Compare your photography to your photography
I want you to feel good about your photography!
I've been spending more time teaching people how to shoot/create images and how to edit those same images and one thing runs through all those pieces. New photographers (and sometimes old ones too) lack confidence in their images. While sitting next to a woman with a brand new Nikon at a dog show, she wondered if she should get a Canon instead because it would shoot better images.
Compare Yourself to Yourself
I'll caution you on comparing yourself to others - don't. Compare yourself to yourself and continue learning from every image you shoot. Some are going to be winners and some will be duds, but that's how you learn.
You are the best benchmark for your photography. I dug through my archives to show you some images from my first digital cameras - it was interesting to see how far I have come. (At least I hope I have shown improvement!) I can see the adjustments in focal points, better ability to catch movement, getting the personalities to shine through. All pieces that make me happier with what I'm creating today.
Yes, I'm calling it envy but it could just as easily be lens envy or gear envy. So many people have commented on my lenses when we are out shooting and I often let them hold and shoot what I have with me. Most times they comment about how heavy it is and how do you do this all day. I usually follow that up by sharing how the best camera/lens you can have is the one you have with you. I have taken some wonderful images with cellphones, "throw away" cameras and even Polaroids. It's all about using what you have unless you have unlimited funds, then you can have anything gear-wise but you'll still want to learn how to shoot. Strive to get the best images possible with the equipment you have.
Be True To Yourself
You have fans, even if right now they are only your family and friends on Facebook and Instagram. Every "Like" is affirmation that you are producing images that someone likes. Stay true to your vision and your "fans" while being consistent an keep doing what you're doing. It will start to fall into place and you'll be happy you kept moving forward.
Know Why You're Take Photographs
Why are you picking up the camera? Are you taking photos of your pets, children, family, travel? Are you wanting to stay a hobbyist or become a professional? There are lots of good reasons to take photos and if you know what inspires you, you'll be a lot happier with the images you create.
Sharing is Caring
Get your images out there for people to see. You'll likely get compliments and some critiques, take both of those gracefully. Every comment should be viewed as an opportunity to learn more about making your images shine. More sharing leads to more improvement and then when you reflect on your images you'll be happy to see how you're improving.
As promised, images from 2011
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