How are You Going with Your Photographic Goals for 2010?

How are You Going with Your Photographic Goals for 2010?

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201007121304.jpgAt the start of 2010 we challenged our readers to think about what their photographic goals would be for 2010 (the article contained 30 suggested goals).

It’s now halfway through the year and so when Christen contacted us over the weekend to remind us of that post we thought it might be a good time to get everyone thinking about their photographic goals again – in two main ways:

  1. are you moving toward the photographic goals that you set at the start of the year?
  2. what goals do you have for the 2nd half of the year?

If you’re anything like me – goals tend to be something you are pretty general about. ‘I want to improve my photography’ – is a goal that I know many people make. But without getting a little more specific it can be a goal that is never really met.

So what are you going to do in the 2nd half of 2010 that will take you further forward in your photography? What concrete steps will you need to put in place to achieve those goals?

Share how you’re going and what you’re planning to do in the next 6 months in comments below and hopefully we can all keep each other a little more accountable.

PS: My personal goals for the 2nd half of the year:

Early next year I’m taking a trip to visit a not for profit organisations work in Tanzania. As a result I want to

  • Improve my portrait/travel photography by sitting with a travel photographer friend and picking his brain, viewing some of his work and getting some tips.
  • I want to buy a new camera before the trip – I’ve been looking to upgrade my Canon EOS 5D to a Mk II for a while but have been hoping they’d come out with a Mk III. Either way – I want a DSLR with video so I don’t have to take two devices. I’m also eyeing off the 85mm prime lens (as there will be a fair bit of low light shooting)…. mmmmm!
  • I want to take my camera out with me more – I tend to use my camera mainly for family gatherings and with my kids and need to get back into the practice of having it with me everywhere (something I used to do but with a busy work and family life I’ve gotten out of the practice).

What are your goals for the rest of the year and how are you going with previously set ones?  

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Very cool article ! I didn’t set any photo goals for 2010 but until now it’s a great (photographic) year! 🙂

  • Amazingly blessed… I’ve been working in stock photography since 2009 and this year I have been refocusing in many areas…. also doing lots of weddings and portraits! Loving the 2010! Im way ahead of what i’ve planned 6 months ago

  • Hmm. I’m not sure if I actually remember formally making any goals other than a generic “Let’s just go be super cool!!11!!”.

    The last six months haven’t been great. I was writing something about mid February and all of a sudden found that it really hurt to hold the pen. Hello, carpal tunnel syndrome! It’s now July and the pain’s still pretty bad. Medical treatment is a little slow coming (I think everybody is a bit amazed I’ve managed to cause this much damage to my muscles this side of 40!) but we’re getting there. Obviously, it’s a had an impact on photography.

    However, I have managed to achieve one or two things I’m pretty proud of. I re-vamped my website and started blogging. Events-wise, I was lucky enough to shoot at Graduate Fashion Week, which was really cool. London Fashion Week next maybe? (I can dream!). I also got to assist on a magazine editorial (I’ve done minor assisting jobs before but this was definitely my biggest to date) and would love to assist some more – maybe not this year but definitely before 2011 is over and done with. I’d quite like to place/be shortlisted in a competition before the year is over.

  • my first goal for this year was “buying a Camera”…

    in the 2009 i had a point and shoot.. and just when i started liking photography.. my point and shooot broke D=…

    so i decided to start “strong”…

    so i put my first goal to guy a camera during the 2010..

    when i began to work.. and with my first 2 salaries i got a Canon XSi on april =D

    just love it..

    now i have to lear “how to take pictures”

    that was my second goal.. and think it will take all my life.. because we never stop learning =D

  • Hmm didn’t have specific goals for the beginning of the year. Maybe making a living of photography(near my study).

    Did not really achieved that already, but I am having more plans and goals to focus and achieve that. Like building a decent portrait and promoportfolio which is going well so far! And for purchases a 50mm 1.8 prime and an extra light:)

  • I set one big goal: Take a photo every single day this year. So far, so good! (check it out!).

    But, what was the point? Not to take a photo each day, so much as to get used to really seeing the things all around me. To that extent, I’ve been moderately successful. I have my fallbacks — no inspiration? Walk up the hill to the Quincy mine and see what I can find. But I’ve definitely found some cool stuff. (Hint: try photographing a CF lightbulb. Way too much fun.)

