I’ve been taking photos for 10 years on and off. People like my photos. I think they’re ok. I know I can do better. And I’ve wanted to make a portfolio for a while.
Amongst the thousands of images I’ve made I probably have a handful that I really like. Those I love I could probably count on one hand. This is probably the best photo I took last year. I don’t get enough of these.
The aim for 2013 is to make enough photos – good photos – to have a solid portfolio of 12 images.
How do I hope to do this?
Firstly, this blog is going to be critically important. I won’t be able to hide. It will force me to take photos and work harder than I ever have.
Next, I have whittled down my gear to the following:
- A micro four thirds camera and one manual focus prime lens
- Compact camera
I’ve done this to slow myself down. I took better photos when I shot film. I know I need to slow down to take better photos. So the SLR and its three lenses are gone. They made me lazy. I plan to think more creatively about my photography. I plan to be more intentional with my composition. I plan to make the time to take my time.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I’m not setting myself an unrealistic goal. 12 images – that’s one a month. If I miss a month no problem – I’ll try to make up for it later in the year.
When I started thinking about my photography goal for 2013 my first thought was how many photos I could sell. But I knew that wouldn’t keep my motivated. I want to be a better photographer – not the same photographer who can sell a few photos. So I’m going for the portfolio. 12 images. If I get more great, but if I get 12 keepers that will be my most successful year in photography.
I’m not sure what to expect over the next 12 months. Here’s what I hope:
- I’ll post photos as I go,
- I’ll write about what I learn,
- I’ll link to things that are relevant, and
- All things going well I’d like 2 or 3 well-known photographers to write here. We’ll see.
I know a lot of other people who take photos who struggle with the same things I do. I hope this begins some sort of conversation. I’ll post more about that in a future update.