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7 Great Reasons to Get into Photography (and How to Do It)

7 Great Reasons to Get into Photography (and How to Do It)

Photography is an awesome hobby that millions around the globe practice. Some people would say that this is a discipline that everyone should pick up, as it offers numerous benefits. If you have considered picking up photography, you should give it a go, as it is a remarkable hobby which can greatly help you improve the way you see the world.

The list of benefits is virtually endless, but there are a few extremely important reasons why you should pick up a camera and start capturing the best moments from your own and other peoples’ lives:

1. Helps you stop and relax

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    The first thing that you are going to realize is the amount of relaxation you are going to feel as you are exploring your next photoshoot location. Pausing completely for a while just to let it all in is the best feeling ever. The pace of daily life is quite stressful and hitting the pause button will allow you to think about all those beautiful things which surround us every day.

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    2. You will realize the importance of little details

    Photography is going to make you pay attention to those little details that actually make our lives better. You will capture beautiful scenery, but you also might run into some unique moments, not everyone is even aware of. This will make you a humble person who appreciates the small things which are invaluable or, as the great photographer, Ansel Adams, would put it:

    “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”

    3. Photography opens up your eyes to the beauty of the world around you

    Next time you find yourself on a trip or a picnic, you are going to experience nature in a whole different way. More importantly, you will be able to capture that priceless moment, making it shareable with millions of people around the globe. Photography is going to make you a more spiritual person, a quality which is rare nowadays. All this makes it easier for you to enjoy your whole life.

    4. Helps you meet new interesting people

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      Photography is a very popular hobby and discipline. There are literally millions of people who enjoy capturing breathtaking moments. The larger your collection is and the further you improve your capturing capabilities, the higher the chances that you are going to come across other passionate people in this field.

      There are many photographers who received business proposals by simply creating an impeccable collection of photos. As you travel and share your work, the amount of people you are going to meet is going to be great. You are going to hear so many different stories, but also learn a lot from the people who share your interests.

      5. Gives you a chance create something you will be proud of

      Photography creates an incredible sense of achievement. There is always a chance that your photo will go viral, and no matter what happens, you are going to experience that great sense of achievement, as you create those breathtaking images. A good example of this is the “Bliss” photograph, which ended up on the desktops of millions of Windows XP users. You never know the real potential of your creation. This feeling is simply overwhelming.

      6. It is a viable career option

      An activity such as photography is great for personal growth, but it is always important to mention the financial aspect of it and whether investing time in it can actually bring some income in the future. In the past, you had to reach a truly professional level in order to earn money, whereas nowadays, it is possible to earn some money without any valid certificate. The key is to understand the best ways to utilize the online world and reach out to people.

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      Once you know how to do that, the options are endless. You can always start a photography blog and create content that people are going to find useful. There are numerous online platforms dedicated to selling photos. These are only some of the options at your disposal. All you have to do is be as creative as you can be.

      7. What do you need to get started with your photography career?

      The most important starting step is to conduct online research about which type of camera is perfect for your needs. According to the vast majority of people who are into photography, the best choice is to get a DSLR camera. Most people go with these, as there is a wider range of lenses and other parts which can be acquired to improve quality.

      Once you are equipped with a good camera, it is time to get to know how to capture those beautiful nature scenes. Luckily, there are numerous resources you can rely on. You can consult more experienced people. Furthermore, you can also rely on numerous online resources in the form of videos and articles. Beginning might be a little rough, but once you get to know what the basics are, your camera is going to be your favorite tool that will let you unleash your creativity.

      From the moment you start capturing photos, it is very important to establish a communication with people who share similar interests. Luckily, you can rely on the internet and join huge photography communities where people can give you advice that will put you on the right path. Do not be stubborn! Accept criticism, as it is the best way to progress in the very beginning.

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      As you can see, picking up photography is going to improve your mindset greatly. You are going to become more conscious of all the beauty that surrounds us everywhere we turn. All you have to do is do a little research and explore your creativity. Never leave your camera at home, as you never know when the next beautiful moment is going to occur.

      Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronbrothers/ via flickr.com

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      Vladimir Zivanovic

      CMO at MyCity-Web

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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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      Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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