As each year comes to an end, there is the hope for a new year.
What will you do different in your photography next year? What will you start doing, and what will you stop doing?
To start off, I think the best way to build new habits in your photography isn’t what to do, but rather— what not to do.
Of course, you still need action in your life — so I have also included things to do in your photography.
Here are some ideas for you:
- Never leave the house without having your camera with you (around your neck, in your backpack, or camera bag, etc)
- Never hesitate taking a photo you want to take
- Don’t upload as many photos to social media
- Spend less time on social media
- Stop doubting yourself and your photography
- Stop comparing yourself on social media to other photographers
- Don’t buy any new cameras for lenses for a year
- Don’t photograph others; photograph yourself
- Stop looking at camera review websites, blogs, or sites
- Think less about traveling and taking photos; rather, photograph closer to home
- Don’t shoot with your “real” camera— try to focus on shooting with your smartphone instead
- Don’t buy any photo books you don’t plan on re-reading
- Don’t think too much before taking photos
- Don’t upload photos to social media (the same day you shot it) — rather, try to let your photos ‘marinate’
- Don’t take photos when you don’t want to take photos
- Don’t use more than 1 camera, 1 lens, for the entire year
- Don’t make excuses about your photography; start making photos
- Make at least $1000 with your photography (professional gig, teaching a workshop, giving some photography consulting)
- Start a photography YouTube channel
- Go on one photography road trip
- Photograph your loved one for a year (start your own #cindyproject)
- Start your own photography blog
- Teach a photography workshop
- Purge all your gear, and start your photography over again from scratch.
- Delete all your photos from social media, and restart your feed.
I always love the new year— it is a chance for us to get rid of our past baggage, and start on a new foot.
Let us refresh ourselves, replenish our creative supplies, and become the best versions of ourselves this year.
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