As I've looked through some of my old photos, I've been experiencing something I assume most photographers experience. Just total disgust at their old photos. Don't get me wrong, they still evoke memories and emotions that I value, but I see a lot of lack of skill. One thing I'm trying to do is take a step back and make it a learning experience.
Right now, I've been noticing a lot of pictures that are super grainy like these. Then I went in post and tried to enhance the photo only to enhance the graininess even more. One thing this teaches me (and if there's other amateur photographers like me reading this, it might help you too) is that you have got to be mindful of the settings of your camera for the situation. For many of these, I think I was far too high on my ISO. Then when I tried to make it look better in Lightroom, the "enhancements" just made the image look less quality.
So note to self: Lowest ISO I can do, limit my post editing more.
Anyone reading this with some tips on how I can improve, please comment!