Although I still haven’t traveled alone – and I haven’t even ridden on a plane alone! – I ventured out to test out my solo photography skills. Ok, let’s be honest: I went out to practice because, even though I have a tripod, I haven’t actually used it. Long story short…I’m obsessed. So I had to come home and write about the three benefits of taking photos alone.
First of all, I’m sure there are tons of benefits of solo photography but (obviously!) I’ve only scratched the surface. Honestly, part of me wants to get dressed up and run back out tomorrow. I even purchased an annual pass to the garden I visited this morning. That’s how excited I was.
Ok, ok – enough of the small talk. Let’s get real.
REASON 1: YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT.
I don’t know how many of you attempt to drag your significant other out to take photos of you (or even beg them to take a photo of you in front of something cool – that isn’t a selfie!), but I am most definitely guilty of it. In fact, I used to do it even though I know my husband doesn’t find the chore…enjoyable. He did it because he loves me but it always made me feel rushed and put an unnecessary weight on my shoulders.
It wasn’t fun for him and it made it so that it wasn’t even fun for me – the girl that asked him to go out in the first place.
When I was alone today, I took 20 photos in the same exact spot (same pose and everything!). Then, I chose a different pose and took 20 more. I got to take my time. I got to take breaks and rest. I got to look through the shots to make sure I thought at least one was good before I moved on.
Honestly, it was glorious. The freedom that I felt during the three hours I spend in the garden was intoxicating. And, as an added bonus (for those that are introverts like me) there’s nothing more relaxing than being alone.
Ohh, and the fact that I got to hang out in one spot until I got the perfect shot meant everything to me, as I’m sure it would mean a lot to the other bloggers out there.
REASON 2: THERE’S NO REASON TO FEEL DUMB FOR DOING SOMETHING.
One of the reasons I chose to go to a garden is because I still feel weird about posing, even in front of Adam. There are so many poses I wanted to try (I tried this jumping thing that I’m pretty proud of!) and I got to try them. And, while I was trying them, I didn’t feel self-conscious about it because I was alone.
This other sense of freedom was liberating. I jumped around for a good ten minutes, pretended to run toward and away from the camera, and even took my first video for Instagram Stories.
Now, taking this concept to the streets is going to make this second reason a little bit odd. But, even when people were walking around me, I didn’t feel dumb. I know that, even if they turned to look at me, they didn’t care. The most they’ll think about it is three seconds. Then, they were doing their own thing.
One thing I’d recommend (for those that plan on taking pics in busier areas) is going out early in the morning. I’ve taken pictures outside my home before and when I go out at 7:30/8:00, there’s no one there.
I just have to reiterate that taking my time to do what I want was the best thing – ever. But the best thing about taking photos alone? Well, look at reason three.
REASON 3: YOU LEARN A WHOLE LOT ABOUT MANUAL MODE.
As the woman behind the camera, I didn’t get much out of Adam switching over to manual mode. However, when I would stand in front of the camera and note that it was too dark or far too bright, I had to mess around with the settings.
I quickly picked up the things that I wanted to change and would take a few seconds to look at the results afterward. Now, I mostly changed the aperture today but will definitely mess around with other settings next time around.
So, ladies and gents that take solo shots all the time: what do you think are the benefits and what have you learned about photography (or even yourself) along the road?