Don’t Compare Yourself to Other Photographers

By Chris Corradino on May 16th, 2016

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Don’t Compare Yourself to Other Photographers

The self help section of my local library is overflowing with titles dedicated to leading a happy life. A few aisles over in the photography area however, the topics are mostly limited to ways to control your camera and process digital files. There's little on the practical skills needed to sustain a career and maintain one's joy of photography. Photography is a rewarding profession, but it's also abundant in potential traps and pitfalls.

Don’t waste your energies comparing yourself harshly against other photographers. Instead, focus on creating your best work and making it original. If you see a particularly spectacular photo, use it as an educational tool. What techniques did the photographer use that you might be able to adopt in your own unique way? Their success is likely the result of a long sustained effort. With patience and persistence, you too will create head-turning work.

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