By Roger (10 January 2016)
Ah, the new year is here. Lots of people are trying to buck the trend of breaking their New Year's resolutions before we reach the end of January. Have you set any photography resolutions? You may find photography resolutions are more achievable than running your first iron man triathlon.
Some of my friends are starting 365 projects (taking and posting a new photo every day). Very ambitious, and I look forward to seeing the photos. I won't be participating, this year, but I do hope to spend more time behind the camera.
I’m not really a “resolution person,” but the new year does have an impact. I think about the photography subjects and/or techniques on which I want to concentrate my efforts. I make tentative travel plans (including some places I’ve never been). I fill my calendar with events I'm interested in, in case I have some free time available when the event occurs. I consider new gear I may want buy. I just rented the 14-24mm lens, again, and have you read about the new Nikon cameras? (I know, I know – it's not about the gear, but I do love to add to my toys, and I need another camera because my daughter stole my backup camera.)
Generally, I like reflect on the upcoming year and reset my photographic priorities. I'm a big fan of setting goals and priorities. The priorities may change as I go forward, but I find value in assessing where I am, and a new calendar year is one of those easy times to do that.
Other than travel, which is always on my list, I will do a better job at posting my work and getting critiques. You can't learn anything from taking photos that just sit on your computer's hard drives, so I'm putting some of them out there for others to see and comment on. Mark and I met some of the 500PX folks, at Photoshop World, so I've started posting some photos there (here). Mark has put a few up there, as well (here). You can follow us there, if you're a member (it's free).
I have been neglecting my flashes and continuous lights, so I intend to put in some additional effort there. I have some pretty good lighting equipment, but, since I prefer travel and more candid, people photos, it doesn't get much use. Since we haven't blogged much about lighting, I have a perfect reason to do some work there. My family has been asking for more setups, lately, so they will be frequent subjects of my lighting practice.
What have you decided for 2016? Is there a topic you want to see covered here? You can leave a request in the comments or on our Facebook page (link). We always love those.
You don't have to limit your resolutions and goal making to the beginning of a new year, of course, but we highly recommend you take some time to think about where you want to improve and how you're going to do it. We're here to help you accomplish those goals. “You can't hit a target if you don't have one.” As always, keep “having fun with photography” high on your list.
Oh, and, if your resolution is to complete the iron man triathlon, let me know when and where, so I can come photograph it.