Photography Goals for 2014
I have a few photography goals for 2014 based on lessons I’ve learned in 2013 and years prior. No, traveling to Iceland or Patagonia is not on this list but those would be cool places to see. My goals are a bit different. In no particular order, here they are.
1. DON’T DROP A LENS IN THE OCEAN – While photographing tide pools 2 years ago, I was changing a lens while standing on a rock. I accidentally dropped a 50mm into the salty pool. Ruined. Lesson learned, change lenses in a safe place or not at all!
2. STOP DROPPING LENS CAP/ND FILTER – I won’t stop doing this, I’d just like to do this less. I’ve ruined a few filters this way and watching a filter bounce off the sandstone is not a pretty sight.
3. DON’T FORGET MY CAMERA – I was meeting some people for a photography meetup and rushed out of my house. I arrived at the meeting spot only to find I left my camera at home. This is a sure way to guarantee you won’t get a good picture!
4. BE MORE PATIENT – Sometimes light changes fast and I’m left scrambling to find a composition or change exposures. I’ve been practicing being in the right spot and being patient for the light, anticipating the image BEFORE so I’m not left scrambling. Luck favors the prepared.
5. TAKE LESS PHOTOS – I want to not click the shutter as much but make more images. Taking less photos encourages me to be more selective of the images I seek and that’s a good thing:)
6. LISTEN TO MORE MUSIC – I often have headphones with music pumping when I’m out taking photos. I also rarely edit photos without music playing, often loudly. I plan on continuing to do the same and I’d like to start listening to different types of music. I’ll have a blog post about this sometime soon.
7. PRINT MORE PHOTOS – Computers, smartphones, tablets…they are NOT what photography is about. I began enjoying photos by shooting slide film and having something I could touch. An image in print is infinitely more satisfying than a bunch of pixels on a screen. I have many images I’m dying to see in print and I plan to make that happen this year.
8. EXPERIMENT MORE – Complacency makes the creative mind go numb. Photography has an incredible capacity to communicate place, emotion, memory and inspire. The methods to communicate this are endless. A college professor told me once there was no new idea under the sun. I STRONGLY disagree with this and it still sticks with me. The camera is just a tool I use to disprove this notion.
9. SLEEP MORE – I think all photographers have this as a goal every year! No need to explain this one.
10. TAKE MORE WINTER PHOTOS – Basically, my previous career kept me VERY busy in the winter and the years before that, all I wanted to do was ski in my free time. I have very few winter images yet it is my favorite season of the year. This winter has already been different and it’s just getting started! I love the cold, snow, winter storms, skiing and basically everything else outside in the winter. I see no reason to not take more pictures!
Thank you to all who follow my blog and I look forward to 2014 personally and photographically. I have no travel plans, no adventure plans and no bucket list. That’s the best way to enter the new year that I can imagine:) EE