The Things Photography Taught Me
I haven't been the same ever since I picked up my first camera. My view on many things has changed, the way I look at the sky, the way I go through my day and the way I look at myself! Photography has given me a great deal of skills, soft skills and hard skills. Let me summarize them for you.
Look for the Potential
Always looking for potential. Everywhere I go, whether I'm cycling, walking or driving, I keep looking around me and thinking about possible compositions and photographs.
A greater sense of appreciation for my direct surroundings. Before photography, I wasn't really aware of my surroundings and I didn't really see much in it, it
was just there. But ever since I started doing photography, I started to pay attention to my environment and I've come to appreciate it a lot more!
I learned that photography is one of the few things for me that can really raise my spirits. It can fill me up with energy, make me super excited and it can make my heart beat faster. But at the same time, it is also one of the few things that can really lower my spirits. Being a starting photographer comes with a lot of uncertainty financially speaking. Comparing myself to others through social media also doesn't help. But overall, photography is one of the greatest sources of joy for me.
Photography has given me confidence in many different ways. Portrait photography plays a big role in that. Because when doing portrait photography, you as a photographer are forced to meet strangers, talk with them, connect with them, put them infront of your camera and make them feel good. That used to be a scary thing for me. With portrait photography you also need to deliver great photos in any location! That can be a daunting thought. What if you're in the middle of nowhere with harsh sunlight and sweating your butt off? You still have to deliver those photos, and when you do manage to do that, it just feels great.
Photography also brings me to places where I otherwise would have never gone, out of the comfortzone! One of the things that got me into photography is seeing photographs of the milkyway, that's something that I want! Well, if you want those pictures, you've got to be out there in the field at night. Often I do this alone because I don't have such dedicated photography friends who want to be out in the field at 02.00 a.m. or even later. Sometimes it's scary, sometimes it's better. Photography brings me on so many levels outside of the comfortzone honestly. Most of the time that's the case when I'm shooting and filming myself in a city by myself and having all those eyes from strangers on me!
A Sense of Curiosity
Photography really grew my desire for exploration and travel. Ever since I started doing photography seriously, I've been on so many roadtrips! Most of them I organized myself. I learned that if you want something, you gotta be the first one to take the initiative! Don't wait for people to come to you.
Here are a few more points which I won't talk about in detail:
- Don't give up too soon!
Improved my social skills.
- Sometimes you just have to act confident!
- Photography is like mindfulness.
- It has given me some sort of purpose.
Photography is a powerful tool, not just for the art, but also mentally. It is definitely something that I could recommend to everyone.