Face your failed photos head on, it’s the best way to learn and improve as a photographer


posted Monday, May 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST


If you're like Nigel Danson, you take a lot of photos. Despite being very experienced, even he takes photos he doesn't like. Rather than immediately deleting failed photos, Danson uses them to help him improve his work. It's important to look at the images you capture and don't like and identify what it is about them you find displeasing.

While it can be helpful to look at your best images, it is perhaps even more important to look at your worst ones. Danson was recently in Iceland and he captured a lot of beautiful images. Of course, he captured some shots he doesn't like nearly as much. In the video below, he looks at five of his failed images and tries to figure out what didn't work and how he could do things better next time. So, the next time you are going through your photos, rather than skip quickly past the ones you don't like, really think about what makes them bad.

Even excellent photographers like Danson, whose best work you can view on his website and on Instagram, take bad shots from time to time. You'll improve your work much quicker if you follow his lead and investigate your bad photos rather than ignore them.

(Via Nigel Danson