You are your own worst critic!

You are your own worst critic

I have created many things over the years! Websites, photographs, brochures, graphics, banners, trade show displays etc. The one thing haunting me every time I create something is the self judgement lurking inside before I hit the send button.

I always seem to ask myself the same question before sending anything to a client. That question is “is this good enough”. It is not a lack of confidence in my skill set, I think it is more of a human reaction to question yourself or judge your work against others. I have done photo shoots in the past and while I am in the midst of editing I start to pixel peep. For those of you who don’t know what pixel peeping is here is my definition:

Pixel Peeping: Viewing an image on-screen at 100% magnification while beating yourself on the head with a 2×4 screaming this is the worst image ever.

As a photographer, pixel peeping is one of the worst possible things you can do. The only time you should ever pixel peep is to clean up an image for large format printing. Pixel peeping any other time should not be done if you like your sanity. There have also been times where I finished editing an image and think “This image sucks” but when I ask for a second opinion I get great critiques. Once again, this is just your creative side judging you.

I have found ways to cope with my inner critic, maybe these will help some of you fellow creatives:

  • Use the 24 hour rule before you send anything -This gives you time to look over your work with a fresh set of eyes and make some last-minute adjustments
  • The 3 second rule works well too! – When you are ready to send your work and still doubting yourself, simply count to 3 and hit the send button
  • Stop comparing your work to the work of others
  • Embrace the judgement you have – If you can embrace the self judgement, you are bound to make your work better every time!


Hopefully this short post has helped you in some way, or at least made you realize that you are not the only one on the planet who is hard on yourself when it comes to your creative work!


Below are some examples that likely would have gone to the recycle bin if a third-party didn’t save it:

Posted on April 21, 2015 in Blog

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I am a freelance photographer and web designer / graphic designer with a flair for creativity and a passion for anything digital. I love to learn about new and emerging technologies. I currently reside in cambridge, ontario with my beautiful wife and 2 (mostly well behaved) children.

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