It’s the start of a New Year and a great time to reflect on the progress you’ve made over the past year as you make your new resolutions. It’s easy to fall into a creative rut-but there’s no time like the present to challenge yourself to try new techniques in the coming year. Perhaps you got a new camera over the holidays or some new gear you can’t wait to try. Get started here with these 5 resolutions I can recommend:
- Travel– You don’t have to spend a ton of money or time in order to explore somewhere completely new to you. What about that interesting local landmark or a nearby nature reserve you’ve been meaning to see. Go ahead and set aside yourself a day in which you’ll actually pack up your gear, hit the road and capture some photos of somewhere you’ve never been before. There’s nothing like a change of scenery to stir the creativity that might’ve been otherwise lying dormant over the past few months.
- Go Manual– If you’ve gotten into the habit of allowing your camera to do most of the work for you, challenge yourself to switch into manual mode. Not only does this keep you more in touch with the scenes you’re working on, it allows you more compositional and creative freedom.
- Leave Your Comfort Zone– Do you consider yourself strictly a wedding photographer? Or maybe heading outside and shooting landscapes is more of your thing? This year, challenge yourself to shoot in a genre that is not your style. Whether it is a portrait of your family or action shots at a local sporting event, make it a point to include a new niche into your routine.
- Take Better Care of Your Gear– Make some time to browse the internet and learn to clean and prepare your gear properly for the weather and work you will be doing. If you live in an environment that’s severely effected by winter weather, it’s even more important to treat and protect your equipment with the appropriate seasonal care it deserves.
- Put Yourself Out There– If you haven’t already done so, take the time to create or update social media pages. Are the links working correctly? Do you need to update your profile photos? Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and 500px are very user-friendly and easy to use. When it comes to promoting your work professionally, you’ll have already have developed an easily accessible archive of your images to share with anyone who’s looking to check out your style.
I hope you have enjoyed these tips. Have a great year and I hope to hear from you!