There is a wonderful post up at the Digital Photography School titled 100 Things I've Learned About Photography written by Martin Gammel. I'm tempted to print it out and read it to myself everyday because there are SO many things on this list that I need to remind myself of on a regular basis. Some of the ones that really stood out to me:
1. Never do photography to become a rock-star.
I need to remember to do this for me and not worry about what kind of recognitions I get or more importantly what kind of recognitions OTHER people get that I don't.
5. Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions while you are shooting
I've never done this, but I want to try to remember this. I think it will make a change in some way.
18. Never compare yourself to others in a better or worse context
I think this one needs to be my mantra. I forget this SO many times in SO many contexts. It has caused me all kinds of problems in the last few months and has shown me an ugly side to myself. This goes in hand with number 1.
19. Find your own style of photography
Still looking. I have no clue what my style is, but I think it has something to do with photowalking. Or at least that is how it is drifting. Actually I have no clue.
38. It takes time to become a good photographer
Be patient with myself. Some people have been shooting for 10, 15, 20 years. This is my 3rd. Of course some people have been shooting less than that BUT of course I must remember #18 and #1.
39. The best equipment is that what you have now
It's easy to get caught up in the equipment game and frustrating when you can't keep up especially on a teacher's salary. My wallet will thank me later.
45. Start a photoblog
Hee hee... everyone should start one!
46. Accept praise and say “thank you”
I'm horrible at this. Horrible.
60. Post processing = Optimizing your image to the best result
Finally starting to do this thanks to Lightroom. It feels like cheating to me in a way. I don't want to be one of those photographers that gets lots of comments because of their processing, but there is no denying that it helps to bring forward your vision. It is definitely something I need to work on.
71. Shoot as often as possible
Working on this! Especially since I'm changing my photography model and I'm not hording photos anymore for a later date. It will be scary when I'm completely caught up with my expeditions and have nothing to fall back on.
72. Believe in yourself
See #46, #38, #18 and #1
75. Your photographs are a personal map of your psyche
Whoa. I don't even know what my style is. No telling what my psyche is trying to tell everyone.
89. Fight your laziness ! Creativity comes after discipline.
I think that's a wonderful phrase. Creativity comes after discipline.
94. Every community has it’s downsides. Don’t leave it out of an emotional response.
Hahahahahahaha. Another one that I must say to myself every day, multiple times a day. Over and over and over again.
This is only a smattering of the list and I'm sure different numbers will strike different people in different ways. Go check it out.