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Douglas Knight Enjoys Software Engineering, Woodworking, and More

Douglas Knight is a software engineer from Boston, Massachusetts. He currently works in Silicon Valley. With a wealth of experience in coding and building proprietary software, he is one of the top experts in his field. Douglas Knight is particularly interested in teaching a younger generation how to code and how to write their own programs.

He volunteers as a speaker and runs programming seminars for high school students. His view on teaching students to code is that young people have progressive ideas. He believes they should be encouraged to take up coding before college and to share their entrepreneurial ideas with the world. Douglas also writes mobile games on the side.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is woodworking. I’ve made lots of furniture for my home and have started giving it away to friends. I recently made a bookshelf in my living room.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

Late one night, I couldn’t sleep, and I became fascinated with an episode of This Old House. It reminded me of my childhood living in old houses in New England. I enjoyed watching the project come together. I decided I would try my hand as a furniture maker.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love it because it’s hands-on and gets me away from the computer screen. As much as I love to code, it’s essential to keep from living your entire life on the computer. Being too sedentary is not healthy. I enjoy working with my hands and having a project move from plans on paper to a piece of furniture that is functional and looks good in a home.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Not really. Woodworking is a kind of meditation for me. I love being around people and teaching coding, but I also really enjoy having quiet time to myself. I do occasionally attend an exhibit or a woodworking show. It would be cool to find some fellow software engineers who like to do woodworking on the weekends. You’ve inspired me to ask around.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

My garage is full of woodworking stuff. I recently moved to a house with a two car garage so I would have somewhere to put my car. I have a vast collection of tools and supplies. Most recently, I bought a new router so I could engrave letters on a chair that I made for my girlfriend. She puts up with a lot from me, and I thought her patio could use some comfortable seating.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Honestly, I get most of it at the home improvement store. I love to go in there at night and browse the aisles when there’s hardly anyone around. It’s like a toy store for adults. They have gotten to know me very well by now. I also love the Rockler web site and catalog. They have a lot of high-quality woodworking equipment that the big stores don’t carry.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I recommend Woodworking Basics by Peter Korn. This is the book that got me started. I like how he teaches both skills with power tools and traditional hand tools.

How has this changed your life?

Since I started woodworking, I have been a calmer person. I don’t do as much gaming on the weekends, which my girlfriend appreciates. I feel like I’ve gotten a new perspective on planning projects that has carried over to my work in coding.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Don’t buy too much equipment at first. You might end up with all kinds of things you don’t need. Start with what you need for your first project and go from there. Buying items as you go helps you sensibly build your collection.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I also love to run and play the trombone. I ran a half-marathon a few months ago. Running helps keep me in shape, and it’s also an opportunity for me to think without the constant distractions from texts and emails.

Playing the trombone is something I’ve done since I was in fifth grade. I took a few years off from it after college because I didn’t have a good instrument. After I became more successful with my career, I invested in a professional quality instrument. I started retaking lessons for the first time since college.

I recently joined a brass ensemble, and we play shows locally. Playing in a group is a lot like working in a team of programmers. Everyone has their own role to play. I would recommend music to anyone who works in programming. It’s relaxing and challenging at the same time.

Chase Rubin Invests In Recipes As Much As He Does In Finances

From his home base in the East Village of New York, Chase Rubin has built one of the most successful financial careers in the U.S. Rubin has developed his interest in the financial industry from an initial love of math in high school which he explored further at college. Much of the personal success of the financial advisor has been put down to his intense work ethic beginning in college where he took server jobs to pay for his tuition. Now mostly interested in real estate, Chase Rubin combines this financial sector with a love of investing in developing economies and businesses. After working his way through college as a server and bartender, Rubin now spends much of his free time indulging his passion for food and cookery.

What is your hobby?

