A&P I really should have more confidence in myself...

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  1. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    but I fucking hate all of my pictures. :wtc:
     
  2. 1992 240SX

    1992 240SX New Member

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    We all have those moments. Lately you've been impressing me, man. Your wedding stuff was really good. It may not be what you enjoy though...shoot what makes you happy.
     
  3. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    Thanks. I love capturing people.

    I guess I get too critical of my own photos like others do. I don't try and compare myself to others as much anymore, but I try and see my pics through the eyes of the client or others as they would see the pics. Its tough when you were behind the camera vs someone else. Just adds that much mystery, I guess. What was going on in their head... what do they know... what's their settings... etc.

    I look at pics from two years ago and I know I've improved, but man, its tough not to be critical of your own photos and ask the "what if" question and wonder how you couldve done better. You know?
     
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    Think less about what you care about your pictures and think about what other people think about them... especially if they are paying you.... That's what I do.

    Although these days I think about photography as a job and less of a cool hobby I used to enjoy.
     
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    That is not healthy.
     
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    Nor is never being satisfied with your work.

    "My best is good enough" is a fine methodology to live by. As long as other people are happy with the output, I'm happy... even if I know something isn't perfect. No job will ever be perfect.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    :love: we're our own worst critics.
     
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    legendr34 Titanium Member

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    I think many photographer can be too critical with their own photos. I'm never too happy with much of my work
     
  9. fuzzynaval

    fuzzynaval Enlighten me

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    makes me feel better that you guys think that about your work too. i hate everything I take...i like maybe 1 out of 300 of my pictures.
     
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    nindia OT Supporter

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    im the same way even though i'm not even close to your level

    i have taken probably 1 or 2 photographs that i can actually look back on and say that i would probably print this and put it on my wall in the last 3 years

    however i would do the same to a lot of other OTers photos
     
  11. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    the best way to get better is keeping pushing yourself, so i would say its great you think your photos are bad. Let us tell you otherwise. Once that happens you can learn to appreciate that specific photo. Ask why people like it, and go from there, try to see it the way they see it. I personally like some of your stuff. I think all the regulars in the OTAP are improving.

    We should def make a progression thread.
     
  12. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    And that's honestly how I gauge myself. I think the truth that otap dishes out is a good motivator, and that's why I've improved as much as I have. As long as the people I consider more knowledged than me think I'm improving, that's a good sign for me!
     
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    I'm the exact opposite I'm happy with most of my work.
     
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    I'm with you Girth. I look at my work and can always find ways to improve. That's a good thing. It makes us grow and work harder (most of the time) to better ourselves as photographers.

    However, sometimes just being "good enough" really is good enough. There comes a point when you have to say, "these photos are what the client wants" and move on.
     
  15. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    That's because you're "special"
     
  16. Wheezer

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    I hate all your pictures too! :big grin:

    Seriously, I think it's healthy to a point. If you can identify what you hate about your pictures and improve on it, then it's good.
     
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    i feel the same way sometimes

    :(
     
  18. 1992 240SX

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    I have those slumps where Im just like "FUCK, Ive shot nothing worthwhile lately", then I'll have one good photoshoot and get back on track. Also, sometimes the shot I like the most, some people don't and the ones I don't care for, people really like...it's just the way it goes.
     
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    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    no shit...I can't stand most of the photos I take.
     
  20. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    but yet you don't post them for us to see if you're any good either. ;)
     
  21. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    You're too overconfident, and in photography that's a bad thing, be your own critique first or you won't improve.
     
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    Not being happy with your own work is a sign of improving. Your knowledge about what makes a good photo is growing and you're expecting much more out of your work than you were before. Now all you need to do is keep pushing yourself to get back to liking your work.

    For me, true "keepers" seem to get smaller and smaller from each shoot and its mainly because what was good last week, is not good enough for me this week and will not be good enough for me next. You're pushing yourself and no longer happy with what you were before.

    Its a sign of growing and you'll become better as you push yourself to satisfy your new found criticisms.
     
  23. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    and thats exactly what I tell myself. Then I go back and look at my pics from 2 years ago when I bought my first DSLR... makes me feel better for a good amount of time. I can say I looked at the first wedding I did way back when and looked at the last two... improvement is huge, even by my standards. Pushing myself will get me somewhere, and I'll have OTAP to thank for it. :love:
     
  24. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    you're good bro, especially at capturing people :bowdown:


    If I'm near your level when I'm two years in I'll be happy.
     
  25. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    Thanks :love:
     

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