Is Self Doubt Holding You Back


Have you hit the wall with your photography?

1. lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities.

One of the things I have noticed about photographers is the high level of self doubt, I seen this in photography forums as many photographers are reluctant to post images because they don’t believe their images are good enough , compared to other photographers.

Photography is highly subjective and each photographer has their own style, as a photographer the only comparisons you should make are on your own work , now do your shots compare that you took 12 months ago to the ones you take today.
Not everyone going to like all your images.

We are all different, and if I can use food as an example we all like and enjoy different foods and this doesn’t stop us eating the things we love even when everyone around you is saying how can you eat that, if we could apply this thinking to our photography and create the types of images we love but knowing not everyone going to like them , but that’s ok.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever does , surround yourself with likeminded people, there are plenty of good ideas for helping overcome self doubt on the internet.
One thing to remember no one is immune to self doubt, even the best photographers in the world at times will suffer from self doubt , your not alone as a photographer, to avoid hitting the brick wall , so maybe it’s a good time to learn how to climb over it, and take you photography to a whole new level.

Best Regards Stephen


Camera Phones Training Wheels for the Next Generation of Great Photographers

IMG_2071Never has there been a time where so many people have access to a camera, with the invention of the camera phone everyday people who would not normally own a camera now have one by default.

Camera phones have changed the way world takes photos, I was speaking to a pro wedding photographer the other day about camera phones and how popular they are, he told me that the weddings he has shot in the last 2 years he can’t recall any guests putting out a camera to take photos, they were all shooting on camera phones, it’s been reported that photography is now Australia’s number one hobby, with a camera in everyone’s pocket no wonder.

On a photo sharing social media sites the camera phones normally as a capture device out ranks in numbers all the other camera devices together, the next generation of great photographers are in training using their phones to capture the world around us, and it’s not just teens it’s spreading across all age groups.

Photography is a creative pursuit, and by the fact of the number people who dip their toe in the pond that is photography, many are naturally talented so we are discovering more and more people with a talent for photography.

If only a matter of time we see a camera phone photographer winning the major photographic awards.

So what’s that mean for the DSLR market at the top end it will be business as normal, but the mid and amateur DSLR users, they are already reaching for their camera phones, a good friend and amateur photographer recently took an overseas holiday , they normally shoot with a high end full frame DSLR but chose to leave it at home and shoot the whole holiday on an iPhone 7.

When I asked why to leave the DSLR at home, they said the weight and security concerns of carrying it with them everywhere, I also asked were they happy with the images they captured on their camera phone, they were more them happy with the results.

For some forms of photography like street and travel photography the camera phone is an natural being small compact easy to use and also capture video without impacting on the scene around you, people seem more intimidated when you point a DSLR in their direction.

So what next for camera phones, the technology is moving quickly with more resolution and low light capabilities and manual control features being added to each new model, people are how choosing handsets based on the camera performance.

On the other side of this, camera phones are changing the world of photography and how we store images, the older generations have prints of those important occasions and milestones as memories, the younger generations have also captured those events but whether they still have them in 30 years from now we have to wait and see.

Best Regards

Stephen Finkel

Photography can be an Adventure

Can photography be an adventure, or is the adventure just part of the process to capture images, if the end game is to capture a particular image, the journey to achieve that outcome becomes the adventure, which is a part of the process.

Images rarely come to us, as photographers we go to the place where we believe we can capture the images we want to create, for some photographers to create those images that journey is a real adventure with lots of elements driving, flying, hiking, climbing etc.

So what will make your images standout from the crowd, when the image has an element of adventure behind its making, it shines through the image and the viewer is taken to a place they would normally never be able to visit.

Recently got the opportunely to see and hear Adventure Photographer Krystle Wright give us an insight to her creative process of committing to an idea and the process to make it into an image.

For a lot of Krystle’s work there is an adventure attached to getting the shot, with true blood, sweat and tears along the way and that shines though in her work.

There was a part during the presentation Krystle spoke about the types of fun she experience’s during that process or adventure to get that image she is chasing,

Type 1 Fun – Everyone is having fun.

Type 2 Fun – Wasn’t fun at the time, but it was after the fact.

Type 3 Fun – Your having fun but no one else is.

Type 4 Fun – Everyone else is having fun except you.

Type 5 fun – No one had fun, nor was it fun after the fact. It was horrible idea.

So next time you pick up your camera and head off on an adventure, I hope your photography experiences are mainly Type 1 & 2 Fun.

You can check out Krystle’s work at

Fun filled adventures everyone

Regards Stephen

About this Image ,captured on a Hot Air Balloon adventure in Byron Bay NSW on a Canon 5DMk3 400mm lens 1/400sec f/6.3 ISO400  so this was Type 1 Fun


Think Differently, See Differently

For the last 30 days, I been doing the Canon Take the Leap challenge, 30 challenges one new brief per day, which was interesting because it made you think, but more importantly to think differently and once you do you see differently.

How does one think differently and see differently, this is something all great photographers do every day and that is the reason that they are good at what they do, our brains process the things around us and we see things in a certain way, we learn to see things in the world by our life experiences.

