You put a lot of effort into your craft and developed a strong creative voice, but despite all that effort and experience, you feel that you do not know what you are doing and that your work is not worthwhile. This is a symptom of impostor syndrome, which can be a sneaky thing to experience.
Why does it seem like such a large percentage of photographers suffer from impostor syndrome, and what can be done to help them? In this insightful video, a creative professional with years of expertise talks about his encounters with the problem and the solutions he has found.
This introductory video is brought to you by Nigel Danson, who explains the topic of Impostor Syndrome in photography and how to deal with it. The feeling that you are a fraud is more frequent than you would realize, yet it is not any less challenging to deal with. One thing that has helped me tremendously over the years is to compare myself to others less frequently. Instead, contrast the photographs you have now with those you have taken in the past.
When you lose that sense of progress and security in your skills, it is easy for thoughts of inadequacy to start sneaking in. It is easy to forget just how much you have developed over time, and when you lose that sensation, it may be easy to forget how much you have grown over time.
The only person you are accountable to is yourself, especially if photography is something you do as a hobby. You can get the full scoop from Danson in the video that’s been embedded above.