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Jan 07

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My photography New Year’s resolutions

Eric Reichbaum over at Pixiq posted a 3-part photographer's New Year's resolution. It got me thinking, what should I, a budding photographer resolve to do in the year 2011? After much thought and contemplation, here are four of mine:
  1. Use whatever I can get my hands on If all I have at that particular moment is a camera phone, I'll use it. You don't necessarily need to use the latest and greatest DSLR to get an image. I've seen some great stuff from Chase Jarvis using an iPhone!!
  2. Do something out of the ordinary / break the rules I always find myself taking very conventional images. Images that don't really break the rules. Images that imitate stuff I've seen. In other words, boring stuff. So, this year, I'm going to try weird angles. Perhaps go lower than I'd usually go. Or try looking behind me when everyone's trying to shoot something in front of them. In other words, do something that is the opposite or different from my first instinct.
  3. Do more post-processing For those who know me, I tend to be a purist. I prefer my images untouched. This year, I will look out for more post-processing opportunities in my photographs. Maybe I'll a dull looking image won't look so dull after some work in Lightroom or Photoshop.
  4. Take a picture once at least every 2 to 3 days I tried taking a picture a day a few years ago. And it was TOUGH. Needless to say I failed after 2 weeks. Hence a lower target this year. Taking pictures on a constant basis forced me to be on the lookout for interesting images in ordinary settings. Hopefully, this year I'll stick to it and improve my skills as a result.
Here are Eric Reichbaum's: Part 1, part 2 & part 3. What are yours? Leave me a comment!

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