As a photography student I go through this a lot. It can be fun, disappointing and mind-numbing all at once. It’s important to grow but also important to put it in perspective. I guess easier for me, I’m older than most students but I can see in the eyes how hard it can be on others.
There are the core “rules”;
These are the building blocks for a good work but not all rules are written in stone. Break any of these and you can still have an amazing photograph. It will always be a matter of opinions.
Feedback is important in life and art but remember; “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” — Marcus Aurelius.
While not entirely true this Aurelius quote is a great reminder when you are letting others judge you or your work.
It really doesn’t matter what people think of you or say about you.
Opinions have no basis in defining what you’re all about.
People will always find someone to talk about and your self-worth is not defined by others.
They don’t know you, your background, what you have been through or where you are heading.
Don’t try to please everyone, it does not work!
I always take the high road, be positive, in the long run it will pay off because others will see it in you. Commercial and fine art photography is selling yourself and your work, but it does not have to be selling out your true self. .