How to Conquer Your Inner Photographic Critic

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Critic means ‘judge’. Certainly it is good to judge our photos (to know which photos to keep, and which to ditch). However when our inner-photographic critic is bad:

It prevents us from shooting *new* photos because of a fear that the photograph might be ‘bad’.

Simple thoughts:

1. Like a virgin

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Shoot like a virgin; like you shot it for the very first time. Too often the fear of ‘repeating ourselves’ is detrimental to our photographic process. And who is to say that repeating yourself is a bad thing.

For example, every day we drink coffee, every day we use the toilet, and every day we sleep. Repetition is good.

2. Don’t strive to be ‘good’

The desire to be a ‘good’ photographer or to make ‘good’ photographs is the biggest detriment to us.

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3. Shoot like a child

Observe how children photograph so freely and openly. My niece Amelia as one of the greatest photographers I know. If you give yourself permission to photograph like a child, you will never get bored and run out of inspiration to shoot!

ERIC


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