But when you retrain your brain to see differently, then as a photographer you can capture the world differently, but how can I retrain my brain you might say, well like many things in life with your body with exercises and practice.

You will be surprised how you can change the way you think and see, I challenge you to try for the next thirty days to give it ago, what have you got to lose, who knows in thirty days from now you could be on your way to becoming a great photographer.

Your first challenge is “Hands” try and see then differently, to help I send you the next 29 briefs by email each day, sent me an email to join in at

Hope to get to know some photographers who are on their way to becoming great photographers

Best Regards


Take The Leap

Been a little while since my last post, but I been shooting lots of images around Brisbane and spending a couple of weeks in South Korea capturing life on the street.

This post I calling take the leap, Canon Australia are setting a brief each day the month of September and are asking photographers to take the leap, as a photographer you need to keep challenging yourself so you can grow and continue to be creative.

I believe the more you shoot and experiment with your photography the better you become as a photographer and the more creative and confident at the craft, I love the fact with photography you never stop learning, there always some new to master.

Getting good feedback from other photographers helps you refine your style , so posting some of your work is both helpful to yourself and may inspire others the expand their photography , but choose your forums with a little thought , sometimes posting publicly can attract negative feedback, which can be very damaging to a one’s confident.

Closed forums are good place to start posting some of your work, its gives a degree of safety, so get out look around , challenge yourself shoot different subjects, you don’t have to show anyone the things that didn’t work out.

So take the leap, remember the next the photo you take could be your best yet

Happy exploring the world ,with camera in hand


About the image 1/200sec /f4 ISO800 lit with Canon speedlites at a Daniel Linnet Speedlite Workshop in Brisbane Qld 0l5a7228_111_edited-1

Stolen Images

The digital world is wonderful you can copy and send your images you have created anywhere in the world, how great is the for the owner of the image, but it’s a doubled edge sword anyone can copy that file also and send or paste anywhere in the digital world.

It’s now easier than ever to steal someone’s work, yes from time to time in the good old days of film images sometimes where stolen but it was much more difficult, as you need direct access to copy those images.

But now the moment you email or post an image on social media you have no control where it might turn up or be used, copyright laws exist in different countries and are mostly relate to copyright breaches in that country but once it goes out of the country it’s difficult to police.

The law has been slow to keep up with all things digital, cybercrime is taking over from the traditional types of crime, and we are all at risk, so much information is now in a digital format and is designed to be copied and shared for legal purposes, but so much can be gained if used illegality.

So what does this mean for us photographers, who are creating images and vision in the digital world, its already difficult to make a living as a photographer, and people can easily steal your work and profit from it.

Governments have a poor track record in protecting industries, its basely up to the photographers of the world to police and look for solutions to this problem and lobby the government to protect peoples work.

Maybe timely with a federal election coming up to ask your federal member what are doing to protect photographers and their work.

Copyright it’s something we all should be thinking about

Best regards

Stephen Finkel0L5A6712

Lights, Camera and Passion

0L5A6345_1Living life behind the lens you develop a new view on the world, but something grows, the need for more out of the images you’re making, some might say it becomes an obsession.

But for me its Passion putting a little bit of yourself in every image, and trying to be different, one hopes the style you develop is like a signature and people recognise the photographer from just looking at the image.

What’s needed to get this point, well its practice, practice and some more practice, followed by a lot more practice, to get better as a photographer it’s a case of keeping your finger on the button.

To be a good photographer you need to commit to the art, with it never too far from your thoughts, mentally taking photos in your head of the things around you, don’t under estimate the value of your camera phone, use when you see interesting shapes patterns or light, its great learning tool.

Behind the lens be yourself, break the rules of photography, be bold and experiment, push out side of your comfort zone, not too many people have achieved greatest by staying in their own backyard.

Mix with people who have similar passion for photography, a lot of people around you will not get you and your feeling’s and passion, but that ok.

Photography is one of those pursuits where you can live in the moment a couple of quotes from Buddha

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

The mind is everything. What you think you become.

A jug fills drop by drop.

Happy captures


Lend Me Your Eyes

Lend me your eyes; I promise to use them wisely, when a photographer creates an image its for the viewer to tell them something as photographers we had a duty of care to deliver on that promise.

Like the photographer the viewer is investing something in the process, their time emotions and feelings, it’s starting to sound like the photographer has to reward the viewer and deliver something that is pleasing, or entertaining or educational or all of the above and more.

Great photographer’s reward their viewers with stories that are told thought a lens and imprints that image to the viewer’s memory, sometimes it’s not what the photographer shows in the image, but what isn’t shown that why composition is one of a photographers most powerful tools.

It’s a case of less is more, to lead the viewer to a certain point, each viewer may get to a different point in the image each taking away something different, so the appeal for a photographer is being able connect at many levels with many people.

The age of the viewer will determine the how deep that connection is, are you getting a feeling there is a certain reasonability on the photographer, when they ask ”Lend Me Your Eyes” study some of your favorite images what are they telling you as the viewer.

So next time you ask someone to lend me your eyes, what are you going to say to them, the image I am posting with this piece I created with something relevant to the event surrounding this image, do you see it.

So until the next time you lend me your eyes, happy story telling

Regards Stephen Finkel0L5A4788_edited-1