Elja Trum

6 new year's photography resolutions for 2016

thursday 7 January 2016, 14:41 by | 1481 times read | 0 comments

The new year has just started. A good moment to (also) make photography resolutions. What do you wish to accomplish this year in photography? How are you going to assure growth in your photography this year? We provide 6 tips for you to get started.

1. Shoot more

The best way to improve your photography is by spending more time doing it. To encourage yourself to shoot regularly, you could start a project; for example a 365 days project (in 2016 this would be a 366 days project), in which you take a picture every day and publish it somewhere.

Promotion for a 365 days project by Tookapic

This is, of course, just an example.

I have set a goal for myself to do a free-work shoot at least once a month this year. Last year I have done maybe three of those shoots and it's actually too much fun to not do it more often. Moreover, I now have my own studio and I have to use it well, of course.

2. Join a photo club

A good way to shoot more and work with photography on a regular basis is to join a photo club. This doesn't have to be a traditional photo club of course (although I'm perfectly pleased with that), you can form groups in many different ways.

For example, you can make contact with other photographers around you and go out together some time. Through Facebook, starting your own group is easy.

3. Choose a niche

You can't stand out in everything. Specializing in one area within photography allows you to stand out in that specific area. If you shoot macro as well as landscape, sports and portraits, your photos aren't necessarily bad, but by focusing on one subject you can rise above average.

Photography is an expensive hobby. If you choose to shoot one type of photography then you don't have to purchase gear that allows you to do anything. You can choose your ideal camera, lens and accessories much easier if you have committed to a specific niche.

A landscape photographer, for example, has little use for a camera that can shoot 10 frames per second. Likewise, a sports photographer has no use for a strong ND-filter.

4. Take a course

A good way to quickly acquire a lot of knowledge and inspiration is by taking a course. This can be a traditional course taught by a photographer, but you can also do it online. It all depends on what way of learning suits you. And of course, one thing doesn't exclude the other.

A course can help you create new ideas for a shoot and it teaches you new ways of capturing things. Through a course, in a few hours you can learn more than you would on your own with years of experience.

5. Work with new people and locations

If you shoot with the same people or in the same places too much, you will probably make little progress in the development of your photography. Start looking for different contacts and locations.

For example by meeting up with a new model (again, through Facebook this is easily arranged), or going out with a photographer that you're enthusiastic about.

A new location is not that hard to find either. Try visiting a city you don't visit often or book a (photography)trip.

6. Set a goal for yourself

You won't accomplish much if you don't set goals for yourself. The beginning of a new year is excellent for setting new goals. Try to make it concrete so you can work towards your goal step by step and so there's a clear moment where you can say you have achieved your goal.

My goal to have a free-work photoshoot once a month, for example, is very concrete and easily 'measured'. You can also divide your goals into sub-goals and set deadlines for them. This makes it even more concrete what it is you have to do.

What is your resolution?

How are you going to lift your photography to the next level in 2016?
Let us know in the comments below!

Elja Trum

About the author

Elja Trum is founder of Photofacts and author of a Dutch book on black-and-white photography. In his daily life he is an e-business consultant with Directshop.
Elja uses Twitter, is married and father of Mika and Vera.


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