At the end of your two days, put all of your photos together and see what they tell you. What do you appreciate most? Are there lots of photos of some areas of your life but few of others?
Maybe the things that make you happy are simpler than you thought, or maybe they point you in a direction that you’ve never considered before.
Hopefully, your journey will help you to recognise the happy moments you already have, and inspire you to make even more of them.
How photography can lower your stress levels
Photography is a known stress-buster – taking just a few moments to focus on your subject can lower your heart rate and give you a sense of calm.
If you head out with the purpose of taking photographs, remember to let yourself live in the moment. Pay attention to your surroundings beyond your screen – it will make you a better photographer too.
5 tips for taking stunning photos
Find different perspectives
It’s surprising how much your shot can change as you move around. Try to resist the urge to take every image facing forward at head height.
After all, this isn’t how we tend to see and experience the world around us. Look up, look down or take a knee before you press the shutter and see what you find.
Seek out symmetry
This may sound simple (and it really is!) but positioning yourself to take a symmetrical photo can produce some really stunning results.
It’s particularly great for capturing beautiful architecture so if there’s a place which makes you especially happy and which holds special memories, head there, find the right spot and snap a joyful memento. Take a look at #symmetry on Instagram for some ideas.
Get in close
As renowned photographer Robert Capa said, “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Get closer to your subject and you’ll capture more detail but try not to use your camera’s zoom function.
Instead, zoom in with your feet and move towards the thing which brings you happiness.
Capture little details
While photos of sweeping landscapes and bright city scenes are beautiful in their own right, more often than not it is little details which bring our happiest memories to mind and give us a real feeling of what it was like to be in that place ion that day.
Before you take your shot, take a moment to really consider what it is that you find exciting or beautiful or funny and centre that one thing in your frame.
Use natural light
There is no better light for taking bright, fresh photos that natural light. Capture moments outdoors where you can or make sure to open the curtains wide and let lots of warm sunshine in.
Head out just after sunrise or before sunset, known by photographers as the ‘golden hour’, for a soft, reddish light which will give your images a beautiful glow. Find the right time for the golden hour near you here.