I can’t quite remember how I started my journey in photography, but I do remember how excited I was when I finally did. From buying new lenses, camera bag, straps and other accessories to sharing my photos on social media, it definitely broke off the monotonous routine I was accustomed to. It provided an outlet where I can express my creativity without ever saying a word.
I am no expert, but I think you need photography in your life as well. Here are five reasons why:
One great benefit you can get from photography is having the drive to explore new places. Let’s face it, nobody really wants to see what you have in your backyard. You’ll start looking for locations that you otherwise would never have visited if it weren’t for your photography. You may visit places you’ve already been to in your locality as well, but you’ll now be seeing them in a new light. You’ll start noticing little things that will affect your photos such as the faded paint on the wall (this can get really dramatic, eh? Perfect for a photoshoot), the abstract patterns created by the plants and the beautiful landscaping as well.
This may come as a no-brainer, but trust me, not everyone with a camera is into photography. With the advent of smartphones, almost everyone can take good photos within seconds, but there’s a big difference between a good photo and a photo that’s taken with passion and creativity. Photography is all about conveying a message, presented in a manner that will invoke emotion from the viewer. When you get in deep with photography, you’ll start exploring new subjects, new angles, new compositions, new styles, and even new ways to light your subject. As a result, you’ll have better photos to look at someday when the great moments have fleeted.
Sure, you can always learn another skill. But knowing photography can be very practical as compared to other hobbies out there. It is a science with a lot of elements ranging from the science of light, composition, and the technicalities involved in the camera itself. Dare I say, not a lot of people can do it right. If you put your effort into learning and practicing photography, it will keep you happy and occupied when the boring days take over.
Just imagine what our life would have become without the creativity of singers, actors, artists, architects, scientists and engineers? Almost every aspect of our daily living has creativity embedded on it, and photography is one of them. That feeling you get when you nail the perfect sunset photo, that awesome action shot from when you were hiking, that amazing jumpshot, or maybe when you get the perfect milky way galaxy shot… That feeling is what makes photography a very rewarding hobby.
Not everyone is very expressive in words. But as the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”, you don’t really need to say anything to share what or how you feel. Not only is photography an effective and easy way to express, it is also universal in the sense that you can communicate without ever learning how to speak other languages. Don’t feel like sharing on social media? Maybe you’d want to share that photo you just took.
Learning photography opens up a lot of opportunities and gives so much more value to our lives. It allows us to capture, share, and reminisce about the past like it were in the present. It enables us to become creative and express what we otherwise couldn’t have said in words. It allows us to freeze time, put it in a box, and someday get back to it again when we have to.