    For the rest of the year, I want to focus on types of photography which I still haven’t explored. A big one is portraits — get over being scared of portraits, and just try it a lot. Maybe even try a formal portrait, which I’ve really never done.

  • Adam Silva

    Having invested in a G10 (my first step in to photography) at the end of last year i vowed to complete a 365 Project. You can check out my pictures at http://www.facebook.com/silva.adam i am just over half way through and it has been a struggle at times.

    I have also started my own little blog at http://talltalesofashortman.blogspot.com/

    Future goals are to invest in a DSLR, but am badly torn between the Nikkon D90 and the Canon 550d at the moment so it could still be a few months off

  • Photoboothguy

    Let’s see…

    I wanted to get up to at least 500,000 views on my flickr site. Thanks to being blogged on Flickr, I’m now up to 600,000.

    I wanted to perfect my sound trigger design. Instead, the creators of StopShot were nice enough to send me one 🙂

    I wanted to make enough money to buy a 5D Mark II. I got it last month.

    I got published in Popular Photography magazine. Not on the list, but I’m happy 🙂

  • barbara

    I made 16 goals I wanted to achieve and have achieved all but 4. So I need to get some work displayed somewhere, get published (biggie that one – why did I ever think I could do that so early on), take a workshop & get to grips with Flash lighting.
    Some of the things I have achieved have been to take Monthly photo walks, find a Mentor, plan calenders for next year, compete in competitions, shoot a photo a day – http://lavenderlacephotos.blogspot.com/, follow other peoples Blogs, read a photography book/magazine a month.
    I also started a 101 strangers projects – http://alavenderlady.blogspot.com/ but have stalled in that so maybe for the next 6mths I will concentrate on finishing that

  • 1 – My goal for this year has been a Photo 365 project, and not just any picture, but one of somewhat OK quality. I have taken a picture a day and posted it to my website, however, I will admit there have been some where I just took a picture because I had to for the goal and didn’t put much thought into it. Having said that though I feel more of the pictures were thought out and planned.

    2 – My goal for the second half of the year is a sub goal of the Photo 365 project. It includes monthly mini goals. For the month of July I have been focusing mainly on iPhone 4 photography. I decided to do this so that I can focus more on composition and available light and subject rather than trying to getting settings right on the dSLR. By doing that I’ve noticed that I’ve been paying more attention to my surroundings and evaluating how I would take the picture, even when I can’t take a picture at the moment. Next month will be B&W photography. For the rest of the year I will have a monthly goal within the 365 project.

    I have to say, DPS has been a great inspiration to me and has truly been the majority of where I have learned and bettered my photography. Through the articles, references to different ebooks, etc I truly feel I have improved in this field. I visit the site on a daily basis. Thanks for keeping it going.

    http://web.me.com/tjdhulst/Pura_Vida_Photography/Photo_365/Photo_365.html

  • I don’t set any photographic goals. I like to take each day as it comes.

  • I don’t set any photographic goals. I like to take things one day at a time. That doesn’t mean I don’t strive to improve my photography skills. I try to shoot as often as I can.

  • Erin McLeod

    Thanks for posing the question. I think it’s good to explicitly identify areas where you want to grow. I’ve recently re-embraced photography and have a skeleton “plan” which is to learn as much as I can how to express my vision in my photographs. That’s a huge goal, and involves technical expertise in shooting, post-production knowledge, practice practice practice, and lots of looking at the photography of others. These are all tools that can, if I develop them well enough, allow me to put them to the deeper use of expressing my inner vision. I am learning how to ask myself “what do I want to say?” with this image, and accumulating more tools to give me increasing options and freedom to work within the frame to do this. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and in some ways I have surpassed my own expectations. It’s passion driving the bus. Your sight has been an important part of my working towards this ultimate goal, and I appreciate all the information, reviews, ideas and technical learning you have shared!

  • johnp

    My goal is to fill a very large photo album I was given for Xmas with A4 size quality prints. Sort of a 2010 year book. Only up to page 3 so not achieving at the moment! Visiting my daughter next month who is a teacher in a remote aboriginal school in FNQ so hope to take plenty of her primary school kids and the Daintree rainforest, etc up that way. As well as filling the album hopefully I’ll also be able to print some out to give to the kids. Then off to India in December which should top up the album nicely (better buy some more ink!).

