Photography Goals – 2017 – Summary

Here is a summary of my photography goals for the remainder of 2017 …

GOAL #1 – KEEP LEARNING

My first goal is to continue to learn and grow in my skills and knowledge around my camera, as a photographer, and in using the tools and features of Lightroom.

  • Camera Manual.  I want to thoroughly review my Pentax K1 camera manual so that I am familiar with every button, knob, dial, and setting.
  • Professional Photography Course.  I want to review all of my course materials from the Professional Photography Course at the New York Institute of Photography.
  • Lightroom.  I want to work my way through a learning series on Lightroom to ensure I have a full grasp of LR and how to use it to the fullest extent.

GOAL #2 – KEEP SNAPPING

My second goal is to keep shooting more photos with a focus on classic cars, a 12-week personal challenge, and events/Americana.

  • Classic Cars.  I want to expand my collection of classic car photos by attending at least 5 classic car shows between now and the end of the year.
  • Photo Challenge. I would like to complete a 12-week challenge where I concentrate my photography around different themes.  Here is a list …
    • week 1 – self portrait
    • week 2 – the color blue
    • week 3 – nature
    • week 4 – bokehlicious
    • week 5 – black & white
    • week 6 – around the house
    • week 7 – motion/movement
    • week 8 – views/vistas
    • week 9 – architecture
    • week 10 – portrait/street
    • week 11 – lines
    • week 12 – the color green
  • Events & Americana.  I would like to expand my collection of Events and Americana by attending the annual Civil War Battle of Tunnel Hill (GA) and the Ketner’s Mill Festival.

GOAL #3 – KEEP EXPLORING

My third goal is to keep exploring new aspects of photography that I have little experience with or know little about.

  • Lighting.  I would like to purchase a flash and/or a lighting kit and start to experiment with how to use off the camera flash.
  • Street Photography.  I want to experiment with doing some street work; photographing people going about their day.
  • Freelance Business. I want to concrete action steps to be/become a freelance professional photographer.
  • Go Mirrorless.  I’m interested in exploring mirrorless cameras and purchasing one as part of my gear.

I also want to print and display my photos instead of just viewing them on the web.

GOAL #4 – KEEP ENGAGED

My fourth goal revolves around keeping engaged with other photographers and with the global photographic community.

  • PentaxForums.  I want to increase my participation in pentaxforums.com by reading and posting more frequently and submitting to their weekly and monthly photo competitions.
  • Social Media.  I want to continue to post a couple of times per week to Facebook, Google +, Instagram, and my blog (wethersnaps.blog).
  • Photography Role Models – Blogs.  I would like to follow a series of photography role-models (at least 5) whose work I enjoy and admire.
  •  Competitions.  I would like to enter at least 5 local/regional photography competitions in the coming year.
  •  Photography Club.  I would like to explore joining or creating a club where I work or in the area where I live.

 

 

Goal #4 – Keep Engaged

My fourth goal revolves around keeping engaged with other photographers and with the global photographic community.  So how will I do that?

  • PentaxForums.  As a proud Pentaxian, I want to increase my participation in pentaxforums.com by reading and posting more frequently and submitting to their weekly and monthly photo competitions.  I was so pleased to make into their final 15 for the ‘bridges’ contest.
  • Social Media.  As I have been doing for some time, I want to continue to post a couple of times per week to Facebook, Google +, Instagram, and my blog (wethersnaps.blog).  This will allow me to continue to keep shooting and sharing my snaps … and allow me to continue viewing the photography of others.
  • Photography Role Models – Blogs.  I would like to follow a series of photography role-models (at least 5) whose work I enjoy and admire and who maintain a blog, social media, or post to YouTube so that I can learn from their work.
  •  Competitions.  I would like to enter at least 5 local/regional photography competitions in the coming year; contests that will challenge my skills and allow me to get my work ‘out there’ for others to see and judge.
  •  Photography Club.  I have long hoped to form and/or be part of a photography club/society.  I would like to explore this further where I work or in the area where I live.  Who are the other photographers around me?  And what type of clubs are out there?

Keeping engaged with others who share the same passion for photography will only help me to be a better photography.

So there are my four goals … Keep Learning, Keep Snapping, Keep Discovering, and Keep Engaged.  I will use the next post to summarize them.

Goal #3 – Keep Exploring

My third goal is to keep exploring new aspects of photography that I have little experience with or know little about.  I want to expand my photography knowledge and skills as I continue to develop as a photographer with the following …

  • Lighting.  My preference is to shoot in natural light conditions, even when I’m inside.  I would like to purchase a flash and/or a lighting kit and start to experiment with how to use off the camera flash for all types of situations.
  • Street Photography.  I love looking at photos of street photographers; images that were captured on the street – natural, raw, in the moment – taken of people going about their day.  I want to experiment with doing some street work.
  • Freelance Business. I’ve dabbled in thinking about photography as a business, but it’s time that I take it to the next level with concrete action steps to be/become a freelance professional photographer.  More on that later in a series of posts.
  • Go Mirrorless.  I’m blessed with great photography gear, but interested in understanding more about Mirrorless cameras and their capabilities.  I hope I can get one (lots of research to decide which one) when $$ become available.

One other way I hope to expand my photography is by printing and displaying my photos instead of just viewing them on the web.

With those in mind, I hope I can become a more well-rounded photographer.  Next up is my fourth goal, which is to ‘Keep Engaged’ …

Goal #2 – Keep Snapping

My second goal as a photographer is to keep snapping.  I love taking photos and getting out and about with my camera.  There’s always something interesting to see and photograph.  But sometimes you need a focus on subjects or themes for inspiration.  Here are some specific ways I want to keep snapping …

  • Classic Cars.  I love shooting photos of classic cars.  They are filled with detail and history that can’t be captured anywhere else.  I want to expand my collection of classic car photos by attending at least 5 classic car shows between now and the end of the year.
  • Photo Challenge. I’m intrigued by those challenges where you are to take a photo (and post it!) every day for a year.  I’m not sure that’s the challenge I’m looking for, but have been considering a 12-week challenge where I concentrate my photography around different themes.  Here is a list I developed and would like to start this challenge in September.
    • week 1 – self portrait
    • week 2 – the color blue
    • week 3 – nature
    • week 4 – bokehlicious
    • week 5 – black & white
    • week 6 – around the house
    • week 7 – motion/movement
    • week 8 – views/vistas
    • week 9 – architecture
    • week 10 – portrait/street
    • week 11 – lines
    • week 12 – the color green
  • Events & Americana.   Fall is a great time to attend festivals.  I would like to expand my collection of Events and Americana by attending the annual Civil War Battle of Tunnel Hill (GA) and the Ketner’s Mill Festival.  Both are great places for photography.

In summary, my second goal is to keep shooting more photos with a focus on classic cars, a 12-week personal challenge, and events/Americana.  Next up is Goal #3 – Keep Exploring (more on that in the next post).