10 Ways to Improve Your Photography in 2014
After reading George Washington's 110 ideas for building character, I thought about the guidelines that I've used to maintain my own photography career. As you'll see, none of them are really technical, but rather focus on developing and maintaining a positive mindset. I'm sharing them here, in hopes some of concepts will help others achieve their own creative goals.
- Never compare yourself negatively with the photos you see in magazines or on the internet. Instead, focus your energies on creating your best work, and making it original.
- Accept not jobs solely for the money, but agree to those only that are artistically stimulating, or provide an opportunity for creative growth.
- Avoid categorizing yourself with labels, or engaging in debates that seek to define terms such as "professional" and "amateur". A good photographer is not concerned with these phrases, but rather focuses on being a good photographer.
- Do not profess to have all the answers, as those with true knowledge understand there is always more to learn.
- Put fear and uncertainty in its proper place by facing issues head on, and studying to overcome said obstacles. Rarely is the path to success found along the unobstructed road.
- Act not in haste, but with thoughtful deliberation, never quick to draw conclusions or join pessimistic company whether online or in person.
- Take all constructive criticism thankfully, as it holds greater value than superfluous compliments
- Recognize that shortcuts will only cause you to miss important mile markers, ultimately postponing your arrival at the desired destination.
- When overcome with nervous anticipation about an assignment, the only remedy is to prepare for every possible scenario that could go wrong, and formulate solutions for each.
- Starve the habits you want to break, and feed the goals you want to make.