I thought I would write down a few goals I have for my photography in 2019. I hinted at a few in my 2018 Review post but I thought I would have a dedicated post for my goals. Mainly because it’s easier to hold myself to them if they are plainly out in the open.
Complete a 52 Week Photo Challenge
This is one I’ve wanted to do for the past few years and I think 2019 is going to be the year to attempt it. I found an interesting challenge on Petapixel that seems like it will be a good one to try. For every week of the year, there will be a topic that I will need to interpret and make in to a photograph. I think that this will help my creativity, give me regular practice, and keep me shooting through ruts.
Shoot More Minimalist Images
As a landscape photographer, I’m always on the lookout for grand vistas, great views, and stunning sunrises and sunsets. It makes sense. These types of scenes make for beautiful photographs. However, I want to challenge myself a little more. I want to make more photos of intimate landscapes that don’t always include the “obvious shot.” For example, I could go to Cave Point and shoot the obvious shot of the rocky points sticking out in to Lake Michigan, or I could focus on a single rock, tree, or leaf. Basically, I want t challenge myself by going to places like Cave Point or a National Park and make photographs where the location is as recognizable.
Try Out More Camera Systems
When I started doing photography, I shot solely Nikon. I still do. Since then, however, I have added Fujifilm to my gear collection and have really enjoyed trying it out. Recently, I dipped my toes in to the Micro Four Thirds world and am fascinated by what these little cameras have to offer. I want to delve further in to other camera systems in 2019. I want to rent a few different cameras over the next 12 months just to test out the waters and see what other brands can do. Who knows? Maybe I’ll find something that fits my style more than Nikon. I doubt it though.
Make More Landscape Photographs
In 2018, I spent a lot of time working. Not only at my day job, but working on my photography business doing weddings, portrait sessions, and setting up my booth at Door County events. This meant I did not have much energy to get out and make new landscape photographs on a regular basis. This year I’ve made the decision to scale back the number of times I set up my booth. I love getting out to markets and events in the summer. It’s so much fun meeting and talking with people who are interested in photography, so I definitely will still make it to many events. Just not as many as last year.
Bring on 2019!
I think 4 goals is plenty, don’t you? I look forward to seeing how many of these I can accomplish and what I will learn by accomplishing them. Happy new year to you and I can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring!