If there is one thing I have learned, having been active in online photography communities for many years, is that you should never say any of the following:
- There wasn’t enough light.
- There was too much light.
- I had no room to move.
- The subject was too distant.
- I didn’t have the right lens.
Sometimes people will share one of their photos, asking for comments and critiques and then, when someone points out a problem with composition or exposure, the photographer will try to explain why the photo is not as good as it could have been:
“I should have maybe composed tighter, but I didn’t have a longer lens.”
“I should have used a longer shutter speed, but I didn’t have the tripod with me.”
“The dog ate my remote release.”
The fact is, nobody cares about all the perfectly valid justifications we have for not taking the best shot we could have taken. Viewers of our photos don’t know anything about the difficult circumstances we had to face, the hurdles we had to climb, and the fact that we forgot our polarizing filter in the other bag. Even if they knew, it is doubtful they would care much.
Before putting out our photos out there for everybody to see, we should make sure they are as good as they can be. Never show work that is less than perfect and then try to justify its defects on account of the difficulties you had to face in creating it. If people give you constructive criticism, accept it and use it to grow your art.
Do you agree or disagree? Join the discussion by leaving a comment in the box below. I very much appreciate your input.