Hi… Hello… Is this on?? It’s been awhile, way too long. Here we are, January 2nd, 2017. I’m not really particularly big on the New Years resolutions, but it is a good time to reset, to reflect, and plot a course for the near future.
Way back in 2012, I did a 365 project. I called it unfocused photos because I really didn’t know where exactly it would go and didn’t want to constrain it with any preconceptions. It worked too, I found that putting in those repetitions and forcing the creativity helped me to grow and really started to find my footing as a photographer.
In the intervening years I’ve slowed and put more of a focus on quality over pure quantity. Looking back, on a year by year basis, I know that I’ve continued to improve since then, feeling appropriately horrified at some of the images I had previously loved. I do feel that I’ve continued to improve. With that being said, there’s still PLENTY of room for improvement. It’s a journey after all right?
I see a lot of inspiring photography from local photographers, be it from the social channels like Instagram and Facebook or in person through my local camera club. One of the common threads is that they are out there, putting in the work, practicing, failing, experimenting, forcing the creativity. That’s what I feel I’ve been slacking on and where I plan to put more time and focus on in the coming year.
Plotting The Course
So, the go forward plan. Work harder, get out there, explore, learn, try, fail, try some more, really make things happen rather than waiting for them.
More specifically, job number one is to put in the time and effort. Everything really hinges off that simple idea. Good things happen when you go out and actually do photography. It forces you to find new subjects or find a new way to photograph some familiar ones. It helps flesh out ideas. It makes you try some of those new techniques you’ve been watching those YouTube videos on.
For me I know that creating new images gets me excited. I can’t wait to get home and process them. Improving post processing is high on the list of things I’d like to improve upon and it’s when I’ve got something freshly created that I can’t wait to apply some technique to. This in turn, inevitably brings to light some failing or something that could be improved from the capture point of view. The result of which makes me want to create more. It all starts with getting out there and making photographs.
There it is then, the go forward plan, get out there and photograph more, sort out some of the details along the way.