Almost immediately into the new year I realized I wasn't going to reach one of my goals (Project 52), and that was OK with me. I watched a photography webshow that advised against doing a weekly/daily photo project. I agreed with their reasons and re-thought that goal. But I did, however continue to shoot photos of food and to try to improve that one area of my photography. But I didn't do it as a weekly project. And I think I learned more by not doing the project than if I had stuck it out.
The other 2 goals - "Storytelling, make a book" and "Street Photography" I met to some degree.
My goal with the photobook was to get the photos taken for the book. I still have a few more to get (office scenes and Christmas and a round of classroom photos). But otherwise I think I have enough to create a book. I took on new roles in the worship service at the church this year and that's prevented me from taking photos on Sunday mornings. But I'm still working on this and I consider this a goal achieved.
My goal with street photography was to get out of my box and go do it. And I did. I was embarrassed and felt on the spot, but I did it anyway. I actually did it a few times at a local street fair. I didn't get into San Francisco for any street photography, but that wasn't part of my goal. My goal was to just get out and try it. And I did. I don't know that I like street photography that much, but I do believe that it has the ability to stretch me and grow me both as a person and as a photographer.
Other photography milestones (for lack of a better word) met this year ...
- bought a flash and started playing around with that
- did a couple portrait sessions to work on portrait work
- took official band photos for the church band
- took photos for the end of the year slideshow for the preschool
- went to an all-day photography class
- signed up for Photoshop Creative Cloud (so I have full photoshop now for only $10/month)
This is hard because where I currently reside in my photography skillset, I'm not sure where I want to go and what's next and what's reasonable.
- Definitely want to finish the photobook.
- Take photos for VBS next summer
- Get proficient enough with the flash that I can use it with minimal "guess and check." This requires LOTS of practice.
- Save up for a buy a new camera. I feel like I've outgrown mine and want one that does better in low-light. I'm willing to buy used. I know what camera I want. Just gotta save up for it - cause they're expensive.
- Go to another photography seminar/class. I'd like to hit up Joe McNally's One Flash, Two Flash class if it comes near here. Other thoughts are a Lightroom or Photoshop class. But none of those are coming near me yet. I'll keep an eye out on them. I'll settle for an online class or two as well.