Thirteen Goals for 2013

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As I look back upon last year’s goals, I am reasonably satisfied with my success. I turned my spare room into a photo studio. I improved my portfolio. I got a macro lens. I entered (and won!) a photo contest. I took monthly (sometimes more often) photo excursions. And my husband got me this nifty little point-and-shoot camera for Christmas (which I will be reviewing shortly).

Now it’s time to look toward 2013, already in progress. What do I want to do with my photography? Where do I want to go with it? Where do I want it to take me? How do I want to grow? Here are the thirteen goals I have in mind for 2013:

1. Update the Beyond Megapixels website. I think it’s time for a new look, and I’d sure like a format that is more friendly for posting photos. A photography website should be able to showcase images that are larger than 500×320, after all!

2. Use off-camera flash more often. I tend to be an available light kind of person, and I certainly shoot more landscape photography than anything else. I’d like to improve my flash skills and better learn to manipulate light.

3. Conduct more long exposure photography. I’d like to do some traffic light trails, and star trails, and some stuff involving water.

4. I’ve joined a local photography club, and I’d like to attend some of their gatherings.

5. Advance my Lightroom and Photoshop skills. I know a lot, but both programs are so complex that there’s a ton I still have to learn!

6. Take full advantage of my Kelby Training membership, which will certainly help with #5.

7. This is a strange one, in that it’s not what I am going to do, but what I’m NOT going to do. I am not buying any unnecessary photo gear this year. I always want more – new lenses, new camera bodies (sigh, swoon), new gadgets… but I don’t NEED anything. I’m going to make full use of what I have, and learn everything I can about and with them, before I buy anything else.

8. My Canon 7D has video capabilities that I’ve never explored. Maybe if I can figure it out, and get good at it, you guys will start seeing some videos here!

9. Print, frame, and hang some of my photos in my home. Maybe even make a couple of photo books. I love digital photography, but the downside is that I very rarely hold my own photographs in my hands anymore!

10. Photograph a storm. Similar to Phoenix photographer Mike Oblinski, but I’m quite sure not nearly as well.

11. Find more opportunities for wildlife photography. Related to that, I need to put up some hummingbird feeders in my backyard!

12. Do something charitable with my photography skills. Shuttermission has a lot of great suggestions and resources.

13. Streamline my post-processing routine so that more photos make it off of my hard drive!

What are your plans, goals, and ambitions for 2013? Let us know in the comments, or share with us on our Facebook Page.

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  • Jeri Stunkard

    All great goals! #9 is really important. Why take photos if you never look at them? My goal is to photograph the night sky. I am afraid I don’t have the correct lens to accomplish the best effect, but I am going to give it a try before investing in a new lens.