Happy New Year
To view the world through the eyes of a child, with awe and wonder at everything you see.
That is how a Photographer should see the world.
So many people make 'New Year Resolutions'. Some of them are simple and easily obtainable. Others can be quite outrageous and very difficult to achieve. The older I get the wiser I get. Now all my Resolutions are definitely on the 'easy to achieve' end of the spectrum.
This year I have made a few 'Photographic Resolutions'. As a photographer I always want to push myself to do more and do better, to learn something new by trying something I have never tried before. I believe every Photographer should do this, otherwise you photography can become stale, and you may become bored with photography.
So here are my 2014 Photography New Year Resolutions.
1- I just bought a Canon Pixma Pro-100 Printer. Canon was having one heck of a rebate promotion with this printer and I just couldn't pass it up. This year I will learn all there is to know about this printer. I will make 13" x 19" prints to hang on my wall. I will print both Color and B&W images. In other words I plan on spending a lot of money on ink this year for this printer.
2- I will shoot more than I did in 2013 (&2012). In 2011 I did a Project 365. It was fun. I was always thinking, in detail, about what I was going to shoot next. My camera became an extension of my arm, it fit like a glove in my hand, my fingers just naturally knew where all the buttons, dials, and knobs were. And my photography improved considerably throughout the year simply because I was always shooting. I shot more in 2011 than I did in 2012 and 2013 combined. While I don't plan on doing another Project 365 this year I will shoot on a more regular basis.
3- I will take control of my equipment. I used to suffer from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). I have thinned out some of my equipment, but it is time to really take control. I am not a Camera Collector, I am a Photographer. Any piece of equipment I have that does not get used this year on at least a semi-regular basis is going on Craigslist at the end of the year. If I don't use it then I don't need it. There are also some pieces of equipment that I don't have that I would like to have. And I will think long and hard before buying any piece of new equipment.
4- I will try some new techniques. I have seen a lot of images I really like posted on Flickr, DIYP, Strobist, SLR Lounge, and a number of other photographic sites I frequent. Many of these involve techniques I have never tried (light painting and star trails to name a couple). I will learn some of these new techniques this year.
5- I will do something in my Darkroom. I finally built a Darkroom a couple of years ago. I made a few practice prints shortly after I got it all set up, but I haven't done anything since then. This year I will develop film and make prints. I will move a spare computer and film scanner into the Darkroom so I can scan, process, and upload the film I develop. And I will try to figure out how to expose and develop some 24" x 36" photo paper I have.
6- I will make some sense with my Blog and Website. Currently I post on my Blog every now and then, but in kind of a haphazard fashion. The same with my Website. I do the occasional update to it, but it needs a major overhaul. I will get my thoughts organized and post regularly on my Blog. And I will get my information organized and get my Website in shape.
7- I will spend some time learning Photoshop and Dreamweaver. My current use of both of these programs barely scratches the surface of their capabilities. While I don't expect to be come a master in either of them, I figure that knowledge is power, and the more I know about these programs the more powerful my images and website will (hopefully) become.
I could easily add a a quite a few more Resolutions to this list, but I want to be able to realistically achieve my New Year Resolutions. I will print out a couple of copies of these Resolutions and post them in a couple of places where I will see them regularly.
As with any New Year Resolution they are achieved by effort and not intent. While good intentions are nice, intentions alone do not achieve anything. Effort and action are required to achieve the desired results. And this sometimes means doing things when you really don't want to. But I have found out that once I take that first step the second one comes easier, and the next one easier yet, and so on. So I will take the first steps required to achieve my 2014 New Year Photographic Resolutions.