To be quiet frank, I do not think mine are…
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;
I thought about this a bit because I wrote a blog not too long ago mentioned below;
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;
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;
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!
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