The 7 Deadly Sins Of The Photographer – How To Avoid Them

Photographer's deadly sinsIf you have studied in a catholic school, you go to church with your family or you have a curious mind, you must be aware of the 7 deadly sins.

Or maybe you just learnt them from that cool 90’s Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman movie (Seven).

Anyway, you know what I’m talking about here: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. But don’t worry, I’m not trying to preach anything here.

The idea is just to adapt these vices to the photography field, so that you can control your deepest desires, not letting them get in the way of your passion and you can be a better photographer and stay motivated.

Do you want to know how to avoid The 7 Deadly Sins Of The Photographer?

Let’s jump right into this then 😉

PRIDE

Your work as a photographer may sometimes be worth of other’s praise in the form of prizes in competitions, best-selling photos, crowded fancy art shows or multiple other ways of recognition.

That’s great! It makes you a better photographer, pushes you to your limits and makes you want to step up your game and find new ways to innovate and inspire those interested in your art.

So being proud of yourself, feeling worthy of that acknowledgment, is good. Achieving your goals is something you should be happy for.

But, you must stay humble, have your feet on the ground and not get carried away by the fame and applause, thinking that you’re the best and looking down on the others. There will always be someone better than you.

Life is cyclical and you never know if you are going to go down to where you started.

Focus on creating a better you, improve your work, make the most of it, and always be thankful.

 

GREED

Like I was saying earlier, you have to be proud of your work but never too proud to forget why you got into the photography “business” in the first place.

Photography is all about passion and the desire to tell stories and inspire others with your art. It’s a way of creating emotions and freeze unique moments in time that will never come back. So it’s important that you focus on that sense.

The moment you get greedy and the urge to make money with your work is stronger than that feeling… and then you start saying yes to too many assignments and that messes up with the quality you deliver, that’s the exact moment when you lose your personal sign and photography becomes just a way of making money fast and loses its soul.

It’s nice to earn money with your photographs, but just don’t let the possibility of winning more kill the essence and the quality of your photos, you may regret it in the future.

Try to balance those edges and you will be able to make a good living and enjoy photography at the same time, while giving to your public and customers what they expect and pay for.

 

LUST

During your career as a photographer, there might be moments when you will make photoshoots involving people as models.

In those cases, you need to keep your head clean and try leave your personal feelings aside. You need to be professional and treat those models with the respect they deserve.

On the other hand, you may have to deal with specific individuals when offering your services or submitting your work. These relationships require enough self-respect and confidence in your work from your side to not fall into complicated and tricky situations.

Always be humble, respectful and in control. Lust is a strong feeling. Do not let it ally with greed and take control, since that will only bring you shame and disgrace and can be the end of your photographer’s career.

 

ENVY

We live in a fast world, where technology allows milions of people in the world to put themselves out there as photographers.

In terms of market demand, quality standards or subjective perception, some are great, others are average and there’s always many people starting off, learning at the very low stages and making mistakes, since that’s the way your acquire skills. We’ve all been there. Practice makes perfect.

You will meet many people along the way. Some will be more experienced and skilled, either because they have practiced way more or because they have a natural talent.

They will also have better photography equipment, expensive cameras, fast lenses… You’ll get there, no need to rush.

Choose to learn from them instead of criticise them or wish them to fail. Their success doesn’t have to get in the way of yours. Be positive.

Leverage their knowledge to improve your skills. Use their work and advice to inspire you and boost your creativity. Turn envy around into admiration and make it your goal to reach their level of quality and achievement.

 

GLUTTONY

When you start getting deeper into photography and it ceases to be just a hobby to turn into something more serious or even your whole lifestyle, you realize it’s an expensive world.

Suddenly you become more experienced and you feel your gear is not good enough for the quality you demand. It’s then time to upgrade your photography equipment.

When that moment comes, you need to be aware of your real necessities and your budget, so you don’t just let your emotions do the shopping for you.

Just get what you really need, and that also applies when accepting assignments.

Be sure your time and your money are spent in a proper measure, so that the quality of your work is exactly what you expect it to be and defines you as a professional.

You don’t want to end up with a fancy gear, shooting poorly because you wanted to eat more than you could take and deadlines are chocking you.

 

WRATH

The photography world is very crowded and competitive these days.

That means there’s a lot of people struggling to make themselves a name, get their work to be recognized and also trying to attract clients and make money with it.

So, you may find yourself having to compete with other photographers to get an assignment, and sometimes you won’t be the chosen one to do it; or maybe you sent pictures to a photo contest and didn’t win anything; or you see other photographers’ names growing and being recognized and you feel no one is giving you credit for your work.

Nobody said it would be easy. To be at the top and get the recognition you deserve takes time, commitment and hard work.

Do not try to rush it. Don’t get angry when you don’t get what you expected. Be patient and don’t stop working. I’ll pay off in the end if you do what you love and enjoy it.

Anger just clouds your judgment and creativity.

 

SLOTH

When you want to accomplish something, there are things that need to be done.

Photography is no different. If you want to be a better photographer and make a living out of your passion, you need to get out there and take pictures.

If you stay home checking out other people’s photos on Instagram and whinning about why you don’t take awesome pictures like those, the answer is clear: They go out and take them, you don’t.

Apathy and procrastination are the worse enemies of success and will always get in the way of you achieving your dreams.

There’s always a time to study the market, to see how the best photographers do it, to learn the craft. It’s important that you set the base, the vision that will later become your work.

But, eventually you will need to take action and put all that knowledge in practice. Do more and things will naturally shape up.

 

Do you recognize yourself into any of these negative behaviors?

If that’s the case, now you know how to avoid the 7 Deadly Sins Of The Photographer.

You don’t even have to be catholic. It’s just work ethic.

Take this as a guide of what you should stay away from to be a better photography professional.

We’re all human, and sometimes it’s inevitable to get side-tracked and lose control.

But it’s just a matter of how commited you are to your art and how bad you want it to turn out good.

Do you think there’s other vices photographers should quit or be aware of to be better?

Please, share your experience with us and also share this article with those you think can use it to stay away from things that are bad for them and kill their dreams.

OK. Now stop reading and go out there, the world is waiting for you to capture it! 😉

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