Don't Show Your Photography Just Yet

Don’t Show Your Photography Just Yet

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I understand if you have an amazing photo, the first thing you wanna do is to show it to the world. So do I and many photographers out there. But there is time you should keep it hidden and don’t show your photography just yet. Here’s why.

Don’t Show Your Photography Just Yet

I know it’s against what a lot of photographers said…

“If you have a great photo, show it.”

But I say it again, don’t show your photography just yet.

This is a personal opinion of mine, but there’s a time that you should hold back your horses. The simple reason is that you can use it better in the near or distant future. Rather than now.

I have about 50 photos that I haven’t shown publicly. Not because they’re horrible. Actually the complete opposite, they’re greater than some of the photos that I already showed. But I feel it’s not the time just yet and I’m still waiting for that time.

Few things why.

Don't Show Your Photography Just Yet

 

If You Out of Photo

There’s the time you already show all of your photos and don’t really have the chance to take more. Then remember that you still have some photos that you haven’t shown yet. There you have more to show.

Don't Show Your Photography Just Yet

 

For Photo Contest

Some photography contests prohibited a published photo. If so then why don’t use a photo that you haven’t shown just yet? Rather than bother yourself to take another. Easy right?

If You’re Famous

I know I’m thinking way ahead. But bare with me…

You have become a great and famous photographer. Your photograph has become one of those so-called “legends.” One of your photos has been priced hundreds of dollars or even thousands. In your old age, you finally reveal to the world that you still have some photographs that you haven’t shown yet and you’re want to sell them.

I’m sure there will be some avid collectors or fans that willing to buy it for thousands of dollars.

Just imagine it like some kind of future investment.

 

Don't Show Your Photography Just Yet
Sumur Gumuling Taman Sari

There you have it. As I said, it’s just my personal opinion. You don’t have to follow it.

If you do, just remember that you should show before it’s too late and really consider when the time is right. For example, next month there will be a photography contest and I plan to use 4 of the photos that I took last year and I haven’t shown it publicly.

In summary, imagine your photography like savings. Keep it and there’s time to use it in the future.

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