I’m a strong believer in setting goals. I set personal and professional goals each year and regularly evaluate my performance vs. my goals. Before I jump into 2012, I want to share with you 2 video reviews of 2011 that I think are very well done.
My 2012 Photographic Goals
1) Know Your World – This is a personal project I have thought a lot about over the last year. What I plan on doing is spending a lot of time photographing wildlife, nature and landscapes. The only restriction for the project is that the images must be made within 10 miles of my home. I have a host of articles in my head that I think would be great magazine submissions around this idea. I also hope that at some point, I could enlist other photographers to do the same project where they live and possibly link all of the individual projects together to make a photographic quilt. If you would be interested in being part of this effort either as a photographer or a sponsor, please let me know!
2) Improve my vision – I have spent a lot of time learning software and improving my workflow. While I still have a lot to learn on the post processing side, I will spend more time improving how I see images, from composition to capture.
3) Increase my blog readership – I have some improving to do here. On some days my readership is high, others not so much. I need to review the content that people seem to like and cut the other stuff. If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see here, or not see, drop me a line (vincent at vincentmistretta.com).
4) Network more – I’m going to merge 2 goals into one here. I will add attending Photoshop World as part of this goal. My bags were packed and by the front door ready to go but a family emergency kept me from attending PSW in 2011 (the phone rang as I was going to the car)! I think my lack of networking has limited my photographic success and I need to make an adjustment here. I am including a review of my social networking strategy as part of this goal, its a biggie!
5) Make more images – I love making images. I don’t like spending time with them behind the computer. Included in this goal is improving my keeper rate while making more images.
6) Print more images – What good is making images if you don’t share them? Printing is a great way to share images. I also think becoming a successful printer makes you a better photographer. Images on a computer screen (transmitted light) compared to prints (reflected light) have very different properties. As an artist, you need to be successful at both to understand how it effects your images and those that view them.
So that is my list. I hope in some way, me detailing my approach helps you develop your own set of goals.