  • I got my first DSLR for Christmas and decided to undertake a Project365 for 2010 and post a picture a day on my blog. As of today I haven’t missed a day and have moved to shooting almost entirely in manual mode. For the 2nd half of the year I simply hope to continue and complete my project.

    In the interest of full disclosure, if you visit my blog to look at any of my photography, there is quite a bit of other content that is not safe for work and sexual in nature. Don’t want anyone to visit and be surprised or anything…

  • Brittany

    My main goal is to discover my style and favorite things to shoot! I still don’t know.
    I change my mind constantly about editing things and what looks good..I just want to develop a unique style of my own. Of course I would like to improve as well-perhaps start using some models in my pictures. =]
    I am also fascinated by Black & White photography, I want to experiment more with that.

  • I was going to do a 52 (1 self portrait a week) on flickr. Started off well. But around 14-15ish I realized i was posting ones i wasn’t proud of rather just something to covered the week with….so i stopped lol

  • My major goal was to develop a comfort level with my photography so I could shoot manual mode most of the time and not feel like I was always searching for the right settings. Also, I wanted to develop my skills to produce photographs that people enjoyed (not just the snaps of my family). This involved working to develop the ability to “see” the shot.

    Progress: 1) Started by going to a Nikon sponsored seminar/class. 2) Upgraded from D40X to D300S so all my controls are at my finger/thumb tips and not in menu. 3) Have camera with/near me 75% of time. 4) Been shooting a lot 5) post shots on DPS Critique Forum to get feedback.

    Results: I think I am progressing. I feel I am developing the ability to see the “big picture”, but still struggle with the ability to see the “small things”. Check out my shots on Flickr and let me know what you think: http://www.flickr.com/photos/victorhoward

  • I’m a newbie in photography. So my simple goals are to learn more about photography to create images that speak of something. As a first step, I’m doing this Fun Weekend Photography Project by which I force myself to take photos during weekends.

  • Hey! I’m sort of new and not in a way. I’ve been getting the news letters since Feb 09 and in the last couple of weeks I’ve signed up to the forums, so I’ve been keeping an eye on the website.

    I missed the first posting for 2010 goals, so I thought I’ll add one for half way throu the year.

    I’ve never really put pen to paper and thought about my goals for my photography because my home life and work have been taking more of my time, which is grinding me abit as I would like to get out and do more. I’ve managed to set-up a second website as the first I could not afford the domain name and the hosting fees, the one I have found is limited to what I can put up on there but it will work for the time being.

    I’m going to sort out flickr some that I can post some of my work on here but before I’ll do that I’m going to make a water mark for my work, as in the past I’ve had work credited by other people.

    A nice to have would be a new camera because at the start I only got a 400D because looking at what I could realictly

  • My main goal was to do more street photography and overcome my reticence at taking candids of people.. Since I live in WV, it is very easy to get caught up in nature and landscape photography. However, as beautiful as it is, you become used to it and although you want to share it with others, it doesn’t take you out of your comfort zone.

    I think I have come a long way at the street photography angle by going into town and shooting people on the main street. I discovered they didn’t mind at all. I became such a fixture one woman asked me “Were you born with a camera?” 🙂

    These photos aren’t on my Daily Shoot blog but on my Pbase galleries.

    I get a lot of requests for use of the old building and scenics from there. But I am most proud of my people photos.

    My second goal was to participate in the Daily Shoot which is my blog page. That’s been about 75%, I discovered if I had no interest in the assignment or it was something I had already done a lot, I just skipped it.

    I did do the photo a day thing for 2 years picking my own subject matter but when I get told what to shoot, I don’t do as well. 🙂

  • David

    I didn’t really had a goal for 2010, unless you count “Get better in photography”. Since I basicly only started a few years ago with photography, and only this year more often, I really see improvements in my photography.
    But the biggest problem I have is “What to do after shooting”.
    So my goal for the next months is to startup a real workflow in Linux (I hardly use Windows). The second coal is to learn how to make corrections in my photographs using Gimp (I have some pictures that are dirty, since my censor was dirty :/
    So enough to do 🙂

  • I’m doing well with my goals for the year. I completed my 365 project (and don’t plan to do that again anytime soon). One goal I set was to photograph at least 5 of the 20+ waterfalls in the upstate of South Carolina. So far I’ve done one and will get the other 4 during the second half of the year.

