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Offline Suka

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What is your photo goal this year?
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:39:43 PM »
For me, it's photographing birds in my area which I haven't been able to get yet.  I know a lot of you don't care about birds, which is okay.  So, what is your goal this year?

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Re: What is your photo goal this year?
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014, 06:20:58 AM »
That's actually a great question Suka.

To be honest, it kind of caught me off guard because it made me realize that I don't even have a "Goal" per se.
To say "I want to improve my shooting skills" is a little vague and besides, who doesn't want to improve?
If I think back to last year, I realize that I never attempted to shoot any portraiture of non-family members.  I would like to find a model (a willing test subject) and try to shoot them to try my hand at that type of photography. 
And of course, I have an ultimate goal (probably multiple years to accomplish) of shooting every bird in my area, including migratory birds.  And to be more specific: To have a high quality photo of every bird on my list too.  I have a few that are "so-so" in quality and would like to upgrade those to a higher quality shot. (as in pleasing to the eye and also tack sharp for easy ID)

Again, great question.  It will be interesting to hear what goals some of the others in here have set for themselves.
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Re: What is your photo goal this year?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 07:18:19 AM »
My goal this year is to learn patience!  I know the shots I want but lack the patience to get them at times especially if I feel under pressure to keep up with friends when out and about.  I can be a bit slap stick when it comes to framing the shot and composing the shot so my goal is to improve on this.  Last year it was to improve my photoshop skills and I think I failed again due to lack of patience.  I get frustrated if I don't get the shot I want and would give up easily - this year I shall strive to stick at it for a bit longer.  I don't want to be a point and shoot photographer but I also don't want to spend hours faffing .... back to some basic skills methinks!
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Re: What is your photo goal this year?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2014, 12:46:37 PM »
For me, it's photographing birds in my area which I haven't been able to get yet.  I know a lot of you don't care about birds, which is okay.  So, what is your goal this year?

Who doesn't care about birds???

<begins swinging the ban hammer like Thor>  or wait...I don't have that power :)

My goal is to produce better overall images.  One of the things I have done which I think needs to be correct (when possible of course) is relying on cropping rather than composing in camera.
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Re: What is your photo goal this year?
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2014, 12:56:31 PM »

Who doesn't care about birds???

<begins swinging the ban hammer like Thor>  or wait...I don't have that power :)

My goal is to produce better overall images.  One of the things I have done which I think needs to be correct (when possible of course) is relying on cropping rather than composing in camera.

I don't know if that needs correcting.  I'm pretty good about composing in camera but not infrequently I find I wish I had zoomed out a bit more so I had more composition options in post.  The only real advantage I can see to composing in camera is the resolution is better, but resolution is usually just fine in cropped images so I don't think it is much of an advantage.  Maybe I just need to get in the habit of adding a few backed out shots to the end of each set of shots.

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Re: What is your photo goal this year?
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2014, 01:56:53 PM »
Suka, great question.  And for the rest of you so far, GREAT answers!

I would have to side with Doodle as much of what he says, I want also.  And shooting birds is high on the list, high quality shots.

I did shoot some portraiture, one senior shoot, and enjoyed it immensely.

I think my goal would be to actually make money at photography so I could feed my habit and get more STUFF!
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Re: What is your photo goal this year?
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2014, 05:45:54 PM »
Suka, great question.  And for the rest of you so far, GREAT answers!

I would have to side with Doodle as much of what he says, I want also.  And shooting birds is high on the list, high quality shots.

I did shoot some portraiture, one senior shoot, and enjoyed it immensely.

I think my goal would be to actually make money at photography so I could feed my habit and get more STUFF!

That would be a hefty goal for me, considering most money making opportunities involve taking photos of people at their weddings or portraits. Two things I don't do and pretty sure would not be good doing either.  However, bandmandq, you just opened my eyes and mind to the idea of starting to get into those two types of photography.   

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Re: What is your photo goal this year?
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2014, 08:13:19 AM »
My goal is part photo/part video. For the last five years I have shot 99% video and 1% photos at baseball games. This season, I am planning on doing both thanks to two cameras. I am going to have two cameras mounted on one monopod with one shooting video and the other I will be behind shooting photos.

What I hope to do is to be able to sell my photos that I take in one form or another (either individually through say, smugmug, or license them out to other publications for usage). That is my big goal, though I have been met withmuch resistance when approaching other outlets who currently cover minor league baseball but don't have anyone providing them with photo's video. They all think it is a great idea to have that, but none of them have a dime to pay for it (apparently). At this point I think I am just going to try and set something up where I become my own salesman and try to set things up with individual sites for a small fee to give them access to photo's/video/setting up interviews with players. That will only work if I can get enough places to chip in for that small fee, but that may be the road I head down.

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Re: What is your photo goal this year?
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2014, 03:53:49 AM »
I also have several parts to my goal of just becoming a better, more consistent photographer.  Everything from shooting more (P52 hopefully helps) to making a little more money from photography to support the habit.  I will say that I really want to expand my strobist abilities.  I love trying new ways of lighting and hope to use some of the light modifiers I've accumulated.  Maybe stronger lighting will also move me out of my comfort zone to try different post-production techniques.  Whew!  I better get shootin'!
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