I love spending my spare time learning new recipes and discovering new foods I have yet to sample. I spend what limited free time I have away from my business reading recipe books and trying out new recipes. Lately, I have noticed my passion for food has expanded to include buying different kitchen gadgets such as a vegan juicer purchased just a few days ago.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

During my time at college, I worked in different restaurants and bars to pay my bills and tuition. I guess my love of food and cookery began back then and had remained a constant in my life ever since. The first small level of inspiration I received in cookery was from a slightly difficult chef in a New York restaurant I worked in. The chef would show me simple techniques to make my food taste better.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love being able to experiment with new flavors and sample new recipes. One of my great loves is finding new flavors and ingredients for my pantry which I then try and use to discover new recipes.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I do enjoy the recipes of the British celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver and joined his Website to access the thoughts of other amateur cooks on how to utilize my skills. I have taken a few cookery classes over the last few years during my limited vacation time. When I see there is an event at the impressive Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture just outside New York City, I do head to the farm to explore their sustainable produce. It’s a fun place to visit for my whole family.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I’ve been trying to stay fit and healthy recently and bought a vegan juicer which removed the pulp and seeds from my juice blends. It was only a few dollars but has already become one of the essential pieces of equipment I have purchased. I have an entire kitchen filled with gadgets and equipment, but one of the most used pieces of kitchen equipment has been my steamer. Not only do I steam rice I also try to cook healthy vegetables.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I’m lucky to live in New York where we have different neighborhoods with specialty kitchen equipment and grocery stores. Recently, I have begun looking Online to find some of the more difficult to find pieces of equipment and ingredients.

Are there any good books for beginners?

In my opinion, Jamie Oliver’s “Five Ingredients” is a great book for beginners and those looking to cook with children. Each recipe is explained in simple terms and has just five ingredients to use to make sure even those who have never cooked can have a go at a tasty recipe.

How has this changed your life?

Life used to run at a hectic pace, but since I have reconnected with cooking, I have slowed down a lot to make sure I am prepared for every aspect of life. A good recipe can only be cooked at the correct temperature and for the correct time. I have taken this into my investing as I now spend more time on research and make decisions based on buying and selling stocks when I think it is the correct moment.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

As with most aspects of life, your first attempts at a recipe may not turn out perfectly but keep on trying. Perfection only comes with practice.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

My job as an investor takes me around the world and has inspired me to travel more for fun. I also played a lot of soccer as a youth and have been coaching a high school age team for the last two years.

Whitney Blodgett Discusses Her Photography Hobby

Software As A Service developer, Whitney Blodgett has been one of the leading figures in the establishment of new aspects of Online retail over the last few years and has seen her own company grow by more than 150 percent over the last two years alone. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Miss Blodgett’s work as a SaaS developer, began on a small scale with local business leaders looking for assistance launching their Web-based programs. In the last few years, Whitney Blodgett has grown her business to take in clients on a national and international scale through the excellent service her company provides for clients.

What is your hobby?

I enjoy photography in all its forms from creating a portrait to heading into the countryside and takes photos of whatever I see around me. Although I class photography as a hobby, it has become a significant part of my life as I travel more and more for work. I take my digital SLR camera everywhere with me and have developed an increasing interest in nature photography as I never know what I will see on a shoot.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

Throughout my childhood, a camera was always being used by my parents to record our family trips and special events, and I suppose I just picked it up. When I got to the University of Georgia, I took a few classes and had carried a camera with me ever since. I even use my Smartphone when I am working if I see something of interest and want to take a photo.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love everything about photography as I think it combines my developers need for accuracy and the creativity I have always held inside. Looking back through the images I have captured, I feel as though I am progressing with my hobby and the results are easy to identify with the naked eye.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I recently joined the Atlanta Photographic Society and had enjoyed meeting people with a shared interest. One of the things I am looking forward to with the club is heading out on some field trips and exchanging tips and information with my fellow photographers.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

As my business has progressed, I have been able to invest in some impressive cameras, but my latest investment was the most costly, and I think the best I have ever bought. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a professional standard camera I am enjoying exploring, and the 70 to 200mm lens I purchased with the new body has been invaluable in recording the best in nature across the U.S.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

The majority of my purchases have been made through Online Sites such as Amazon and eBay, but I do enjoy exploring smaller independent camera stores I find across the world. I was recently in a junk shop in Atlanta and found some old cameras and equipment which really caught my eye and have led to a whole new area of interest for me regarding photography. Hopefully, I can find some traditional SLR cameras and equipment and try out some older techniques in creating my own prints.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The book I remember being most inspiring was “A Year With My Camera: Book 1” by Emma Davies which was filled with practical advice and many different tips. I think a book like this is a good option for anybody who is looking to develop an interest in photography along with any photography books showing the work of professionals who can inspire through their work.

