Photo Challenges - Do they help you improve?

Started Mar 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP Florida Nature Photographer Veteran Member • Posts: 8,107
Re: I'm happy

Graham Meale wrote:

Over the years various people have asked why I haven't joined a camera club. I like my photos; if others like them too, good; if they don't, it doesn't matter. (I can say this because I've never set out to make an income from photography; that it has given me some financial rewards over time is just a bonus.)

Thanks to all for the great comments in this thread. I've been reading them all.

I have no current ambition to make any serious money from this craft but I do care what others think of my photos. I enjoy sharing my work with others and doubt that I would have much interest if I couldn't or didn't share them. I want to show them them the beautiful things I see in the most appealing way possible. I want to entertain them. That is what drives me to improve.

The risk of striving to improve your technique is that you are forever looking for faults in photos, and wonderful memories from years ago become tainted

I understand your point but that hasn't been my experience. I look back on older favorite photos and see how much knowledge I have gained that I now see what I could have been done better. It doesn't affect MY enjoyment of the photo. I want to be better tomorrow than I am today. That is what drives me to improve.

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