This is a question I don’t think gets asked enough.
When you’re just starting out it’s common to ask others what they think about your photography whether it be a friend, a family member or even strangers online.
But what we often don’t get asked by others is, “What do YOU think about your photo?”
While it’s important to get feedback from others, we need to start asking ourselves “What do I think about this photo?” We need to begin thinking about our work more critically in a way that helps us process what we’re doing when we pick up the camera.
When you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to talk about your photography so I came up with an exercise you can do to help you.
Sort through your photos and find 5 of your favorite ones. Look through them and for each one, answer the following questions:
- What made you take the photo?
- What feelings or emotions does your photo evoke?
- What do you like about your photo?
- What would you want to change about the photo?
See if you discover some common themes from the 5 photos you picked.
As you start asking yourself more questions about your own work, you’ll get better at understanding what types of photos you’re drawn to shooting and what techniques you want to improve.
I’ll be doing this exercise over the next week and I’ll share my findings so stay tuned for an update!