How has this changed your life?

My word, that’s easy to answer. Before I started taking an active role in photography, I was stressed and moving at breakneck speed all the time, but now I feel I have the ability to take a step back and look at what is happening around me as I’m always looking for the best photos and composition.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Pick up a camera and take some pictures. It doesn’t matter how bad you think your first attempts are you will improve simply by practicing and having fun learning about different ways to compose an image and get out into the world around you. All the research and reading in the world can only take you so far before you have to put what you have learned into practice.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I have recently been interested in developing some skills in calligraphy and have been enjoying learning another skill which helps me build my patience and inner peace. There’s no way of rushing the completion of a calligraphy assignment, and I have learned many life lessons from this hobby.

Whitney Blodgett Shares her Love of Photography

Whitney Blodgett is an established SaaS company founder and software developer based in Atlanta, Georgia. As a graduate of the University of Georgia in Computer Sciences, she was always curious about how she could bridge the gap between technology and other business sectors, such as retail.

 

This led her to the idea that she could create a software that would allow retail companies to use to power of technology automation. Her SaaS company helps businesses send out autosuggestion newsletters to customers, create an automated invoice, and help account management.

 

At present, her company has experienced a 150% growth over the last 2 years, and they are looking into expanding their business to other smaller businesses and solo entrepreneurs.

 

Whitney Blodgett also enjoys photography during her free time and has invested in her hobby for quite some time since she graduated in college.

 

 

What is your hobby?

I really enjoy photography, particularly, nature photography. Atlanta is known for its parks, springs and natural reserves. During my spare time, I would bring my DSLR and take photos. It’s also a part of my physical activity since I enjoy leisurely walks in these natural locations. When I travel in the states or in other countries, I also bring my GoPro aside from my DSLR.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

Since I am a business owner who deals with clients mostly through a computer, the whole team and I often spend our time indoors, with our eyes glued to the computer. Although I enjoy my work and the fast-paced learning environment it gives me, I enjoy some downtime with nature. One day, I was doing my daily jog with my smartphone at hand. I saw a beautiful and unique-looking bird perched on a tree and I wanted to take a nice photo, but couldn’t do so with the limitations of a regular smartphone. So I decided to invest in really good camera equipment, and the rest is history.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

I love how photography connects us to moments that we can never have back. It’s like a frozen point in time. I know it may sound very profound, but that’s where I see the beauty in my hobby. It makes me see that time is really precious and should be treasured by taking photos. It’s a way of banking those memories in a physical form.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I am actually part of Atlanta Photographic Society. It’s just simply a photography club where hobbyists like me can connect and share our work. I network with other photographers once every 1-2 months. We take nature trips and exchange tips on how to create stunning nature photos.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

One of the most expensive investments I had for my photography hobby is my Nikon D850. Out of all the DSLR cameras I had, it is the one with the most functionality, best in quality and I could probably say the more diverse in customization. Its price is quite hefty, I spent over $3,000 just for the camera alone, and I had to spend more to add the rest of my equipment, including special lenses. Thankfully my investment really paid off and now it’s one of the main DSLRs that I use during my nature expeditions.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Before I purchase anything, I usually go to Tech Radar to read some reviews about it. I also ask with my community in Atlanta Photographic Society is the equipment is a good investment. After that, I try to find the certain model through the official retailers in Amazon, because that’s where I usually find good deals. Some local stores wouldn’t really have the latest models, so I prefer purchasing most of my equipment online.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

Michael Freeman has this book called “The Photographer’s Eye”. Sometimes, what sets a regular person from a person who has good photography skills is their eye for composition. This book I’ve read is a perfect guide for beginners to understand composition in photography. It also teaches how to angle the lens to create stunning photos even in the most mundane locations or simplest of objects. This is the book I used to study at the start of my hobby journey.

 

How has this changed your life?

It changed me because, through constant practice, I learned how to create photos with good composition. I believe that exposure and lighting are all great elements to study, but learning composition is a skill that only great photographers possess. So this book really helped me improve my craft over time.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

My advice for beginner photographers is to strike a balance between learning and experiencing. Reading the books will help you understand the basics, but experiencing the hobby in itself is something that will help you build on those foundations.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Aside from photography, I also love to travel to different places in the US as well as other countries. From time to time, I bring my company to retreats to help us unwind. With the fast-paced nature of our work, it is good to take a break once in a while.

