One of the biggest mistakes that I see in many of my photographer friends, is being content with their photography level, and starting to brag about their own photographs and showing off how good they have become, claiming how much they have come and how far better they are than other photographers (their friends). Perhaps they do not speak that directly, but acknowledging that you are better than others and letting the "ego" take the better of you will not be good in your journey to improve in photography. Photography journey knows no end, it is ongoing, and those photographers who thought they have done it all, knew it all, did not realize that they have stopped growing, and won't improve further any more.
I am afraid I will fall into that category. I am afraid one day people will think that I am lost in my own world that I no longer can connect to anyone else, and my photography work won't be able to speak to the audience any more.
Therefore, it is a crucial thing to do for any photographer to always take a pause from time to time and truly reflect on their own work, what they have done, the good and the bad things, and in what ways that can be pushed even further, and be a better photographer. It is the process of continuous improving, even if the steps are little, tiny bit by bit, that gets any photographer to the place he wants to be.
List of items that I strive for and am working on now:
1) Use more wide angle, and learn how to truly master wide angle shots.
2) See things differently than what I already have, and challenge myself to find beauty in ordinary things.
3) Consider more than one main subject in one frame. All this while I have always stayed with one subject one background rule.
4) Break rule of thirds. I noticed how strictly I adhere to this composition style.
5) Meet more photographers and it is time to network and LEARN, while I share what I have as well. Time to brush up my networking skills.
All images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 and M.Zuiko lenses 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 and 45mm F1.8
Blessing by Fire. 45mm F1.8
Young. 45mm F1.8
Up. 12-50mm kit lens
Red Lantern. 12-50mm kit lens
Hope. 12-50mm kit lens
Incense Coils. 12-50mm kit lens
Joss-sticks. 12-50mm kit lens
Temple Worker. 45mm f1.8
Hanging Umbrellas. 12-50mm kit lens
Human Replacement. 45mm F1.8
Friend Peck Yah has just received her E-M1 ! She is out there shooting already. 45mm F1.8
Joey and Brandon. 45mm F1.8
The OM-D Warriors. 12-50mm kit lens
Brandon. My favourite shot of the day. 12-50mm kit lens