One of the things I love about photography is that there is always more to learn about it. You can continue to develop yourself, which is reflected in the end result. The development of yourself as a photographer In this article, I will therefore discuss 10 things that hinder your development so that you can know where to make adjustments.

1. Taking pictures only when you are on vacation
Many photographers take pictures only during the holidays,and because you have more time for it, and also because you are inspired by the destination, pleasant moments, beautiful views, and so on.

But if you only photograph when you are on vacation , and not at home, your development won’t go as fast as it should because taking pictures at home is different from taking pictures on vacation. It is better to practice both at home and during the holidays. If you manage to take beautiful photos at home, then you will reap the benefits during the holiday. So don’t let your camera get dusty outside the holiday season.

2. Constantly comparing yourself to other photographers
The longer you spend on photography, the more critical you become of your own photos. At least that’s true for most photographers. By comparing your own photos next to those of another (well-known) photographer, you will undoubtedly see points for improvement. With a critical eye, you can use an equation to learn from and take your photography to the next level. But don’t be too critical and don’t constantly compare yourself. It may happen that a photo you take is never ‘good enough’ and never achieves what you had in mind. Therefore be critical, but also realistic.

3. Sticking too much to the ‘rules’
There are so many so-called ‘rules’ in photography for taking a successful photo. Like, you should never put your image in the middle , you should also not photograph against the sun and your own shadow in the photo is also a taboo . Rules are there to be broken. Don’t let this lead you too much.

4. You are not willing to learn more about technology
There’s no point in denying; photography requires a piece of technology, without which you won’t be able to get beautiful pictures.

You need to know how the diaphragm works , what shutter speed , which ISO to use and how they influence each other in the exposure triangle . But knowing all of that is not enough, you also have to be able to apply it and know which settings to choose in  certain situations.

The stereotype is that men are more technical than women. I have my theories, but I cannot confirm with hard figures that it is true. But I am more likely to see men who are too technical with a photo (and thus lose sight of the composition or atmosphere in the photo) than women.
But don’t let all of that put you off, because it really isn’t that difficult.

5. You think you don’t need to edit your pictures.
It’s one of the popular misconceptions about photography ; “ You don’t need to edit as long as you take the photo right,” . This is true only to some extent. I see post-processing as a process to finish the photo.  One of the arguments against editing pictures is that it wasn’t done during the analogue era. But this is not totally true; because in the darkroom the end result of the photo was ‘developed’ in a certain way by the choice of film roll, the type of paper, the chemicals used, etc. You really don’t have to edit a photo much, just a few sliders in Lightroom or a slightly different crop can make a big difference. This is how you make a perfect photo when editing a good photo. The ‘basis’ must of course be in order; You can never turn a bad photo into a good photo with editing.

6. You get involved in all photography trends
There are regular trends in photography. Influenced by the internet, new social media and cool filters on Instagram, which in itself  is of course fine if your style of photography or editing changes, but if you keep up with all the trends, there will be no consistent line in your photos, and it is precisely this consistency that is important if you want to develop yourself. Your own style says a lot about your work and you can expand it step by step. If you blow along with all the trends,  then there won’t be direction and focus.

In my opinion, it is much better to constantly use one style in your photography than to come up with a new ‘trick / filter’ every few months. Finding your own style is of course not something you ‘just do’. But in the end, if you keep doing what you think is best, you will also end up with a unique style for photography and editing.

7. Not doing something because not everyone likes it
You can never please everyone. This is basically with everything that is made in life. There will never be a piece of music that everyone likes. There will never be a painting that everyone admires. There will never be a dish that everyone tastes. You will never take a picture and everyone gets to say ” wow “, which is good in a way because if everyone liked the same thing, the world would be boring and monotonous. So don’t hold back from photographing something because of what someone else might not like. Do what you like. And do it with pleasure.

8. You don’t try new things
The advantage of doing the same very often is that you become very good at it. They are the great masters who did things over and over and therefore made exceptional work. At the same time, it is a shame if you do not discover the countless possibilities of photography. Or if you get stuck in the same ‘trick’, because then you get in the way of your own development.

At the same time, trying new things is often scary. You may not know where to start and afraid of making mistakes. However, it is the mistakes that you learn from and that form an important basis in developing yourself. You probably learned to ride a bike by trial and error. And if you hadn’t gotten on a bicycle because you were afraid of falling, you probably would never have learned to ride a bicycle.

Moreover, it may just be that by trying something new, you develop a new interest, and who knows where that could lead.

9. You want to make every photo perfect
What is ‘perfect’ is of course different for everyone, and  it is impossible to get every picture perfect; there are some pictures you take just for memories. You may find it helpful to organize these random photos on your computer in a separate folder called “Memories” or “Good Moments”.

10. You want to improve everything at the same time
If you want to juggle, you don’t immediately start with five balls that you try to keep in the air. You start by throwing one ball, later two that you throw alternately in one hand, then the third comes in and when it all goes smoothly (and automatically), you add more balls.

A learning process is taking steps and even if you want to take better photographs, it is important to take those steps one by one. The moment the settings are chosen, for example, ‘on automatic ‘, you pay more attention to other things. Think of composition, managing the person you are photographing, the background, etc.

If you are very busy with one thing, you pay less attention to the other. Do not try to improve everything at the same time, because then everything might go wrong. Take one step at a time; you start at the very beginning, so that everything is easy to follow and you remember things better, and can apply them properly.

 

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