I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions, but I felt it was time to give some thought and inspiration to a new year in photography. So, here are a few directions I want to take in 2011:
- Picture a Day: In 2007, I first started doing a Picture a Day. That year, I successfully finished the challenge, and was mostly happy with the results. I’ve kept the intent going the following years, but wasn’t too hard on myself for missing a day or two here and there. Recently, I looked back at all the PaD photos from 2007, and realized anew how discipline begets creativity. So, I’ve decided I’ll try again in 2011 to have a Picture a Day strictly every day.
- Video: None of my current dSLRs (Canon 20D, 40D, 5D) are video capable, and I don’t have any other video capable devices either. While I don’t foresee myself becoming a full blown videographer, the itch of trying myself at video and incorporating some moving footage into my event or wedding slideshow keeps growing. So, finances permitting, I would like to try my hand at some videography. Currently, the new Panasonic GH2 is at the top of my list of candidate cameras. It would also double as a more portable take anywhere still camera.
- The work of others: There is never enough time to do everything one wants to do, but I feel strongly that I should spend more time looking at the work of other photographers. So, I’ll follow a few more photographers online a little more regularly, perhaps visit a few more exhibits, peruse a few more photography books, etc., etc.
- Post processing: While I think I have a pretty good working set of post processing skills, one should never become stagnant. I have no intentions of becoming a digital photo artist, but there are a lot of cool filters as well as tips and tricks to be tried. This will also gel well with the first goal, the PaD project. Many times, a long day at my other job doesn’t leave much time to scout out great photo locations, but a bit of creative processing can make all the difference on otherwise perhaps not so exciting photo objects.
Alright, that’s it for now (except for perhaps a goal or two that isn’t meant to be shared). Hold me to it, please, and we’ll look back at the end of the year to see how I fared.