  • HORRIBLY!! I’m so far behind on sorting through, let alone editing, all the pictures I’ve taken it’s ridiculous. My only goal is to get through them faster and I am probably at least 3000 pictures behind.

  • Sandy

    I never had a goal for the last couple of months or in the beginning the year… but now i have decided what my goal for the future should be. My goal for the next 6 months comprises of many small goals such as the following:

    1. Take time out on a regular basis to click
    2. Upgrade my photography skills
    3. Travel often
    4. Arrive at themes, focus on them and click
    5. Identify someone who can gift me a DSLR 😉
    5. Lastly the major one – SET UP A HOME BASED STUDIO ………….

  • my goal is to start my own studio ….not charge the cost of a so called real pro ….i think its just basic photography ….a few lights …ask the person what they want …shoot what they want and then give them all the pics on a usb key ….if they want prints …then i charge the price of printing …no biggy …easy …time saving …its all good …i will have people lined up at my door …its like that now …i do it in my appartment for the moment ….but in the next year i will be in a studio …or will die trying …so there …thats my goal for the end of the year .

  • jmarieg

    I had resolved to do SOMETHING with some of my best photos and with the urging of friends, started a small line of photo notecards. Initially, I gave them away for free to friends and family and one thing led to another and now they are being sold in some local shops. I still have not opened a Flickr acct.–that’s next.–as are improving my lighting skills. There are still almost 6 months left to achieve some goals, but learning new skills and improving on the ones already there is never ending.

  • Maximo Almonte

    My Goals for this year is to get my hands on a Canon 50D. I took a photography course in school and loved it. I borrowed my friends Sony a350, but my passion is to first make that 50D purchase, and then follow through with my first born as a starup into baby photography, then improve more on my portrait, landscape, night photography and travel.

  • Doing great so far…here are a few goals and how I’ve done….
    1. Upgrade cameras….did it in April…shooting with a Nikon D300s.
    2. Education. Participated in an online workshop with Marta Locklear. Also did an internship for an Atlanta based commercial/lifestyle photographer.
    3. Studio. Launched my new studio website today…. http://www.flyinghousestudios.com

    Can’t wait to work on more!
    Jack

  • I had tones of goals at the beginning of the year. Here is the assessment so far :

    1. I bought the Canon PowerShot SX120IS in December in order to learn how to use the manual. In the first half of the year I used only Av & Tv mode but since the end of May I use the manual mode only. It is not perfect but I try my best to get a result as close to reality as possible. So first goal completed.
    2. I started to share my pictures on flickr instead of keeping them on my HD as I did for the past years. It is really cool to get comments and advices and try to give some. This system is really marvelous as far as inspiration is concerned.
    3. I decided to apply the advice a photobook a month. So far I gathered and printed out 3/4 of my favorite pictures of the past… 7 years in a few 20 pages photobooks.
    4. To get more practice with different kinds of exposure and lighting situation I enrolled in a Nature Photoclub so we go in wonderful places in the prefectures next to Tokyo once a month. I really love it.
    5. Get my exposure as correct as possible so as to have a result that doesn’t need lots of editing besides cropping. All pictures published on my photostream are not edited just cropped and signed so far!

    The other goals for the end of the year are :
    1. Always have my camera with me as I used to do in the past.
    2. Continue the Project 365 I started on June 1st. I am on day 45 and I didn’t miss a day up to now but 365 is a long way.
    3. I decided to do photobooks with the pictures of my Project 365 so I am also adding the settings for later reviews and a self-criticism for each shots. The first issue is on its way.
    4. Stop snapping or else my computer will not cope with it!!! Lol So I have to improve my composition and exposure skills.
    5. Take nice shots (telling something) & more creative with only DIYS tools. First I have to build these! More creative also implies editing so I have to buy a tool like LR too.
    6. Give Black & White (Nature & Flowers only) shots a try.
    7. Get explored once on flickr!
    8. Resist to buy a DSLR this year (or at least before Christmas lol)!!! This goal is kind of hard knowing that I already found out the limits of my actual powershot. However, I want to get the best of it because some people with the same camera do some amazing shots I want to be able to do the same with different kind of subjects before changing.

