New Year Resolutions for Photographers
Written 6 years ago by Lee Milthorpe
It’s that time again when we all start making resolutions for the new year, knowing from past experience that we may as well not bother because within a week we will have already failed.
The thing is, we fail because we set goals that are so ambitious that we can’t possibly achieve them, or we set goals that are just far too vague that we never know where to start.
This year, I want to get better at photography.
That’s the resolution I made last year. Now I’m sure I don’t need to point out what’s wrong with that. Sure, I might have achieved that goal but if I hadn’t been so vague, I’d have probably improved a hell of a lot more!
Let’s get more specific.
This year, I want to get better at landscape photography.
Better? Yes. Perfect? Far from it!
At least we have something to go on now. We know that we need to take the camera outside and learn more about shooting landscapes but there’s still something missing. How do we decide when we’ve achieved the goal? What does getting better actually mean to us?
To give yourself the best chance of sticking to that resolution and succeeding, make it as specific as possible. Make it achievable. Better still, make it easy!
If it’s so simple that you succeed within a week then fantastic. You’ve achieved more than you did the whole of last year.
Have you wasted the year on something so small that it can’t possibly be useful?
Definitely not! When you’ve completed the resolution, set yourself the next small, easy goal. Before you know it, it’ll be December again and you’ll have achieved 52 of those small goals, without once feeling overwhelmed.
And you know what? You’ll be a better photographer than you ever would have been by simply saying this year, I’m going to get better at photography.
My New Year Resolution
I’ve used landscape photography in the example above and that is something I’m aiming to improve on in the new year. Last year, I wanted to improve my photography. That resolution included shooting landscapes but looking back over my photographs from the past year, I don’t have one single landscape shot!
So my first goal is going to be something stupidly easy to get me on my way.
This year, I want to shoot a landscape.
A laughable resolution I know, but I’m feeling confident that I can achieve it.
Another Quick Tip
A great way to help you stick to your resolution is to commit publicly to it. If people know about your goals, they might ask how it’s going and provide an extra incentive to reach them.
Why not make that public commitment right now? Use the comment form below to tell everyone your own resolutions.
I’m interested to see what goals you guys have. Even if they’re not photography related, it’s always good to hear what our readers are up to.