Dealing With Imposter Syndrome as a Photographer

Impostor Syndrome can be an insidious thing: you work hard at your craft and develop a strong creative voice, and yet, despite all that effort and experience, you feel as if you do not know what you are doing and your work is not worthwhile. Why do so many photographers experience Impostor Syndrome, and what can they do about it? This excellent video features an experienced creative discussing his experience with the issue and how he tackles it. 

Coming to you from Nigel Danson, this important video discusses the issue of Impostor Syndrome in photography and how to handle it. Impostor Syndrome is more common than you might think, but it can still be hard to handle. One thing that has always helped me is to compare myself to others less. Instead, compare your current images to your past photos. It can be easy to forget just how much you have grown over time, and when you lose that sense of growth and security in your abilities, that is when it becomes easy for feelings of inadequacy to start creeping in. Particularly if photography is a hobby, the only person you are accountable to at the end of the day is yourself. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Danson.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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It's near impossible to focus on two things at the same time. So you are either comparing yourself to others or immersing yourself in your passion pursuit. Focusing on the latter (love) will eliminate the former (fear). I know that sounds overly simplistic but it works.