Photography captures memories and leads you to be present as you explore the world around you. Here are eight reasons why photography is important.
Essentially, the purpose of photography is to communicate and document moments in time.
When you take a photograph and share it with others, you’re showing a moment that was frozen through a picture. This moment can tell someone many things, from the environment to what people are doing.
For example, if you’re a journalistic photographer working in the city, the photos you take will be recorded for years to come. When people 50 years from now look at the photos, they’ll be able to see what life was like.
If you’re a wedding photographer, the couple you’re shooting relies on you to document a special day in their lives. The goal is to document moments of fun, happiness, and love. These photos will be cherished for the rest of their lives.
Photography is a vision, and it’s art. Photography is imagination, observation. It’s exploring the world and experiencing the day to day life with a camera.
Photography is a powerful tool to:
- Tell a story,
- Share a moment,
- Spread information.
- Photography is also a creative process. It’s a way to express your idea through images and convey emotions to the viewer.
A single blog article is not enough to tell what photography is, probably not even a book.
All I can say is that when you take a picture, you are performing a powerful action. You are freezing time. You are enabling someone else to enjoy that moment in all the details, and you are allowing that moment to be forever.
Our Photographs Tell Us What Is Important.
When you ask people what possessions they would rescue from their burning house, one of the most frequent answers is a photograph album or a computer with all their digital images.
This impulse to save our recorded memories is a powerful force, one that tells us much about the role of photography in our lives – and speaks to our constant desire to distil our most precious moments into images.
We preserve the important events and people in our lives. The ceremonies of birth and birthdays, marriages and anniversaries, holidays and new houses are all recorded because they matter.
Photographs are our personal story, a timeline of our lives filled with faces and places we love. They are our story, which we can then share with others. Ultimately, the thousands of images we take come together to form a narrative of our lives.
It freezes memories. It captures a moment in time that you’ll be able to remember and cherish years from now.
If you look at the images that people save, usually it’s photos of their family, friends, pets, places, and items they love. You take pictures of things that are significant to you. All of the images you capture add up to tell your story.
Photographs Are Part Of Our Legacy.
I remember sitting on a train as it passed a playground where children were standing at attention for the annual school photograph. In the front row sat the teachers, and behind them, hundreds of children were neatly preened and uniformed. For the briefest second, the entire assembly was motionless. We passed just as the photographer clicked the shutter.
Then, as if in slow motion, the huge group scattered as children escaped their enforced immobility. The neat rows dissolved and broke down into individuals who were kicking balls or huddled with friends.
None of those children realized that the photograph was probably going to outlive them. A couple of generations later, the school photo might resurface among old papers in an attic, and someone would search for their grandfather among the fresh, young faces.
Photographs matter because they freeze moments of our lives that pass unremarkably and which seem to have little importance to us at the time. The significance of a photo might not even be ours – instead, it might be for others who search for the person we once were or the places we once knew.
Photography Makes Us Artists.
Photography allows us to express ourselves through an art form. We notice a beautiful landscape or an old man’s lined face, and we want to capture it. Each of us will have a different reason to take a photo, but we all want to create something. However humdrum our nine-to-five lives may be, the creation of an image makes us an artist. It feels good.
Photos Are Stories
There’s a story behind every image. By looking at a picture, you can conclude many things about it:
- What do they like?
- Where are they?
- How old are they?
- How are they feeling?
If you’re looking at photos you’ve taken of your family, you’ll be reminded of that specific moment and behind that image is a story.
Photography Inspires You To Travel More
Photography makes you explore the world around you and gives you an excuse to go out, to travel more, to learn and experiment. Having new experiences and finding new places to visit with your family and friends.
It’s an important hobby because it helps you stay present. It helps you find inspiration to experience locations and moments from different perspectives.
Climate Change Awareness
These days the climate emergency is more urgent than ever. The impact humans have on the environment disrupts nature in potentially irreversible ways. Landscape and nature photography help us to internalize the consequences our actions could have on the climate. Climate photography inspires emotional reactions. These represent a vital vehicle for spreading such significant information.
Photography Can Help You Make Money
You can sell your photos and start making money with your pictures. After discovering the art of photography and perfecting your skills, there are many ways to make money with photography.
You can sell your prints online or join a stock photography website. You can try real estate photography or even create a website. The point is that there are many ways to monetize your passion. It can become a significant source of income, starting from a simple hobby.
Photography Is Important For Your Business
In the era of the Internet and social media, if you have a business, you can use photography to reach more clients. You can use pictures of your products or business on various online outlets to expand your content marketing offering. Photographs are worth more than a thousand words. You can use it to engage your potential clients, create brand awareness, and let people know more about your products.
Photography Is Important As A Form Of Art
Photography is important because it’s a form of art.
Like painting, with photos, you can create an image and add your interpretation to it. You can paint with light. You can use software to edit and add your touch to photos. You can play with light and shadows, colours and contrasts. You can compose images using visual art elements and harness the power of science and digital devices. With photography, you can deliver a world representation as YOU, the photographer, see it.
Photography is a complex language.
Our images can express joy and sorrow, wonder and sympathy. Every human emotion can find a place in photography. I never valued my photographs of overcast landscapes for many years because I believed there was no beauty in a land with muted colours and a leaden sky. I wanted the land to be alive with colour and vibrancy.
However, the lack of colour in a landscape does your search for other things that often go unnoticed in bright sunlight. This could be the symmetry of hills or a tree standing out from a forest of thousands.
Someone depressed most of her adult life, and photography gives a language to express feelings for which she can find no words. We have a miserably poor vocabulary for mental illness, but photography has allowed me to develop a visual language for some of my most difficult emotions.
