Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Resolutions

Raise your hand if your goal 2010 is to improve your photography skills? Join the club! I've enjoyed doing this blog over the last two months since it's given me a lot of opportunities to go over the basics and remember things I had forgotten I knew. At a certain point all of these things become automatic, which is good for those applying it and difficult for those of us trying to strain our brains back to the Fall of 1999 and my first quarter in college.

The keys to any good resolution is the mini goals that establish progress and making yourself accountable to someone (besides yourself). So I'm issuing a challenge to help you get there. Simply post in the comments for this blog (not the facebook notes or in a email) stating what you want to work on specifically that will make you a better photographer. I will then create posts designed around the comments you leave. Additionally I'm going to start giving out homework which I'd love for you to post on this blog with your results. Good or bad, doesn't matter, experience is the best teacher!

In the mean time, here are a few suggestions of steps you can take that will lead to a completed resolution and a happy new year.

  1. Photograph often, every day if possible.
  2. Have a purpose for picking up your camera. Ask, "What do I want this photo to say?"
  3. Try new things. If at first you don't succeed? Reshoot! 
  4. Draw diagrams for your lighting, and framing. This will help you shoot with purpose instead of by accident.
Can't wait to hear what you have to say!


  1. Improving my skills is definitely on my list of resolutions! Your blog has been extremely helpful. The biggest thing I probably need to work on is lighting! I absolutely hate using a flash and prefer natural light but I am just not good at utilizing what I have. I need to learn how to use reflectors to help me take pictures indoors when it's bright. I took pictures of my 1 yr old son today and they came out too dark because apparently I was standing in the light from the window (I know it was me because when I was actually behind the camera instead of using the remote they came out fine. Editing them helped a little but they started to get noise in them so rather spend all my time trying to edit pictures I'm not happy with I'm just going to start over...probably Friday since it's supposed to snow here Thursday and that means it will be really bright outside Friday making lots of light through my windows. The next thing I need to work on is getting a good grasp of aperture. I know you mention in another post about beginners usually picking up on this quickly but it seems to be out of my reach! I can't seem to remember no matter how hard I try what to set the aperture at to give me a more blurry background. So if I can get that down by the end of the year, I'll be satisfied :)

  2. @ Mandy
    Thanks for the post. I'm going to discuss indoor lighting techniques this week just for you!

  3. I'm with Mandy I would love to learn more about lighting techniques.