This is a post that was inspired by two fellow bloggers. Annie from Mammasaurus who wrote this original post Photocise: Why I'm Doing It and the lovely Eleanor from Creative Countryside who shared it on Twitter where I happened upon it, and who's blog I wanted to mention because it's just lovely and you should totally check it out!
Sometimes when you work for yourself it can be all too easy to end up sat at your laptop all day getting very little activity. Recently I've re-pledged to make sure I'm walking at least 10,000 steps a day, a task that used to be achieved pretty quickly when I worked in an office and walked to work each day as well as back and forth at lunch to let out the pup! Nowadays that figure can be worryingly hard to manage even with a daily dog walk thrown into the mix.
So when I read Annie's post I felt inspired to mark some time in my weekly calendar to take to my own specific photocise expedition. I got out and dusted off my little pedometer to push me to mark up those steps, and headed out to a nearby local nature and walking spot to take in some fresh air, get some exercise and get some photos for the blog to boot! It was great and here's why you should definitely try it too:
PHOTOCISE is a way of taking a mindful walk, getting some gentle exercise whilst also taking in your surroundings and getting some fantastic photographs as you go.
BENEFITS ARE MANY INCLUDING: Combating the sedentary lifestyle that too many of us can get stuck in during the working week. Helping to clear the mind, calm and de-stress you. You get the chance to practise your photography skills with a wealth of subjects right there in front of you just waiting to be snapped. Plus you really can spend a decent amount of time playing around with light, angles, close ups, editing etc, etc.
It's a lovely way to get out into the environment and experience the nature around you. However you don't need to be country bound to enjoy this activity. I fully intend my next session to be city based and can't wait to pound the streets and take in the plethora of street art, street signs and all of the other scenes and sights of city life. A city stroll may not be quite as relaxing but it will still get you moving and provide you with wonderful imagery to explore. Take to the streets at a quieter time of the day if you can and enjoy the benefits of some alone time in your favourite cosmopolitan spot!
I took all of these with my iPhone on this occasion and am pretty pleased with the results. The iPhone is actually a really useful photography tool and I specifically wanted to try some new tricks so that I can get better photos on the go for the old Instagram feed and so forth. I'll leave you with the rest of the afternoons photos but if you're also looking to work on your iPhone photography then you may enjoy these articles for some helpful advice:
iPhone Photography Photo Tips - National Geographic
Shooting Tips For All You iPhone Photographers - Man Repeller
I hope you've enjoyed this post and maybe feel inspired to take to your own photocising journey. If you do then make sure you share your pictures I'd love to seem them. The next photocise challenge for me will be a city expedition with the DSLR in hand. So watch this space for some more exercise and photo combined inspiration!
Have a great day everyone and see you soon.