The holidays have come and gone, and many of us are struggling to come to terms with 2016 already being upon us. I've enjoyed reviewing 2015 photographically and looking through the past year's family photos as well. I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions, I'd rather continuously make improvements and changes in life, I don't need to wait to change calendars to make changes. It's part of the curse of being educated as an engineer and working for a manufacturing company I suppose.
With the new year, I've made a short list of goals for the new year rather than resolutions. These are the highlight points I want focus on to improve my craft over the coming twelve months.
- I've purchased a few post processing videos from photographers whose work inspires me. Finding the time to watch these can be challenging, but I need to watch these sooner rather than later so I can make photographs than I envision when capturing spectacular scenes and landscapes.
- Get organized. I made a mess of my photo catalog a few years ago. I began working in a more organized fashion about 18 months again, but my older work still needs to be consolidated into a unified catalog., and for that hard drive to be duplicated for backup.
- I need to explore the beautiful city I call home, and take some more original photos. The cityscapes I've taken to date are from easy to get to and overshot view points. I need to make some more original work now that I feel I've nearly exhausted the easy photos.
- There are a couple of locations just a little further away from my home than is convenient, but I'd like to visit one of them once, and commit to visit another at least four times in 2016.
I hope to check each of these goals off throughout 2016, and I hope in one year from now I have better photos to show you all as a result of this work. If you haven't yet, have you made photographic goals for this next year? Are there places you'd like to visit, books you'd like to read, training you'd like to take, a workshop you'd like to attend, or new gear you'd like to acquire in order to improve your work? If so, please let me know below in the comments or in the comments on Facebook, I'd love to hear!