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Do You Think Your Images Are Amazing?

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To be quiet frank, I do not think mine are…

BUT

The reason for this question and the reason this blog popped into mind because I read a blog Gerry wrote 6 years ago with the following tile;

Your Images Will Never Be Good Enough

I thought about this a bit because I wrote a blog not too long ago mentioned below;

Love Your Work

You should love every single image you take out in the field because you have captured a special moment in time but I know you will  more than likely think to yourself, (we all do), is it good enough?

Let me ask you this, good enough for what?

The answer to this question will be an endless debate, and conversations with  collogues, guests and friends confirm this. The answer to this question is totally different every time.

The main thing is the following; if its good enough for YOU then all is okay.

Have a look at the following RAW image that I took way back in the early days of my photographic journey;

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This was an attempt at into the sun photography. It kind of worked, back then I loved it and thought it was okay and was definitely good enough considering my level of photographic knowledge. Today I see so much room for improvement, a better angle or a straight horizon for example?

When I say my level, this was my level of photography back then. Life is about levels and if you do not work at it you will never improve.

Taking everyday, small, consistent steps at a time you will start noticing major improvements.

This next RAW image was taken a couple of years later;

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A massive improvement!

I can assure you, if you keep at it, you will see great improvement in your photography. In saying that, you will see improvement but are your images amazing?

I have seen massive improvement in my work and will continue to every single day, but I know that I will never think my photography is the best out there.

If you feel the same way, don’t worry this is normal.

As long as you see a constant trend of improvement in your work, you are winning and moving in the right direction.

I know this is a tough one to understand and the more you look at the work of photographers that inspire you the less impressed you will be at your own work.

The reason for this is because even just by looking at others’ work, you will learn and the more you learn the more mistakes you will pick up in your own work which will will encourage you to better it.

Learn from them, better your work but do not compare your level 6 to their level 20, you’re on your own personal photographic journey.

So look at this negative feeling erupting from “my images are not amazing” as a positive as it is encouragement for you to improve your own work!

I hope this makes sense and that you will turn your negative into a positive!

Good luck and happy snapping!

Michael

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Michael Laubscher

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Haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”! I look forward to sharing life long experiences with you and helping you capture them. Please feel free to go check out my Instagram account

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  1. Andy Benaglia

    Michael, I never consider my shots amazing. It’s not because they’re bad but simply because I see it as a continous game of improvement and challenges in front of different situations.

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      Michael Laubscher

      Hello Andy

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read the blog.

      I am very happy you feel that way because its is very true! If you stop learning and/or improving, you moving backwards.

      Regards
      Mike

  2. Kathy Riggins

    Great blog…makes me feel better. I think some of my shots are amazing, at least to me. I know I can be better, and I am working at it. But I have decided that if it is amazing to me…the shot,..the experience…the joy at what I see on back of my camera, I am okay with that. I found it interesting whenI put some of my stuff on ViewBug, mainly to get feedback. What I thought were best shots didn’t get the response I thought they would…other shots I thought weren’t so great, got great response. It is all in the eye of the person viewing photos, I guess. Maybe I love certain shots because it brings up such wonderful memories of that moment in time. Either way, I am happy with what I get….but I still strive to be better. (and, I have stopped comparing my shots to Marlon’s or Andrew’s or Gerry’s! LOL)

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      Michael Laubscher

      Hello Kathy

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read the blog.

      Your kind words are much appreciated and I am glad it made you feel better. This is all that counts, if YOU think they amazing, you have won!

      It is crazy how what you think is an amazing images does not get the response you thought it would and this once again proves that every one has their own and very unique opinion. It could definitely be that they do not have the emotional attachment to the particular scene you showing off yes!

      I am happy that you happy with what you getting! This is KEY! You photograph for you! I would still compare my work to these that inspire me but purely for bettering my own work.

  3. Carol Bell

    Hi Michael… I agree so much with what you say. Yes I do think one gets “better” with time…. and also feel thru ones photography journey…. and no matter how many “lessons” you have…. one can only “take In what they are capable of at that time” and with time you “learn” and “Understand” the next step… yes so you must be happy with what you have done (most of the time) …. and make sure you are enjoying what you do…… I love it …. BUT don’t always like my shots…. and can get frustrated mainly because I don’t know what to do to “get what I was aiming for”
    PS can you please tell me what “View Bug” is??

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      Michael Laubscher

      Hello Carol

      Thank you so much for takin g the time to read the blog!

      I am very glad that you agree and feel the way you feel! Just keep on taking one step at a time yea.

      View Bug – I cannot see too much as to what is is online but what I can see it seems to be a platform where one can share his/her images and receive criticism on it. Seems like you can also enter compositions and so on…

      Hope this helps?

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