    It is about this for the upcoming 5 months. This will keep me kind of busy!!!

    Thank you again very much for this very helpful article you published at the beginning of the year!!!

  • riikka

    Thanks for making me think of this! And for maintaining this incredibly useful and helpful site, which I have been following for a couple of months quite closely.
    I did not write down any goals in the beginning of the year, but there have been many in my mind anyway (I bought a DSLR late 2009, Canon 500D).
    (1) The first goal for me was to study the capabilities of my camera and other equipment thoroughly, so that I really know how to use it. This has proceed well, but there are still some features I need to explore and see if they could be useful to me: for example, would the A-DEP mode be useful, and how about using the computer to take pictures (portraits?).
    (2) One general thing to achieve is to get control of the depth resolution of images, to really get the distance sharp that I want using appropriate apertures, not just using the widest for blur and smallest for sharp. This will also be a long way to learn, and I want to be able to do it as well in landscapes and portraits or other types of shots.
    (3) I would like to be able to shoot close-to studio quality pictures of my family at home. The initial shots in my “home studio” (white wall next to a window) have been improved so far by using a tripod (gorillapod to save space) using one flash to combine daylight with artificial light, and some early attempts to find the good apertures. What I would like to have done by the end of the year is to get the equipment to do off-camera flash photography and get some decent results out of it. I want to do this with E-TTL, since I have been impressed of how easy it is to get the correct exposure with this (in the time of film cameras, I had a flash for my SLR but I never really learned to use it well, for me it was too complicated). I know that this requires careful thinking of the equipment needed.

  • I did not set any photography goals. However, I did start a digital photography club. I named it after the infamous f4 photography club in IL. I figured they no longer existed and our story of starting was so similar that of theirs that I picked up on the name. It is awesome! The bad part is I don’t know as much about digital photography as I would like since I run the club.

  • I set some goals this year :
    First, I really want to buy a DSLR camera, now I use only digital pocket camera Lumix,,I’m dying dreamin about DSLR since last year, I’ve save some money now and I think I’m gonna make it by the end of this year. Struggling enough huh ? yeah it is, for a college student and the fact camera’s price is so high in my country. Hate it..

    Second, I want to make some change design on my photo-blog http://motodipoto.blogspot.com . And I think I’m gonna do it around this october or november.

    Third, I want join photo contest more and more,,this sunday 18th July my country time, I’m gonna taste my frist experience join the photography contest which will the winner will got package tour to Tokoy, Japan.

    I think thats the most three goals I really want accomplish this year, oh yeah almost forgot. One more thing, I want to get better in snapping travel-photo. So, thats it. For all of you guys, I’ll pray for all your goals, I hope you can make it by this year.

    Cheers ^^

  • My goal is to read all of Darren Rowse’s newsletters I receive in my mailbox!
    Also, I’m involved in a project where we shoot a photo a day, and plan to continue with that even on those wintery days when it is really hard to find a subject to photograph.
    The third goal is to read a photography book on focus so I can create better images when DOF is very important.
    I’d like to learn Lightroom. Is it okay to talk post-processing here?
    Thanks for making me think about what I want to accomplish with photography before 2011.

  • Hello Darren,

    I was born and live in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. When are you coming down? It would be great to meet and maybe show you around? Which NGO are you shooting for? Any chances of getting any experience?

    Thanks

  • Anand

    My goal for the remaining of 2010 is to get a high end desktop with bigger screen and learn Adobe Photoshop CS4. Have got a lot of images (5000 +ve), so planning to create a workflow to manage image repository as well…Not sure how much will I achieve….

  • I am doing OK. I work two jobs so it is really hard to spend a lot of time with my camera but when I do, I try to get better and better.

  • Karen

    I started working on my 2010 photo goal(!) on Janualry 4th of this year. That goal was to ‘re-develop my eye’ for photography. I did a lot in the 70s with film/darkroom and hadn’t picked up a camera of any kind since mid-80s. I had purchased my first dSLR Dec ’08; it stayed in the box as 2009 was the year of packing, moving, unpacking and settling into my new life in Florida. Oh – did I forget “selling previous home….ugh!!” that too!!

