Put Emotion Into What You Do

When you capture an image, it’s not just a matter of pressing a button.

Every image you take will contain your knowledge and experience, your emotions and your ideas. A photo taken by you will, and should contain the essence of you, and be unique to your vision as an artist.

As a photographer, when you can define a style to your images,  your on the right track to becoming a better photographer.

After all, if you can’t get an emotional response from your own work, than how can anybody else?

Unfortunately, by putting your ideas and passion into your photographs, you are making your work dangerously personal. The more connected to your subject, and to your images, the more likely you are to be emotionally affected by what happens to them.

You will be devastated when you find someone using your photo without permission and passing it off as their own. I mean, it will really, really hurt, and far more than you would expect.

And when somebody says something derogatory or negative about your photo, initially it will feel like you’re being stabbed in the heart, even if your head is telling you that criticism is the best way to improve.

The emotional connection between an artist and their work is a double edged sword.

Sure, it’s great to be able to have an emotional connection with the images you’re so proud of, but you also have to be ready, at any moment, to defend those images, and accept the sometime painful criticism that may come with it.

Just take it on board, and carry on shooting.

What do you think? Do you agree with me?  Leave a comment below. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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