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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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      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

      The result: no more mental stress.

      2. Unplug

      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

      3. Easy on the Caffeine

      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

      The result: mental stress will be gone!

      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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