New Years Goals For 2016 (Part One)
Photography Resolutions For 2016 (Part One)
As the year draws to a close, we’re reminded that as photographers it’s time to evaluate ourselves. Whether we do photography as a hobby or as an actual job it’s always good to set goals and reflect back upon the work we've done this year.
Before we plan for the future however, we must look back on the year 2015.
What did you do in regards to photography this year? Did your camera collect dust (sadly like mine did a little) this year or did you shoot hundreds (if not thousands) of pictures?
Are you happy with the photos you took? Can you improve on them? When you go through your photos do you notice any similarities or themes that run through them?
Is your photography “stuff” and equipment still good or do you need to purchase new things? Personally I know I need a new backpack. I’ve had mine for 6 years and have taken it through the ringer and back. It’s broken, dusty and the straps have been stretched out. Oh and since it was never washed (ever) and was taken all over the world, it’s a little bit grimey!
Did you market yourself enough? Sadly we live in the age of self-promotion. Even those who produce abysmal work can do well (perhaps not in stock photograph though) by convincing others how good they are. I’m not talking about bragging here but rather participating in forums, helping others and showing your work in various ways, from prints to tweeting about it.
Lastly, did you have fun taking all those wonderful pictures you have? Did you enjoy the process of shooting them? If you’re not having fun, or are not enjoying photography than it may be time to step back and reflect on what you need to change for 2016.
Next up: Goals for the future!
Photo credits: Angela Ostafichuk.
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