One of the most shocking statements I head this year was from a girl who took many photographs and just kept them to herself.
When I asked her "What are you going to do with those. Some of them are fantastic!" She replied, "Oh, just keep them."
I asked her if she'd ever considered sending some off to various publishers and magazines but she laughed and her manner spoke volumes. She didn't consider herself a journalist even though her writing and her photography were excelling.
Don't ever get sucked into that boring age old "Oh, but I only have a cheap camera. i'm not a professional!" rutt.
You'll find most "professionals" lean back on your misinterpretation of the word PROFESSIONAL as being KNOW IT ALL!
And they most certainly dont "Know it all" about photography. Professional simply defines that the MAIN part of their income is from Photography. Or wallpapering. Or sweeping stables. Not a Master of....
You have a camera. It worries about the exposure for you. It also focusses for you. It also adjusts itself if the lighting is off colour or dim for you.
All YOU have to do is push the button.
You would be surprised at how many peple in many corners of the world would see what you view as common place, through their eyes as being a fascination; an interesting scene or object or everyday item to YOU but not them.
Realise, too, that if you can type out a few words, even a sentence, against a photograph to help its understanding what more does the viewer need?
It's a shame, and I put this out globally, that many Stagnates (People who refuse to accept digital photography) or Tradies (Traditionalists) are trying their best to make digital manipulation in photography look as if only mistakes can be ironed out and that a digital camera is not a real camera at all.
As far as they're concerned if the image didn't come from a darkroom it isn't an image.
Let's try and kiss their asses goodbye and show what we do because I've been bitten so many times by this style of negative acceptance of what the future is made of. I did my time in darkrooms and it never delivered the work I can do now in a 50th the amount of time.
You dont need to be perfect. It doesnt need to be crisp as glass. If you're enthusiastic about your images, that's all you need.