Never doubt how good you really are

Today my post is not all about me. Today my post is all about another talented HDR photographer.


I was trolling through the search engines looking of other HDR photographer when stumbled upon this HDR blog.

The photographer was talking about how he almost gave up on photography. He indicated he was lacking confidence or not feeling worthy… or some non-sense like that! I disagree.

I felt his work was fantastic. The photographer even gave us a “blow by blow” of how he edited his HDR photo titled Sunset in Manarola. Go ahead… check it out BUT promise to come back. Please and thank you.

Sunset in Manarola

I am sure you read all about how he edited the image to reduce the warmth of the photo. I was intrigued by all the sliders, filters, and software he is using to create his masterpiece work.

YES. I said masterpiece work. I do not find his photo bored, dull, or not worthy at all. I find it stunning, amazing, even graceful.

Are you a photographer that doesn’t feel worthy of sharing or even selling your work? I have been there just like the photographer above. It is alright to get to that place… to plateau… but NEVER NEVER NEVER EVER quit.

Just a little advice…

  1. Take a breath. If you need to set the camera aside, do so. But come back soon.
  2. Check your mindset. Are you a critic? Try flipping the self-talk into something more positive, uplifting, and needle moving for your art or even hobby.
  3. Practice, Practice, Practice. – Yep. You want to be better than average? You want to be great or stand out in a field of millions with a camera. You gotta believe first and practice daily second. Keep shooting. Keep editing. Keep believing. And keep on keeping on.
  4. Share with the world. Who cares if a photos bombs or comes out looking not quite right. I have created some disasters myself. But I keep creating. And I keep seeking feedback from the world. And the best feedback I get is when someone likes my art enough to purchase a piece for their favorite space.

Just a few items that I think will help when the mind gets invaded by what I call the drunken monkey. You know that fictional being inside your mind that fills you with doubt and squashes all your good thoughts.

Set him aside. Take a moment to make a deal with yourself. Here is the deal…

For the next 30 days you will create one new photograph per day. You will edit it the best you can. Finally, you will share on social media or some other outlet and let the world decide on your talent.

Who knows… You may just be surprised with awesome reviews. And what will that do to your self-image. 😉



P.S. I choose and trust Photomatix Pro as my HDR editing software of choice. It is the Mercedes of HDR editing. Get Photomatix Pro here and enter ‘hdrbyspencer’ for a 15% discount.