Although I still haven’t traveled alone – and I haven’t even ridden on a plane alone! – I have ventured out to practice some solo photos. Let’s be honest: although we are a travel couple, we aren’t going to do each thing together. Adam is the camera expert so I need to be prepped when he’s not there. Although learning to use the camera is a benefit of practicing solo snaps, these three benefits of taking photos alone are most important to me.
But let’s go back some. I went out to practice the first time because, even though I have a tripod, I hadn’t actually used it. Long story short…I got super obsessed. So I had to come home and write about the benefits of taking photos alone.
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 am alone, I can take 20 photos in the same exact spot (same pose and everything!). Then, I can choose a different pose and take 20 more.
You get to take your time. When I’m alone, I get to take breaks and rest. I can look through the shots to make sure some are good before moving on.
Honestly, it’s glorious. The freedom that I feel during solo shooting trips is 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 choose to go to the beautiful Leu Gardens is because, when there are crowds, I feel weird about posing. There are so many poses I wanted to try and, when I’m alone, I don’t feel self-conscious about it.
This other sense of freedom was liberating. I can jump around for a good ten minutes, pretended to run toward and away from the camera, and even take videos for Instagram.
Now, taking this concept to the streets is going to make this second reason a little bit odd. But, even when people are walking around me or near, I don’t feel dumb. I know that, even if they turn to look at me, they don’t care. They’ll think about it for three seconds and then move on with their lives.
One thing I’d recommend (for those that plan on taking pics in busier areas): 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 in front of the camera, I didn’t get much out of Adam switching over to manual mode. However, when I take pictures alone, I note if things are too dark or too bright…and I have to fix it. Otherwise, I’m wasting my time; so I have to mess around with the settings.
After a few solo trips, I’ve kind of got it – except that time I adjusted the shutter speed and ended up with a huge batch of blurred photos!
Now, for those that are interested, here is a list of our current gear.
Now, I’m sure there are tons of benefits of solo photography but (obvi!) I’ve only scratched the surface. Honestly, part of me wants to get dressed up and run back out right now. I even purchased an annual pass to the garden I visit; that’s how much I love to practice. To all the other solo photographers out there, what are your fave benefits of taking photos alone?