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Dear Golden Girls,
I feel like no matter how hard I try, I'm just not getting it. My images look blah, and they are not sharp enough, not creative enough, and just plain old BAD. I see all these amazing photographers and my work just sucks. I'm getting frustrated and contemplating selling my gear and taking up knitting. What's wrong with me?!
Dear Frustrated Franny,
We have all felt this way at one point and, sometimes, we still do. If you feel like you are in a rut and your work isn't reflecting you, maybe it's time to take a break and find inspiration in other ways. I challenged myself to not take any photos of people for 30 days. It was hard but it really helped me not only work on my skills, but it also forced me to find a new perspective!
Another great idea is to join a blog circle with a weekly theme. (Ahem...Work it Wednesdays!) Sometimes, all you need is a little creative push to get your wheels turning and your confidence up!
Here's a major tip: Never stop learning! Go out there and meet a fellow photographer, buy them coffee and pick their brain. Attend some workshops and sharpen your skills! Sometimes, even when we think we have all the knowledge down pat, it takes a different teacher or a different lesson to help it all sink in and really make sense. Maybe what you are missing is something obvious!
Or, maybe you are just lacking confidence. My dear Franny, I can tell you from experience it gets better, it really does. The reason we are photographers is because we are artists! This is the one thing that fills our love tank up.
Remember: Comparison is a thief of joy! Don't let your insecurities stop you! You can do this girl!!
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