So I have a confession to make; I can’t post (or even show) a photo of mine without editing it. Even if it looks amazing when it’s unedited, and even when editing it makes it look a little bit worse. I don’t care if other people edit photos or not. In fact, most of the time I can’t tell if they’re edited or not.
This makes it extremely difficult for me to show my photos, as I have so many photos to edit and it’s really overwhelming.
I use Lightroom Classic to edit my photos, and even if the photos look absolutely fine when I use the auto-edit button, I need to change something about the photo, edit the shadows slider or add a bit of saturation to the red in the photo.
I think that part of the reason I’m like this is that I’ve heard through my life that photography is easy and it’s not ‘real art’ since you’re just pressing a button. Yes, photography is more than that and I don’t think that way about anyone else’s pictures, but I’m always my worst critic. I guess in a few ways, I also feel like a fraud, because photography is ‘easy’ for me, other than editing photos, which takes a while, and I feel like I always have to change something.
Along with this, I don’t consider photos taken on my phone as worthy to be posted or seen. It’s ridiculous, as my phone has a really good camera. It just feels like anyone could do it and it’s too easy.
A theme I’m seeing in this is feeling like anything I do has to be difficult in order to be nice and worth it. I am trying to work on it, and I also have a gallery for phone photos (check it out here).
I really want to share my photos, however, fear stops me from sharing them.
I am re-doing my website, and I know it’s not perfect. Please be patient while I implement the new style and design.
Do you feel this way about art, photography, or things having to be hard in order to be good? Let me know in the comments below! Do you have any tips for getting over the fears I’ve mentioned above? I’d love to hear your thoughts.