How Criticism in photography can help you improve
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9 Ways How Criticism in Photography can help you Improve

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Criticism in Photography is of the utmost necessity after a certain period. Criticism involves hidden improvements, challenges, steps, and the direction to move forward.

For e.x – In photography, making yourself comfortable in Auto mode doesn’t make you utilize your potential fully.

That’s why it’s completely fine to say yourself “That’s not what you wanted” etc. Nobody will be going to say to you if you don’t appreciate and challenge yourself.

In this post, I would be talking about how Criticism can help improve your Photography Journey.

Let’s be honest that we all take photos and to our understanding, it’s the best shot in our knowledge. Some take photos casually & for some its professionally. The only difference that arises here is that professional photographers criticize themselves and will always crave for the best and try to do the full justice to their photos.

let’s come to our pointers

9 Ways How Criticism in Photography can help you Improve

1. It will take out the best from you

Let’s suppose that you went on a wildlife photography trip and you spotted a cheetah running after the animals. You wanted to take a good shot of the running cheetah after you had clicked the pictures the cheetah is completely out of focus. The hazy & blurry kind of effect can make you a little upset. Now you have two options –

  1. Take the shots until it matches your expectation
  2. Go back and come some other time

Obviously you will be saying that; this is how criticism works. The not in focus cheetah shot can make you crave for the best shot.

2. It will make you Disciplined in the right direction

Criticism in photography will not be always when someone else tells you, it should be the inner voice.

Suppose you had clicked a photograph, i.e. the person who had first seen that is only “you”, criticizing yourself should never be excluded at any moment.

If you are telling yourself that you want the best shot from your end. It will keep you motivated for a few minutes but later you will lose control and forget. That is where the discipline comes into play. Criticism can keep the discipline in you always awaken more strongly than before.

3. It will make you more focused

Focus is an essential element in photography, if your subject is blurred then it will portray a bad signal to the viewers. There’s a fact behind this that if you want to improve yourself then you must improve your shortcomings rather not neglecting them. If you try to focus on a particular issue and practice again & again then the possibility of getting that shortcoming improved will be going to be high.

For e.x- the major issue I had faced is getting the exposure triangle balanced during when I had started. Tried & tested a lot but nothing seems like working. I realized that I need to get in-depth about the exposure triangle to overcome this issue & to create a balanced image. i.e that made me focused.

In this case, if you are facing barriers, then only focusing on them can help resolve the issue.

4. It will improve your knowledge

You must have heard that when you keep on learning you keep on growing. But the hard fact here is how to measure that growth?

You had gained the knowledge, you must have applied it somewhere then how can someone tell that you’re really growing!

For e.x – In photography, if you didn’t know about how the white balance works in different conditions. After two months you have been applying in the field and getting the colors correct in different conditions. That’s where the growth is hiding, it shall not shout out loud but the growth will always be there.

Criticism can improve your knowledge that if you are lacking behind in using white balance, you must be very keen to learn that aspect before going out next time.

5. It will make you accept failures

Failure comes in every form, from personal to professional & photography failure is not an exception. If you are being criticized by a bunch of people, that doesn’t make you bad in anything rather you need to work harder.

In the photography world, the term failure could occur from your camera viewfinder to your desired location. Also if you consider other people’s perspectives on your work as a failure then count this in too.

For e.x – if you had shot a fast-moving object blurred if your composition was not up to the mark, you need to accept those failures & that’s a signal that you are moving ahead, to be honest.

6. It will make you value your every shot

You will have to face criticism someday or the other but the only way through this to constantly improve. When you start valuing your every single click you have to give it all whenever you push a shutter release. Make the most out of it at the very starting when you choose to shot.

7. It will make you alert about your surroundings

When you are on an alert that you have to utilize your surroundings fully, the mind will be going to be in the action mode.

For e.x – If you are shooting a landscape in the mountains & you only shot the mountains and the surroundings are not being considered. There might be flowers in the foreground or the rocks in the foreground that will make the picture more interesting as compared to the only shot of the mountain. Especially Landscape Compositions will be going to play a vital and defining role here.

8. It will make you completely research the destination

You don’t want to be in the situation where you had arrived in a place & left in the confusion that what shall be the composition here. That will definitely create doubt and lead to a waste of time. If you tell yourself that this would be the desired location that you are heading next & you wanted your best to come out. Then, researching completely about that location & making perspectives from the other people’s pictures would have been done in the pre-planning stage.

9. It will make you respect other photographers work

This would be one of the most important points.

For e.x- If you had shot a perfect light trails in the mountains from the full-frame camera. You will’ be really satisfied that it took years for you to shot this perfect dream shot. When you look at other photographers creating the different level pictures you will start respecting their works that it took you years to take that dream light trails shot at your desired destination with your desired full-frame camera then think how many years it would have taken for creating the other level shots.

I hope you had got my point. What I was trying to portray here.

The conclusion that arises here is criticism in photography in any field & you only have hard work in your hand.

Don’t forget to share if that had helped you realize the importance of criticism.

Until then see you in the next post & I am open to criticism if you have any.

Vansh Tiwari
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