5 Photographers That You Don’t Want to Be

There is no sure way to succeed as a photographer. However, there are a handful of examples that certainly teach you what not to do if you want to be successful.

Success in photography has many different parameters and definitions depending on the type of photography you do and your own personal goals. There are people who consider overall financial gain and wealth to be their form of success. Some people consider the growth of a huge audience and clientele to be their measure of success, and others consider their overall satisfaction with the work they have done to be what makes them successful. No matter which of those you consider applies to you, these five examples of photographers turn out to be the kind you wouldn’t want to be like if you want to increase your chances of achieving success.

1. The Excuse-tioner

One type of photographer you don’t want to be like is one who would find more excuses than executing anything. This can be seen in two different scenarios. A novice photographer learning the trade who cannot accept constructive criticism always finds excuses instead of learning from the criticism. Someone who is new to learning photography will always have room to improve, which is why they should not be expected to achieve a top-notch perfect result so early in their journey. . At the same time, they shouldn’t expect to get everything perfect every time. Making too many excuses instead of taking and acknowledging learning points is a sign of being too stubborn to learn and unable to accept faults. There’s nothing wrong with not immediately achieving the ultimate best quality, but the inability to learn from feedback will sooner or later be a major hurdle.

In the professional setting, this becomes even more problematic. Even as professionals, we don’t always expect everything to be perfect all at once. However, as a professional, you are more expected to know how to get a near-perfect job done no matter how many times you try. It’s important to understand that customers come to us because of a need or sometimes even a problem and they come to us because they need us to be the solution. Most clients wouldn’t care how many photos you actually took during a shoot. Instead, what matters to them is that you were able to get a “good enough” photo to meet their needs and virtually solve their problem. This means that customers will often give feedback to help us understand what they need and want, and the only response that won’t work towards the desired outcome is an excuse.

2. The full-time spokesperson

Criticism can often be a good thing and can be seen as a big step towards becoming a better artist. Criticism allows us to identify weak points in our production and allows us to find a way to improve this. However, some criticisms can be counterproductive.

With the widespread popularity of social media and other online photography communities, it has become all too common to see “keyboard warriors” or simply people who spend far too much time on their computers or mobile devices doing unrealistic criticism of the work of others. These reviews can either be too picky about a specific detail that sideline all the good things about great photography, or statements that tend to impose their own personal taste on the work of others. Although these people are usually just ignored by the people they criticize, the reason you wouldn’t want to be them is the fact that they seem to spend so much time looking at other people’s flaws instead of actually appreciating each other’s flaws. to be a photographer and work on your own progress. If you want to be a good photographer, spending more time online nitpicking at other people’s photos instead of taking photos and practicing will be totally counterproductive.

3. The Gear Collector

We all want more gear than we actually need and there’s nothing wrong with that desire. If you had the possibility of having way too much gear or even way too much money to spend on gear, it’s safe to assume that most of us, if not all of us, would accept it. There’s certainly nothing wrong if you want to be a camera gear collector. However, if you want to be a good photographer, the amount of equipment you have won’t make much of a difference if you don’t get out there to use them and practice. Yes, having more gear options and every objective you might need will help you, especially when you feel like trying new things, but if all your gear is rarely used, it won’t help you become a best photographer.

4. The competitor

Being passionate about photography is definitely good. However, being too competitive can be detrimental. As photographers and as artists, it is quite normal to look at the work and accomplishments of others who we may call our peers. It’s only natural to look at how good a particular peer’s work is and aim to achieve the same quality of work. It’s also normal to look at another person’s success and expect to achieve the same things. However, if you consider everything to be a competition between you and everyone else, it’s going to leave a terrible bruise on your professionalism and overall personality. Being part of a community of photographers is a good way to have a reliable support system whether as an artist or an entrepreneur and having a personality that prevents you from finding happiness in the success of others will prevent you from have meaningful connections with people who can potentially understand your difficulties and even help you with certain steps in your process. It’s not a competition unless it’s a real competition. If not, you should commune, collaborate and connect.

5. The Guardian

Guardians are often photographers who have acquired either recognition or at least a great deal of experience. In many cases, they are masters of the craft who can probably inspire new generations of photographers with their work alone. However, things go awry when these experienced photographers treat newcomers as if they don’t deserve the same respect or as if their opinions and/or acknowledgments aren’t valid because they haven’t yet proven themselves. At the same time, Guardians tend to be terribly insecure about the idea that they deserve a place at the top of an imaginary hierarchy and that they must somehow protect that pedestal they stand on.

The term “guardian” comes from the idea that they close off and protect their territory from newcomers who “don’t deserve” to be with them. While you may want to reach their level of expertise or experience, the personal effect of being a Guardian can hurt your social well-being. This mindset prevents you from making real connections with your peers and wastes your opportunity to inspire and share the benefits of craftsmanship with others. No matter how young or old you are, how experienced or how successful you are, there will always be more to learn and things to improve. Even the most experienced artists can learn something new from a beginner if they open their minds to the idea.

One of the best things about being a photographer is the ever-increasing opportunity to learn and become better than the artist you once were. We become photographers primarily out of a desire to create valuable visual experiences for people who view our work and to provide unique creative solutions to those who hire us. There are millions of individual ways to achieve success and greatness both as an artist and as a person and none of these involve pride, resistance to learning and the trampling of others.

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