JMD Furniture: Interview with CEO, Dev Joshi

Dev Joshi is the founder and current CEO of JMD Furniture, a company that focuses on quality furniture products which are both pre-made and custom-made. Mr. Joshi has risen from humble beginnings to become a successful entrepreneur that shines through his values and education. His furniture company is currently a family-run business, and it has gained recognition in the Metropolitan Washington DC area. Members of Dev’s family Ritu, Preeti, Narender, and Sunita have all cooperated to establish the success of the company for over a decade.

 

Prior to his success, Dev Joshi worked hard to acquire the skill set he needed as he completed high school. Being a diligent student allowed him to be recognized as a hardworking person by his peers. After high school, he decided to start his own business with his family, knowing that he had the resourcefulness and mindset to do what it takes to succeed. At present, JMD Furniture stands as one of the top ten trusted and valued furniture dealer as announced by the Prime Buyer’s Report.

 

Aside from his business, Dev Joshi enjoys other endeavors. Coming from a family who enjoyed cooking, he grew up to learn recipes both from his mother and father. He admits that during down times, he enjoys whipping up creative recipes in the kitchen. He likes preparing a diverse type of cuisines, but traditional Indian cooking will always take the first place as his favorite.

 

What is your hobby?

I really enjoy cooking and creating new recipes for my family. Although my business is all about design and constructing home furnishing, food and cooking have a special place in my heart. My mother and father are both great home cooks, and they taught us the value of preparing thoughtful meals for the family. I am enjoying learning about baking bread and experimenting on Indian and other Asian cuisines.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

As I have mentioned, the love of cooking came to me at an early age. When I was younger, my mother would ask me to help shape the naan bread, and my father would take me on trips to the local market. It is something that I grew up with and truly enjoyed, and I guess it kind of stuck to me as my creative outlet.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

I love cooking because not only is it a form of self-expression, but it also is a form of service. You see, I run a family business and each of them helps me to grow our company. Cooking is a way for me to say “thank you” and appreciate them for all the work they have done by my side.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I don’t specifically join groups because I already have a support system that enjoys my cooking! My family loves it when I cook for them on the weekends. I would usually make a really nice vegetable stew, naan and chickpea curry. It’s a traditional staple. On some days, they would request for something else, and that makes me feel motivated to learn more. I have been enjoying learning about Thai and Vietnamese cuisine too. Like Indian cuisine, the flavor profile is very diverse and my family just enjoys the variety of food that I can make for them. On random occasions, I would bring tofu and bean sprouts egg rolls to my workers to make them feel appreciated.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I have recently invested in a food processor. I didn’t know how much convenience it can bring! I used to own a whole knife set, and cooking Asian food, I am aware that I have to cut, grind, and peel a lot of things. It was then when I was watching cooking videos online that I was enticed to invest in a heavy-duty food processor where I realized that the process of preparation became easier for me.

 


Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I buy most of my supplies at the local Asian store a few blocks away from our furniture shop. If I go to Walmart or Kroger, they wouldn’t usually have the ingredients I would need, most particularly the spices and vegetables. So for the complete supply, I head to Asian stores. I enjoy it because I get to find good deals for the things I have missed to eat when growing up.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

There is a book that’s on our shelves for a long time and I enjoyed reading it as a kid. I would watch my mom flip the pages of that book and I would read it to her in moments her hands were busy! So I recommend the book “Classic Indian Cooking” by Julie Sahni. It’s a book that contains the most common Indian dishes that has been passed from generation to generation.

 

How has this changed your life?

I would say that this is a book I knew from growing up and having been able to know almost every page of it made me branch out to experiment and try other variations and fusions inspired by the classical cooking. It also made me see how rich and beautiful Indian cuisine is, and how I am proud to be a part of that culture.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

My advice for people who want to get into cooking is to learn from others. I can say that because it’s true for me. If you can find a mentor who can help you learn the tips and tricks in the kitchen, or maybe just watch a mentor on your screen where you can follow recipes with, it will definitely help you grow your skills.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love reading and doing decorative woodwork! Those are the things I truly enjoy at my spare time.

