Yesterday, I spent some time looking at the infamous “Stages of a photographer” chart again. The graph starts out with a blue line – the one that marks “How good you think you are” – at the top of the scale. It mentions that the photographer, at an early stage of his/her photography career shoots mostly flowers and cats (or anything else that’s pretty, cute or more or less easily accessible). The green line marks the actual quality of the photos, which is at the very bottom of the chart. It all makes sense – at one point, we all thought our work was, well, pretty.
Then I imagined there must be plenty of people who have been through other stages of that chart, and yet still shoot flowers and cats today. How would those guys feel after seeing the chart? Discouraged, offended maybe?
As a photographer, you can get good at photographing anything, including flowers and cats. Want to be inspired by some beautiful images of cats? Check out this page on 500px.com. Who says only newbies photograph cats and flowers? Try searching for “flowers” on 500px and you will be amazed by some stunning imagery.
The photographs in this article were captured by my girlfriend, Bee, who loves shooting flowers! She has a great artistic “eye” and she is much more creative than I am – it becomes even more apparent when we photograph weddings together.
Nothing else matters but your own choice of what to photograph as long as you enjoy it. Landscapes, portraits, street or even HDR – if it’s your thing, do it and don’t listen to what others say. Let your artistic vision develop and create, and someday, it will help you become a better photographer. Who knows, maybe one day you will have a collection of art that sells for millions. You never know where your creativity could take you.
Just do what you love. Stay inspired and create.