Fear can be good when you're walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it's not good when you have a goal and you're fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before. -Queen LatifahLuckily, nervousness or fear in photography could be overcome with practice and patience. Especially Patience. Don’t expect results from day one. It can even take years to get a significant result from your images. I have listed some common fears among photographers and ways one can learn to overcome them. 1: No clue to what I’m doing! Has someone asked you to take pictures of their wedding/baby/engagement or other event? Are you beginning to sweat because you feel that you don't really know how to use your new camera equipment? Do the complexities of lighting, exposure and composition keep you awake at night? Or are you just worried about messing something up and leaving them feeling disappointed in you? This is a very common fear for new photographers - but just remember that everyone makes mistakes in the beginning. Photography can become a very technical hobby and it can be frustrating trying to learn and understand new things. How to fight it? Accept that you're just starting out on your photographic journey. You could always decline, politely, and say that you don't feel ready to it. Or you could tell people that you're not an expert, that you're still learning and ask them not to have too high an expectation of you. That way, if the photos turn out far better than you expected, then you can bask in their admiration. And if they don't? Well, you did warn them... 2: They won’t like it, I’m sure! The fear of rejection. Probably the biggest and most common fear of all. We all struggle with the fact that some people simply will not like the work we produce. Art is very subjective. The viewer will view the piece with their own eyes and will make their own judgment. And it won’t be what you would like all the time. When i had started photography nearly a year ago, every little appreciation which I used to get on my pictures, made my day. But when a photo which I admired a lot, was disliked by the public, i got disheartened to such an extent that I was thinking of quitting this beautiful art. This will happen at some point in your career. How to fight it? As painful as it can be, failure is an essential learning tool. Seldom do we gain new knowledge only from our success. The thing is to give your best in your work and show it to the world. The rest is out of your control. So no point in fretting about it. 3: I don’t have the equipment! The envy of professional gears. That nagging notion that if you only had this lens or that filter or if you could afford the newest whatever, you can become a successful photographer we all experience it. At least to some extent. How to fight it? Just go with the thinking that you can never have the best gear simply because it hasn’t been made yet. Just google it, and you’ll see new cameras and equipment’s being launched every next day. Forget what you don’t have. Think about what you have, master it, see what it can do and what it can’t do. Study your equipment to the fullest (whether it’s a PNS, Cellphone camera, or a DSLR) don’t leave any stones unturned. As I always say, there’s no point buying a top range DSLR/SLR when you don’t have any clue about the basics of photography. Have YOU ever suffered from any of these fears, or suffering from them now? Do you have others not listed here? Share with us in the comments, we’re all friends here and support each other in getting over our fears.
There are times, when you are ready to embark on the ludicrous journey of photography. Yet, there is a faint ray of doubt at the back of your mind, stopping you from that stupendous profession. Here are some common dreads every photographer goes through!