Say hello and welcome to 2013! So often at the beginning of a new year, we think about the previous year and all the things we had planned to accomplish; regret the things we couldn’t get to; and then start the whole process over. Since you probably already participate in this annual ritual, go ahead and throw in some photography resolutions. My big resolution for 2012 was to go on at least one photography trip every month. Looking back over my calendar, I did pretty well - I didn't miss a month, and, some months, I took more than one trip. I chose this project because I wanted to work on my ability to see landscapes and be more flexible in new locations. It was a fun project, and I even made a couple of photos that I like, especially this one.
This year, I want to get back to people. I need to work with some folks who aren't the family, so I am going to work with friends and models. This requires locating models, make-up artists, new locations, and, probably, studio rentals. There are several big Civil War sesquicentennial events, photowalks, and Photoshop World that will present additional opportunities for non-studio photography.
What about you? Did you advance your photography in 2012? What is your plan for 2013? You don’t have to write it down, but you should spend a little time considering your project and give yourself a goal to commit to. As Zig Ziglar used to say in his best wise yokel voice, “You can’t hit a target, if you don’t have one.” You don’t want to set something unreasonable, but set a goal that will definitely move you along whatever photographic trail you’re on.
There are many paths from which to choose. You could go for a broad topic like documenting your town or county. You can opt for a technique approach - macro photography, night time, or self-portraits. Or, maybe, concentrate on a single subject for the year: sunrise at the beach; your local farmer's market; your family events. It just needs to be something big enough to push your limits while holding your interest for whatever time period you choose.
If you think through your project, you'll have fun and ensure you learn throughout the project. And leave us a comment about what you're doing, for your chance to win.
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