Happy New Year! For my first blog post of the new year, I am updating my photography goals for 2014. A year from now, we’ll see if I was able to meet these goals. As always don’t forget to check out the awesome work of these ladies–they take some truly stunning photos! Jana Knupp, Betsy Morgan, Rebecca Orton, Amber Yarnevich, and Adrienne Russell
1. Complete a 365 project. Last year, I tried to do this on my own. I posted my images weekly to Facebook. However, by the beginning of June, I fizzled out. I did manage to take a photo more days that I didn’t, but I would really like to finish a 365 project, for real! For 2014, I have joined a group of photographers from The Photographer Within who are also embarking on 365 projects. I hope it will keep me inspired and motivated to shoot daily! My plan is to blog some of the images, post some to Facebook, and share some in my 365 group. So if you are reading this and see me regularly (in person or online!), keep me honest! I’m probably going to start carrying my camera everywhere now, but am also planning to do some shooting with my iPhone when I need to. Another thing I am doing to keep me motivated to shoot daily is 30 day projects. One hurdle I ran into last year was that I got bored. I am hoping that when boredom (or a lack of inspiration) strikes, I can use a 30-day project to keep me on track. For example, I might do 30 days of black and white images, or 30 days of no people. I don’t want to restrict myself with rules or limits, so I am only going to do these 30 day projects if I am feeling like I am starting to fizzle out!
2. Master my speedlite (flash). I know how to use my external flash (TTL, bouncing, FEC), but I think I could definitely improve my skill here. I haven’t decided whether to take a class or just get a book and watch you tube tutorials. We’ll see.
3. Continue to work on my Photoshop and Lightroom skills. I would say that I am highly proficient with Lightroom, both as an editing tool and an organizational tool. Nevertheless, I think there is probably a lot I don’t know, too. I can also work my way around Photoshop, but I KNOW there is a TON more I need to learn. I have my eye on an online Photoshop course that I think I will help improve my editing and overall workflow.
4. Print my photobooks from last year (and ummm…2012); stay on top of having my photos printed and put in albums. Self-explanatory. Simple. Yet so difficult. I actually have the albums all made. They just need to be printed!
5. Post twice a week to my blog and to my Facebook business page. My business is very young, and I don’t have a lot of time to devote to marketing. And with a full-time job and two small children, I’m not in a position to really pour all my time and energy into generating clients. I am happy shooting the clients that make their way to me through word of mouth. But one easy thing I can do is try to improve my SEO, and work on developing a Facebook audience. I don’t think FB is the holy grail of free marketing like it once was, but it is still a good place to have a presence I think. I’m probably going to use my 365 project as motivation to post both here and FB.