How many times have you heard other photographers say that they want to improve their photography? Chances are that even you yourself might have said it a couple of times. While many don’t realize it, the notion of trying to be “better” in photography can do more harm to your photography. Sounds crazy right? Landscape photographer Joshua Cripps explains more on this matter and shares why you should stop trying to be a better photographer:
“Better is not a destination. It’s not a place you can actually get to with your photography.”
The very problem with this concept of being “better” is that it’s vague. Whenever you set a goal for yourself, make sure that the outcome and the progress are measurable. Otherwise, how would you know that you’ve actually gotten better at taking photos? Your recent images might’ve come out better due to better conditions, or just because you got lucky.
When trying to become better at photography, you’ll notice that you end up absorbing a lot of information. You read a lot of blogs and watch a ton of YouTube videos. Ultimately, the amount of information that you collect will paralyze you. When it comes time to actually implement something that you read about, you might end up in a state of “photography anxiety” as you try to remember every single thing. This will ultimately drag down your progress.
So, instead of just trying to be better, set clear, specific, and measurable goals for your photography. Pick one thing that you’d like to learn and invest your time and resources in learning that specific thing. Pick one thing that’s most important to you right now and learn it. Don’t make the mistake of trying out multiple things at once as that too will hinder your progress.
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