all with the same shared interest—Trains! Perhaps you are one of these people or are interested in joining this collective, or maybe your just looking for something to do in your spare time.

Whatever the reason starting your journey to the world of railway photography is sure to be anything but dull!

Here are the Top 5 Reasons you should start your journey on the dynamic tracks of railway photography.

The Great Outdoors

It is true that many trains pass through or are held in heritage railways across many major cities.

However, the true beauty of an in-motion locomotive is best shot from the tracks. And you know what that means. It’s time for a hike! So equip yourself with some walking boots, a warm coat, a flask of hot coffee (or tea), a camera, and head out to the great outdoors. You will feel happier, healthier and most importantly, you will get those unique, unbeatable shots that people will marvel over for years to come.

The Community

We could all do with making a few more friends and in a world of technology that rules our social interactions, putting down the laptop, phone or tablet and meeting like-minded people is the best way of breaking free from the grasp of social media.

So on your journey to photography hotspots, you will see other community members. So get talking, share in your interest, compare photos, let others in on your tips and tricks, Maybe learn a few yourself. Do this, and you’re guaranteed to make a few friends for life.

The Money

Professional Railway photography is highly competitive, with each photographer pushing for the best shot, the clearest quality and the best presentation. But that doesn’t mean you have to go pro to make a little extra money!

Turn your hobby into a side hustle. Selling some of your best photographs on websites such as Shutterstock, Pixabay or Deposit Photos is an excellent way of earning a little extra cash. No one is saying you will strike it rich, but pennies make pounds (as the saying goes).

Have a read of How to Make Money from Your Railway Photographs for more information.

Feed Your Creativity

Photography is art. Explore your creativity. Sometimes adjusting your camera settings, swapping lens types, adjusting the exposure, even editing on platforms such as Adobe or Vectornator are great ways to create unique, one-of-a-kind photographs. Just remember always to keep the original image and have fun with it. Who knows, you may find you have hidden talent!

Photo Details: 47593 and 47614 is seen climbing Rattery Bank working the 1Z45 04:50 Derby to Penzance ‘Cornish Riviera Statesman’ tour on the 3rd July 2021

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A Hobby is Important

Everyone needs a hobby, and it is no secret that those invested in something they love feel a sense of wellbeing, happiness and inner calm. Railway Photography is the perfect hobby for those that like the fresh air, meeting new people and the art of photography.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or complete amateur, an exciting adventure into railway photography is at your fingertips.


Let me know what inspired you into railway photography in the comments section below. Happy snapping.

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