andrewliu wrote in post #17978416
Thanks guys and gals! I guess the thing that I need to work on is, how could I have made this photo better (after looking at it), instead of just thinking its crap and then move on with life...
This is the correct way to look at it. Remember, you can be as self absorbed and think your stuff is as brilliant is it gets, but if nobody wants what you produce, then it is worthless.
Last Sunday I shot my girlfriends daughter at a cheer competition. Took 100 photos, with about 10 being practice shots and the rest with her daughter performing with the team. I did PP on a dozen of them total. I learned a very valueable lesson, and that is to make sure I am in the middle instead of slightly off to the side. Because of where I was, many shots had random arms in them, the subject was looking away from the camera, etc. All could be mostly fixed by having taken 4-5 steps to the left.
Having thought of my Sunday as a failure considering I spent $70 and 4 hours in the car, I handed my GF a stack of 8 1/2x11 photos that I printed. (6 of the dozen shots I did PP on.) She had tears in her eyes when she saw them. She could not believe how "amazing they looked" or "how happy and excited her daughter looked". in fact she even told me later that because of my photos she had to apologize to her daughter for being a sh**ty mom. Apparently the view she had made it look like her daughter wasn't having a good time on stage and questioned her if she wanted to continue. Once she saw my photos and the huge smile on her daughters face, she was overcome with emotion and happiness. I expected one or maybe two to get framed, but apparently every one of them is going up on the wall.
Anyway the point is that you are your own worst critic and someone else may just think you are the greatest ever, so don't be too hard on yourself.