    Started with classes in Jan ’10 and, according to the DPS grand “30” list of goals….I seem to be almost one-third of the way through. It has been most exciting, rewarding and also hard work…it is so easy to slip backwards into the ‘snap-shot’ method esp. when I find myself in a rush to meet a homework assignment from a current class. The mental self-kicking and loathing gets painful… LOL…after a while. All-in-all, I think I am doing OK given that I started from scratch 7 months ago. As an aside, I have also been getting the weekly newsletters from DPS since January and very recently became a forum member. Just haven’t gotten further into the forum yet. This is my first post, I think…and appologies if it was a bit TMI.

    Need to get a move on thoug….be more connected outside of classes…

  • I didn’t really set any goals for 2010 – that is, I didn’t write any down! My goal is to leave/retire from a very lucrative engineering job to follow my passion in photography. The problem is what type of photography? I like it all!!

    I have done well with landscapes/nature but rarely sell them. I shoot events like marching band competitions, but it is time consuming and speculative. I still do OK in the events. I prefer to do more portraits, including boudoir, but I fall short on posing clients somewhat.

    This year I attended a 3 day lighting class in Dallas, TX and a week long B&W printing course in West Palm Beach, FL. In the last 2 months I was successful in selling 25 works of art to one customer for an office remodel and shooting a college graduation. So I guess I’m on the right track. It’s just not fast enough! (I’ve been trying for over 30 yrs to get this far) A now ex-wife got in the way and just turning 60 I feel a need to excelerate my push towards my goal – become a full time photgrapher!

  • Hey this is a great question, I love setting goals, – planning towards them gives me incentive, everything I have achieved has been accomplished by the steps that goals give you, this year has been great, visit to Broome for bird photography was a great success and huge learning curve. Have been held up this winter with a major operation but now recovering and looking forward to spring, when I’m off to Macquarie Marshes with the bird club for a week, what bliss.

  • I didn’t read the article at the beginning of 2010 but i had goals, some of which have been fulfilled: i’ve taken more pixs than in 2009, i’ve just bought a DSR- Nikon D5000. I’m still a rookie so, i’ll begin my training very soon. I already have a wedding photography to my credit. It was a free package i did for a friend- it was a great try as many friends who were absent at the wedding feasted on the stock. It’s been a great year. i hope to have more great time.

  • I like to read your inspiring texts. And this is my first goal in 2010 – get inspirations and learn. I want to improve the way I do photos – of course 😉 Thank you for inspiring me!!

    And my great and silent wish is to have an exhibition in 2010. I already was part of a Bloomsday exhibition. Now I would like to either exhibit my Viennese graffiti (http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/pcat/559951) or my Viennese wordplay (http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/pcat/559604) photos.

    I now work on each aspect (improving my photos, looking for exhibition places, looking for good photo printing facilities) and I set myself a task for each week.

    But I don’t let the fun go out of it and the surprises because my daugther reminded me: “You are always taking anything to seriuosly.” And doing photos is fun and peace and relaxtion too!!

  • Like many others, I had a general “get better @ photography” goal. I’ve had my D60 for a little over a year now, and I’ve begun to feel comfortable with it. So earlier this year, I decided to include a photography course at the local community college. That starts next week (YAY).

    Granted, its a “Basic Photography” course, but there are so many “basic” things that I don’t fully understand. I think that if I get nothing else out of it, I should end up with a better understanding of things that the more experienced photographers already know and take for granted.

    Once that is done, I’ll probably taker other courses, and modify/modernize/organize my website. But those are goals for another post! 😉

    Jayel

  • I did forget to thank all at the Digital Photography School here, as a lot of what I’ve learned already has mostly come from here !!

    You all have my heartfelt gratitude!!

  • I need to take my camera out more but i’d rather get a compact

    B-Ball

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  • Jayel August 13, 2010 10:25 am

    I did forget to thank all at the Digital Photography School here, as a lot of what I've learned already has mostly come from here !!

    You all have my heartfelt gratitude!!

  • Jayel August 13, 2010 10:23 am

    Like many others, I had a general "get better @ photography" goal. I've had my D60 for a little over a year now, and I've begun to feel comfortable with it. So earlier this year, I decided to include a photography course at the local community college. That starts next week (YAY).

