2015 is coming to a close this week, and I know that I have made some goals/resolutions for 2016 when it comes to photography, much like many of you have, I’m sure. I wanted to share them with all of you today, and I encourage you to share yours in the comments below. If you aren’t interested in my resolutions, there are at least some pretty pictures!
I think I say this every single year, but 2015 was a down year for me when it came to how much I actually got out to take photos. Especially when it comes to shooting during sunset and nighttime hours. I spent a lot of time out with a camera in the morning and early afternoon, but barely any time after that.
We have been sharing a lot of Instagram this year, but the site went down for a while, and we weren’t very consistent with our posting schedules, and also posting quality articles. I think that that staying in the groove of posting and writing will help keep me shooting more (1st resolution), and I think will help in general.
All photo play on word jokes aside, I think that one of the reasons this past year wasn’t my best when it came to taking photos was a lack of focus. I write a weekly WDW news column, which keeps me going to the parks every single week. I try to add some artistic photos along with the news items to help keep the column interesting, but I would also find myself having those few hours as the only time I would spend in the parks with a camera. Trying to mix capturing what needs to be captured for a news column and also being purely artistic isn’t the best recipe. Again, if I follow my 1st resolution and shoot more, I should have that time in which to do so. But it’s more than just that. Taking a million and one photos of Cinderella Castle from the bridge in Liberty Square isn’t going to help. I want to focus on new compositions, new angles, new techniques. Those are the things that will actually allow for improvement.
Lastly, I want to read more about photography in 2016. I want to stay in touch with what is happening the world of photography, and also read books and ebooks. I want to read on composition, and lighting, and Photoshop. Whatever I find interesting. I just think that gathering knowledge will help tremendously. You might be reading about portraiture and find a tip or trick that you can find useful in another area of your photography. So, I don’t want to short change myself in that department.
Well, that just about does it for my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. Do you have any? We would love to hear what you have to think in the comments below. Thanks for reading!