Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by Sanford, Oct 18, 2017.
And have you achieved any of them yet?
That takes me back! My Dad used to quiz us - his adult children, at New Year's Day dinner on our Resolutions for the New Year and results from the last. Something of a ritual ordeal!
terrific question...interested to read more. Maybe if you didn't set goals - do you wish you had - and if that is the case - what might those goals be?
My 2017 photographic goals are to buy as many Nikon cameras and lenses as possible (accomplished), and to move closer to New Orleans (Baton Rouge?) so I can take photos in the French Quarter more frequently.
My wife and I were flooded out of New Orleans by hurricane Katrina and had to move 200 miles away. She doesn't want to live in the New Orleans area and have to go through that again.
The only goal that I planned in detail was photographing the total eclipse of the sun. Thanks to clear skies, it pretty much went according to plan, except that I need it to last longer!
I did not personally set any goals nor make any resolutions. But shortly after New Years I was on a ski trip and a friend of mine told me about one of his young nephew's resolutions. I don't remember the first two exactly so I will just make them up, but the 3rd was very memorable:
Do my chores without complaining
Be nicer to my sister
I did not, but had a few in mind.
One was to "one day" help/mentor the yearbook photographers at a local high school.
I am doing that now, but the yearbook staff is half of what it was when I was in high school. So everybody does everything, including shooting their own photos for their pages. That makes it much harder to help/mentor them as a whole, rather than mentoring a small group of dedicated photographers. This is because most of them are NOT photographers, by interest.
I am hoping that next year, the staff will increase so they can have a dedicated group of photographers.
I found out that like riding a bike, the old man has not lost it. I can still shoot. I just can't move like I used to.
I didn't, but my usual goal is to suck less, and I have not accomplished that.
My only resolution was not to buy any photographic equipment this year or next year. This is pretty easy as there is nothing I want.
I've been laid low with a series of medical problems so getting through that has topped all else.
However, I did try not to buy any more mirror (catadioptric) lenses.
I failed in that endeavor
Yes, I did. My goal was to shoot exclusively in (digital) B&W (through the viewfinder rather than pp) for a year in an attempt to appreciate it more (i’d always been a bit of a colour snob before).
Did I succeed? That’s a 94% yes.
I am not into setting goals (they intend an end! who wants to stop?) but I did have a kind of goal this year which was to help keep the Philosophy of Photography forum more or less alive, or at least, not let it die. I've been mostly disappointed in that goal, but it's not a goal that's up to me; it depends on all of us. I will note that it's not the negative responses I've seen in my (endless!) threads posted to that forum that disappoint me. Having a lively discussion depends on dissent, so those that disagree are necessary, are needed. What does disappoint me is the simple silence or lack of interest.
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
That quote applies to things small as well as large, IMO.
Shoot more and better.
Claiming 50% success
Norman, I set a similar goal. Try to shoot in the B&W mode only, and also try photographing events with just the Fuji 27mm. I also wanted to average one photo per day.
My photog plan was not to spend so much on equipment. I guess I kinda met that, didn't buy any things this year apart from a batch of film processing. And I did a trip to get my film quantities down.
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