Blog 55 - Happy New Year 2019!
January 2019 where did 2018 go, I had good year with photography in 2018 visited many places throughout the UK and some bucket list places did get ticked off, some great experiences from places I visited, it was year I picked up a new camera D500 and have to say very pleased with it and I was shortlisted for the British Photography Awards.
“Review” I like to look at my 2018 images at the end of the year and pick my best 12 but also look at ones that didn’t work as well, doing this will often help you improve, it could be location / composition wasn’t correct or the light a sunrise would have worked instead of a sunset etc I find this very therapeutic and also a mental note of places i want to visit again.
“Printing” is a must I did Print a lot of my 2018 images and will continue to do this as you really do feel satisfied once you hold the print in your hands and the memories of that shot come back to you. I have for the second year produced calendar which is great to look at monthly and makes you look at image for whole month and it really makes you think how I could have taken the image differently.
“Software”I use Adobe Lightroom for the very good asset management of my photographs and of course to edit the RAW images but It's easy enough to keep using software the same old way even after an update, especially if you choose to auto-update the software you often don’t even realise what’s the new features etc so i’m going to push myself in learning a lot more with the Lightroom / photoshop suite.
“Gear” I like gear as everyone will say it dose not matter what camera you use or how much it costs etc, but i still like gear I have camera I’m very happy with and my lenses are ok, my drone is ok but at the moment I am thinking no purchase of gear for me in 2019 I do actually have everything i want! its a first for me, but my goal for this year is no gear.
“Stock” photography in 2018 been good, Shutterstock my images work well, then Adobe and Getty images just tick over, then other agency very little so need to explore other options and put the time into the ones that work. Video is something i didn’t get round to in 2018 so going to try a few ideas this year for stock.
2019 for me is open plan at the moment I will try and get a London trip in January and one of my goals is to photograph local this may be city / street photography or my local wood I would like to do a different motorsport this year and interested in photographing the DTM at Brands Hatch in August. and of course aerial photography new challenges with laws coming into effect in 2019
The most important thing is just to get out and enjoy.
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