On September 8th, Jeremy Cowart did a live critique of photos people sent him. I thought I’d get in on that action so naturally I grabbed one of the best photos I’ve shot in the past few months (the one above). Out of all the random links submitted, Jeremy grabbed mine to critique. You can see his comments at the 39 minute mark.
It wasn’t until after he reviewed my photo (and loved it, by the way) that I realized I’d just wasted his time and mine. Here’s the thing, before I ever submitted that shot, I knew it was great. I don’t have the confidence to say that about most of my photography, but let’s be honest, sometimes you are blessed with a photo that is universally considered beautiful. This was that photo for me.
And naturally, as I was choosing a photo to submit, insecurity kicked in and I grabbed the one I knew would be well reviewed. But honestly, what good does that do? Even having someone at the level of Jeremy tell me it’s great only confirms what I already knew. My better bet would have been to take a photo a few notches below that and submit it. Something where I could have received advice that would have really helped improve my future work.
So, thanks to Jeremy for taking time to help out the little guys. And sorry for wasting your time.