Each year, people make New Year's resolutions, and by the end of January they've thrown those resolutions out the door. Are you one of them? I'm not the type of person who approaches each year with grand schemes in my mind to overhaul something, but I do try to look at the year as a fresh start. Last year, I wanted to take more pictures. And I did. But I could have taken more. So, I'll continue on that path and try my best to capture my everyday just a bit more.
The other day, I ran across a link on This Week in Photography showing"10 New Years Resolutions Every Photographer Should Make." These 10 resolutions really got me thinking. You know what I noticed to be the common theme among these 10 things? You have to be confident in what you are doing! You have to be confident to know your camera. You have to be confident to step away from shooting on auto. You have to be confident to share your photos online and be willing to accept critiques. And you know what? The confidence doesn't just jump onto your lap and say, "Here I am!" To be more confident in your photography, you have to practice!
So, take these 10 resolutions and squash them into one and what do you get? One resolution:
I WILL PRACTICE SHOOTING WHENEVER I CAN TO BECOME MORE CONFIDENT IN MY SKILLS
Remember, the only way you get better at taking photos is to take photos! (And yes, that does mean that someday you have to believe in yourself enough to stop shooting in auto.) Take macro shots of the stuff on your counters. Head outside and capture the sunset or your flowers. Or grab your kids, place them next to a window, and start shooting. Sure, they'll get sick of being your guinea pigs, but tell them that you can't cook dinner for them until you take a few photos. Works like a charm!
You can get better. And with practice, you will!