Lifestyle is an umbrella term that includes a variety of factors and perspectives on people’s lives. The definition of lifestyle has been greatly expanded through the years, most notably by social scientists studying various aspects of human behavior. The word was first introduced by Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler in his famous 1929 book, The Case of Miss R. The original meaning of the term, however, was “the basic nature of individual interests as set early in life”.
In his book, Adler describes four basic types of lifestyle: cravings, controlled craving, free-riding, and procrastination. The Case of Miss R represents the cravings and moderated craving aspect of cravings. A person in this position craves food because they are unable to satisfy their cravings, often due to a poor diet, lack of exercise, social isolation, and/or financial difficulties. This type of lifestyle can be characterized by over-the-top consumption and can lead to serious weight problems, bingeing, and poor self-esteem and/or confidence.
The third type of lifestyle is “free-riding” which is characterized by poor choices, lack of self-discipline, high levels of stress, dependence on others, high levels of alcohol or other substance abuse, high levels of alcohol or other drug use, and high levels of smoking. A free-riding lifestyle can only be overcome if the person learns to face their issues and make healthy lifestyle changes. Most successful individuals in this position are highly disciplined individuals who have learned to manage their own internal needs and resources. Successful examples include Jack Canfield, Napoleon Hill, Robert Kiyosaki, Raylen Sterling, and Oprah Winfrey.
When trying to find the best way to change a lifestyle, you should also consider the tools, techniques, and strategies you will use as you go forward. One of the most effective tools available to you is a polaroid camera. Polaroid cameras make it possible to take photos and video of your life, allowing you to keep a record of your progress, as well as to share these photos and videos with others. Some people even use their polaroid camera to help them with their self-esteem issues. For example, by taking several pictures or videos each week, you can evaluate how you’re improving and what areas need more work.
Another great tool to help you get the best lifestyle shots is to use a good, quality digital camera. When taking a lifestyle photography session, be sure to set aside at least two hours to take the proper shots. You should take enough that you are able to focus on each photo and still not be overwhelmed. You want the finished product to be professional, but not too professional so that you come across as too perfect.
Finally, remember that lighting can make or break a photograph. Light plays an important role in defining the image of the subject and can really turn an average photo into one of extraordinary beauty. If you’re planning to go for a darker tone such as black and gray, use it sparingly. Instead, use various natural light colors (daylight, windows, direct sunlight) to compliment your images. These tips from Alfred Adler, the famous photographer, are sure to help you on your journey to becoming a more skilled lifestyle photographer.