    Granted, its a "Basic Photography" course, but there are so many "basic" things that I don't fully understand. I think that if I get nothing else out of it, I should end up with a better understanding of things that the more experienced photographers already know and take for granted.

    Once that is done, I'll probably taker other courses, and modify/modernize/organize my website. But those are goals for another post! ;-)

    Jayel

  • Annette Hexelschneider July 26, 2010 06:10 pm

    I like to read your inspiring texts. And this is my first goal in 2010 - get inspirations and learn. I want to improve the way I do photos - of course ;-) Thank you for inspiring me!!

    And my great and silent wish is to have an exhibition in 2010. I already was part of a Bloomsday exhibition. Now I would like to either exhibit my Viennese graffiti (http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/pcat/559951) or my Viennese wordplay (http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/pcat/559604) photos.

    I now work on each aspect (improving my photos, looking for exhibition places, looking for good photo printing facilities) and I set myself a task for each week.

    But I don't let the fun go out of it and the surprises because my daugther reminded me: "You are always taking anything to seriuosly." And doing photos is fun and peace and relaxtion too!!

  • tunde alabi- hundeyin II July 25, 2010 03:41 am

    I didn't read the article at the beginning of 2010 but i had goals, some of which have been fulfilled: i've taken more pixs than in 2009, i've just bought a DSR- Nikon D5000. I'm still a rookie so, i'll begin my training very soon. I already have a wedding photography to my credit. It was a free package i did for a friend- it was a great try as many friends who were absent at the wedding feasted on the stock. It's been a great year. i hope to have more great time.

  • silva July 17, 2010 10:57 am

    Hey this is a great question, I love setting goals, - planning towards them gives me incentive, everything I have achieved has been accomplished by the steps that goals give you, this year has been great, visit to Broome for bird photography was a great success and huge learning curve. Have been held up this winter with a major operation but now recovering and looking forward to spring, when I’m off to Macquarie Marshes with the bird club for a week, what bliss.

  • Dan Zeis July 17, 2010 06:18 am

    I didn't really set any goals for 2010 - that is, I didn't write any down! My goal is to leave/retire from a very lucrative engineering job to follow my passion in photography. The problem is what type of photography? I like it all!!

    I have done well with landscapes/nature but rarely sell them. I shoot events like marching band competitions, but it is time consuming and speculative. I still do OK in the events. I prefer to do more portraits, including boudoir, but I fall short on posing clients somewhat.

    This year I attended a 3 day lighting class in Dallas, TX and a week long B&W printing course in West Palm Beach, FL. In the last 2 months I was successful in selling 25 works of art to one customer for an office remodel and shooting a college graduation. So I guess I'm on the right track. It's just not fast enough! (I've been trying for over 30 yrs to get this far) A now ex-wife got in the way and just turning 60 I feel a need to excelerate my push towards my goal - become a full time photgrapher!

  • Karen July 17, 2010 04:17 am

    I started working on my 2010 photo goal(!) on Janualry 4th of this year. That goal was to 're-develop my eye' for photography. I did a lot in the 70s with film/darkroom and hadn't picked up a camera of any kind since mid-80s. I had purchased my first dSLR Dec '08; it stayed in the box as 2009 was the year of packing, moving, unpacking and settling into my new life in Florida. Oh - did I forget "selling previous home....ugh!!" that too!!

    Started with classes in Jan '10 and, according to the DPS grand "30" list of goals....I seem to be almost one-third of the way through. It has been most exciting, rewarding and also hard work...it is so easy to slip backwards into the 'snap-shot' method esp. when I find myself in a rush to meet a homework assignment from a current class. The mental self-kicking and loathing gets painful... LOL...after a while. All-in-all, I think I am doing OK given that I started from scratch 7 months ago. As an aside, I have also been getting the weekly newsletters from DPS since January and very recently became a forum member. Just haven't gotten further into the forum yet. This is my first post, I think...and appologies if it was a bit TMI.

    Need to get a move on thoug....be more connected outside of classes...

  • Christen July 16, 2010 11:29 pm

    I am doing OK. I work two jobs so it is really hard to spend a lot of time with my camera but when I do, I try to get better and better.

  • Anand July 16, 2010 10:28 pm

    My goal for the remaining of 2010 is to get a high end desktop with bigger screen and learn Adobe Photoshop CS4. Have got a lot of images (5000 +ve), so planning to create a workflow to manage image repository as well...Not sure how much will I achieve....

