Photographers: Validation is overrated

Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be.

With a hat tip to Seth Godin, I want to mention a simple point today. Validation is overrated. What someone else thinks of you or your work doesn't have to have a negative impact on your life. Period. Why? Because there can be only one YOU and only YOU can know if your work is true to your own heart. The way to find out whether or not you “have it” is to just do it! Only YOU can give someone else permission to hurt you.

Understand this... Waiting for validation is waiting for permission. Don't do it - wait that is.

Seth writes often about JUST DOING IT! I agree with that approach, 100%. Go for it! Now - do it now. Don't wait for permission. Don't wait for someone to tell you that your photos are good. Practice, research, go to workshops, take classes, believe in yourself. Improve by study, trial and error and go out there shooting. There is no excuse not to get good at your craft. When you do become proficient, YOU will know it and it will be true wether or not the cool kids agree.

In the United States anyway, there's no “system” you have to wait on to go work as a professional photographer. In almost any city in the country, you don't need a license to be a photographer (although you may need a business license if you in fact go pro.)

There's no central authority here that can stop you. Only YOU can stop you.

If you want to go make photographs...go do it. Don't wait for someone else to tell you it's okay! You don't need anyone else's permission or validation. No anonymous jerk on a camera club forum can stop you. You just need to believe in your heart that you have something to share. So what are you waiting for? As always, I'm rooting for you!


Scott Bourne is President of US and Chinese Operations at Skylum Software (Makers of Luminar & Aurora HDR,) an Olympus Visionary, a professional wildlife photographer, author, lecturer and a signed Master Photographer at Studio of Masters, China who specializes in bird photography. He was one of the founders of This Week In Photo, founded Photofocus.com and is co-founder of the Photo Podcast Network.

Scott is a regular contributor to several photography related blogs and podcasts and his photography has appeared in more than 200 books and magazines. He is a trainer at both ThinkTapLearn and lynda.com, and is the author of 11 photography books.

Scott is available to speak to your birding group, photography group and for private bird photography workshops. For more information on engaging Scott as a speaker or workshop leader, or for image licensing and print information, e-mail scott@scottbourne.com.


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