The only photographer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be.
When I first joined 52Frames back in June, I was excited, anxious, and nervous. It isn’t easy for me to join a community. It isn’t easy for me to put myself out there in any shape or form and this includes writing. The 52Frames mission’s statement, “Consistency, Community, and Creativity” is what appealed to me.
In the beginning, seeing other people’s work made me feel a variety of emotions such as frustration and discouragement. I didn’t feel like I could “compete” with the professionals in the group. I felt discouraged and defeated. As a result, I decided to not view other people’s work and just continue trying my best.
As time went on, I settled into a rhythm. I challenged myself to learn how to use the Photoshop Elements software. I researched many photography topics online. And, I eventually started viewing submissions again. Seeing their work now inspires me to become better at my own.
You can look at others’ work and think to yourself, “”I’ll never be good enough” and be discouraged. Or, you can be motivated and challenge yourself to become a better photographer, writer, or whatever it is you’re pursuing. It’s a choice albeit not an easy one. I made the choice to be inspired and continue the pursuit of becoming a better photographer.
FYI: I am concentrating on consistency shots due to the fact learning Photoshop Elements is a higher priority for me at this moment.