Today, I came across this video by Chris Ord Photography about How To Be A Happier Photographer. In it, Chris provides 5 tips that he believes are the most important to make us not only more contented, but also better photographers.
In 4 minutes 40 seconds Chris has described me to a T, but I'm sure he has also described so many others. A lot of what he says is psychological: the doubts and barriers we set ourselves. Quite rightly we need to get over these, to free ourselves of the chains that impede our development. Of all the tips that Chris puts forward, the one that struck home the most is to network with other creative people.
Photographers are nice people
Something that I have noticed since starting this website is what a nice bunch of people photographers are. Of all the people I have asked to provide a photo of the day I have only had one refusal. A refusal given in a polite way and which I respected wholeheartedly. In addition, these people, most of whom I don't know, have encouraged me and shown interest in what I am doing. Others, including Chris Ord himself, have offered help based only on one comment. Learning from those around me, and interacting with them through digital media is rapidly proving itself to be one of the best tools in my personal development as a photographer.
I am often in awe of many photographers, but I try to be inspired by them and not to compare myself to them. Slowly I think I am achieving that. Chris Ord's video resonated with me, if you haven't done so already, I strongly suggest you watch it and let it inspire you too.