How to improve your mood with Photography

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I’m not a photographer

If I’m honest I've never really been interested in taking photos, I put the idea firmly in the ‘only for talented creatives’ folder and left it well alone. It wasn’t until I decided to start blogging and required a photo to accompany my words, that I started trying to take pretty pictures. And do you know what? It’s rather fun.

Since then I've procrastinated hours of my time taking pictures both in the home and out and about and I still have no idea what I’m doing. What does it matter if the exposure isn’t correct or the composition isn’t very good? If I’m enjoying myself I’ll continue.

Improving a bad day

Anyway, the reason I’m writing this is because I've been in a fairly bad mood today. God knows why! It wasn’t until I hit the dog walk armed with my camera that I felt better and that got me thinking. (I know, dangerous.)

I think the reason for my improved mood wasn’t because I came away with some pretty pictures. I think it was because whilst looking for something to photograph I escaped my head, I properly observed my surroundings and wasn’t day dreaming or ruminating.

My photography guide to a better mood.

  • Get outside - Taking pictures inside won’t have the same effect

  • Don’t travel too far - Make an effort to find something aesthetically pleasing near home, it will be there, you just have to look for it! Finding beauty in a not so beautiful place can only do you good.

  • Edit them when you get back home - Don’t spend your walk on your phone, editing.

  • Photograph anything and everything! Close ups, landscapes, portraits, whatever you bloody well like.

  • It doesn’t matter if the photos aren’t that good. That's not why you’re doing it, but I bet you’ll have fun and be slightly proud of what you’ve got at the end.

Before you go, If you want to brush up on some basics then Emma at Lime After Lime has some great beginners tips!

Here’s some of mine from our dog walk today…

Written with love

Old Mother Hubbard