Have pride in your pictures! Don’t expect others to praise you for your photos. Praise yourself and your own images!
To become famous in photography is a combination of effort, skill, and luck. Because becoming a famous photographer requires (some) luck, becoming famous and well-regarded for your photography isn’t 100% in your control!
Therefore my suggestion is this:
Seek to impress yourself with your own photos, and have pride in the images you make!
Horace once said that he wrote poems to amuse himself, instead of seeking amusement from external sources and entertainment.
We can do the same; we can amuse ourselves by making photos which entertain and interest us!
I did a Skype call with my friend Tim’s middle school photography class, and one of the kids asked me, “What makes a good photo?”
Essentially my answer was this:
A good picture is one which shows the soul of your subject, and also shows the relationship between you and your subject!
Or in short words,
A good photograph has your soul imbued in it.
I’m glad that I deleted my Instagram and no longer have one. Why? It has helped me focus on making photos to please myself, not others.
And as a result I’ve been so much more inspired and motivated in my photography! And I am breaking lots of new personal ground in photography and visual art.
So as a simple tip, before you share a photo with others, ask yourself:
“Do I like this picture?”
If not, don’t share it. Only share photos which you personally like and have pride in!
Take pride in your work! Because if you don’t have pride in your work, who will?