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Strange Relationships

The Strange Relationship Between Hobbyist Photographers, Professionals, and Influencers

If you are a hobbyist photographer, you might have experienced the following scenario: you are out in the wild, enjoying the beauty of nature and capturing some stunning shots with your camera. You are proud of your work and eager to share it with the world. But then, you encounter two types of people who make you question your worth: the professionals and the influencers.

The professionals are those who have spent years honing their craft, investing in expensive gear, and building a reputation in the industry. They look at your photos with a critical eye and point out all the flaws: the composition is off, the exposure is wrong, the colours are dull, etc. They make you feel like an amateur who doesn't know what he's doing.

The influencers are those who have amassed a huge following on social media by posting selfies and lifestyle photos. They don't care about the artistic value or technical quality of their images; they only care about the likes and comments they get. They use filters, presets, and editing apps to make their photos look more appealing. They make you feel like a nobody who doesn't matter.

How do you deal with these two types of people? Well, here are some tips:

- Don't compare yourself to others. Everyone has their own style, vision, and goals. Focus on your own growth and improvement as a photographer.

- Don't take criticism personally. Learn from the feedback of the professionals and use it to improve your skills. Ignore the negativity of the influencers and don't let them affect your self-esteem.

- Don't be afraid to experiment. Try new things, explore different genres, and challenge yourself. Photography is a creative expression and there is no right or wrong way to do it.

- Don't forget to have fun. Photography is a hobby that brings you joy and satisfaction. Don't let it become a source of stress or frustration. Enjoy the process and the results.

***Remember, photography is not a competition or a popularity contest. It's a passion that connects you with yourself, with others, and with the world. So keep shooting and keep smiling!***

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