Photography Insecurity? Here Are 3 Realistic Tips That Might Help

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People have different reasons when taking photos. Some take photos just to get a quick snap and keep them as a remembrance. Others take photos intentionally with the aim of following their creative or artistic pursuit. Whichever group you belong to, in some cases, you get discouraged if you don't get exactly what you want in a photo. 

They say that you can always control how you want your photographs to be and what message you want them to communicate. For example, some people may find your photo too dark or maybe overexposed but you can always say that's how you want the photo to be. I think it's not applicable at all times. 

Although I am not a professional photographer, I still want my photos to look good and presentable. Good and presentable are both subjective. You have your own definition. I do my best to imagine a shot and bring it to life but sometimes I fail. Sometimes I just don't get what I want. And worse, it makes me just give up and quit taking photos.

Photography Insecurity? Here Are 3 Realistic Tips That Might Help

Now that I think about it, it's possible you might not be in the same context as mine. If you're not into photography, you can think of a hobby you really, really like. Like traveling or playing video games. If it's something you love doing, I'm pretty sure you also want to be good at it. Right? In my case, there's always a longing for self-improvement and progress; to go beyond just good and actually be great.. eventually. 

I'm using the term photography insecurity to mean the act of holding back because you feel that you aren't good enough or your photos aren't shareable enough and not as excellent as others' shots. That's just my own definition. I get that feeling most of the time but I also try to fight it as much as I can. 

If you're like me who sometimes feel that your photos don't deserve to leave your memory card, then these 3 realistic tips might help. 

1. Take photos for yourself. 

I always go back to this basic principle. I go back to the main reason I'm taking photos in the first place - and it is to express, not to impress. Of course, there are always going to be times when we think of what other people might say about our photos. There's no point of worrying about that all the time. It's true that other people's feedback is valuable but that's as much as they can do. They can't change you if you are not willing to improve yourself. 

The bottomline here is that - although you willingly accept other people's feedback and you acknowledge that there are better photos than yours, you take the step to improve your hobby or craft and do it for yourself, not for others.

Photography Insecurity? Here Are 3 Realistic Tips That Might Help

When you constantly push to impress someone or some people, you tend to live in their shadow and forget that you possess your own creativity. When you take photos to satisfy yourself, you will be proud to share your best photo even though you think it isn't the best for everyone. You just don't know who are inspired by the photos you share. 

2. Have an open mind. 

Our emotions can change from time to time; that's part of human nature. When we aren't mature enough in dealing with situations, insecurity tends to hit us in the head like a brick. It hurts. So bad. Ouch.

When you learn to accept feedback (even negative comments) gracefully, you won't feel insecure anymore because you know for yourself that you're doing your best to improve. Listen and take everything with a grain of salt. There's always something to learn. When you don't know where to start, start with yourself. And of course, live what you love. 

Photography Insecurity? Here Are 3 Realistic Tips That Might Help

I could still remember when my father once pointed out that there's something wrong with the photo I took, I felt bad because I thought I did the right thing. He was telling me something about the harsh light directly hitting the faces of the subjects in the photo causing them to be semi-invisible. I have since then accepted my mistakes and learned from them. 

3. Take it as a challenge! 

If you feel bad or insecure because you see so many superb photos online, then why not take it as a challenge to improve yourself? I'm happy to say that I have reached that stage of my photography journey. Whenever I see amazing photos, I tell myself to read and practice more so that I can also achieve beyond amazing photos in the future. 

Yup, let your insecurity be your challenge and let others be your inspiration to do even better and to hone your skills. With the thousands of photos you have already taken, I'm sure there are amazing ones. This means you're one or two steps closer to your goal of taking meaningful and great photos.

Photography Insecurity? Here Are 3 Realistic Tips That Might Help

Have you also felt some sort of photography insecurity? Any tips you can add? Feel free to drop your comments below! Photography is a life-long learning for me so I'd love to learn from everyone any day. Now go get that camera and shoot. ♥ 

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