Sunday, January 3, 2016

GOALS FOR 2016 / WHAT ARE YOURS?

Photo credit:  Lanny Cottrell

MY GOALS FOR 2016,
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?

First of all let me wish everyone:  HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!

I look back on 2015 and think, that a lot has happened to this blog page.  49 different publications in 5 months, some have been really popular (The Art of Black and White Photography is by far, still one of the most popular posts, and is still getting a lot of hits), and some not so much.  But, as I look to what I really want to accomplish with the blog, I really want to have it become a source that all photographers will want to come to for A)- Entertainment, B)- instruction on how to take better photos, C)- a source to keep up with the latest in photo equipment, and D)- learn from other photographers by viewing great photos.   So, there is several things I need to do, and I hope you don't mind me taking the time to tell you my plans.

A-  Entertainment -
     This I hope to do by continuing to do the "Photos of the Week".  I think it has been really fun to find these photos, based on the rules of composition, telling stories with photos, and the joy of looking at art in general.  This is fun, and I learn from these photos as well.  If you look at a great photo, and don't analyze them, and see what you can do like that, you are missing the point.  My schedule for now is that every Thursday, the "Photos of the Week" will be posted.  So, continue to watch for those.
Photo Credit:  Martin Rak, Titled: Burning Hills

B)- Instructions on How to take better  Photos:
This was my original plan when I started this blog.  Back when I worked at a camera store, I found it a lot of fun to teach photography classes, to show people how to get more enjoyment out of taking pictures.  And this is why I started this blog in the first place.  And now with the help of other great photographers and authors, I can continue to provide this instruction every Monday.  Plan on that to continue, and I hope that if anyone would like to contribute, will feel free to contact me.  I think it is an essential part of photography.  We can all benefit from this.

Photo credit:  Luke Austin Photography

C)- A source to keep up with the latest in technology.
I, along with all of you, should be fascinated with the latest in photo equipment.  This is a high tech world now.  And I have only done a few interesting posts on "technology updates".  And I will try to be more diligent in that.  I do read magazines, go into the local photo store and check out the latest things that are going on.  The schedule for these things are random.  When I see and hear about these things, I will just post them when I am informed myself.  Check my main blog page to see what has been posted in the past. Here is something new:

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Last but definitely not least, Lexar unveils two new JumpDrive USB flash drives, the M20c and M20i. The suffixes in their name hold clues to the nature of these dual connect portable storage. The JumpDrive M20c, for example, has a regular large USB plug on one end and USB Type-C connector on the other. The JumpDrive M20i, if you guessed it right, sports a lightning connector instead, designed for iPhones and iPads.

D)- Learn from other Photographers by viewing their photos.
So, here is something new I started as of January 1st.  And it was a "SPECIAL EDITION PHOTOGRAPHERS SPECIAL"  And I highlighted a special photographer:  FIG SAUVAGE PHOTOGRAPHY.  This was a post to practically interview her, and get her feelings about photography, why she takes the pictures the way she does, etc.  And she takes the most incredible, different photos I have seen out there, but, yet, it just makes you want to hang some of her photos on the wall.  They are just incredible, and I posted over 10 photos of hers to get you all acquainted with this fantastic photographer.  And I hope to do more of this, and I think as of this writing, I have 3 more lined up to show.  I plan on doing those on Friday.  It may not be every Friday, but, watch for those, because we can learn so much about each photographer, and their style.  Now, go back to last Monday's post, titled: "How to Establish your Photographic Style".  That is exactly what I am trying to find in each of these photographers.  They have their own style, and you can see what great stuff they have, and it can be so different.  
Photo credit:  FIG SAUVAGE PHOTOGRAPHY
UPCOMING GOALS FOR ME:
1- One of my own personal goals is:  TAKE MORE PHOTOS.  I love taking photographs, but, seems like I don't have much time to do it.  Somehow I am going to make more time, carry my cameras with me more, etc.  You may see more photos posted in these blogs (Note the first picture in this blog today is one of mine, an airplane crash.  Not too many people capture those images).
2- March 1st - Start my own FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE.  I "LIKE" many groups now, and enjoy being a part of those.  Some I have been invited to actually join.  With my FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE, I want to be selective and invite certain photographers to be able to post their photos to that group.  I think I will get a pretty big group, fairly fast, so, it will be fun to have some great photographers as part of this group.  It will be part of:  123PHOTOGO.  That is a trademark name, so, people can look to being a part of a great group then.  And by getting your photos posted in that group, you could have your photos viewed by many people, businesses, etc.  
Photo credit: Adem Karadumon

NOW, WHAT IS YOUR GOALS IN PHOTOGRAPHY?  ASK YOURSELF?  DON'T YOU GET GREAT SATISFACTION FROM TAKING PHOTOS.  SO, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE YOUR LIFE "HAPPIER" THIS YEAR BY BEING MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR FUTURE IN PHOTOGRAPHY?  YOU DESERVE IT.  AND WHILE YOU ARE SETTING YOUR GOALS, PLEASE THINK OF THIS BLOG EVERY FEW DAYS TO HELP YOU GET INSPIRED, AND GAIN MORE KNOWLEDGE SO YOU CAN BE A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER.  
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