While, there are a lot of really mean people online saying horrible things, in today’s video we’re gonna talk about overcoming the fear of posting your work, because the positive criticism that you will receive is going to help you become a better photographer.
Far too many times, new photographers who are just starting out, have told me that they’re afraid to post their work online because they don’t wanna receive negative criticism. And I don’t think that should be the case at all. There are several reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid and several reasons in fact why you should post your work online.
You know we all started off In the same place — at the beginning. And when people say really mean things to you, just know that they started off where you are—maybe they aren’t even as good as you are now. They just like saying really destructive things to bring you down so that they will feel better about themselves.
So, don’t let those people get to you. The other thing to keep in mind is that everybody receives bad comments, even me. And everybody fails from time to time. I know that I do. You know, I have a really hard time telling between an average picture and a below average picture. And I also have a hard time telling between a great picture and an above average picture.
A lot of the time we have the wrong idea about our work, because we are personally invested. The difficulty that it took us to create the image affects how we look at our work. But other people, they’re not going to see it that way. They’re just going to see the final result and they’re going to make their decision. So sometimes, or I should say a lot of the times, we are our own worst judge. So, if you get negative feedback—or I should say, if you don’t get a lot of likes on your photos, don’t worry about it. That happens to me, too.
In fact, about one-third or half of the photos that I post I end up archiving, because they don’t get enough traction. So, if that happens to you, don’t worry about it. The most important thing that you can do is get out there and shoot, because the only way we get better as photographers is to practice. Just keep in mind that you don’t have to be perfect, you just have to try. And if people say bad things that are really destructive, just ignore them or delete those comments. But if you keep hearing the same comment over and over again from different people, that’s probably a good indicator that that’s valid criticism. And if you make changes to avoid receiving that feedback in the future, you’ll be on the right track. Also, as you post your images, you’ll start to notice which ones get a lot of likes and which ones don’t. And that will help guide you to take better pictures in the future.
So, all in all, don’t be afraid, because going out there, and putting yourself out there, is the only way you will get better and grow as a photographer.
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