I can't put my thumb on it.
I've been doing photography for a little over a year now.
I see myself progressing, and I believe that I am as well, but I every time I look at my photos compared to some others I just feel inferior.
Was browsing through 1x.com and its just mind blowing how good most of the work is.
Obviously comparing myself to others, especially of that caliber, is not a good thing nor is it necessary but ya know.
What are some books/videos/lessons/tutorials that have majorly helped you over all as a photographer?
I mean I know I obviously lack major equipment compared to most as well but I feel like I have sufficient enough gear to put out better work than I do currently. ( I don't have any studio strobes and I currently have One Reflector and normally no one to go with to hold it)
100mm L Macro
24-105 Canon L
Here are some of my most recent shots I did. Please keep in mind I'm not the greatest at photoshop and I was heavily messing around with Frequency separation for the first time hah
Other pics can be found on my site if you really wish to thumb through but ya
Once again, I am proud of my work and myself as a photographer but when I see these they just feel lacking.
The BnW especially in the way of contrast. It just doesn't pop to me.
I'm also terrible at editing BnW and I also feel like the lighting to begin with wasn't the best.
Thanks in advance. Really appreciate your time and thoughts.