2014 New Years (photography) resolutions

120113- 018sLast night I had plans to work on my photobook with photos from 2013. I never got around to do much more than open the programme I use to make the book–I got distracted with other things. When I was ready to go to bed, I promised myself to work on it today. Even though I didn’t get anything done with my book last night, it made me think about what I want to do in 2014 photography-wise. Laying in bed, in complete darkness–with only the light from my cellphone, I started to write down things I want to accomplish this year. The list got longer than I thought it would.

I’m now going to share with you what my resolutions are. Resolutions are not easy to follow up, but if I have them written down, it’s at least a bit easier to keep track of what I want to do.

  • Start and finish a photo project:

I have yet to figure out what kind of project that will be. I know I don’t want to do a long project, like a 365-days project, but more like for instance ‘photograph each day in May’ or something.

  • Shoot more with my analogue cameras.

I want to use my digital cameras a lot this year. For Christmas I got a Holga and a Polaroid. Those I would love to use often. I also own a Ricoh (seen in the photo above). There is film in it, and I started taking photos with it a few years ago, but I never finsihed. So today I took a few photos and I plan to get the roll developed some time next week. I have no idea what’s on the roll, so it will be fun to have it developed. I have no idea if the photos are in focus either, because it has a  manual focus and I’m not so good with that–yet.

  • Shoot more black & white

Black & white photography is awesome, and I would like to imporve my photography skills in that area.

  • Update my shop at Society6.com more often.

I have a shop at Society6, but I rarely update it, so nothing is really happening over there. I need to be more active and promote it better. So far I’ve sold one photo, which isn’t all that great I have to say.

  • Blog more often.

I want to blog more regularly. Blog once a week would be awesome. In order to do so, I need to be more creative and use my camera more often. As I’ve sitten down trying to figure out what photos from 2013 I’m gonna put up in my book, I’ve seen that I haven’t taken as many photos as 2012. Well, maybe I’ve taken the close to the same amount, but I’ve at least used it fewer times. Less food photography and less photos from around Oslo. It has been more travelling photos though (London, Poland, Holland and Sweden)

  • Enter one or more photo contests

I would love the enter some photo contests. Not for anything else than fun and to get some of my photosgraphs out there, to the public.

  • Photograph things inspired by words.

This is now my original idea. It’s has been done before, for instance in the blog ‘words to shoot by’. I love the idea and I want to try it myself. I think I’m going to ask a friend to come up with some words I can use–that would be even more fun for me.

  • Start a photo collaboration with another photographer.

I haven’t really thought this through, but I was thinking about finding, say like 10 words each, and then we’re both gonna photograph something that you assosiate with that word. Then we present the photos side by side on a blog. It can also be something totally different also.

Is there anyone out there who thinks they want to colab with me, contact me.

11 responses to 2014 New Years (photography) resolutions

  1. Hello there,
    Just read your post and it’s definitely inspired me to come up with a list of my own. I really love the collaboration idea – I think it will serve as a nice kick in the butt when you’re lazing off ;-). I would love to collab – let me know if that’s ok!

  2. That sounds like a great list of things to achieve – it’s very similar to things I want to do too! My favourite project was my ‘Month of summer’ project which gave me plenty of opportunities to get out in the sunshine and take about 30 photos – it was far easier than a long term project and had some great holiday memories for me too!

  3. I need to start thinking about what I want to do this year as well. I enjoyed your post. Hope to see your project(s) as they come throughout the year.

  4. I once was participated in a photo project called 365days of photography (or something like that… forgot the name of project). But then realized that it’s just not for someone like me with 2 toddler nagging almost all the time. So I quit. I cheer anyone up who is having passion in creative photography project and is so high-spirited in doing it. Sending you some luck from here… (nice resolutions, btw..) ^____^

    • Kjersti Lier – Author

      I once tried a 365days of photography project–I photographed doors. I quit after 202 days. So tiring. Never again! I better stick with smaller projects :)

      Thanks for the luck wishes–I’ll be needing it! :)

  5. Good luck with your photography resolutions for 2014.
    I’m trying a 52 project for the first time,its really intersting.

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