Part 4: How to gain creative confidence in yourself as a photographer.
The difference between good and great photographers: having confidence in yourself.
1. Don’t care what others think of your photos
The first thing to ask yourself to gain creative confidence:
Do I like my own photos?
2. Don’t take photography too seriously
The more I play around, and don’t take my photography seriously, the more fun I have, and the more creative I am.
3. Photography is experimentation
You never know when you’re going to get a good shot, so always experiment with your camera and tools, and treat yourself like a mad scientist with a camera.
Try strange angles. Shoot from very low, tilt your camera, try the Dutch angle.
A lot of photographers put too much pressure on themselves to always make good photos. In reality, you must treat every time you click the shutter as a mini experiment.
You might have 1,000 failed photos and attempts. If you just get one good experiment and result, you’ve done your job as a good scientist.
Remember: your First Million photos are your worst.
4. Shoot yourself
The more I shoot myself, the more confidence I build to shoot others.
Shoot Yourself in the mirror, the bathroom, shoot your own shadow, and experiment with the exposure compensation.
Shoot pictures with -1 exposure compensation:
Shoot pictures with +1 exposure compensation:
Always have your camera around your neck, or ready to shoot:
Even as a fun thing, give your camera to someone else, or even a kid to shoot you.
Or just play fun jokes on yourself, like kisses in the mirror:
And remember, you will have to make a lot of photos, to get even one decent shot:
5. Can you dance?
I think the most confident artists are the ones who have the confidence to dance.
We are all born dancers. We like to wiggle to the rhythm of the music. Yet, as we get older, we lose this ability — because we fear what others think of us. We focus on “looking cool” than just having fun.
Why dance? It is the ultimate way to just get lost in the flow of music, and making art with your body.
The more you shoot, the more confidence you will have.
Also practical tip: post less to social media, and post more to your own website or blog.
Make your own photography blog, and you will have more freedom and flexibility to experiment, while caring less of what others think of your work.
And if you’re really crazy (like me), don’t bother getting an Instagram. Or better yet, delete your Instagram— the ultimate form of creative confidence (owning your own platform).