Being Competent At Photography

How do you define success in your photography? This is a simple question but an important one. A fundamental psychological need we all have is to feel a sense of competence in activities that are meaningful to us. To be clear, competence is the perception that we are able to perform effectively and achieve success. Feeling competent allows us to fully engage in an activity, focus more effectively, take risks, be creative, gain greater well-being and so on.  As I noted, competence is based a on a perception that you can be effective and achieve success. Therefore, how we define success …

Why Do You Take Photos?

Motivation is a fundamental human condition. Many (myself included) believe it to be the most important concept when considering any activity we participate in, whether it is photography or anything else. This is because why we do something will determine how we do it and what we gain from it (e.g., enjoyment, creativity, well-being, etc). In this post I want to look at what we are motivated towards and why this is important. So let’s consider why we might take pictures. What are you motivated towards? There are many reasons to take part in photography and all can fit into …