If you’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt with your work, then you may be facing imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is a normal thing among a large percentage of creatives. It causes people to downplay and not believe in their work or successes. This syndrome is something that most creatives grapple with despite having years of experience and numerous achievements under their belt.
For some beginners, and even experienced photographers, this may cause them to realize that there is much they don’t know about. This feeling can overwhelm and make photographers feel unequipped. But there are ways to battle imposter syndrome.
At the root of imposter syndrome is knowing you have limitations and judging your work based on those limitations and how you perceive others will criticise you. This feeling may not always be a bad thing since you can use this to push yourself to learn and grow more with your photography.
You should remember that it is completely fine to not know it all. The journey of learning is the most important part of photography. You won’t know everything, but you will see lots of improvement while you hone your craft. Focus on what you can do and build on the skills that you know work well for you. Make do with the skillset and the equipment you have, and you’ll grow more in your field.
Work within your passions. Tell your story through your photos and sharpen your skills in an area that spurs your creative inspiration. The more you share your story and passion through your photography, the more you’ll love your own unique and creative work.