One of the best reasons that photography is important is because it allows you to express yourself. It’s a great creative outlet where you can express how you feel, what you believe, think and love.
The cool thing is that you can do whatever you want. Regardless of the “rules” and techniques, photography has no boundaries. You can express yourself without any restrictions.
Through photography, you can meet many people and build relationships you wouldn’t have had previously. Friends and family who don’t see you often help them feel close when they see your images. It’s a great way to stay in touch with those who live far away.
Reasons Why Photography Can Become a Hobby
You Can Start From Any Level, At Any Age, With Any Camera
Taking pictures is completely personal. You do not need a fancy camera or a creative background to start taking pictures and making improvements. I’ve seen amazing photos taken with a phone camera. There are many easy and fun things to learn about composition, light, exposure, and editing that will easily and quickly take anyone’s photos up to the next level.
From a personal side, I never thought of myself as a creative type. I have always loved taking pictures, but it took me a long time to adopt it as a hobby because I believed I wasn’t artistic enough. Photography has helped me to discover and develop a side of me I didn’t know existed.
It Helps You Notice Your World And Stay In The Moment
Photography makes me so much more observant and aware of the wonderful little things that surround me each day. I notice things like light, shadows, patterns, frames, and colours that I can use in my pictures. More importantly, I notice meaningful things like connections, expressions, gestures, feelings, and especially the small mundane things that I want to remember. It has even gotten me to enjoy things that I didn’t love before.
It Motivates You To Experience More
With photography as a hobby, I always want to get the family out doing something. Even if it is just taking a walk or setting up a sprinkler in the backyard, I know that us doing anything together will give me opportunities to practice and capture great memories. Sometimes I feel a little guilty about my motivations, but I know that our whole family has gotten to experience so much more together because of my photography.
There Are No Restrictions
I love being a hobbyist because I have the freedom to create the pictures I want without any limitations. Without the worry of happy customers, I can take the time to experiment with all sorts of techniques and learn in my own time.
It Documents Your Family’s Life
Photography helps you capture anything you feel is important to remember. One photograph is powerful enough to not only remind you of an event or detail but can bring you right back to the feelings, sounds, and even smells of the moment. With every picture, you are telling your family’s unwritten stories and giving them that gift to keep and pass along.
There are also so many wonderful and creative ways to make those photos tangible for your family. I love having my web-based digital photo frame in our kitchen. It easily allowed me to load 10,000 photos that play throughout the day. My kids will stop and watch a few here and there, and I love hearing the “remember when” conversations that follow.
It Connects You With Others
Everyone loves a good picture, so photography is an easy way to connect to people. I love to be able to share our lives through my photos. It is another way to stay in contact with far-away family and friends.
I cannot say enough about how supportive and inspiring I’ve found the photography communities, such as Clickin Moms and Instagram. I’ve enjoyed connecting with those around the world who share the same interest in learning to capture their lives better.
Seeing Your Improvement Will Give You Motivation.
Photography is a hobby that you can make improvements quickly and see your progress easily. If you line up your photos next to each other from month to month, you will see those changes. In one year, those differences will be significant. Not only will you see how much better you are, seeing some of your favourites each month will give you that extra bit of motivation to keep clicking away.
It Will Bring You Joy.
Because of all the things I’ve listed above, photography can bring you so much joy. Amid a hectic day, there is just something satisfying about slowing down and intentionally focusing on what is in front of you. I feel like I’m filling up my gratitude journal with every click.
Evolution of photography
Over the years, photography has changed and became more accessible. It has become less expensive, faster, and easier to capture and distribute photos.
It has also given us the ability to see things around the world that we haven’t seen with our own eyes. It’s made a big impact on our world, and how photos are created has changed.
When it was invented, people tried to understand its purpose and how photographs should look. This led to experimentation with different types of photos, textures, tones, and details.
The Original Kodak Camera. Photo courtesy of National Museum of American History
After a lot of experimentation and improvements in technology, Kodak was invented. The Kodak was a small, handheld camera that made photography more accessible. Instead of being something only the upper-class can have, it was now made available to the middle-class.
First 35mm Leica camera.
The Leica 1 Model A. Photo courtesy of National Museum of American History.
In 1925, modern photojournalism was born in Germany (Source: NDSU). It was when the first 35mm the camera was invented, the Leica.
At that time, Germany’s people were being suppressed and persecuted, which led to many fleeing to America. Most of the photos being taken were of World War II for magazines and newspapers. The 35mm was small and could take photos quickly. However, not all photographers used 35mm cameras. Some used the 120-format camera, which was usually a Rolleiflex. Later, the 35mm film camera became more versatile as it was improved. It could use a telephoto, zoom, and wide-angle lens.
In the mid-1900s, the Polaroid was invented by Edwin H. Land (Source: Nithin Kalorth, PhD). What made the Polaroid special was its ability to take a photo and print it within a minute.
The First Digital Camera. Photo courtesy of the New York Times. In 1975, the first digital camera was created by Eastman Kodak (Source: NASA). Soon after, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, and other manufacturers began working on digital cameras.
At the end of the 20th century, newspapers and magazines shifted to digital (Source: HBS). Around this time, manufacturers began working on mirrorless cameras, which has become popular among many photographers.
Aside from digital and mirrorless cameras, smartphones have become popular for photos. With advances in technology, phone cameras have captured incredible images, and since they’re built into phones, many people don’t see the need to carry a separate camera.
Photography is a great way to tell stories, capture memories, and express yourself. It can be a beautiful piece of art or a precious moment frozen in time, and that’s why photography is important.