With 2022 finished and a new year starting I wanted to think a bit about what my photography goals will be for this new year. I’ve been in a bit of a rut if I’m honest and so my primary goal would be to break out of that rut and get back into photography properly.
Since I shutdown my photography business some time ago and decided to go back to having photography as something I enjoyed as a hobby instead of the stress of trying to make it a business that had to pay the bills, I’ve noticed a decline in the time I spend actually doing photography. Part of that comes down to having a non-photography day job that I need to do to pay the bills and not making time outside of that. Part of it I think is related to gear. It’s increasingly less enticing these days to go out with a big DSLR and chunky lens and so sometime, even though I am really feeling like getting out and taking photos, I opt not to for that reason.
Yeah I know. It’s lazy. 😞
I thought that setting some goals might help break out of that rut. So, I’m thinking as I write about what these goals might be.
#1 Get out more
I’ve read a lot in recent times about how smaller more compact mirrorless cameras are great for all sorts of reasons. Some of the photographers I respect and follow here on Medium I’m sure would sing the praises of the compact camera systems that are available.
So, to that end, I’ve arranged to borrow a compact mirrorless camera for a while. I’m hoping that in doing so, I might be more inclined to grab the small camera and get out and actually take some photos when I feel the desire to. I can’t use the excuse that I’m “too tired” or “too lazy” to lug around a heavy DSLR.
It’ll be a bit different shooting with a small mirrorless camera instead of my chunky Nikon D750 dinosaur but that is also enticing in it’s own way.
Beyond that. I am going to make extra effort to not let excuses get in the way and just get out more and get shooting.
#2 Try new styles
They say that change is as good as a holiday. So my second goal for this year is to try new styles. For years and years I’ve shot landscape and nature type photos, with some families/portraits/events thrown in…