Looking for a healthy and relaxing hobby?
If so, try nature photography. Few people adopt it, and that’s because it’s “difficult to master.”
You need to develop good photography skills. This includes camera positioning, hand-eye coordination, etc.
Then there’s knowledge about equipment. You need a love for “tech” to make photography work.
But no worries. The previous skillsets add to the experience.
They’re what make natural photography good for your wellbeing!
We’ll explain how below. Read the list, and get to shooting!
#1 – Disconnect from Urban Stress.
Here’s the thing. You can’t enjoy nature photography “in city.”
You’ve got to go outside. You’re travelling, taking a bus or car (and sometimes) going on a wilderness camp!
Basically – you disconnect from society. And it helps you recharge from your responsibilities back home.
First, there’s the change of scenery.
With nature photography, you do more scouting than shooting. After all, you need to find the perfect scenes to snap photos.
And this means many hours of wild sightseeing. That alone is an exercise that takes your mind off people and society!
Second, there’s the simplicity of it. With nature photography, you’re not around buzzing machines and gadgets…
You’re alone, with simple tools for daily life. And this simplicity is something many people want in our complex world!
But speaking of tools…
#2 – It’s a Tech Hobby.
Taking photos in nature isn’t like shooting in a studio.
You’re usually sitting, and waiting. You’re literally taking your time, and waiting for the scenery to align!
And what do you during that time? You tinker with your camera to maximize its effectiveness.
How This Helps Your Wellbeing.
Tinkering hobbies also disconnect you from the world.
It’s like exploring nature. Only difference is, you do it in reverse. And it’s where you retreat into your own head!
Maybe that’s what you need. Maybe you’re someone who’s too “focused on the outside world.”
With camera tinkering, you get to relax a bit!
Another Benefit – Quality Photos.
You’re not tinkering out of curiosity. You do it for the performance.
This is a big issue in nature photography. It’s a field where accessories matter, since you’re usually racing nature for good shots.
In fact, this is a challenge many wildlife photographers face. They need their cameras to have razor sharp focus.
Without those, we don’t get the beautiful shots we see in magazines.
And the solution? You need camera accessories that give your device an “animal eye” feature.
They’re usually sold as add-ons to popular nature photography devices (like the Sony a7III mirrorless camera).
#3 – It’s a Workout.
Need motivation to exercise? If so, nature photography is for you!
Think of it this way. How many hours of “walking and hiking” do you need before finding a good scene?
How much weight will you carry along during that hike?
The answer to both questions is – a lot.
Natural photography gets you in shape. Because you can’t do it from a couch. Nor can you do it from a bird’s eye view…
You have to scout for scenery. And this takes a long-time!
And it’s a Fun Workout.
You’ll get in shape, but more importantly, you’ll forget that you’re working out.
And isn’t that key to exercising consistently? Don’t you need to enjoy what you do to forgetfulness?
We’ll let you answer those questions on your own time!
Final Tip – Keep it Consistent.
Nature photography isn’t something you do once a year.
It should be a consistent hobby. It has to be something you do each and every week.
So make sure you plan it out. Set a schedule for it, and improve your wellbeing!