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Hey photographer! The year is coming to an end! This is a great time to recognize and reflect on all you have accomplished over the past twelve months, but it’s also wise to prepare for the new. With only a few weeks left of 2017, perhaps you’re beginning to create New Year’s resolutions. Let photography be a part of your journey in 2018! Setting goals and committing to plans that will allow you to learn and grow is incredibly rewarding. Can’t think of any ideas? Start with these:

  1. Create a schedule for taking photos– Is your schedule packed between work, seeing family and friends, taking care of household responsibilities, attending events, etc? Finding time during the week (and even on the weekends!) to practice a skill or hobby can sometimes feel impossible. I find that setting aside specific blocks of time during the week/on weekends to take pictures helps keep me on track (even if it’s just for 15 minutes). Pick an object in your home and spend a few minutes taking shots of it at various angles, in different lighting, and so on. You’ll get more comfortable with your camera and improve your photographer’s eye. This is also a great way to work on any weaknesses you have and want to get better at, like properly exposing or focusing your subject. 
  2. Shoot personal projects– Are you stuck in a photography rut? Sometimes the best way to find inspiration, or simply hone your skills, is to develop a project for yourself. This could be in the form of a 365 photo project, a fun blog, a black-and-white photo challenge, shooting only objects, shooting only people, the possibilities are endless!
  3. Learn a new type of photography– Do you only shoot portraits? The New Year could be a time to explore landscapes or capture moving subjects like sports teams. Do you only shoot in natural light settings? Put yourself in situations where you are forced to use artificial light and see what you come up with.
  4. Invest in your education– There’s a common misconception that you need fancy gear to be a great photographer, but it’s actually about practice, patience, and your willingness to learn. Educate yourself as much as you can, whether that’s through classes (like ours!), shooting with other photographers, or studying photos you admire. You can create incredible images with a very basic camera if you take the time to learn how to use it!
  5. Vow to have fun– Remember, don’t take yourself too seriously! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by photos you see on the Internet and feel like you’re not good enough. Why did you decide to pick up a camera in the first place? I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t because you wanted to be the best, or make loads of money (though that’s not a bad thing, either!), but because you genuinely enjoy taking photographs. As we head into the new year, let that feeling of excitement and wonder lead you.
Happy shooting!
 
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