Photographer’s New Year’s resolutions for 2015

Making Pictures With Professional Photographer John Enman

Wishing all photographers an exciting year filled with photos.

Wishing all photographers an exciting year filled with photos.

I write about my New Year’s resolutions every year.

The prospect of new opportunities is always exciting, and I suppose jotting down a personal list of goals (resolutions) at the beginning of each year is a good idea.

When I asked other photographers what they would make as resolutions this past month, most have given me the usual:

• Use a tripod more.

• Turn off Auto mode.

• Buy a new camera or lens.

• Try shooting RAW.

• Learn more about lighting.

• Take more photos.

• Learn about composition and the rule of thirds

• Learn to use Photoshop or Lightroom.

However, by asking some to come up with something a bit more inspirational regarding their photography in the year to come,  and with a bit of searching online, I put together the following resolutions from them that seemed to say a lot about ways to improve what they do in the future with this exciting medium.

1. Pay more attention to creative ideas. “This could be the year to begin evolving creatively”.

2. There is too much focus on what is the best camera. When we spend too much time worrying about the camera we forget about the story. “We should be concerned with making images that tell a story.”

3. Take risks photographically and move away from always trying to please.   Make this year to push-the-envelope beyond the comfort zone without being concerned with other’s opinions.  Maybe this will be the year to put “me” in the photograph.

4. Learn a new technique. I think it’s as simple as experimenting, and definitely taking the time to “read up on some technique and then give it a try”. Photographers should always make the effort to learn new techniques. Maybe by taking a class, or at least buying some books, or CDs, written by accomplished photographic writers.

5.  Choosing new subjects to “get out of the rut of shooting the same thing over and over”. While practicing portraiture or landscapes is good, doing the same thing the same way over and over can result in a lack of inventiveness and creativity in our work.

6.  Make every shot count and stay away from the spray and pray shooting style. “It’s about quality photographs, not massive picture snapping sessions”.

7. Become more ruthless with one’s photography and what is done in post-production; “conditioning oneself to throw out the crap is the only way to keep improving.”

Finally, I’ll wish everyone a great 2015. And end with a quote by award winning English author, Neil Gaiman; “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”

These are my thoughts for this week. Contact me at www.enmanscamera.com or emcam@telus.net. Stop by Enman’s Camera at 423 Tranquille Road in Kamloops.

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