If you're a photographer, you've probably felt it at some point: the feeling that no one cares about your work. You spend hours taking photos, editing them, and sharing them online, but you only get a handful of likes and comments. It's enough to make you want to give up altogether.
But don't worry, you're not alone. Many photographers feel the same way every day. And there are a few reasons for that.
I was inspired to write this article after seeing this video from Sean Tucker.
In this video, he puts forward an interesting hypothesis. He posits that most of the photographers who react to photos on social media are beginners. So, sometimes photos that you might consider simple will get loads of attention and photos that are more nuanced might not gather any attention at all. This is not to say your photos are bad. They simply might be too grown up for beginner photographers.
So, just because your photos don't get any likes or comments, it doesn't mean that they are bad! Another photographer, Simon Baxter, who specializes in woodland photography agrees. It is a reflection of your growth as a photographer.
Here are a few tips for you to grow as a photographer:
Take great photos. This means learning the basics of photography and practicing regularly.
Share your work with the right people. Join photography groups and online forums, and connect with other photographers on social media.
Tell a story with your photos. Think about what you want to say with each photo, and use composition and editing to create a mood or evoke an emotion.
Be consistent. Share new photos on a regular basis, and engage with your audience by responding to comments and answering questions.
If you do all of these things, you'll start to see more people engaging with your photography. It may take some time, but it's worth it in the end.
Here are some additional tips:
Find your niche. What kind of photography are you most passionate about? Once you know your niche, you can start to target your audience accordingly.
Promote your work. Don't be afraid to share your photos on social media, submit them to photography websites, and enter contests.
Be patient. It takes time to build an audience and get noticed. Don't get discouraged if you don't see results immediately.
Remember, photography is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the process of learning and growing as a photographer. And don't forget to have fun!