How to deal with trolls that attack your photos

Whenever you create something notable and share it with the world, you’re going to receive criticism. Especially if you’re just starting out, this can be terrifying.

In this thoughtful and inspiring video, photographer and filmmaker Sean Tucker gives some great advice on how to deal with different types of critique. In particular, he gives you some insight and advice on what drives trolls to put you down and how to deal with their destructive comments.


Here are some of Sean’s most important points:

  • Trolls are (mostly) attracted to good work. If you attract trolls, you’re doing something right.
  • You won’t find a talented troll. Trolls are mostly frustrated creatives that are not talented enough to put out good work themselves to step up to your level. Therefore, they try to pull you down to their level.
  • Try to feel the difference between valid, constructive criticism and trolling. Take encouraging criticism to your heart.
  • Do not respond to destructive criticism. There’s no way to win such an argument because these people are not in it to lead a healthy discussion, they’re in it to destroy.
  • Become ‘self-centered’ (in a good way). Remain open to criticism but back yourself on what you’ve created.
  • Be kind to other people online. Engage in a positive way and don’t put down other people’s work.

Watch the video above to hear it from Sean himself.


Being a successful creative in any discipline is not only about mastering your craft and creating outstanding work. It is also about being confident enough to put your work out there for the world to see it. This in itself can be an intimidating task.

Every creative needs to learn how to deal with different kinds of feedback – how to take the good, constructive criticism and dismiss the destructive criticism. Keep listening to what people have to say about your work, but learn to separate the helpers from the haters.

What about you…

When was the last time you experienced hate comments on your work? What did it do to you? How did you deal with it and manage to get over it? I’d love to hear from you below in the comments.

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3 replies
  1. De McClung
    De McClung says:

    What really hurts is…being called a troll…by a troll….I really hate that. But…I’m still going to keep doing what I do…it’s who I am!

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      I know exactly what you mean. But there’s one thing you need to realize: For someone to really be able to hurt you, you’d have to respect that person. Right? I, for one, do not pay much respect to people that are just out there to spread hate. I feel sorry for them. I wish I could help them overcome their deep frustration and their desire to destroy other people, but that’s an illusion.

      If you see such people for what they are – people with real mental issues – it’s much simpler to react adequately.

      Don’t let them drag you down to a level where you may feel like a troll yourself. Don’t argue with them. Ignore them. You have better things to do.


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