7 Deadly Sins of Professional Photographers to Watch Out For


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There are millions of things which can spoil your photography. And there is no sense to enumerate all of them, because this list will be almost endless.

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So we decided to concentrate on several factors that can be minimized or even brought to nothing – they are also known as 7 deadly sins.

You can argue that it’s a religious subject, but we’re going to prove you that it’s not exactly true. Photographers can be wrong in some cases (and super professional photographers are not an exception). Thus, we offer you to spend several minutes of your precious time and to take a look at the interpretation of 7 deadly sins of photographers.

Another interesting feature of the article is its illustrations. These fantastic and eye-catchy photos were taken by Catalina Mas. They are so expressive that can easily take your breath away, so hold on.

By the way, if you think that the article is not about you then probably you’re a sinner! Do you know why? Below there is an explanation.

1.Gluttony

7 Deadly Sins of Photography: Gluttony

Photo by Catalina Mas

Too much of anything is not good. When on a hot sunny day you’re given an ice cream it seems to be a godsend and you feel like the happiest person on Earth. But in a minute you’re presented with new and new portions of this delicious food and it becomes boring. Who needs an ice cream when it’s available 24/7? The same goes when you get out a bunch of different photos on heads of common people.

You should know where to stop. Nobody’s interested in your 1001 photos of a cup of coffee in different angles. Choose only the best pictures for your photo portfolio (btw, all the 1001 shots can hardly be the best ones) and hit the target with them.

2.Sloth

7 Deadly Sins of Photography: Sloth

Photo by Catalina Mas

Even if you own the coolest photo camera ever it doesn’t mean that your photos will be great. Your skills and experience, feeling of beauty and readiness to experiment with objects and techniques matter more than all photography equipment taken one with another.

Do you remember your childhood when you were taught how to write letters and to connect them in words? At the beginning there were curve lines, but you were so proud with them. It was an outstanding achievement! But time’s gone and those old scribbles make you favorably smile, because now your handwriting seems to be perfect (we hope you remember how to handle a pen, do you?).

The same goes with your photography skills. Every taken shot and read article put you to the higher level of the photography mastership. And if you think that you know enough to be a great photographer then you’re failed. Tomorrow or probably even today some young photographer will appear and take the shine out of you. Don’t be lazy to learn something new. Start doing something and probably somebody will appreciate your efforts :). Come on, lazy photographers won’t earn money and win fame.

3.Envy

7 Deadly Sins of Photography: Envy

Photo by Catalina Mas

Who can be honest by saying that he/she has never envied other people? If you are a photographer or some other creative artist you have more causes to desire to have something that belongs to others or to be somebody you’re not really is. There are 100s and 100s of temptations all around.

It’s said that if envy makes you improve yourself to achieve desirable goals then this sin will be written off. But if it destroys you (you feel sad, because some impudent/unknown/awkward photographer was rewarded with your prize) then you’re a candidate to join a list of the biggest sinners. Don’t you afraid of such a perspective?

When you’re a beginner photographer you can and even have to copy others to better understand their techniques and to learn something new. When it’s a single instance in your practice it’s quite ok, but if you’re going to imitate photographers in hope to gain a success, then one day you can be blamed for stealing.

4.Greed

7 Deadly Sins of Photography: Greedy

Photo by Catalina Mas

Money, money, money… Everybody wants to have much sitting at home and doing nothing. Photography business gives you wide opportunities in earning money online and offline. But there is a serious danger which can play hell with you. When earning money starts being a sense of your life you can easily forget about the art of photography.

A photo becomes popular when a photographer puts all his soul into it. Thus it brings pleasure, fame and some money to him. But when all your thoughts are caught on dollars and euros your creativity goes down and final photos can be rather boring.

So when you’re doing business don’t forget about inspiration and self-improvement. It’s your best guaranty of success.

5.Lust

7 Deadly Sins of Photography: Lust

Photo by Catalina Mas

Have you ever been in love with some idea? It grabs all your thoughts and feelings and you can’t stop thinking about it all days and nights. This charming intoxication brings wings to you and you can pull up many trees. There can be the only trouble in this case: you’re craze about somebody else’s idea/camera/photo technique/award…

We afford ourselves to compare this feeling with lust because it totally occupies your mind and you’re getting blind for all other things.

In the photography world lust and envy go together. For example, you see a camera of some other photographer and understand that your photos will never be good enough without this fantastic camera. Thus you waste your time and efforts getting this super-duper camera instead of trying to improve your skills. Yeah, camera’s update is a must have thing, but that’s not a fixed idea. Take a deep breathe and relax! And stop comparing yourself with others. All the same, you’re the best one!

6.Pride

7 Deadly Sins of Photography: Pride

Photo by Catalina Mas

Do you think you’re the coolest photographer that has ever been born on the planet? Yeah, probably it’s so and it can even be that the world’s dying to see your fantastic shots. But hey, only one photographer in a million gets such a glory. Babies are also proud of their first steps, but it doesn’t mean that they have nothing to aspire to. We’re sorry if this paragraph hurts you. We just want to say that your photography can be even better than you think – just don’t pitch up and continue to practice.

The problem is that when your pride gets too huge it estranges you from your real and potential fans and customers. Nobody wants to be neglected. So come back to earth, take away your angel wings and be friendly to people :).

7.Wrath

7 Deadly Sins of Photography: Wrath

Photo by Catalina Mas

Wrath is a favorite photographers’ “toy” when it comes about criticism. Creative people are very vulnerable and the perspective to be unacknowledged scares them greatly. Thus every bad remark excites anger and hasty reaction. It’s enough to be rude to people once or twice and they’ll start trying to avoid you.

It’s quite understandable that you’ve worked hard to present your brilliant photos to the world, but it can happen that nobody is ready to appreciate the. Then you feel lonely and want to bite or to kick somebody to protect your author point of view. Relax! Don’t take it personally! You’re not a $100 note to be liked by everybody :).

Oops! Your sins are running out! We hope you enjoyed the article. Please don’t take it personally (once again) because this post was a kind of joke. Thus we expect you to keep smiling at the moment, do you?

Ann Davlin

Ann Davlin is a young inspired editor of Design Web Kit Blog. She takes a rose-colored view of all the things around and will be glad to share her world-view with you. Find her on Google+.
  • Jamal

    “Sloth” is really cute =)

  • http://www.websitetemplates.org/ Stacy Summers

    yep!
    Gluttony is the worst sin!

  • Patrick

    Right on Ann! Wise words for all. Even though photography has been my passion for over 30 years, every now and then I need to have a serious “Come to Jesus’ conversation in the mirror. I refresh my vision of landscape imaging by stepping out into the Alaskan wilderness WITHOUT my camera…. but rather with a pencil and art paper…. draw it! What a discovery process! Personally, spiritually! Thanx again!

  • http://www.photodoto.com/ Ann Davlin

    Thanks a lot :) Your words make my day :)

  • sumit

    Well written!

  • Tony Surace

    Thanks Ann, there’s a lot of wisdom in your words. I’m fairly new in the game and you hit home in many ways through your thoughts and examples.
    Good timing for me, I needed that! Thanks.

    • http://www.photodoto.com/ Ann Davlin

      Tony, thanks a lot for your support. Iam glad that you found my thoughts valid :)

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/diz2012/ mike peckett

    hey thanks
    i needed to be taken back down to earth again, with a large bump
    thanks Ann a great and helpful read

    • Ann Davlin

      @Mike Peckett thanks a bunch. It’s a great pleasure to know that there are people who think like I do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=744288184 Jorge Escamilla

    So many typos… can’t… go on…

  • Livia

    Those photos have nothing to do with photography or the article!!!

    • http://www.mike-pulsifer.org/ WVMikeP

      They’re metaphors. Well executed and visually consistent.

  • Longknife21

    I’m not sure why the photos have nothing to do with photography and the article? Each one is easily identifiable when matched with the sin it is heading..

  • sara

    Thanks for this. Good reminders for all photographers from newbies to vets.

  • Joyfully Cheryl

    I am or have been guilty of all 7 sins. The photos are great! I envy the photographer… Oh! There I go again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JohnAdorjan John Adorjan

    Bad grammar, typos and poor choice of words – 3 deadly sins of the writer.
    So when you’re writing don’t forget about details and self-improvement. THEY’RE your best guaranty of success.

  • http://twitter.com/littlelambphoto Little Lamb Photo

    I think many photographers are guilty of deadly sin #7: Wrath. I am part of a women’s photography group and when some of the women put up their photos and others give constructive criticism, a lot of times the ones whose photos are being constructively criticized immediately start posting that we as women should be helping to build each other up instead of tearing each other down. Ummmmm hello….I actually took photography in college and EVERY SINGLE PHOTO that we handed in was put up on a wall for the whole class to view and critic. It is not about tearing down our fellow photographers, but in fact to help them improve and be better. The comments given are rarely ever mean. They are more just pointers of how the photo could have gone from good to great. Some photographers do need to take a chill pill because no one is beyond improvement.

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