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Is it natural to think that my photographs aren't good enough?

 
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Apr 20, 2016 10:43 |  #16

I'll go out for a days shooting, review the images on the back of the camera and think, "Yeah I've got some cracking shots." When I get home I'll download them onto the computer and when I look at them think, "there're crap." A couple of months later I'll look at them again and think, "Yeah they are definitely crap."


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Apr 20, 2016 10:46 |  #17

LV Moose wrote in post #17978359 (external link)
I'll shoot the same subjects over and over (at different times), always hoping for a better shot. Doesn't matter whether it's a local State Park, or the hummingbirds or bugs in my backyard, or even the friggin moon. When I finally get one that I think will be hard to improve upon, I might print an 8X10 or 11X14 and hang it, but I'll still keep trying for a better one. :oops:

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I have this problem with nearly everything I do whether it's a photo or some home improvement project. I know where each and every flaw is and my eye will go right to it without fail. It drives me nuts. Of course, no one else can see them, but I do. :):):)

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I'll go out for a days shooting, review the images on the back of the camera and think, "Yeah I've got some cracking shots." When I get home I'll download them onto the computer and when I look at them think, "there're crap." A couple of months later I'll look at them again and think, "Yeah they are definitely crap."

it proves the theory, that the more we go to school, the more we know what we do not know. So in the practice of photography, for each improvement that we can see, we see there is more room for further improvement.


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Apr 20, 2016 10:47 |  #18

john crossley wrote in post #17978387 (external link)
A couple of months later I'll look at them again and think, "Yeah they are definitely crap."

Yep. Always good to go back months later, with fresh eyes, and do another round of culling. Frees up memory, and makes it easier when you're looking for a shot of a particular subject, instead of slogging through dozens (or hundreds) of sub-par images.


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Apr 20, 2016 10:51 |  #19

It is healthy to think like this.


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Apr 20, 2016 10:54 |  #20

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It is healthy to think like this.


it is 'healthy' to be anal compulsive?!  :p


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Apr 20, 2016 10:55 |  #21

kf095 wrote in post #17978401 (external link)
It is healthy to think like this.

But not about wives.
"Hmmm... I could do better," will get you into trouble every time.


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Apr 20, 2016 11:01 |  #22

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...




  
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Apr 20, 2016 11:27 |  #23

In short ... yes. Although that assumes I too am normal.


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Apr 21, 2016 05:46 as a reply to  @ Owain Shaw's post |  #24

Lots of good advices here.
Photography is just one of the things in life and you just can't be perfect all the time.
Does every single photo I make has to be 100% perfect?
Occasionally I'm just doing snapshots trying not to care about blown highlights or raising shadows in post or perfect framing.


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Apr 21, 2016 17:18 |  #25

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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...

If I am doing product photography on my own products Its all about work .
Everything has to be lent and dust free with no finger print wiped down polished.

If my picture don't turn out normally its because I was lazy..........




  
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Apr 21, 2016 18:54 |  #26

Every once in a while, I take a photograph that I don't think could be improved..... but it's so rare, it surprises me. I think being critical of my work keeps me learning, as others have noted. Not so critical that is paralyzes me, however.

I do enjoy looking back at my photographs..... a year at a time. If I see progress, I'm cautiously optimistic. ;)


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Apr 22, 2016 13:38 |  #27

andrewliu wrote in post #17978416 (external link)
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.




  
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Apr 22, 2016 16:36 |  #28

I agree with all of the above post that you are not alone. The more I look at one of my photo's the more that I find myself saying what if I would have done this or that when I was taking the photo.


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Apr 22, 2016 21:00 |  #29

If you either find satisfaction in what you are doing or are making life better for someone else, things are going very well indeed. Otherwise it's a choice between giving up and getting better.

Every picture I've sold or otherwise released for public viewing is plenty good enough.

Every picture I've ever take falls short of my standards of photographic perfection.

Since I'm a golfer, falling short of perfection is routine but I did come in second in a recent tourney. Hurrah! I also enjoyed a triple bogie this morning. Life goes on.


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Apr 22, 2016 21:39 |  #30
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You always try to do better than your last shoot, period. That's how it works. For others....they don't improve and consistently shooting the same way and hoping their photography would get better. LOL.


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