What matters most is that you look at your photos and they make you feel proud or happy that you captured them.
Good to browse through photo galleries, especially those of reknown photographers, and realize that the learning journey is indeed a long (and sometimes never-ending) one
cheers and keep shooting
Thing is there are so many genres. A super wedding photographer may not shoot landscape well. A super landscape photographer may not shoot events well. A super street photographer may not shoot macro well. Granted some genres are closer in execution, but in the end a 'title' of intermediate or master or beginner is nothing but an irrelevant label.
Ya agree that wedding is not the only genre. Am thinking of ways to quantify... For fun n Bo Liao.
It's just too subjective. Different people have different standards for what is a good photo.
How about putting up your best 3 photos on sale in eBay and see if the bid average out to be $20 each?
let's take your example of shooting wedding for $500.00, if you give the bride 300pieces of photos, it works out your photos only selling at $1.67 each. if just for fun and bo liao, that also have to presume that you have zero cost to shoot a wedding.
i told him whatever's on my facebook account are old pictures from years back, that i no longer post my DSLR images.. and he rebutted that i'm full of crap.
(ok honestly i don't really like this hypocrite because he always likens himself to be a great person and on par with the likes of Jesus, Moses, Osama, Muhammad and all those renowned people, acts all holy but clubs and insults his good friends with foul language)
and i went to his FB account and LOL-ed at all the "great images"... mostly self-portraits and cam-whoring and images of him. so much for great photography skills.
so i guess. it's pretty much subjective whether others enjoy what you enjoy.
agreed on the last point.
as for your 'friend', doesn't seem like much of a friend
But be careful not to lower yourself down to his level by LOL-ing at his photos. People enjoy photography in many ways, whether it's by award-winning shots or happy snaps of their friends and loved ones
If you really want a numerical gauge.
Post your photos.
Have people vote on it.
that'd be pettiness on my part
sorry to OT: i can't believe he even created his own fanpage FOR HIS GOATEE! (and even named the strands of hair!)
Back to TS - post pictures. Good or not, you might be able to ascertain your level from the critiques or comments. You need to start somewhere anyway.
Actually, who cares?
I can proclaim myself to be Master of the Universe, whether I am or not, that's a separate issue.
I can proclaim myself to be a Primary 2 student, whether I am or not, whether I really think I am or not, that's also separate.
Talk is cheap.
Most people always want to institute this talk of "standards", and "comparative ability". My suggestion is that you benchmark against your own progress - everyone is different, not everyone is going to be good at photography, or horribly bad either. Let's just translate this into "life" terms - how would you know if you're doing well in life? If you have a lower IQ than average, shouldn't your so-called judgement of this take this into account? Same for photography! Different people have different aspirations and different KPI.
I think what you should be asking are questions such as "Do I know what I wish to achieve? Do I have the knowledge to achieve what I want for my photographic visions? Is my photographic vision even attainable? Have I improved from 3 months ago? 6 months ago? Where do I want to be? Is it that important to me?"