It has been said that novices overestimate their skill and their work, while professionals are constantly underestimating themselves; they think that they are no good, washed up or a hack and that their work is garbage. It happens to all of us. We get stuck and there is a gap between where we are and where we want to be. About this, Ira Glass said “A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.”
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“For the first couple years, you make stuff, it’s just not that good,” Glass continues, “It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.”
Making it in any business requires tons of hard work and the photographic world is no exception. Nothing great ever came by whilst sitting on the couch eating potato chips. Going out before the sun comes out or bracing the bitter cold is something that most hobbyists and amateurs will not do, yet some of the most incredible images come from that kind of discipline. Pushing your limits will help separate you from the herd.
If you think your work is crap, don’t quit; keep shooting. Leaving half finished projects laying about can actually slow down a creative process. Put yourself on a deadline and finish at least one project a week. By the year’s end, you should have 52 finished projects and that is something to be proud of.
Not only do you have to be good, you have to be extraordinary. Find a niche that interests you and stick with it. Don’t get lost in the ocean of photographers who are do wedding, architectural, still life, landscape, and portrait photography. A jack-of-all trades is a master of none. Follow what is unique to you; be one of kind and your photography will follow.
Nobody Tells This To Beginners
In the video, 18-year-old Saar Oz of Creavite takes the inspirational words of Ira Glass and beautifully animates them. Let the words guide you into this new year. Let this be the best year for you and your craft. Never give up what you love.
[Via Creavite Youtube / Images Screen Captures]