Its that time of year again where its time to make a fresh start, and give ourselves some new targets for the coming year. This is a great time to focus on your photography and develop your creative skills to creating some beautiful images in the coming year. Here are 5 ideas that you might want to incorporate into your photography goals, you may just pick one or two or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous you could go for all 5!
Take More Photos
This one sounds simple enough, right? Just take more photos, I have found that if you’re shooting everyday you will learn faster because your camera starts to become part of you and using it is second nature. This frees you to concentrate on the subject matter and you can take the camera for granted.
One project that you may want to try is called the 365 challenge, which is where you upload one photo per day. It is a great way to keep you on track of taking more photos and at the end of the year you will have 365 wonderful photos to remind you of the year to look back on!
Get some new gear
Now Christmas has just passed o you may have received some photography related gifts or you may have some spending money to treat yourself. Why not try adding some new gear to your photography arsenal? Its a great way to learn new aspects of photography and will make you a more well rounded photographer.
If you are into landscape photography you might want to look into investing in some lens filters or a good sturdy tripod. If street photography is your style, you might want to get a nice fast prime lens like a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Camera Lens.
Share your Photos with the World
You may be pleased with how your photography is progressing and are capturing some nice images, well why don’t you share them with people? Its not good having lots of wonderful photos if no one can see them. Try sharing them onto photo communities like Flickr or 500px, you can get some valuable feedback on your images and you may find inspiration in other people work too!
Learn more about Post Processing
Now up until this point you may have just been focusing on the capturing of your images, but there is a whole other world of what comes after taking the photo. Post processing your photos can be a hugely rewarding experience and will help you to understand the limitations of your camera and how to overcome them. There are plenty of online resources where you can find plenty of tips and tutorials to help you start your voyage into post processing.
Join a Photography Club
Look for a photography club or a photo walk group, its a great way to meet like minded people who are just as enthusiastic about photography as you are. You can make new friends who share your hobby and you may learn a thing or two from how others approach their work. It will get your creative juices flowing and will hopefully spark some new ideas for your own images.
You dont have to do all of these as your new years resolutions, but you might find that 1 or 2 of them are of interest to you or you think will give a good boost to your photography. I hope your new years goes well and you can take on some new and exciting challenges!
I would love to hear what your new years resolutions are, why dont you share them in the comments section below and you might get some inspiration from other readers too!