Friday, January 1, 2016

5 New Year's Resolutions to Improve Your Photography.

A New Year’s resolution - a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year”

For many of us New Year’s resolutions became a tradition.
Popular goals include resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, think positive, enjoy life, save money, etc.
Instead of making the same common New Year's resolutions, consider these resolutions specifically for photographers.

Here are 5 photography resolutions that I hope will help you on your quest to becoming a better photographer.

1. Always take a camera with you and always use it.

Don’t go a single day without taking a photograph. Resolve to not wait around for the perfect gear, weather, lighting etc. and just go shooting.
Commit to practicing. It's the only thing that will make you a better photographer.
Regardless of what you are doing or how busy you are, take photos.

“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.”
 Winston Churchill
2. Choose a personal project for 2016 to work on.
 You can start a 365 project (1 photo per day) or a 52 week project (1 photo per week) project. Make your project public on social media or your blog. (Read more here.)

3. Get better at editing your work.
As a modern photographer you need to use any kind sort of software to transform your images into something really great, whether you just want a subtle enhancement or you really want to create a new reality. Try PhotoShop, Lightroom, PhotoScape or something else to find your favorite.

4. Create a monthly photo essay to improve your visual story telling skills.
Make the point to capture events by putting together a compressed short visual essay with only 5-10 images that visually describe to a viewer the whole story. (Read more here)

5. Figure out your photo sharing strategy.
Facebook, Flickr, ViewBug, etc. can become your photo sharing outlets for a long time. If you're going to be serious about photography, you might want to have your own website.
Never stop learning.

Last year I set a New Year’s resolution for myself – my Project 52.
I chose a theme for my project – “The Simple Things”. I decided to take one photo per week of a simple thing that means something to me, that evokes a memory or recalls associations.
I have a New Year’s resolution for 2016 – a new Project 52.

Stay tuned!
Share your own photography-related resolutions in the comments.
Happy New Year!