Sometimes the New Year’s resolutions we make are easy to commit to. You might have already promised yourself that you’ll take more photos in 2015 or if you got a new piece of kit or camera for Christmas your resolution may to be spend time masterings it. You may even be planning to pick up some items in the sales to help you reach your photography goals, but what will your personal photography resolution be?
You might make it your aim to photograph a specific location, scene or building in 2015 and tailor your training around setting up the perfect shot when you do. But why stop there? Make a list of places or sites to photograph in 2015 and make it your mission to tick them off one by one. By selecting one specific shot to take each month you can start collecting photographs to use in your own canvas print calendar collection of your 2015 achievements. If you’re combining your photography goals with your travel plans you could build your own photographic wall mapping your travels. Start by transferring a map to canvas then gradually surround with the photographs you take in different locations.
Whether you want to start taking photos without flash or you’d like to master bokeh, practice makes perfect. To take things to the next level, take a look at your portfolio and lookout for areas that require improvement or new things to try. Take advantage of YouTube tutorials to learn a new photography skill every month, plan shoots to put new skills into action and review your progress by creating customised canvas prints with your best photos.
If your photography rarely strays away from holiday snaps, why not spend 2015 striving to nail a new genre? Try to develop a new specialism – whether it be food or fashion – as concentrating on a particular genre can force you to become more creative, encouraging you to experiment with new techniques to produce fresh imagery around a particular theme.
Need some resolution inspiration? As well as reviewing your own work regularly, commit to attending more photographic exhibitions to see what others are working on. Take a look at the work of your favourite photographers and make notes on what it is you like about their work: is it the subject or the use of a particular technique that you could attempt to learn?