Happy New Year Everyone !!!
Now is the time to make a fresh start to set in motion all those things you’ve been putting off and give your photography that boost to take it to the next level. So here are 10 new years resolutions, you could pick one to put into practice, or you could even pick all 10, just don’t miss the chance to develop your photography!
Know you gear – Your camera’s manual explains everything. It doesn’t only have instructions, but it also explains almost everything to get you started and to understand the basics. Inside that boring thing, there might be some cool features that you are totally unaware of.
Start a Project – Sometimes what you need to get your inspiration going is a little push. Now is an excellent time to consider starting a 365 project, in which you take a picture every day for year. It will push and stretch you, and your photograph. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. If that kind of commitment isn’t something you can swing, consider a less intensive variant is Project 52, in which you take a photo every week. There are several different online communities that support 365 projects including 365 Project, Capture Your 365, and many 365-themed groups on Flickr and Google+.
Learn a New Technique – It’s never too late to learn a new skill. Learn something new, take the time to read up on any new technique and then head out to give it a try. You don’t have to get it right first time, and you’ll learn from your mistakes.
Learn Editing Software – Learn how to use a new piece of editing software. Pressing the shutter is just half the job done, the next step is presenting it with the same strength and depth through your processing.
Take More Photos – Everyone’s heard the quote “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” and it’s quite true. Don’t go a single day without taking a photograph. It doesn’t have to be your DSLR, it could be your smartphone. I annoy my friends and family taking pictures of them everyday, anywhere.
Follow Your Favourite Photographers – Get engaged with the work or world renowned photographers, study their style and try to understand what makes the pictures they take so engaging.
Subscribe to Blogs, Sites and Magazines for Inspiration – There are a huge variety of blogs, websites and magazines for inspiration, tips and techniques to study. When you look at a fellow photographer blog or gallery you expose yourself to new ideas, photography styles and techniques.
Attend Photography workshops/Meet ups. – What’s more fun than having some really cool photographers by your side along with your camera. The networking is fun and the groups usually offer opportunities to shoot. See if there’s a meetup happening in your area. If not, you can create one yourself.
Participate in Competitions – Photography Competitions are a wonderful way to improve your photography. It’s still the start of the year, so have a look at the competition websites. Note down the deadlines, and stick to them.
Turn off Auto – Come out of your safety zone and experiment with your camera’s manual settings. Shooting in manual mode allows you access to a larger number of settings than automatic modes, so you can have fun adjusting all of them.