I often get compliments from friends about how good my photographs are. I take these with a large pinch of salt, however. Here’s one of the secrets to getting a reputation with your Facebook friends for being a good photographer

  • Only put the good ones on Facebook! You should see the ones that don’t make it. I weed them out and try to select pictures I am actually quite pleased with.

“You should enter a competition – I’m sure you’d win!”

Well maybe. Or maybe not. The standard can be incredibly high. I follow several bird photography groups on Facebook, and read magazines like Amateur Photographer, and I can say without much fear of contradiction that my photographs have a long way to go to be that good.

Here’s one I did enter for a competition. It didn’t win anything, but I am still quite pleased with it.

Large red damselfly, Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall