As a photographer, which is worst?

Discussion in 'Ethics and Philosophy' started by Mainecoonmaniac, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Mainecoonmaniac

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    The Dunning Kruger Effect or the Imposter Syndrome?

    But I wonder if I smeared lemon juice on my face, I'd be a better photographer?

    Enjoy the video!

     
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    For the photographer, Imposter Syndrome is worse. Not believing in yourself can have a terrible effect on your work. You're better off thinking you're better than you are because sometimes you'll accidentally succeed even when failure was much more likely. Plus, in today's world, there's very little consequence for failing. It's pretty easy to control your image online, assuming you don't go viral in a negative way, and word of mouth is a lot better tool for promotion than negative persuasion. On top of all of that, price and branding are probably your biggest assets as a photographer. The average Joe doesn't know the difference between a good photo and a bad one, but they sure know the difference between a cheap photo and an expensive one. And if your website and business card/office say "professional", they'll probably be inclined to agree.

    For the client, Dunning-Kruger is worse. Clients are always happier if you under promise and over deliver. Sure, there's something to be said about talking up a bad product to the client to get them to like it. But I'm sure they'll eventually compare your photos to other ones like it and eventually decide on their own if it was worth the money or not.

    In any case, greatness doesn't come from comparing yourself to others. It comes from constantly striving to do better than you've done before. So it's probably best to not worry about how good or bad you are, but rather just focus on how you can improve. Life's a journey, not a destination. So treating it like a race against others won't help you because there's no finish line to cross. The goal is to each day get a little further down your path.
     
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    When I began to use a dSLR, I was hanging out on a computer forum with a section dedicated to photography. There was a few Pro hanging there, the kind who studied photography and couldn't bare to see amateurs using cameras, the kind who shut you down each time you post something they deem crap (About everything which wasn't posted by them). Needless to say that it was a destructive environment, I stopped to share my pictures and it took me a few years to start doing it again. I eventually realized that my pictures didn't need to be contest material, they didn't need to be perfect, they just needed to please me even if only a little. This (and not paying attention to elitist shenanigans) helped to get confidence and to improve.

    Ps: I hope this fall within the scope of this thread?
     
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    Mainecoonmaniac

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    I think good photographers and good people woudn't participate in such counterproductive posts. Hopefully, a professional in what ever field would help those less experience to advance their vocation. Too bad some don't see a profession beyond themselves. I was fortunate to have mentors when I was out of college. One of the things I learned from assisting was professional conduct which was to help others in their profession. It's good karma.
     
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