Here I am entering into my third year of photoblogging. Amazing how much this blog has grown in all that time. Last year I outlined what I would be doing for 2009. For the most part, I did what I said. Though personal matters did have an affect on the number of photo assignments. I would have done this on January 1st this year too except for that little side trip to North Dakota kind of delayed things a bit around here. 🙂
These are my photographic goals for Two Thousand and Ten (or do you call it Twenty-Ten?). I took inspiration for doing this from a recent post I read at the Digital Photography School website called 30 Photographic Goals for 2010. Now, I do know myself and having 30 goals would be too overwhelming. However, I did write down the following:
1. Purchase a Nikon Full Frame Digital SLR Camera in 2010. This is the right way to state a goal. It is clear and has a deadline. As they say, goals are dreams with a deadline. This was something I wanted to do last year but things like car transmissions, brakes, refrigerator and the like kept needing monetary investments. I kept the Nikon camera model out of this because of the rumors about Nikon coming out with a new full frame body sometime in the next six months. Just want to keep my options open. 😉
2. Six (6) Photo Assignments. Having done four of these last year, I now know how much time I need to devote to an assignment. This year I will post a new photo assignment every two months starting next week. Look for the others to be in March, May, July, September and November. I have been very pleased with the participation and the quality of the photos and postings you all have done in the past and look forward to seeing more this year.
3. Read a photography book a month. Most photography books are a cross between a college text book, a table top photograph book and a good technical mystery novel. I find them fun, informative and inspirational. Each month I will share with you the book I am reading and will post a review after I am done. Maybe you’ll even read along or, if you’ve read it, give your opinion so others can determine if they would like to read it.
For January, I will be reading Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography by Brenda Tharp. This book came highly recommended by other photo blogs I read. Ms. Tharp’s work was highlighted in an article in the latest Outdoor Photographer magazine (January, 2010).
4. Take monthly photo walks/adventures. I had gotten away from photo walking by the end of last year. Miss getting out and about. Adventures will be close to home this year with a couple of travel vacations which need to be planned.
5. Follow a regular photo blog-posting schedule. I need a schedule. Without one, I would soon fall way behind. Every Monday is the weekly photo or view. I got away from the schedule I gave myself last year when it came to other days. This year, I want to add a post for Wednesday which will be the day I announce photo assignments and recaps. Wednesdays will also be used for expanding on the Monday View, an archived photo or additional photo subjects. Friday will now be a post on the subject of Photography. I do this for the Disney photo blog I contribute to, Picture This!, and you will see some cross posting of subjects between here and there. Tips, reviews, general opinions, spotlights of blogs I like and maybe a guest blogger or two. Anyone interested in writing up something? Maybe you don’t have a blog or just a flickr account and want to expand on something but never had a place to do so. Here’s your chance. Just ask. I would be happy to reciprocate on your blog or website. It is a great way to increase traffic to our blogs, too. I do reserve the right to post on any other day, too. 😀
6. Build a website. I do have my SmugMug site but want to explore how to customize it for better presentation of the public photos that are for sale.
7. Promote my work in an online Gallery. SmugMug might work for this but I know there are others out there. Cafepress is fine for calendars and such but I am looking for quality prints with options for frames. Do you have any suggestions?
8. Take a workshop. I really enjoyed the one day workshop I did last fall. That was just an indoor lecture. I hope to find something local to me where I get out in the field with an instructor(s) and a small group of fellow photographers to expand on the workshop experience.
Should be interesting to see what happens during 2010 and I will return to this post early next year to see how I did.
Here is something from my post from January 1st, 2009 that won’t change:
I will continue to add relevant links to my postings to encourage further research for those so inclined. It is something I like to do when visiting blogs and websites.
I will continue to visit other blogs and flickr photostreams and leave comments I hope are encouraging and helpful to the blog authors and photographers.
I do not mind people using my photos on their blogs or websites. All I ask is for you to give credit and a link back to this blog. If you want to use any of my photos for commercial purposes, please, contact me.
Here’s to 2010! May it be better than last year. Let us all hope so.
