Using Your Lens for Good: How to Give Back Through Photography

photographyFor some, photography is a job. For others, it is a way of life. There are thousands of photographers across the country, and like them, you probably get a great deal from the art of capturing images and moments — you use your camera as a tool for exploration and as a passport to inner sanctums.

Maybe it’s time you start using it to give back to the community, too. You can use photography as an instrument for change.

Yes, photography has that kind of power. The images you see in exhibits and online galleries are proof enough. Photographs are easy to digest and can take us places that we had otherwise never known existed. They have the power to become icons and to stay in a person’s memory for a lifetime, and they are powerful enough to change minds and move hearts.

But what is power if you don’t know how to use it? Read on to know how you can give back to the community using the power of photography.

Give Time to a Charity

Volunteer with a charity that’s close to your heart. You can also join organizations like Juan Portrait — a group of people from all walks of life coming together to give back to the community through photography. They have been featured in major newspapers like The Philippine Star and Manila Bulletin because of their charity-based projects.

Help Someone Less Experienced

Much like the thousands of photographers across the globe, you probably had the privilege of getting guidance from someone more tenured. Why don’t you take someone under your wing, too? Pay it forward and help someone who is just starting out to discover their potential.

You don’t have to be a professional to help someone else—you simply need more knowledge and experience. If you’re not there yet, just remember two things: 1) When someone wants help, help them, and 2) When the time comes, pay it forward and help someone else.

Sell or Donate Your Photographs

Many charities and non-profit groups have silent auctions as a way to raise funds for their cause. If one approaches you, consider donating a portrait or print session if that’s something you do regularly.

When you think you have nothing to offer, think again, — use what skills you have