Photography Makes You Happier

Photography Makes You Happier
Why do you take photographs? To capture individual moments or to create art? Whatever your motivations, David Hay proves that photographers are happier people

I have always felt that landscape photographers get more out of life because they are so much more observant than average tourists. When we go to a promising location, we scan the area for possible compositions in a way that most smartphone photographers or tourists don’t. We see the landscape as a series of textures, shapes and colours, not just as hills, fields and sky. We want to capture the essence of the place, not just the view from the roadside.

However, there is another argument. Photographers can miss the magic moments in front of them because they are so busy fiddling with the dials and menus on their cameras that they don’t see the beauty of the developing sunset until it is nearly over. Sometimes the rush to get the correct filtration in place in a fast-moving situation means that we don’t see the beauty that was in front of us, until we look at the pictures later. Photographers are sometimes advised to put down their cameras occasionally and just enjoy the scene in front of them. The idea is that you will...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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