Yes, you. The new photographer searching for their way in what feels like a whole new (and exciting) world.
I want to congratulate you on embarking on this new adventure. It won't always be easy, there is work to be done, but I promise you it will be worth it.
It's important that you remember to be gentle with yourself. Photography is something that takes time and dedication to learn and you are sure to make mistakes. You will take 100s of photos, and only a few may turn out the way you wanted. That's okay. Just keep trying and don't be afraid to experiment - that's half the fun!
Remember, just like you, everyone started at the beginning. It's easy to get sucked into the Instagram vortex, scrolling, comparing, and beating yourself up for not being better. Take a deep breath, and remember that everyone started just where you are. It may have taken them years to get to the level they are at, and you will get there too - in your own time. For now smile at the progress you have made, see the value in your own work and vow to just keep trying. Don't compare yourself to others, it does you no good.
You may feel like the new kid here. Slow to make friends, and just a little self-conscious. A bit lost and confused. However, that can all melt away when you decide to look at other photographers as a community and not competition. We're friendly here, I promise.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are so many resources out there for you to learn from and a lot of people willing to help you on the way. All you have to do is seek it. Be open to learning, be open to suggestions and be a good student.
It's important that you make a promise to yourself. A promise to fuel your new passion and make time for it. Sometimes the only way to succeed at something is to practice, practice, and practice some more. The more you shoot, the more you will learn and the quicker you will transform into the photographer you desire to be. Don't be picky, take photos of everything, everywhere and in every condition. This will only teach you and practice goes a long way. Please don't get discouraged, everyone learns in their own time.
My advice to you is this:
1. Learn Something New Every Day
Dedicate yourself to learning one new thing about photography a day. Whether it's about shooting, editing, lighting, gear - just one thing that is new to you.
2. Be Open to Constructive Criticism
I know it can be tough, but honestly the best way to improve your work is to be open to constructive criticism. If you take the emotional aspect out of your work, and allow yourself to be open to other photographers suggestions you are going to make massive improvements.
3. Share Your Work
Whether it is on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr or even just texting your mum your latest shot there is motivation and pride in being able to share your work. It doesn't matter if it's your latest masterpiece or not, by sharing your work you are giving yourself encouragement and a desire to prove yourself.
4. Print Your Work
There is no better feeling than seeing your images in print. It is sure to give you the warm and fuzzys! By making your work tangible it gives you a sense of self-admiration and satisfaction.
Most of all:
Embrace this journey. Be patient. Work hard. Have fun!
You've got this!
Happy Shooting x
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