Adrian Rubin

Adrian Rubin is an established freelance creative director based in Brooklyn, New York. Adrian has been the main freelance creative director for several types of companies, both high-profile and startups. He has been in the creative industry for more than a decade and is deeply interested in the fast-evolving pace of arts and design.

 

Now that there are more opportunities to express art in different forms and means, Adrian Rubin is looking forward to generating more ideas for his clients. At present, he focuses on digital design and marketing, which allowed him to hone his skills aligned with the present modern culture.

 

Having a passion for the arts has allowed Mr. Rubin to develop strong creative hobbies.

 

What is your hobby?

I do what I love, and I love what I do. My life has been art and art has always become a part of my life. I enjoy sketching as my past time, both through a drawing pad or in my digital tablet, which I have been using to help my clients for the last couple of years.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I can remember being young as 6 years old and asking my parents to buy me the biggest set of Crayola. I loved having art materials as a gift, whether they were drawing pads, oil pastels, paint brushes. I love being in the quiet and making the sketches come alive. I guess starting out at a young age has developed my skills over time. Some people would be into sports, reading, or music to de-stress. I guess I could say that sketching has always been my go-to to relieve stress from daily responsibilities.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

The difference between drawing or sketching on my own compared to fulfilling a client’s order is the creative independence I get to have. Although a lot of companies that I have worked with allow me to express my creative side, of course, I had to abide by their rules. It’s not all the time that I get to have that personal touch. With my hobby, this is something that is “truly me”, and I get to fully express my artistic side without having to follow through another person’s wishes. Don’t get me wrong, I love working with my clients. It’s just that an artist also needs time to develop his craft independently.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of, or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Back in college, I used to join an art organization. I enjoyed it a lot because I got to meet with other artists whom I’ve learned several creative styles from. We would have exhibits sponsored by our organizations showcasing our art, including paintings, photography, or video presentations. A good friend of mine became a museum curator, and some of them also focused on the digital design industry.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment, and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

As a freelance creative director, I have to invest in a lot of high-technology design tools. At present, I own the latest Wacom Intuos, and it has helped me greatly with conveying sketches and design ideas for my clients. I currently work with a T-shirt company who consistently asks me for new design ideas. This is where my Wacom Intuos is put to use, and it has been a great convenience for me.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I purchase most of my products online, especially when it comes to gadgets. As for specialty tools, I go to my local community art store in Brooklyn to get the best deals for my supplies. The owner knows me, and he gives me a special discount on my usual needs.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

If you’re an absolute beginner trying to draw or sketch, I recommend a book called Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson. This book is about learning how to sketch more proportionately and being able to integrate your touch depending on the style that you want to achieve.

 

How has this changed your life?

This book has allowed me to note the slight differences that make a drawing style different from another one. Since I have clients which have varying preferences, this book has helped me adapt from these style shifts.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

My advice to beginners is just to start on it. A lot of people are hesitant to try out a new hobby fearing that they won’t be as good as they expected. I’m telling you, the passion is what makes the hobbyist, and not the skill. The skill is only developed over time.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love incorporating nature into my art, so recently I have enjoyed hiking and trekking during my travels. It gives me a fresh perspective and allows me to be physically active which is very helpful as a freelancer.

Ismail Sirdah

Ismail Sirdah is a Miami-based photographer who owns his own studio that specializes in wedding, travel, as well as retail photography. Unlike most businessmen, he started his endeavor at the age of 20 and worked his way up to become one of the most prominent experts in this market. Having started with nothing more than an SLR camera, Ismail Sirdah had to improvise angles, lighting, effects, and countless other aspects of photography to make his work stand out. Given the success that he was able to achieve, he recently diversified his entrepreneurial career and opened a school of photography for younger people.

 

What is your hobby?

As you can probably imagine, photography. I always traveled armed with at least one of my smaller cameras as the professional ones can be bulky and impractical to carry on-the-go. Thus, regardless of what I might be doing, I will always make a quick stop to capture a photo that I believe can be astonishing. So, photography could be classified as my job and my hobby.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

Years ago, one of my friends was given a high-end camera as a gift. Although they liked it a lot, I became amazed by everything that this device could do and the type of photos that I was able to take were amazing. Although it took me a while to understand that it was not just the camera doing the work by itself, it only took a few weeks for me to realize that this might be something I could do for the rest of my life!

