Improve your life-skills
Newly acquired photography skills can improve so many aspects of your life. An example is searching for different angles and perspectives in a photo. Imagine a conversation where you have a differing opinion than someone else. Photography teaches you that sometimes different perspectives can both produce amazing results. Photography helps you to keep an open mind and seek opportunities to learn.Identify different perspectives
One transformational tip to better photos is capturing a different perspective. If you are capturing flowers, shoot inside the flower to see the stamen and pollen. Other options are from the side and even underneath.Cerebral benefits
Both sides of the brain work together in photography. The left side is the logical thinking and the right side creativity. Applying photography guidelines on photo composition uses the logical techniques learned. Experimenting with different techniques, such as a low angle can produce creative images.Analytical skills
As you edit an image, whether consciously or not, we are making decisions about what we are depicting. This improves decision-making skills and helps with problem-solving. If an image isn't improving the way we expect, then we make rational decisions to fix it. We step back and determine what is and isn't working in an image, what step to take next, and what it is we like about it.Build confidence
Learning an art or any new skill builds confidence. Be mindful of not falling into the trap of seeking approval of your photos online. Visual medium platforms like Facebook and Instagram display your photos through an algorithm. Not everyone you expect to 'like' and comment on your photos may have seen your images. That little dopamine hit from a Like is not self-confidence. Confidence comes from enjoying your own art and the ongoing learning photography process.
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This is one that I did not before link to photography. I thought drawing was more about self-expression. Yet, how you photograph your subject choice and how you edit the final image is an act of self-expression. It reveals your interests and how you prefer to interact with the world. Me, I am an introvert. I would much rather photograph flowers than interacting with and posing people. I am a positive person and a perfectionist. This is possibly why I edit my photos to make the colours really pop and remove any imperfections in the petals!Photography inspires imagination
If like me, creativity and imagination do not come easily. The great news is that creativity is like a muscle. It can be practised and developed! There is no such thing as not being a creative type. We all start out in life playing as children and having an imagination. Among the many genres of photography is compositing, combining many images. These blended images can be very creative, combining photography with surrealistic art.Increased mental focus
Photography teaches us to pay attention to details, colour, shadow, light, lines, structure. Editing an image develops your ability to focus on a single task over a period of time. As we make adjustments we are continually making decisions during the entire process.
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You are no doubt like the rest of us, distracted by all types of different stimuli, busy and in a hurry.
Photography forces you to slow down, prepare and even expect a photo opportunity. In street photography, I like to find a location, then wait for a person entering the scene. Having patience and waiting is better than walking around taking happy snaps.
Focusing on a photographing a subject is a great way to 'let go' of your other worries. Becoming so immersed provides a temporary reprieve from your daily stresses. It will all be there when you are done! Then it's time to edit your photos and have another break from the stress!
Get the most out of that camera in your pocket
You may simply want to learn photography to get the most out of that existing camera in your handbag or pocket. The standard in-built camera is incredible. Did you know there are many camera replacement apps for your smartphone? They use the hardware and change the interface and software to create another camera. My little mind was blown away the first I discovered this. My favourite camera replacement app the Moment Pro Camera App. The Moment app allows manual control over the camera and integration to use the Moment lens accessories.
Photography can be a side business
Learning photography does not need to be a full-time career. If you choose to make some money from your hobby, there are opportunities. Your goal may be to fund a new smartphone each year!
One of my favourite recommendations is stock photo agencies. You can upload images using their app on your smartphone – foap, stockimo, eyeem and bylined.
Improve the photos in your business
Visuals for social media is very important for many small businesses. Customers expect you to be where they are searching. Google also rewards websites that have links to active social media accounts. You know your own behaviour on social media. We all scroll through and pause when someone of interest or relevance grabs our attention.
Learning photography on the smartphone is the most convenient and affordable way to consistently create these images. Creating a narrative to an image of relevance, evoke an emotional response and action of the customer is a very difficult task.
Photography helps you capture better video
Learning photography teaches you skills directly transferable to video. Recording loved ones. is incredibly valuable for years to come. Composition, lighting, focus and holding the camera steady all still apply.
Become a storyteller
One of the main elements you need in an engaging image is a strong subject. Other elements in the image provide supporting context to the scene. As you begin to deconstruct scenes and put them together, you start to view your images as a story. Learning photography has you questioning if the content in your scene 'adds to the story'. Does that distracting leaf in the flower photo add to the vibrant colours that caught your eye? Does the rubbish bin in that urban streetscape add to the story of the beautiful colours of the shop fronts?
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