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We didn’t do any of our resolutions from last year, did you?
The problem is, we always pick stuff we ought to do, not stuff we want to do.
Here’s the thing- if it’s not fun, you won’t stick with it. Our advice is, pick ONE resolution that really sounds awesome, and do that one. Why commit to a whole bunch of things that you don’t want to do?
Need help picking that single resolution? Have a look through our humungous list of 22 photo possibilities* for the upcoming year.
(Although one resolution is the strict limit, we invite you to dabble frivolously, irresponsibly and noncommittally with anything else on this list.)
*Three more than last year! Holy mackerel!
Photo credit: wÅ‚odi.
The great thing about digital photography is you can shoot as much as you want. The downside is that you end up with way more pictures than you need. Clean out what you don’t want and organize what you have.
1. Weed out the chaff. Go through your photos and get rid of the ones you don’t need: the blurry ones, the multiples, and the ones you just plain don’t like. You know how nice it feels when you get rid of clutter around your house? Same deal.
2. Clean up your act. While you’re messing around in your library, put photos into albums, sets, or files. Then give them names and/or tags so you can find them again. Dates, events, and subject matter are all great ways to organize your photos.
3. Back up! Yeah, we know we’re always saying this, but we really really mean it. Back up your photos often, and back up the back-ups. Use Time Machine if you have a Mac, or add a monthly appointment to your calendar so you don’t forget. We’d be so sad if you lost your photos!
You know you’ve got a ton of amazing photos hanging around your hard drive. Get ‘em out of there and show them off properly!
5. Make a book. Making books online is crazy easy because of DIY publishers like Blurb, Lulu, or MyPublisher. Make a book of your favorite recipes with pictures to match, or document your road trip to Kalamazoo.
6. Enter some contests. We know you’re great. It’s about time everybody else did too. Check Photocompete to see what contests are running at any given time.
7. Share your pictures online. Get those photos out where everybody can see them. Save time by sending everything at once to all of your photosharing sites.
Try Something New
Ruts: they ain’t no good for nobody. If you’ve gotten into one, here’s how to get out of it.
8. Use a new technique. Experiment with something you’ve never done, whether it’s pinhole photography or shooting with a plastic camera. Or try some post-processing effects like cross-processing or tilt-shift.
9. Switch teams. If you’ve been shooting only in digital, play with film for a while (and vice versa).
10. Borrow some new gear. Rent that fancy lens you’ve had your eye on, or borrow a friend’s camera and try it out. Changing your equipment can shake up your routine.
Do Some Good
Say you suddenly got superhero powers: you’d use them for good, right?
Well, you sort of already have them. You know your way around a camera, so why not use your talent to help somebody out?
13. Volunteer your talents. Follow in Traer Scott‘s footsteps by taking portraits of shelter dogs that need help finding homes, or volunteer to document an event for your favorite local charity.
14. Teach somebody what you know. If you’re good at photography (and we know you are), pass on your knowledge. Go speak at a local school, or teach a friend’s kid how to use a camera.
“In theory there’s no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” -Yogi Berra
If you want to get better at photography, you have to keep practicing and pushing yourself. Just like everything else in life.
15. Go on assignment. Assign yourself photography tasks to complete. Important: make ‘em fun. Here are a couple to get you started:
17. Brush up on your history. Every time we unearth a stack of old photography books, we fall in love all over again. Read up on Julia Margaret Cameron, or Mary Ellen Mark, or dive into The World History of Photography. No room on the bookshelves? Check out this handy timeline instead.
Start a Project
The shiny new year just begs for a new photo project. Start something up, be it year-long, month-long, or just for a day.
18. Start a year-long project. Project 365 has a brand-new Flickr pool starting January 1st. Or give 52 Blessings a shot (hee hee) if you want to build a picture (ho ho) of the things you’re grateful for.
19. Pick a new project every month. Not up for a year-long commitment? Try something different every month. Play Mission 24 or Guess Where? for a month, or make up your own themes for each month. (January is National Soup Month!)
Take Your Camera Everywhere
We just know you’re wondering what Photojojo’s resolution for the year is going to be. And we like your looks, so we’re gonna tell you what it is:
22. Bring your camera everywhere you go. Even if it’s just a cameraphone, make sure you’ve got a camera at all times. Slip it in your pocket or your backpack or in the hidden compartment of your prosthetic leg. You never know when the perfect shot will present itself.
Happy New Year, everybody!
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Published on December 31, 2008 — See more Guides
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