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Five hobbies
to improve your photography skills

We all know that having a hobby can improve work performance and reduce stress.

People who spend time in creative leisure score higher on performance rankings and generate creative solutions to problems they can encounter, for example, at work. For professional photographers, the line between work and play can often blur, making hard to relax and recharge. So, I want to suggest to you five hobbies to try that can improve your photography skills:

1. Drawing

Sketching can help you understand the basics of good composition. It doesn’t matter if you are able to draw or not. Henri Cartier Bresson also drew. “Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.” A lot of photographers prepare a sketch of their next photographic composition.

2. Cooking

Many studies say that cooking boosts creativity and mindfulness. Plus, you feel more enthusiastic about what you have to do the next day. Cooking skills are especially beneficial for food photographers experimenting in the kitchen.

3. Hiking

This hobby is related strongly whit landscape and adventure photography. Hiking gives you the possibility to enjoy the natural world without keeping your camera to your eye the whole time, forcing you to choose only the best moments to photograph. It also means you can discover and reach unique spots which others have missed and capture the beauty of nature and our planet.

by Imogen Cunningham

4. Gardening

Gardening can boost your mood and mindfulness. According to studies, all types of gardening proved beneficial. Also, you can improve your photography like Imogen Cunningham, who honed her skills as a photographer at home by shooting the plants she cultivated in her garden.

5. Road-tripping

Road trips offer countless opportunities for surprises and encounter with unexpected sights and interesting strangers. You need only your bike (or car) and your camera. At any time you can start a wonderful journey. 


There would be many other hobbies to suggest, but I’ll stop here. My intent is to show you how some passions can help you improve your photography.

What hobby do you like to do? What passion can you also relate to photography? Think about it and let me know.

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