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13 Appreciable Things Photography Teaches You

13 Things Photography Teaches You
The best life lessons that you learn are from experiences, no matter good or bad. Similarly, photography definitely teaches you something about life in general, irrespective of which genre you pursue or whether you are an amateur or professional. Most of all, it teaches you how to focus on the important aspects and appreciate the beauty in our lives.
Tanaya Navalkar
Last Updated: Mar 8, 2018
Macon Georgia City Square
Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
Things You Learn From Photography
Express Yourself
colorful umbrellas
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Certainly so! Photography is a great way to express yourself and your imagination and opinions. It helps you connect with the world without having to say anything. Eventually, you start understanding other photographers as well, just by looking at their work.
Notice Small Details
reflection of flower on dew drop
After pursuing photography, you change the way you view things. Everything looks different when you see things from a photographer's perspective. You find yourself noticing the smallest of extraordinary details even in the most ordinary things like light, shapes, depth in colors, textures, nature, people, features, etc. And eventually, you start discovering the beauty around you.
star trails
It's all about waiting and learning. While clicking the right shot, you learn to be more patient, calm, and even-tempered. Setting up a camera and taking tons of shots until you get the one single, perfect shot requires a lot of patience. Similarly in life, sometimes, you get to taste success only after a long wait.
grass in drought
It's not about having the best equipment, it's about who is behind the camera! You may have to wait or return to the place again and again to get that perfect shot that you've been wanting to capture for a long time. Or may be, you need to take a few steps back to get a bigger and better picture and figure out what exactly is happening in front of you. So, keep trying until you succeed!
perspective image of man and woman
It all depends on how you look at things. You can click a thousand photos of one subject depending on your point of view. There are various angles and dimensions to each subject only if you're willing to explore and choose the right ones.
replacing camera batteries
Preparedness is the key to capture a shot perfectly, and photography constantly reminds you of it. Imagine going out on a shoot only to discover that you have run out of camera batteries or you have left them back at home. Frustrating, isn't it? Moreover, you'll regret missing out on some really good pictures that you could've taken. So, be well prepared, always. It'll make your life easy. Because you never know when you may come across your dream shot.
Making mistakes is good
bird on tree branch
Mistakes are desirable when it comes to learning something new. So, if you feel you're not making progress, don't get disheartened. It's just a natural part of evolving as a person as well as a good photographer. It is only when you fall down that you learn to get up again and move ahead. So, keep clicking!
Try New Things in Life
light trails
There are infinite possibilities and ways of capturing photographic subjects. Everyday, you learn new things and have new things to explore. As long as you're trying to push yourself to experiment with new things, there won't be a dull moment ever. You'll always end up surprising yourself!
Look at the Bright Side
girl sitting in candle light
Always try to look at the bright side of life. It is entirely up to you as to what aspects of a situation you want to look at, positive or negative. Try to spot the good in a bad situation.
Click and Create Memories
old couple seeing photos
Photographs allow you to travel back in time. Just by looking at them, you can relive those moments. They help us connect with one another. If these special moments are not captured, they will fade away quickly. After all, it's good to look at old photos once in a while and smile to yourself. Isn't it?
Experience Emotions
mother and child
Photographs have real depth. Being able to capture an amazing range of emotions is a great learning experience. They evoke different emotions and feelings, especially when you don't speak the same language. That is why you should pay attention to your thoughts and emotions while shooting.
Know Yourself
small girl with parrot
Looking through the viewfinder while capturing other people's lives makes you reflect on yours as well. As you shoot, you'll get to know yourself well, what you're interested in, or how you feel about certain things.
Enjoy What You Do
silhouette of photographer
The more you learn about photography, the more you will start enjoying your work and appreciate other photographers' work as well. While shooting is definitely fun, there's more to photography than just pressing a button. Sometimes, even the most mundane things can lead you to a great shot. The more you learn in depth, the more you understand the "why" behind everything.