 

Tell us what you love about it.

The never-ending list of perspectives that something can be captured from. Think of it this way, if I capture a black and white photo of a landscape, it immediately implies an oldish and somewhat sadder nature. If I do it with a full brightness and intensified colors, on the other hand, it becomes an inviting scenery that is very different from the previous one. Not to even mention everything that you can do once you start playing with the angles and effects.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Most of the events that I attend are related to the school of photography that I recently established. I used to be a member of many organizations related to this industry but, as I got more involved with my projects, I had to prioritize things.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I bought quite a few different cameras. As with every photographer, those tend to be the main source of unexpected expenses. Also, since I have my own studio, I had to invest in the actual rental space that needed to be equipped with some furniture and decorative tools.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

It just depends. A lot of the things that I buy are straight from the internet. That enables me to save time by not having to pick any of the items in person. Sometimes, however, I enjoy spending some time browsing the things that I want to purchase. Thus, seeing me at a store like Best Buy would not be surprising!

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

There are quite a few that people can use. I never used many books as most of the things that I know were self-taught. Nonetheless, those interested should look into “Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera” by Bryan Peterson as well as “The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos” by Michael Freeman. Of course, there are many other books that might work better depending on the specific type of photos that you might be trying to take.

 

How has this changed your life?

The biggest impact it had is in the way that I look at the world. Nowadays, everything that I come in contact with is analyzed. I seek subtle signs that something could make a beautiful photo. Although this can be quite distracting at times, it helps me see things in a positive ways.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Do not be afraid to experiment. If you are planning on becoming a world-renowned photographer, taking ordinary photos will not get you there. You need to learn what types of photos are easy for you to take, what do people react to positively, as well as what type of surroundings you enjoy. For example, if you are a natural talent at wedding photography, it would make no sense to spend time doing nothing but nature shots. Similarly, if you enjoy taking one type of photos yet people around you do not express much interest in them, you may need to question your work. Although you could be doing everything right, the fact that your work might be “ordinary” is very detrimental to your career. Thus, be creative and try new things!

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I do have other hobbies that come alongside my photography. For instance, since I have a business to run, one of my hobbies is reading entrepreneurship-related books from professionals who built their organizations from

Andrew Knight New Canaan Developer

Andrew Knight New Canaan is an established front-end developer based in Connecticut.

 

Now having served over hundreds of clients, Mr. Knight was able to create software for businesses with excellent Graphics User Interface and optimized web pages. Since his main focus was in the real estate industry, he hopes to help realtors and other land developer businesses to get their ground in the online space. He believes that all companies need technology to succeed, especially now that almost everything can be done digitally.

 

Andrew Knight New Canaan enjoys making art and playing video games during free time. Art is one of his innate passions even as a young child, but now, he has the right resources to develop this craft.

 

What is your hobby?

I enjoy making hand-made paintings and graphic designs. I have always been interested in art and how it evokes thoughts and emotions to people. I guess it’s one way to express myself, and an outlet because of the mental demands of career life.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I started going into this hobby when I was working and graduated in college. My young college-self was so immersed in studying that I almost had no time for hobbies. When I had my own means to purchase materials and schedule my time for work and play, that’s when I decided I would get back to my roots and continue doing art again. I have always enjoyed going to local museums when I travel. I learn a lot about artistic styles and this is where I get my inspiration from. Whether it’s painting, architecture, or just the beauty of nature, I make it an inspiration for my pieces.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

