2018 has begun and I’ve got a good feeling about it. I dropped my iPhone face-down just after midnight on New Years Day and it was completely fine. That wouldn’t have happened in 2017.
So, inspired by this article, I thought I would share my photography-related New Years Resolutions.
I would say that these challenges can be pretty easy to do when you’re a hobbyist, but I imagine ideas like using the same camera and lens for 6 months would be nigh-on impossible for a lot of professional photographers. I’m not going to plump for that one, because I’ve got quite a few varied trips coming up this year and I want to make sure I get the most out of them, but it’s a nice idea.
Anyway, without any more rambling, here goes:
Shoot a roll of film a month
I got back into film photography after a long, long hiatus at the tail-end of last year, and it’s something I want to do more of this year.
Don’t buy any more cameras or lenses
This is going to be a hard one, but I’m conscious that I have a wide selection of cameras – compact and professional-grade digital bodies, film point-and-shoot & SLRs – and all the lenses I could ever use. I don’t need any more, I just need to learn the cameras I own inside out. I will caveat this by saying that I’m going to Japan in February and I can’t promise I won’t be seduced by the camera shops in Akihabara.
Last year I posted a photo to my Instagram every day for 6 months, and by the end of it all I felt was creative fatigue. I’m not sure whether Instagram has a positive or negative influence on my photography. I’ve had some nice conversations with other shooters on there, but I can’t help but feel there are more constructive things I could be doing with all the time that I spend looking at it.
Therefore, I’m going to change my focus this year to be this blog, because at the very least I’m flexing my writing muscles and my photos look much nicer on a big screen than a little one.
What are your photographic resolutions? Comment or tweet me.