The Internet is wonderful and terrible and I love it and hate it. With easy access to the opinions of thousands of people, it can be easy to get sucked into trying to please other photographers out there instead of the people you should be focusing on: yourself and your clients.
Coming to you from Chris Ord Photography, this great video talks about the trap almost all of us have fallen into one time or another: shooting to please the masses on the Internet. While there’s certainly nothing inherently wrong with putting your work in front of other photographers, at the end of the day, they’re not the ones paying your bills. And of course, that’s not to say that you can’t gain something useful from those other photographers; the beauty of the Internet is the ability to instantly connect with talented creatives willing to share their experience and advice with you, but there’s also a ton of static you have to tune out, which can be hard to do sometimes. Consider the source when you get feedback (good or bad). I always recommend finding a few photographers whose opinions you really value and sticking with what they have to say.