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New Year New Photography Resolutions

2014-01-17 19:41:06 GMT

It’s a new year and you want to better yourself like everyone else. Well, here are a few ideas of ways you can improve your photography skills:

1. Projects
Starting a project is a good way to keep photography at the front of your mind. Invent your own or find something online for ideas that you can borrow, such as the 100 strangers project, project life, 365 project or ABC’s. Look them up!

2. Challenges
Find an online challenge that will push you. There are a lot of photography sites online that do weekly or monthly photo challenges, some of them even have prizes :)

3. Learn a new technique
Take stock of the photography techniques you already know and think about what you want to learn and just do it!

4. Do something out of the ordinary
Playing it safe is boring. Go out on an adventure and try something new! Whether it be something physical or you just want to go for a new look, just do it.

5. Travel
When you travel you see things you’ve never seen before. You see things from a different perspective. This is how you need to look at everything.

6. Keep a journal
Just like writing your goals down gives you a higher chance of succeeding, keeping a journal keeps your creative juices flowing.

7. Tell a story
To create a story with your photographs you need to put in some thought before getting started. You need to come up with a few elements, such as, characters, locations, objects for them to interact with. These are all completely open ended and you can use them to make a story in anyway you feel works best.

8. Learn from a mentor
Following other photographers blogs is a great way to learn from other photographers, but if you’re just starting out find a more experienced photographer you can work with. Be a photographers assistant and use this time to ask questions (without being annoying) and most photographers would be happy to lead you.

9. Learn a business skill
Or, hire someone to do it for you. If you hate billing people and dealing with accounting, your best bet is to learn and online billing service. Do you research and see what works best for you.

10. Join a group
Joining a group is a great way to get out there and meet more photographers. Most communities will do weekly/monthly meetups where a group of photographers (of all levels) get together and often go for photo walks.

11. Take more pictures!
The more pictures you take, the more you’ll notice your improvement.

12. Be more organized
Keep your files organized. Learn to use keywords, tags, metadata, color labels etc. this will ensure all your databases are easily accessible and help you find your images more efficiently.