Why and How: Defining the Qualities of a Good Photographer – Part 2
Quality 4: “Having One or Several Photographic Styles"
You are a good photographer when you have one or more well-defined styles. I voluntarily use the plural. It is quite possible to develop several photographic styles in contrast to the vision and signature that must be unique.
Some photographers have only one style, but they are very rare. Their signature is confused with style. Personally, I find that eventually it becomes boring. Even if the subjects are different, we always find the same atmosphere.
I believe that if you do not create many photographs, one style is possible: a few dozen photographs a year.
They must not be diametrically opposed. They are similar with variations.
Of course, these photographic styles must be a declination of your signature. It cannot be otherwise.
Quality 5: "Having the Precision of a Laser in your Artistry"
You are a good photographer if you are an average photographer able to create series of photos with the precision of a laser.
This means that you can make consistent photographs that fit exactly what you have defined.
Making specific artistic choices in a project is an essential quality. Boriding your photographic approach with precise, simple criteria that you will implement during the sessions will allow you to make photos that your audience will be able to recognize.
You will be able to emerge from the mass. You will exist. The precision of a photographic vision is essential.
Quality 6: "Coding Photography in your DNA"
You are a good photographer when your desire to create photos is in your blood. It became part of your DNA.
If so, when you get up in the morning, the first idea that comes to mind is to make a photo or a series.
. This quality meets the quality number 1 but it is more blurred. It's more of an impression, a way of life.
I think that the creation of a photo or a series is not done only at the moment of the shooting or the development. It is a more complex process that takes time. Initially, you must have an idea even if it is fuzzy. Then, little by little, it develops until becoming concrete. If you arrive on the field without having this preparation time, your photographs will not have this brilliance and the difference that will make you a good photographer.
Quality 7: "Giving Meaning to Life with Photography"
In general, I think life does not really make sense. We did not ask anyone to be born. For years, we have been educated without really having or making choices.
It is only after a long period of maturation and learning that some of us are able to decide their destiny.
You may be one of those people who decided that the choices of their life belonged to them. I belong to this category too.
You have decided to make sense of your life by making choices.
If one of these lifestyle choices is photography, then you are a good photographer. You do not just take pictures just by the way. Your photographs have become a way to create, to testify, to express your emotions, to transmit messages.
This choice to give meaning to your life with photography is in my eyes a characteristic to define a good photographer.
Quality 8: "Never Be Afraid to Fall"
You are a good photographer if you are not afraid to fall. Do not be afraid of failures, refusals, criticisms. To be a photographer is to be alive. Chess will allow you to grow and develop your photographic approach.
This is one of the prizes to pay for creating interesting and meaningful photos.
Of course, I met photographers who managed to create good photos from the first projects. They were praised immediately. But as nothing lasts, they have very badly taken the negative criticism of a project less successful than the previous ones. They felt unloved, misunderstood. They are not questioned. They stopped the picture thinking they were good, but people did not understand what they were doing. This is a sorry attitude because they did not understand that they were average on some projects.
Quality 9: "Believing in yourself"
To become a good photographer, you must believe in yourself. At first you may be the only one but it's a good start.
If you do not believe in yourself, no one will do it for you.
Never devalue your creations or you will become demotivated.
The confidence in you, allows to try new technical or artistic experiences. You must understand that only your imagination is your limit.
Even if your photographs do not meet the success you hope for, keep moving forward, change. If you believe in yourself, you will eventually succeed in creating interesting photos.
Quality 10: "Seeking Excellence at All Times"
To become a good photographer, you must always strive for excellence.
You realize immediately that it is impossible to achieve excellence because you can always go further in the quest for quality.
Yet one thing is certain: you can always try to achieve excellence.
Never be afraid to look for the best setting, to invent new techniques, to look for new lines of development for your photographs.
You have to be constantly looking for different pictures. Never be satisfied with what you have accomplished. Always try to do better next time. It is at this price that you will become a good photographer.
Quality 11: "Never Give Up"
To become a good photographer, you must never give up your photographic choices whether they are artistic or not. You are free. The desire for freedom to create, to express oneself, to share your feelings, to express your emotions is a war in itself.
If you make the picture the meaning or one of the senses of your life, you must always remember it. You must assume this choice to the end. If you let go, all the efforts you have made will never be successful.
Always go to the end of your possibilities. If you ever think you have it, change direction. Take other paths to reach your goals.
Quality 12: "Affirm Your Photographer Status"
You live in a society of resigned people where most people are content to suffer.
To be a good photographer and affirm your status, you must fight against yourself and the rest of the world.
The freedom to create is a fight of every moment that you are not aware of.
You must always try to create new photographs, complete your photographic vision and enrich your photographic style.
It is at this price that you will be able to create interesting photos that will emerge from the mass of anonymous people.
Quality 13: "Get Out of Your Comfort Zone"
As I wrote in this article, you have to learn how to regularly get out of your comfort to create interesting photos. If you are still confined to what you can do, you will constantly repeat the photos that made your success and your recognition.
Do not hesitate to change, test new techniques, go to new horizons. You must have little of the unknown. But you must not be afraid to confront it.
By going exploring new creative paths you will find new sources of inspiration. They will allow you to enrich your photographic process and may be your artistic approach.
The world is vast, complex, sometimes incomprehensible. That's what makes her beautiful and interesting.
Quality 14: "Mastering Perfectly Your Photo Equipment"