I try to be a photographer, I try to be a good photographer. The best way to become better is making photo’s and show them to people who’s opinion you care about. Another reason for me to show them to people who’s opinion I care about is fishing for compliments.
And that is where things often go wrong for me 🙂
It doesn’t work, compliments should be given because you deserve them, not because you want them. And I can say that I need a lot of validation all I want, it won’t make things any different.
And because of something that happened recently I realized something. Getting criticism from certain people is a sign that I am indeed getting better at photography. I’ve done a fotoshoot with a friend of mine. And I posted those photo’s to an IRC channel which I frequent (#fotografie at irc.tweakers.net).
The first piece of criticism was hard, I had difficulty coping with it. It seemed so over the top. Just negative criticism to be negative. Some other people offered real suggestions on how to improve myself a next time. But even those I felt were just too negative.
And then, a couple of days later I realized something. Other people, other photographers, people who I see as good, also get criticism. And even they have sometimes (often) trouble dealing with it.
I should be glad that people take the time to critize my work, and that they want to help me get better. Every time someone takes the time to point out mistakes I made, it’s because that person wants to see me become better.
What better way to learn, then to make mistakes?
Oh, and, please, go look at those photos and ‘validate’ me 😛