Reasons Why Photography Is Our New Favorite Hobby

As a rule, hobbies come with a slew of benefits. Whether you’re learning to bodyboard, studying a new language, or solving a sudoku puzzle,...
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As a rule, hobbies come with a slew of benefits. Whether you’re learning to bodyboard, studying a new language, or solving a sudoku puzzle, there’s a hobby for everyone to enjoy. Taking on a new hobby will allow you to reap those benefits, such as decreased stress, new social connections, and greater enthusiasm for life in general. Photography is just one such hobby but, with an assortment of unique benefits all its own, it just might become your new go-to. So set up your light sources, find the perfect backdrop, and get ready to fall in love with your new favorite pastime.

Photography can be tried without a huge investment.


Many people might be intimidated by the expected cost of taking up a hobby like photography, which requires various pieces of equipment. But, in actuality, you can get started without much of an investment at all, adding to your stash of supplies as you become more dedicated to taking photographs. At first, you might even start with the simple camera built into your smartphone!

As you improve your new skills, you can purchase a more professional camera, and buy or rent photography lights to create the perfect ambiance. The impact of your light source is one of the most critical lessons you’ll learn as a beginner photographer and, as you learn, you’ll find which setup you like most. If you typically shoot with the strobe of your camera flash but want to try out continuous light for an event, you can try this out before you spend the money on studio lights, reflectors, and umbrellas

Photography can train your brain.


For many people, taking up a hobby is, among its other benefits, a way to stay enthused and engaged throughout the monotony of life. Taking the perfect photograph won’t just give you a sense of accomplishment—it can give your brain a workout and even boost your IQ. Whether you’re working with an instructor to learn how to make the most of your light source or you’re discovering what works best as you go, taking photographs will enhance your cognitive skills and can even improve your brain function. However you’re learning new things, be it photography or other creative hobbies that raise your IQ, your brainpower will be increasing alongside your new skills.

Photography can complement other hobbies.


If you’re like most people, you’ll find yourself with more than one hobby that you love. The beauty of photography is that it works beautifully with these other pastimes. Taking bodyboarding lessons? Shoot some photos of the beach at sunset. Love to travel? Bring your camera along to document each trip. Avid journaler? Paste some prints into your journal to help commemorate some of your best moments. Whatever your interests, you can find a way to pair them with your newfound love of photography.

Photography can improve your perception of the world.


Like other creative hobbies, taking photographs can even improve your mental health. Through the viewfinder, you’ll teach yourself to see the beauty in even the most ordinary of subjects, whether you’re practicing product photography, taking portraits, or just documenting average moments throughout your everyday life. By taking photos on a more regular basis, you’ll find yourself with a sense of accomplishment and a little extra joy alongside your fun new talking point.

As a pastime, photography brings plenty of benefits, from enhanced cognitive abilities to a brighter outlook on life. It can even give your career a boost, launching you into a side hustle, or bringing a new skill to your resumé. Regardless of whether you seek out photography for these reasons or just because it seems like something you’d enjoy, there’s no doubt that photography provides a great way to unwind and destress, learn new things and make new friends, and increase your enjoyment of other activities, one snapshot at a time.

Gretchen Crawford is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA, and currently resides in Tulsa. She is an editor at Urban Tulsa.