Don’t always think you’re photos are awesome. Don’t think they’re always terrible either! Be honest with yourself, don’t kid yourself, stay grounded. You’ll need people to help you with this…
Find some people that know nothing about photography or art and ask them what they think of your pictures.
These types of people will be your future clients. It’s important as you grow as a photographer to stay grounded with what the untrained people like when it comes to photographs. They are always right!
It’s also not a bad idea to get feedback from other photographers too, this is secondary. The lay people will tell you what is good and what’s bad but the photographers can then tell you why. For example it’s important to focus on your subjects eyes. If you get this wrong consistently you’ll be in trouble!
You don’t want a “mothers” approach to photography, someone telling you all your photographs are the best they’ve ever seen is no good at all. You need them to be honest, someone you know well, who is confident in not insulting you. They also need to know what you are capable of and what you have taken before.
In my last post, here, we talk about using friends as models, this is another area where they can help.
Use Flickr for other photographers feedback, you’ll struggle with this if you’re looking for any personal feedback. Flickr is vast and most people will not leave comments. Don’t get bogged down with this, try not to look how many people are looking at your pictures, make sure you title them though. Look here for more info. Enter competitions on the web for pictures you think are really good. DPreview hosts competitions every day so there’s somewhere to start off.