Art for me is a form of expression. Without art, life loses its beauty. And I guess that’s the part I love about it. Sometimes we get so caught up in the routinary tasks that we forget to stop and contemplate about the really beautiful things in life. Art is one way of capturing that beauty in physical form. Whether its purpose is to express emotion, provide inspiration, or just for aesthetic purposes, art is what brings the life of people.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of, or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Since I travel very often, I don’t have the chance to be a part of the local community. However, when I go from place to place, I always take the time to do nature sight-seeing or going to a local heritage area. If there’s a local art museum nearby, I always take time to go as well. I also love to support local artists. Sometimes, I would just look into Google and find events in a place where I’m at. There was one time, an art exhibit was held for local artists in Minnesota. I decided to attend even if I had no contacts. The artists were so thankful to see a stranger show support for their craft.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I actually own a Wilson Bickford signature brush. It’s one of my biggest investments in painting that I purchased a year ago. It’s a complete set of high-quality brushes that I use for canvas paintings. As much as possible, I take care of my hobby tools because I prefer to purchase the good brands. I think they’re a great investment.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I buy most of my supplies online. Since I often travel, I don’t have to time to go to local shops to see if they have my specific art tool in mind. I just make sure that each product has top notch reviews and it comes from a verified supplier. Buying online also helps me because I just have them ship it to my home even when I’m away.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

I recommend a book called “Color and Light” by James Gurney. I’m a fan of realist paintings. This is because such type of art needs a high skill. When I read the book, I learned about tips and techniques to make my paintings as close to the real thing as possible.

 

How has this changed your life?

This book changed my life because I used to be frustrated with my skill. I think I’m a pretty good impressionist painter, but realist paintings were my weakness. It really helped me gain confidence in trying new styles.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

My advice is to just do it. Some people are afraid to try new things because they’re afraid to fail. There’s no failure in a hobby. When you do the things you love, you’ll get better at it no matter what.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love playing video games! I know it may be unrelated to painting, but it’s also my way to de-stress myself. Like most guys, I would be pretty much into playing League of Legends.

Blake Rubin

Blake Rubin is a mobile developer who lives in Los Angeles, California. Since he earned a college degree that combines the field of technology and business, he possesses extensive skills when it comes to helping start-up companies grow through innovation. Most of his projects pertain to employee training and implementation of mobile resources. Moreover, as a leader of this industry in Los Angeles, he has built a reputation as an influential mentor for young professionals and a reliable business partner. Besides working, Blake Rubin spends a lot of time skiing. Although this is only a hobby, it has helped him visit some of the nation’s prettiest mountains.

 

 

What is your hobby?

Skiing. Although I learned when I was fifteen and have been skiing ever since then, I still enjoy it like the very first time that my parents introduced me to the sport. It started off as a basic alpine style, which stands for downhill skiing, but I eventually learned more advanced techniques.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My family and I visited Colorado almost every year for about a decade in the early 2000’s. During these times, everyone took up learning a different winter sport. We had some who were studying snowboarding, some were practicing ice skating, and I decided to go with skiing. In retrospect, the only reason why I picked this particular sport is the fact that I have seen too many movies about it. Although it may seem ridiculous, it was these Hollywood scenes that inspired me to stand on a pair of skis and try to go downhill without breaking my neck. Ultimately, I turned out to be quite good at it from the beginning and my neck never suffered any injuries.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

You could call me a speed junkie. I enjoy getting an adrenaline rush while I go down a steep mountain. The snow that splashes from underneath my skis, the sticks that I use to increase the acceleration, the momentum that must be properly handled to make a solid turn, and everything else related to this sport excites me. Also, I absolutely hate almost every other sport that involves a ball.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I did a few team competitions in amateur skiing. I never placed high in the rankings, however, as our team was quite mediocre. Regardless, our goal was to have fun while others were chasing imaginary titles and trophies. I would probably not trade with anyone who won many prizes as the memories I gathered seem more valuable than any wall plaques.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

As with any other sport, I had to buy some basic tools to work on my craftsmanship. Besides the obvious purpose of my VolkiMantra skis, I also invested in some professional goggles, skiing suits, helmets, sticks, and other items that are mandatory in order to enjoy my hobby without worrying about safety hazards.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Either online or in stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Academy Sports and Outdoors. For the most part, it just depends on the offering. There have been instances where the in-store purchases would not make sense as their prices were too high compared to those of online retailers. This concept also applies on the vice-versa basis. I must admit, however, that it is more convenient to buy things over the internet as one does not have to worry about picking up heavy supplies.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

Besides the mainstream books that try to teach people how to ski, there are very few readings that will be related to this topic in an entertaining manner. Some of the selected works include the “All-Mountain Skier” by R. Mark Elling, “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain” by Bruce Tremper, and “Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die: Downhill Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations” by Chris Santella. The last book also makes a great bucket list for people who do not already have one.

