The personal advantages of doing photography at any level

Doing photography doesn’t result in just a photo. It does so much more than that. It’s awesome for the community around you, but there are a lot of advantages for you too. Check them out in this post!

Family and love advantages of photography

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Doing photography for yourself is great. You should have something for yourself. A fun thing that comes at the side of doing photography for yourself, is that you also help others.

It saves those memories

Whether it’s for you or someone else. It helps you capture those memories for always. Something you saw on the street, or that one funny moment you shared with a friend. Take a photo of it or something that represents it. This way you will remember it forever.

Make stories of your adventures

A lot of people do this on Instagram. A lot of them take the photo directly in the story app. Which is great. Making and telling stories is awesome. A little disadvantage of doing it with Instagram is you lose the photos. Make the photos on your native smartphone camera app and upload them later.

Keep it as a souvenir of your travels

Traveling a lot, or even just sporadic generates more memories. Alone or with someone that means a lot to you. Create those photos of you, the place you go and the things you do. You will want to remember them and photographing them helps you with that.

Remember your friends and family

Make photos of your friends and family. Even just at home. Get them in front of your lens and start shooting. Make portraits, candid shots, and group photos. This way you will always have nice memories of them when they unavoidably move away or even pass away.

Get better photos of your kids and family

Doing photography and getting better at it makes sure you have better photos of your loved ones. It’s okay to have to quick snapshots with your phone, but maybe it’s nice to have some quality photos of them too. Making photos while the kids play, or sneaking up on your lover when he/she is making a nice meal. It seems like dumb moments, but it’s fun to have quality photos of those lovely moments.

Personal development advantages of photography

Ofcourse having those memories is already very nice. Another advantage of photography is becoming a better self. Improve your vision and thinking by simply taking photos.

Photography helps you release stress

It can be stressful, I admit. It all depends on what you like. I get stressed from portraits in a way, but I get super relaxed when I get to shoot insects and plants. Finding your niche in photography allows you to just focus on a thing and forgetting your troubles for a minute.

Photography gets you outside

Unless of course, you prefer to do studio photoshoots. If you are into landscape, macro, street or a lot of other genres, photography gets you outside. You have to leave the house and look for those nice places and moments to capture. A perfect motivator if you are prone to just sitting in the couch all day.

Photography clears your mind

Focusing on one subject helps you forget about all the other things going on in the world. Go outside and find something to photograph. You will soon forget about those bills or the issues you have at work. In the end, it might help you find a solution. It’s kind of like a long and hot shower.

Photography helped me with my day to day tasks

Photography teaches you a lot about composition, focusing and those subjects. Composition is the simple task of giving the subjects in your frame a good place. Which helped me with the composition in music. It also helped me with planning and looking ahead in small portions.

You get to see the bigger picture and the details

A good photographer knows to make a wide-angle and close-ups of a scene. By doing this you can tell the entire story. After a while, it will become a habit. This helps you with problem-solving and storytelling in your day today.

See the beauty in everyday objects

A challenge you take on as a photographer regularly is to photograph a mundane object. It helps you to look at things differently. It also teaches you so see interesting things in the most mundane objects. Before you know it, everything looks magical to you.

You can do photography anywhere and anytime

Ofcourse this depends on the niche you’ve chosen. Doing landscape photography at night might be a tough one for beginners. Or doing light painting on a sunny Saturday afternoon might not really work out. Ignoring those more extreme examples, it is possible to find interesting subjects to photograph at any time of the day.

Artistic advantages of photography

Okay, we already discussed the personal development and romantic/family aspects of photography. Time for the elephant in the room: the artistic advantages. Creating art helps you to become more artistic. Well duh.

Photography helps you get creative

Wether it’s because you need to photograph a mundane object that requires you to take on a completely different perspective. Or you have to find a good solution for that crappy light on a beautiful landscape. Maybe you’re doing crazy composites in Photoshop afterward.

Photography makes you look at things differently

As I mentioned earlier, it’s a good challenge to photograph a mundane object and see if you can turn it into something more interesting. Eventually, you will have this as a reflex in your everyday life.

Give your creativity an outlet

Maybe you already are super creative and you are just looking for a way to put it in practice. Photography can help you with that. Just start creating the photos you are envisioning.

Photography challenges you

In many ways, it can challenge you. Whether it is by bad conditions you need to face when doing landscape photography. Tedious studying to learn where to find certain animals. Or just, find a way for your kids to sit still properly to make a nice family portrait.

You get to know yourself better

By spending a lot of time with yourself, you will learn about who you are. What you like, what you hate, and how you react in certain situations.

Earn a little bit of money

Making things no-one else is making, makes your work valuable. Sometimes it’s not worth that much, other times it can be sold for quite a big amount. Let’s say you made a photo of something happening in your city that newspapers or magazines like to use. Or a beautiful landscape your nephew would like to hang in his office.

Social advantages of photography

There are many social opportunities in photography. Some are easy to find, others are random and just happen. Anyway, be ready to have a growing network!

You become part of a community

In a lot of cities and regions, there are photo-clubs. You can join them to improve your photography but also meet others. Everyone there is

You can share what you see

It might not be interesting to other photographers, but your friends and family will love it. Did you see a deer near your house? Damn, most of your friends didn’t even know they lived there, let alone saw one.  Are your kids playing the funniest game ever? Being able to take a nice photo of it will make the grandparents even happier.

You get to show what’s important to you

This can be anything. For me, it’s important to share the beauty of nature. Especially on a macro level. I love to show people the beauty of insects and plants all around us. Maybe one day they will stop kicking the mushrooms.

Get a better understanding of other peoples art

Understanding what it takes to make a good composition will help you value others time to craft their images. It also helps you understand movies and television better. Or how sometimes the news can be manipulated by a simple choice of composition or vantage point.

Meet new people more easily

It happens often that I go somewhere to photograph and encounter another photographer. Often enough one of the two will start a conversation. About the place first, then comes the tech-talk, followed by a nice conversation about anything. Using Facebook or business cards helps you to stay in touch afterward.

What advantages in life are you experiencing by doing photography? Let me know in the comments!

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