The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
LAITH KADHIM Columnist I’ve got a cure for your winter boredom. Take that sophisticated smartphone out of your pocket, and start snapping some pictures. Most students have had that day when the money’s been spent, friends are busy, or their roommates (possibly parents) are driving them nuts and they just need a reason to get out of the house — photography can be that reason. The cameras that come attached to our phones are capable of taking incredible photos, so there’s no problem if you can’t afford a Canon or a Nikon right now. Taking time outside and searching for beauty in sights that are normally overlooked has been therapeutic for me on hectic days. At night, the radiance of a streetlight spilling onto the road creates a dreamlike moment; and avertable rundown neighbourhoods play host to somber strongholds (great for black-and-white). After you’ve taken a few strong photos, show them off; share them with your friends on Facebook and Instagram. Observing photography other than your own is a great pass-time as well. Because so many people enjoy this hobby, there is a wide spectrum of photos to be enjoyed online. Exploring different photographers’ works gave me perspective about the world we’re living in, photos can tell stories, and show us places we never knew existed. K.J. Jai, a photographer at Always Antique Photography in Niagara Falls, has been doing photography since 2002. His father introduced him to the business, and Jai grew a passion for portraits. “It’s fun. It’s the thing I love to do, always, capture the person’s moment, and you know, whenever I take photos of a customer’s family, people love it and really enjoy it.” Russell Nickel, in the Construction Techniques program here, said, “To keep myself entertained I go on YouTube, read news articles, maybe play video games, things like that.” Tristan Friesen, in the Protection, Security and Investigation program, says he tries to keep busy during the winter with videogames. So if videogames aren’t your thing, and you can tolerate the cold, these recent snowfalls would make for some elegant photos.