Sunday, January 2, 2011

Resolutions

I see folks are starting to post resolutions already for the New Year. That made me start to ponder the New Year resolution. Resolutions can be funny things. If you make it too easy, they really don't mean much. If you make them non-specific, they get too hard and don't get completed.

Plus, it seems most people tend to forget them in a month or two. You'll see a bunch of people vowing to lose weight this year, again. Gyms and health clubs will probably see a uptick in memberships, and bookstores will sell more diet books this month, but for most people, it will be forgotten by the first of February or March.

Resolutions need to be specific enough to have an ending point, a way to know when you are done. They also can't be so out of reach so to be undoable during the year.

So with that being said, here are my photography resolutions for this year.

1. Spend more time with the camera. I'm going to get out with the camera for more than one hour a week, preferably two. Easy during the summer, not so easy when the cold weather sets in.

2. Complete a project this year. Most likely for SoFoBoMo. I have some ideas, even some that could run longer than a year. But I want to have a finished project sometime this year.

3. Do a 365 project. A photo a day will help me with number 1 above, it also gets me into thinking more about what I can photograph. Hopefully I can also get in the habit of carrying a camera around with me all the time. You'll see the results posted here, hopefully once a week.

4. Learn some new techniques in Photoshop. I currently do not do all that much processing to my photos. I would like to be able to present the vision I see when I photograph to the final image.

I could put more resolutions in, but this will do for a start. I'm going to print these out and post them somewhere near my computer. That way I will see them every day. Hopefully I will still be working on them next winter. We'll see.