If you’re struggling with your photography, it’s possible you’re feeling insecure. If you want to change that, here are three distinct steps you can take to get you on your way.
1) Shoot, Shoot, Shoot. Shoot all the time. No matter what just keep shooting. It may be counterintuitive, but if you are feeling a lack of confidence, going out to shoot will change that. Why? The more you shoot, the more familiar you will become with your gear, your vision and your skills. Shoot like crazy and you’ll feel better about your work.
2) Start a project. One thing that I constantly see as a cause of insecure photographers is lack of direction. If you just shoot willy nilly – without any goal – you’ll find it hard to gauge your progress. Shooting with a project in mind forces you to focus. Focus is a good thing – no pun intended. Share that project with a mentor or peer who will help keep you honest if you start to go off track.
3. Don’t get hung up on gear. This absolutely causes some photographers to think they are inferior. There’s no need to judge yourself by your gear. Some of the best photographers in history worked with less gear than you have. Just like you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover – you shouldn’t judge a photographer by his/her gear.
Try these tips and see if you can get yourself into a place where you feel good about yourself and your work.