Resolution disillusions. They say promises are made to be broken. But a little goal setting wouldn’t hurt, right?
Every time I think of goals, I always come back to the tips my company has set for its employees. They say goals have to be smart. Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Well, this year, I’ve come up with a few resolutions that I needed to do to further improve on my photography.
This year, I promise to:
1. Bring a camera every day. It doesn’t matter which camera, as long as I bring one every day. They say the best camera is the one you have with you. Also, as photographers, our cameras are our weapons. So if you forget to bring yours today, you’d be fighting a losing battle, eh?
2. Finish a roll of film every week. It’s going to be a bit expensive, but capturing moments are priceless. And you never know when you’ll be able to snap that award-winning photo. Expensive, but money well spent. I also promise to try out new films too and not just pick the ones that I like best. Experimentation is just fun.
3. Do more Doubles with friends. I did just a couple of doubles last year and they weren’t as good as I expected them to be. So, this year, I promise to step up the number and step up on the quality. I do hope the randomness-gods give me their blessings.
4. Finish at least one photo project. Just one. Last year, I’ve started out with a lot and didn’t get to finish even one. This time, though, I’d like to set out and finish one. What that project would be, I still have no idea. But focusing on one would hopefully give me more chance to finish it.
Maybe I can complete my “Strangers” project below.
5. Imitate the masters. I’d like to do a roll or two of imitations. This way I can go through the process of how the masters did it, and maybe by the end create a signature of my own.
The symmetric doubles by hodachrome seem like a good start…
…or even those cloud-infested doubles by stitch.
6. Have fun. This one is the most important. I don’t want to wake up one day and be tired of this hobby (or vice?). I also don’t want to be that guy in the group who keeps taking photos instead of experiencing the moments. It’s good if you can capture the best moments, but it’s even better if you’re out there experiencing it.