When we talk about self-improvement, many different things come to mind. Something that doesn’t usually come to mind is photography. Many people don’t realize that photography can help a lot with better mental health and self-improvement. Here are some reasons why we say that:
- Photography makes you move, and moving around, exploring different cities, traveling the world, talking to people, and trying new experiences is a key factor for a healthy and sound mind. You can not only make yourself busy and hence leave your stress and tension behind but also learn many new things about the world.
- Photography makes you think about your subject, about the best way to tell your story, about the best use of light, and about the best possible composition. When you develop the habit of thinking closely about these things, your capabilities of decision making will improve.
- Photography gives you new skills. From learning how to use a camera to getting familiar with a photo editor and its various feature, you’ll learn a lot of new things once you start getting involved with photography. There are many websites where you can learn new skills like HDR photography, so you can dive into new genres of photography regularly.
- Photography makes you appreciate the world. When you walk out with your camera, you look at things a little differently. You start picking up on small details that you never saw before, you see people’s faces and their stories in a way that you never thought of before, and you look at landscapes and the nature with a renewed appreciation. Photography makes you appreciative of everything around you in this way.
- Photography makes you more confident. Going out in the street and taking photos of people is not an easy task. You will face many people who don’t like their photos taken, so you’ll have to ask for permission. This seemingly simple process makes you more confident and more comfortable while approaching strangers. This also leads to many interesting conversations being stirred up and you learn many new things about people you don’t even know.
So whenever you’re thinking of self-improvement, or you just want to learn something new every day, keep photography as a potential hobby in your mind.