Do you usually make New Year’s resolutions? If so, have you ever considered making resolutions for your photography? Things you want to accomplish as a photographer in the coming year?
I’m thinking this might be an excellent way to begin the ‘Photographic New Year’. So here are five resolutions I’m making for 2010:
1. Create a list of things/subjects/ideas/themes to pursue photographically.
Write the list down. Brainstorm. Prioritize the list. Then map out a schedule to begin working on turning the list into reality. I have a few ideas in mind already, but I’m going to sit down and really do some work on this one.
2. Make more prints.
Some people believe that until you make a print, you haven’t really made a photograph.
I love to shoot, the act of making photographs. But I’m not very diligent about turning enough of those images into prints. This year I want to assemble groups of prints around some specific themes, still to be determined.
3. Develop a better image backup routine.
This has been my Achilles heel. Last year I had a computer crash that resulting in the loss of many images never saved anywhere else. It still hurts to think about this, such a preventable thing! I need a better, more systematic approach to image backup. Suggestions, anyone?
4. Schedule more ‘photo safaris.’
Trips. Out in areas I know less well, broadening my photographic horizons. Days spent this way can be incredibly energizing and rewarding.
5. Improve The Discerning Photographer!
Creating and publishing this photo blog during 2009 is easily the most important photographic project I started in 2009. My goals for the site in 2010 are simple. I plan to work hard to improve the site, to make it a more valuable resource for all photo enthusiasts, whether amateur or pro. I want to improve the quality of each and every post. And I want to work to become a more effective member of the photography blogosphere! (All constructive comments, ideas and thoughts on this would be most welcome.)
Do you have a list of photographic resolutions for the 2010? Spend some time thinking about what your goals may be, for yourself and your photography, in this new year. Write them down, then put the list in a safe place. Check back often to see how you’re doing. Hold yourself accountable!
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