You have some of the same goals that I do. Especially in regards the smugmug site. I have Pro but I have never customized the site and I really need to do that. As to the full frame camera…I think I will stick with my D90 for another year. BTW—I love going through the photography section at Half Price Books, always great finds in there. Just finished Creative Black and White in Architecture.
Yeah, I need to dig in to what can be done with the SmugMug site. I have seen some really nice ones. I’ll pass on anything I across once I get to it.
Half Price Books has not made it to my neck of the woods yet. I see they have an Amazon list though: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=half+price+books&tag=googhydr-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=4234793199&ref=pd_sl_7o292l08pn_e
That’s a mighty fine list of goals, Scott! I hope you achieve all of them and more in 2010.
I’m currently reading Joe McNally’s ‘The Hot Shoe Diaries’. It’s a great read and he provides so much insight into Nikon cameras aside from the main topic which is using the Nikon speedlights to their full potential. I’m about half way through and have learnt so much already! It also has confirmed some things I suspected or techniques I’ve tried. If you haven’t already, you should check it out.
I’m intrigued by your guest blogger concept. If you feel I might qualify for a try, let me know!
I look forward to your 2010 photo assignments.
Best of luck!
Thanks, Tracy! Your goal and others of a photo a day still amazes me. You’re doing good so far, keep it up!
I read “The Hot Shoe Diaries” when it came out last year but it will be on my list to re-read this year. I find re-reading books on photography of great value as I tend to understand more each time through. In fact, there will be a few re-reads this year.
I’ll be in touch about the guest blog offer soon. Thank you!
Most interesting Scott, good luck with all your ideas and may you score on every one.
Great goals, Scott! I’m really looking forward to your assignments, and book reviews, and more posts from you!
As far as prints, have you checked out Mpix? Great print quality, and they do offer frames as well. They also have press-printed products (their calendars are beautiful, I ordered one several years ago).
Good luck in reaching ALL your goals for Two Thousand and Ten!
I saw another blog using Mpix after you mentioned it. I didn’t know they had that service so I will be checking it out. New assignment coming soon!
That’s a good list, Scott! Here’s to a great 2010!
Thanks, Terry! To you, too!
Scott, I like your goals for 2010. We, at S&SP, have similar goals; especially in building a website, working on our gallery, and having a guest featured. We are going to have a guest featured with his photography and writing coming up. Exploring and expanding in the world and eyes of photography. By the way, the book you mention, Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography, looks good. Have you read Landscape Photography by Tim Fitzharris? I really like this book. May 2010 enrich and expand us all in our photographic and creative endeavors!
I’ll be looking forward to your continuing adventures in Kansas, Anna. I have not seen that book and will check it out. Thanks!
Scott, I learn so much from your blog and looking forward to another great year. 🙂
Thanks, Nye! I, too, learn a lot from your stories.
What year were your born Scott? Don’t answer but think about it. Were you born in 51 or maybe 59? So when you ask is it two thousand ten or twenty-ten, how about just ten? A guy at work brought this up the other day using the same method. I thought hmmm…
It’s okay and you hit the right decade as I was born in 1959. I don’t think I could call it just 10 as I still consider it 1910. That would get confusing. At least, for me. 🙂
If you can do it – then I SHOULD do it!!!
Great goals Scott. I am going to reread “Hot Shoe Diaries” as well. Even though I am a Canon shooter, I found Joe’s approach to lighting is not camera specific. I am transitioning from SmugMug to Zenfolio. I found Zenfolio much easier to create the look I wanted even though the product range is more limited.
I did make one of my goals for 2009. I sold enough photography to pay for my Canon 5D mark II. Little did I know it would be from one photo.
I’ll have to check out Zenfolio as I’ve seen in mentioned quite a bit lately around the blogs. I see you use Mpix on your blog. How’s that working out for you?
Wow! That’s a beautiful photo, Mike! No wonder it covered the cost of a new camera body.
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They sound like some excellent goals. I was thinking about making a push to go FX, but I’m betting that won’t be happening. The best goal on there for me is probably reading the photography book one–as it’s the cheapest. Plus, I think that will be the most helpful to assist me in improving.
Good luck with your goals!
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