Sunset over Point Lobos, Carmel, CA

I wrote this a few years back about this time, so I thought I’d put it out again for 2018!

Hey, like everything in life, if you don’t set your photography goals, they’re not likely to just happen on by and knock on your door.

Let me ask you, when was the last time you thought about your goals as a photographer? Lots of us keep going out and shooting the same pictures over and over—you know the ones I’m talking about.  Nice shot the first few times you got it, but after a few hundred, even you’re tired of seeing it!  How does that happen? You get good at a certain type of photography and keep on going out and finding that shot again.

This is a signal that it’s time to tune up your skills, or turn your shooting on its head and do something totally different. An assignment I always give students at my workshops is to go out and get shots that you normally wouldn’t—get out of your comfort zone.

This takes us back to the subject of your goals. Since it’s a new year, this is a great time to set your goals. Start now, ask yourself questions about your photography:

1. What area would you like to improve?

2. Are there types of shots you’d like to get (nudes, travel, artificial light, etc?)

3.   What are your plans to study other’s work? (Museums, books, blogs, etc.)

Then just put this all together and set yourself a goal. Oh, one more thing I bet each of us needs to do: Take more shots. Unless you’re out there shooting daily, you’re not taking enough shots.

Do me a favor after you’ve done the exercise above, leave me a note and let me know what you came up with AND send me some of your shots!

Good Shooting!