Navigating Negativity in the World of Landscape Photography

Dean Allan, landscape photographer based in Scotland, UK.

Embracing Positivity:


Landscape photography is undoubtedly a captivating and rewarding field, where I can immerse myself in the beauty of nature and capture my images. However, despite the tranquil and serene nature of this art form, negativity creeps in from time to time.

This is why, as a landscape photographer, it is crucial to develop the ability to deal with negativity, negative people, and negative comments effectively.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, it is essential to have effective strategies to handle criticism while also preserving your artistic vision and maintaining a positive mindset. This blog delves deep into the topic and offers valuable insights and tips for photographers on how to deal with both constructive and malicious criticism.

By mastering these strategies, you can continue to create stunning works of art while confidently handling negativity.


Recently, I have been pondering on a rather thought-provoking subject due to some comments made on my YouTube channel. Just lately, there has been a small minority, 2 to be precise, that have taken it upon themselves to ridicule my work publicly. Some of the criticism that was put forward ventured beyond the Community Guidelines that were set forth by YouTube. Moreover, they were comments that simply seemed pointless and not well thought out. They are faceless, untraceable people who take great pleasure in posting hurtful, thoughtless and pointless comments, unaware (or more likely highly aware) of the damage their throwaway words can impact on the recipient. 

A couple of examples include: “I stopped watching your video after five minutes, it was far too amateur for my liking and you used the word ‘I’ too many times, which was embarrassing.” Another one was “At 6:41, you said that you would not be using an ND filter, but at 9:17, you said you had changed your mind and would use one. Call yourself a professional? Make your mind up. Pathetic!” I initially tried to engage in a conversation with the individuals who made these comments by asking for constructive feedback or an alternative approach, but alas, I received no response from them. These 2 individuals whilst not responding to my reply have continued to comment on other videos, making some equally pointless observation. They will not be able to post such comments in the future.

In general, criticism comes with the territory, and I completely understand that, and welcome constructive, helpful feedback. However, when this criticism morphs into being pointless, it becomes an entirely different matter. While I enjoy receiving feedback and learning from it, thoughtless and hurtful comments can have an adverse effect on me, if I allow it.

My Tips on Dealing With Negativity

1.  Cultivate Self-Confidence:

One of the best ways to combat negativity is to build a strong foundation of self-confidence. Recognise your unique artistic vision and value as a landscape photographer. Understand that not everyone will resonate with your work, and that’s okay. Focus on the positive feedback and the joy you find in creating beautiful images

2.  Embrace Constructive Criticism:

Constructive criticism is an invaluable tool for growth and improvement. Rather than being defensive, learn to embrace it. Approach constructive feedback with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Separate the criticism from your personal worth and see it as an opportunity to refine your skills and expand your creative horizons.

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3.  Filter Out the Noise: 

In the era of social media, negative comments are almost unavoidable. Remember that not all criticism is worth your attention. Develop a filter that helps you discern between genuinely helpful feedback and baseless negativity. Engage with those who provide thoughtful critique and ignore the comments that lack substance or are intentionally hurtful

4.  Respond with Grace:

When faced with negative comments, maintain your composure and respond with grace. Engaging in heated arguments or responding defensively can escalate the situation further. If necessary, take a step back, reflect on the comment, and respond thoughtfully. Address concerns professionally and use it as an opportunity to educate or clarify your artistic intent.


5.  Practice Self-Care:

Negativity can take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. Take time to prioritise self-care. Engage in activities that recharge you and bring you joy outside of photography. Whether it’s spending time in nature, pursuing other hobbies, or seeking emotional support from loved ones, nurturing yourself will help you maintain a positive outlook in the face of negativity.

6. Reframe Negative Comments:

Instead of dwelling on negative comments, reframe them as opportunities for growth. Look for any valid points within the criticism and use them as stepping stones to improve your craft. Remember that not everyone’s taste aligns with your artistic style, and that’s what makes art diverse and exciting.

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Negativity, negative people, and negative comments are unfortunate aspects of any creative pursuit, including landscape photography. However, with the right mindset and strategies in place, you can navigate these challenges with resilience and grace. By cultivating self-confidence, embracing constructive criticism, filtering out negativity, seeking support, and practicing self-care, you can protect your artistic vision and continue to thrive as a landscape photographer.

Remember, your passion for capturing the beauty of the world should always outweigh the negativity that may come your way.

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