Spend any amount of time on the internet studying photography, and you are sure to hear about a wide variety of rules photographers should follow and mistakes they make. But what constitutes a mistake is not always ironclad, and it is worth considering that before you lose your individuality as an artist.
Coming to you from James Popsys, this thought-provoking video discusses the importance of perspective when it comes to mistakes in photography. I think Popsys makes an excellent point about intention and accomplishment when it comes to creative choices and techniques. There are certainly a lot of ideas and “rules” out there about how to do things and what makes a good photo, but like any artistic pursuit, if you have solid technique and understanding, at the end of the day, if you know what you want to make and you accomplish that, you have succeeded as an artist. That is something particularly worth remembering in today’s world, where you can get on Instagram and see thousands upon thousands of the same sorts of images, as it can be easy to get sucked into following the trends instead of exploring your own unique creative voice. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Popsys.