While we all know that there is no universal recipe for becoming a successful photographer, there are certainly some pitfalls that every photographer should avoid. Since the market is so saturated nowadays, analyzing your approach and reevaluating your business can be the first step to improve what’s problematic and increase the chances of success.
The following 7 things might be the main factors that are preventing you from reaching your full potential as a photographer:
1. Not Taking Criticism Well
There is no personal growth without the ability to take criticism well. In the case that you often find yourself defending your photos, you are not doing yourself any favours since you’re inhibiting the learning process.
There are no limits to skill levels when it comes to art – you can become better and better every day if you’re willing to listen and learn. It’s great to accept what people have to say with grace and use their critique to grow, especially if they are seasoned photographers.
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2. Obsessing Over Gear
No matter how important it is to have the right gear, it’s not true having all the latest and greatest gear makes you a better photographer. It’s always your creativity, your knowledge and your way to deal with challenges that matter the most.
Many photographers are guilty of using gear or lack thereof as an excuse for bad performance. The sooner you realize that your kit is only a tool, the sooner you work harder to hone your skills and learn some new tricks.