- Advance your learning experience.
- Give you a sense of personal achievement on completing each new project.
- Enable you to look back and evidence your progress - all of which are real confidence boosters!
"You need to be content with small steps. That's all life is. Small steps that you take every day so that when you look back down the road it all adds up and you know you covered some distance. It took me a long time to accept that, but it's true. You need to have patience." - Unknown author
3. Try different photography genres. There are countless to choose from including photo journalism, architectural, lifestyle, macro, shooting for black and white images, candid, food, on-camera plus off-camera flash (OCF), newborn, family, still-life, architectural, street, documentary, travel, fashion, equine, landscape, night-long exposure, fine art / conceptual, sport, pet, wildlife, studio, on location, natural light, continual lighting, etc.
4. Know your limitations and stick to what you can handle - you will be much happier and confident as a result! A lot of portrait photographers believe they have to enjoy shooting all types of people photography, e.g. babies, toddlers, teens, families, etc., but this is simply not true! I love babies and toddlers, but I don't enjoy photographing them - at least not when working alone. Why? Because it's exhausting trying to juggle backgrounds, lighting, settings, etc., whilst at the same time trying to hold a little one's attention.... practically impossible in fact!
These kind of situations shake your confidence and can even make you doubt your ability as a photographer! Know your limitations and stick to them until such a time as you feel you can cope with additional pressure or can afford an assistant! These days, I find it much more enjoyable photographing older children (5 yrs +) and families, plus young adults, etc., because such is within my capability when working alone.
5. Show encouragement to other photographers. We all like it when our photographs are featured in a competition, or a well-known website or popular blog. It feels good to be recognised for our work, but it feels even better to pass on this kind of compliment to another photographer!
Start by "liking" other photographers pages. Compliment their photos. "Encouragement is holding up a positive mirror and showing someone what they already are or have the potential to become" -- Dettie. I read a quote recently which said: "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"-- Anon but I'd like to add to this and say "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle [and jointly they shine brighter!]" By making a good photography friend (whether online or otherwise) you can encourage one another and share photography tips and insights which will help each others' growth. I have one such friend, Jillian, who is not only a good photography friend, but has come to be a pretty close confidant as well.... double blessing. "Thanks Jillian!" <3 <3 <3
6. Take an online class, workshop, or join a local photography group. Sharing your work through workshops and / or classes is a great way to connect with fellow photographers who are interested in furthering the same skill-set as yourself.