If there’s one thing that I see over and over again when talking to newbie photographers it’s people who are afraid to take that leap to put their photographs out there for the world to see.
Sure they’ll tell close friends and family and maybe even share occasionally on Facebook behind a ‘friends only’ privacy setting, but they won’t go out and become that self promotional person that they need to be in order to grow both their confidence and skill behind the camera.
There’s no question that one of the best ways to grow as a photographer is to find the confidence to share your photography. Once you can start networking with other photographers you will soon start to learn from them and that knowledge will take you further than you can ever imagine.
I’m here today to give you a few helpful nudges and hopefully get you to start sharing your photos with the world today – I hope it helps!
Sharing Feels Good
The number one reason I share my photographs is because it feels good.
Yeah every now and then someone will nitpick on the choice of composition or processing style (we’ll deal with them in a nudge a few steps down), but in the grand scheme of things, you’ll find that you’ll get a lot of compliments when you start sharing. It feels good to have people click the ‘like’ button on Facebook, or to retweet a photograph to their followers. It’s not going to happen instantly, but if you’re consistent you’ll get there!
Sharing Leads to Better Photos
The more you share the better you’ll get.
This might seem odd at first, but let me explain. The more you share your photographs the more likely you’ll want to outdo yourself (or others who you’ll soon start to connect with). You’ll push yourself to new locations, new styles, and new processing techniques which will lead you to new inspiration and ideas. All of this results in more knowledge and better photographs.
Sharing Builds a Network and Following
Growth can’t happen if you tell no one you’re looking for it
I’ve been sharing my photography for just over two years now and every day that I get an email or a comment from a fan is an awesome feeling. I’ve also talked to some great photographers, and gotten to see some truly spectacular photography because of the networks that I’ve built up. It’d be impossible for me to be where I am today if I didn’t rely on the power of sharing. So overcoming that fear is the first step to building up people to support your growth and push you further.
Sharing Teaches You Humility
Honest critiques will build your skill, thoughtless critics will build your character.
Often times we will take a shot and think that it’s the absolute best photograph we’ve ever taken and then someone will come along and give a thoughtful, constructive and insightful critique of it and we’ll run away and hide. This is the wrong approach as the person who offered this insight should be considered as an asset – after all they are trying to help you get better.
Sure there’s something to be said about critiquing someone’s work without being asked to do so, but some people simply can’t help themselves and if they’re being kind about it, with a constructive and genuinely helpful attitude then is it really that bad?
Of course, when you get someone telling you simply to stop shooting because you’re an insult to the craft – simply ignore their insult – it’s not worth the time. This can be easier said than done, but you have to realize there are people out there who simply complain to complain.
So Start Sharing Today!
I hope I’ve given you the kick you need to get out and start showing the world your photographs. If you’re already sharing your photography please feel free to leave a link to your website or social profile in the comments below so we can find you.
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Hope to see some awesome photos soon!