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We all know that photography isn't easy. Now that you've been fondling some brand new photo gear from the holidays, you'll need to become a better photographer by creating a New Year's Resolution, and sticking to it! What projects will you do to improve yourself? For those of you that are completely lost, here is a short list of some popular ideas that you can adopt as your own New Year's Resolution.
A 365 Project is when a photographer shoots one photo for each day of the year. It takes a considerable amount of commitment. These projects are usually themed and cumulative. For the person that would like eventually to shoot professionally, this is a project that will instill discipline like no other.
Want to really push your creativity? Many photographers push themselves to shoot with one focal length (and nothing but) for an entire year. Usually it is a 50mm or 35mm lens. If your resolution is to shoot more creatively, then making the most of one focal length is a great way to do it.
This was a popular project, back in the film days.
Film is exciting because of the uncertainty factor that finally releases its secrets in the darkroom. But you can also shoot instant film and have even more fun with the prints. Of course, we don't mean that you should shoot film all day and all night—a couple of frames a day should suffice.
Shooting film will force you to try to get the image perfect the first time, as opposed to shooting, viewing it on the LCD screen, and adjusting accordingly. For the person that wants to be a more efficient photographer, this project should definitely be considered.
Become a Strobist
A strobist is a person that loves to use (and masters the use of) off-camera lighting and strobes. Good lighting is fundamental to any photo, and knowing how to control it will make you a smarter photographer. Of course, there are accessories that you can use for both products or general use.
Want to become a professional this year? Becoming a strobist will help put some stunning images into your portfolio.
Street photography forces you to become a totally different photographer, by grabbing you and shaking the nervousness out of you. It helps many photographers overcome personal obstacles, and it also aids in dealing with complete strangers.
This past year, my photography-related New Year's Resolution was to learn how to disarm angry strangers that I photograph, with nothing else but a kind and warm smile. And I've succeeded.
What projects are you planning on working on? Have you accomplished any of these? We want to know all about it in the comments below, and we'd love for you to link us to your photos.