Mindfulness and Photography

What does it mean to be mindful? How will mindfulness help make better images? These are valid questions and in my opinion mindfulness can take your photography to the next level. Mindfulness is a technique most famously used by  Buddhist monks. The concept is simple but the practice is anything but easy. In a nutshell mindfulness is defined as the trait of staying aware of (paying close attention to) your responsibilities. The sights, smells, feeling, taste, and sounds of our surroundings are often taken for granted.

How do we incorporate this into our photography? When you reach a location, take a few moments to notice the smells, sights, feelings. Don’t generalize these feelings, be specific! If your mind wanders, and it will, bring it back to the moment. This will help you notice things you may have not noticed before. It will help add emotion to your images. It will help tell your story and how you interpret the scene. Try it and let me know how it has worked for you.

About Ben Neumann

Ben is a professional photographer based out of Traverse City, Michigan. Ben Specializes in nature and landscape imagery, which embodies his fine art, luxury, and commercial work. For more information follow Ben on

2 thoughts on “Mindfulness and Photography

  • Ashley

    I absolutely agree! When you are out taking photos, you become much more aware. In that awareness you are mindful of all the details of everything you see. It is very meditative.

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