5 reasons why you are not being as a photographer?

Hey, guys, I'm Dhananjay Atkale from EditingSpot.com. In this post, I am talking about five reasons why you might not be improving as a photographer.

Now, this post will be a very different post. The whole post won't have any b-roll it will be just me talking. But I feel if you're serious about photography, then you must read this article. Because as a photographer there can be different reasons why you're not improving or you feel you're not improving. Even I have faced these issues. And so I wanted to discuss this with you people.

Beginner photographers makes many photography mistakes and it distracts from becoming pro photographer. There can be different reasons why you're not improving. You should know what are some photography tips and tricks.

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    Lack of practice and patience

    Photography is an art form. And if you want to master any art form you have to practice. It doesn't matter what videos, what books what internet articles you read about photography. If you don't go outside and shoot with the camera Actually you won't improve as a photographer.

    Now in photography there are two things the technical aspect and the creative aspect. Talking about the technical aspect, you can sit and you can learn it. But unless and until you go out and actually use those technical settings, experiment those technical settings you won't master them.
    Talking about the creative side actually, no one can teach you. Creativity is something that you have to develop by yourself. No book no post can teach you how to be creative. It is something that you have to develop by yourself. And this is going to take a lot of time. When you see world-class photographers, they were not world-class photographers from day one. It took years of practice, traveling, research and experimenting and now they have become world-class photographers. So it's a gradual learning curve.

    If you want to improve as a photographer you will improve, but you have to be patient about it. If you're impatient you will be discouraged and that will actually hamper your creativity. And you will end up with bad photos. Instead of that be positive, think that you are a good photographer. So next time when you're shooting images that positivity will help you to take better images.
    Always make sure you're patient and you're practicing, If you want to develop as a photographer.

    Focusing too much on camera gears

    I have seen people always complaining that they don't have camera gear. And that's why I'm not able to take good photos. XYZ photographer has the more expensive gear and that is the reason why that photographer is able to take good photos. Now, this is a myth good camera gears won't give you good photos. If you're not able to capture good images with the gear you have right now. It doesn't matter what camera,, what lens you have, in the future you still won't be able to take good photos. Because good photos mean good composition, good ability to tell stories. And that is not something expensive gear can improve. So whatever gear you have right now try to make the best use out of it.

    If you are always thinking about camera gear you will spend less time thinking about what actually photography is?. When I post an image on social media, people always ask about what camera, what lens, what filter did you use?. But actually, those things matter very less. No one asks about what was the thought process? how did you compose the image? what was the story you are trying to tell?. And these are the things that matter more in photography. So instead of focusing on the gear, think about things that actually matter. And that will actually help you to improve as a photographer.

    Not analyzing your own work

    Now as a photographer, you're going to make mistakes. Even world-class professional photographers make mistakes. So how to deal with that. It's fine to make mistakes. But if you learn from those mistakes, then you're going to improve.

    Suppose you go to a location and you captured images. And when you come home you might not like the images. Firstly you should "analyze those images". Why you don't like the images? what extra things could you have done to make the images look better?

    And if other photographers have been there. Try to see their images. What composition did they use? why are their images better than yours?
    Now, this whole process of self-analyzing is very important when it comes to photography. Because it not only helps you to understand your mistakes But also next time when you go out to shoot, the subconscious mind won't let you make those mistakes again.

    Since you have spent time analyzing those images and working on your mistakes. Then you're not going to make them next time. And this is what is very very useful. And I don't see people doing a lot of it. Even I am guilty of not analyzing my work. But whenever I get time I see my old images and I see my current images. I see how I have improved over the years?. And I try to work on my stronger aspects. Because as a photographer you're not going to be good at everything.

    If you just focusing on your stronger areas, you will still develop as a photographer. And I feel self-analysis is very important not only in terms of photography but in terms of any art.

    Not sticking to a style and following the trend

    I've seen a lot that people are continuously changing their style of photography based on what is trending on social media?
    So if a particular style of photography is trending on Instagram they will quickly switch to that style. Just to get a good number of likes and followers and this is a very wrong approach towards photography.

    As a photographer, you should have your own style. if that style is not very unique or very different from others, that is still fine. But if you have a style and you master it over the years, then you'll be better at it as I said. As a photographer, you are not going to master each and everything.

    If you are continuously changing your style and not sticking to one. Then you're not going to master it. I like to click landscape images because I am a nature lover. And that is my reason for pursuing photography so I'm not discouraging you to try different styles it's always good to experiment but always sticking to a particular style will help you you can also build a portfolio based on your style which actually tells what kind of a photographer you are and this will also help you to get clients as well.

    Not getting out of comfort zone

    The last reason which is the most important reason according to me is "not getting out of comfort zone". Now if you want to improve, you have to get out of the comfort zone.

    Sometimes we get satisfied with the images we take. we are like oh I'm happy with the images I take. Why do I have to experiment? why do I have to try harder?. Now that is where you're mistaken. if you think you are good at something and you don't want to push harder. Then you have reached the limit. If you want to improve, you have to get out of that thought process. If you don't get out of the comfort zone you won't be aware of what you're missing at photography?.

    Photography is a huge art form. there're a lot of things to experiment with. As I said sticking to a style is important but experimenting at the same time is also equally important. Now I am a landscape photographer. But I have started experimenting in wildlife photography as well I want to get into Street. I want to do macro photography as well. Because if you don't try different genres & if you don't get out of your comfort zone, you won't know what your ability is?. Because once you get out of the comfort zone, you will see your true potential. And this will inspire you more to get out of your comfort zone.

    This is how you develop as a photographer?. always if you put more effort doesn't mean you will get good images. but those efforts won't be wasted. Because from that you're actually improving as a photographer. Even if you think you're not just patient keeps trying to keep experimenting and don't be discouraged.

    I hope this post helped you guys so please share this with your friends.

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    1. I hope this new year brings good health and good fortune.