On Thursday, I'm presenting a webinar for the Library Marketing and Communication Conference about how to increase your photography skills. We held a practice session his past week which meant I needed my slide deck pretty much done.
For each best practice I recommend, I provide an image as an example. I didn't want to critique someone else's work without their knowledge, so I only used my own pictures in this section.
Selecting these images turned out to be a painful process. I spent hours over analyzing each choice. I was looking at every lighting choice, depth of focus, angle, and subject with a critical eye. This resulted in me hating my own work. I'm including pictures I adore, but having to act as an "expert" made me want to look for perfection.
Perfect doesn't exist in photos. It can't.
But there I was asking, "Does this do what I say it does?" to every pixel. A bout of severe imposter syndrome raised its ugly head. I know I'm not a professional photographer, but this session is designed for amateur photographers like me. It's not about fancy tech or creating material for professional publication. It's for librarians who take pictures and just want them to look better than a quick snapshot.
I know I can teach that. But critiquing my own work - even when that is a best practice itself - was painful. Self-assessment is a great skill but not when you hold yourself unreachable standards.
How do you critique your own work?