You have an incredible camera with you all the time: your smartphone. The quality of the photos that even a medium-sized smartphone takes is insane. And since you have such a powerful tool, why not learn how to use it well?
You take better pictures
Many of the situations that people take pictures of with their smartphones ̵1; their children growing up, fun events and concerts, holidays – only happen once. You can not redo your child’s third birthday party or go back to Tahiti with your fiancé.
The amount of effort required to take out your smartphone or camera, set up an okay picture and press the shutter button is not much less than the effort required to take out your smartphone, set up a good picture and take the photo. You just need to know a little more about photography.
The photos you take now will be your record. This is what you can look back on within six months, a year or ten years. Why not spend a week or two learning the basics of photography and have better photos to look back on. I doubt you will regret it.
You will learn to see photos as permanent
Most people have thousands of photos sitting, neglected, on their phones. They get taken, maybe posted on Instagram, and then they are forgotten. Nothing ever comes from them because they really never think about them outside of the moment they take them.
But if you start taking good photos – which you do if you learn how – your photos will start to make more sense to you. You remember the pictures you took and what happened when you took them. You will visit them more often, show them to friends and maybe even print and frame them. Unlike most, you get real value from hundreds of photos – and let’s be true, it’s a lowball estimate – you take a year.
It’s a great way to travel
Photography and travel go hand in hand. Carrying a camera is one of the best ways to explore a new place. You begin to notice small details and see how light plays on different things. You are considering getting up before dawn to watch the sunrise or consciously going to a beautiful place for the sunset.
Now I do not get it wrong; you do not have to build every vacation around photography. When you learn photography, even if you do not have your camera with you, you will still notice details and possible photos as you walk around a new place. So your photography friends can go to the same place you visited and come up with amazing photos of things you did not even notice.
You connect deeper with your home
And it’s not just new places that photography can help you get in touch with: it’s also the old familiar places. I love walking the dogs and my camera around the hill behind my family’s home. By visiting the same places over and over again, I see how time and weather and the season change them. The same places get new shades.
How often do you explore the place where you live? How often do you pay attention to the small changes that happen every day? Even if you do not need photography to help you be more attentive and connected to your home, it really helps. It gives you a tool to play with.
It’s a Creative Outlet
The desire to create is human. That’s why so many people want to make movies, paint, write and yes, take photographs. Unfortunately, many people do not have the opportunity to be creative in their daily work or at school.
Photography is one of the best creative stores for one simple reason: it’s quick and easy. If you want to start being creative every day, you only need to spend three minutes every day with your camera in hand. The same cannot be said if you want to start writing or painting.
It’s a useful skill
Knowing how to take good photos is an extremely useful skill, both personally and professionally.
Do you want to stand out on a dating site? Try to have a decent photo that shows you in a good light instead of a selfie or group photo. Or just help your friends when they need a good image for a resume.
Or, if you are going to get a new job, mention that you also take good photos. Many companies do not have dedicated social media; they only have a regular employee to take and upload single photos. If you offer their slideshow, it is an important point in your favor. The world goes multimedia – you can too.
How to learn to take good pictures
If I have convinced you that it is worth learning photography, I have some good news: here at LifeSavvy we have a detailed guide on how to use your camera. If you are not determined to use a dedicated camera, we also have an article on how to take better photos with just your smartphone.