 

How has this changed your life?

It helped me remain positive during difficult times of adversity. Also, I can now channel my energy in a very efficient manner. This enables me to minimize the amount of stress in the workplace and host an inclusive and productive atmosphere.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Take a few classes from experienced instructors and practice the basics. Skiing can either become an amazing sport or a gravely dangerous activity for those involved. Consider, for example, that every skill which you practice on flat land without speed will have to be executed perfectly while you slide at life-threatening speeds. Thus, you want to ensure that your abilities are up to par and that you will not be a risk to yourself or others.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I like learning how to snowboard. Generally speaking, it has a lot of touching points with skiing. Nevertheless, I have still not mastered the art of the board. The fact that the center of gravity is completely shifted in snowboarding has made it almost impossible for me to learn. Regardless, I will keep trying until I finally succeed.

Mark Alvarado

Mark Alvarado is a graphic designer with a long history of popular projects. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, he purchased some property in Texas. There, he often engages in one of his favorite hobbies in the world, archery. Although he is no stranger to the Lone Star state, Mark Alvarado still resides in California. His home is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in the city called Palo Alto. His talents as a graphic designer include everything from simple logo campaigns to more complex branding projects that help firms establish their identity in the market.

 

What is your hobby?

Although I enjoy following sports that involve some type of a ball, there is nothing that I love more than archery. It has been my number-one hobby for as long as I can remember.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I am proud to be one of the few bowmen that began practicing this ancient skill long before popular TV shows and movies turned it into a mainstream activity. The way I got started, however, is slightly ironic as it was mainly accidental. After finding a bow and half a dozen arrows while hiking with some of my friends about a decade ago, we decided to have a friendly competition and hit the “stop” sign down the road.

In retrospect, this was not the wisest decision we have ever made. As they took their shots, it became apparent that archery was not really in their DNA. In my case, on the other hand, I was able to hit the pole of the sign which topped everyone else’s attempt. This inspired me to keep practicing and archery soon became one of my favorite ways to unwind. Not to mention that my shooting from that day won me the bow and arrow that we discovered laying in the dirt!

 

Tell us what you love about it.

I enjoy every single second of firing an arrow. Starting with a calm and steady arm that must support the bow forces me to slow down my breathing and completely focus on the target. Then, upon putting hitting the mark, I must become one with the weapon and wait for the perfect moment to release my shot. That split second is probably the most relaxed state of mind that I could ever be in.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Generally speaking, I do archery as a way to decompress after a long day. I have not reached the level of competitiveness that would require me to take part in some championships. Occasionally, however, I use my property in Texas to set up a mini course with a few targets where my friends and I practice.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Yes. Thus far I purchased a PSE Anthem recurve, Cabela’s Dash RTH compound package, and was given a Samick Sage 62″ takedown-recurve bows. I originally started with the PSE Anthem as it is the very basic, beginner-like bow that had no fancy additions or gear. After a while, I upgraded to Samick Sage that had a custom-made, bear hair rest and plate.

But both of these are nothing compared to the Cabela’s Dash that I was gifted recently. That one looks like something that the famous superhero Green Arrow would use. It has so many different tools that it is practically impossible to use them all in one session.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Usually online. I shop for arrows or targets on Amazon as there is a seemingly unlimited number of options. I am not a fan of commercial sellers that overcharge just because they have a popular brand name.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

“The Witchery of Archery” by Maurice Thompson is great. It is actually the first book ever written on the topic of hunting with a bow and arrow. Having been around for 140 years, it is amazing to see that most of the principles discussed by Thompson still apply to modern-day archery.

 

How has this changed your life?

It has helped me diversify my short list of hobbies. Besides graphic design, there has not usually been too much that I am interested in. As I began my amateur career in archery, I learned that my job is not the most important thing in the world.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Practice far away from anybody, especially if you are just starting out. Although an arrow may not look lethal, it can pick up speeds north of 150 miles per hour when it is fired correctly. This is enough to go through wood, glass, and even some metals. Adding the fact that most arrows have sharp tips made of metal, making it very dangerous for bystanders. In other words, be very careful!