  • Maheen Sidik July 16, 2010 05:32 pm

    Hello Darren,

    I was born and live in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. When are you coming down? It would be great to meet and maybe show you around? Which NGO are you shooting for? Any chances of getting any experience?

    Thanks

  • Lynn July 16, 2010 10:29 am

    My goal is to read all of Darren Rowse's newsletters I receive in my mailbox!
    Also, I'm involved in a project where we shoot a photo a day, and plan to continue with that even on those wintery days when it is really hard to find a subject to photograph.
    The third goal is to read a photography book on focus so I can create better images when DOF is very important.
    I'd like to learn Lightroom. Is it okay to talk post-processing here?
    Thanks for making me think about what I want to accomplish with photography before 2011.

  • Nando Tampubolon July 16, 2010 08:26 am

    I set some goals this year :
    First, I really want to buy a DSLR camera, now I use only digital pocket camera Lumix,,I'm dying dreamin about DSLR since last year, I've save some money now and I think I'm gonna make it by the end of this year. Struggling enough huh ? yeah it is, for a college student and the fact camera's price is so high in my country. Hate it..

    Second, I want to make some change design on my photo-blog http://motodipoto.blogspot.com . And I think I'm gonna do it around this october or november.

    Third, I want join photo contest more and more,,this sunday 18th July my country time, I'm gonna taste my frist experience join the photography contest which will the winner will got package tour to Tokoy, Japan.

    I think thats the most three goals I really want accomplish this year, oh yeah almost forgot. One more thing, I want to get better in snapping travel-photo. So, thats it. For all of you guys, I'll pray for all your goals, I hope you can make it by this year.

    Cheers ^^

  • David Dale July 16, 2010 06:34 am

    I did not set any photography goals. However, I did start a digital photography club. I named it after the infamous f4 photography club in IL. I figured they no longer existed and our story of starting was so similar that of theirs that I picked up on the name. It is awesome! The bad part is I don't know as much about digital photography as I would like since I run the club.

  • riikka July 16, 2010 06:06 am

    Thanks for making me think of this! And for maintaining this incredibly useful and helpful site, which I have been following for a couple of months quite closely.
    I did not write down any goals in the beginning of the year, but there have been many in my mind anyway (I bought a DSLR late 2009, Canon 500D).
    (1) The first goal for me was to study the capabilities of my camera and other equipment thoroughly, so that I really know how to use it. This has proceed well, but there are still some features I need to explore and see if they could be useful to me: for example, would the A-DEP mode be useful, and how about using the computer to take pictures (portraits?).
    (2) One general thing to achieve is to get control of the depth resolution of images, to really get the distance sharp that I want using appropriate apertures, not just using the widest for blur and smallest for sharp. This will also be a long way to learn, and I want to be able to do it as well in landscapes and portraits or other types of shots.
    (3) I would like to be able to shoot close-to studio quality pictures of my family at home. The initial shots in my "home studio" (white wall next to a window) have been improved so far by using a tripod (gorillapod to save space) using one flash to combine daylight with artificial light, and some early attempts to find the good apertures. What I would like to have done by the end of the year is to get the equipment to do off-camera flash photography and get some decent results out of it. I want to do this with E-TTL, since I have been impressed of how easy it is to get the correct exposure with this (in the time of film cameras, I had a flash for my SLR but I never really learned to use it well, for me it was too complicated). I know that this requires careful thinking of the equipment needed.

  • Gwadonna July 15, 2010 03:47 pm

    I had tones of goals at the beginning of the year. Here is the assessment so far :

    1. I bought the Canon PowerShot SX120IS in December in order to learn how to use the manual. In the first half of the year I used only Av & Tv mode but since the end of May I use the manual mode only. It is not perfect but I try my best to get a result as close to reality as possible. So first goal completed.
    2. I started to share my pictures on flickr instead of keeping them on my HD as I did for the past years. It is really cool to get comments and advices and try to give some. This system is really marvelous as far as inspiration is concerned.
    3. I decided to apply the advice a photobook a month. So far I gathered and printed out 3/4 of my favorite pictures of the past… 7 years in a few 20 pages photobooks.
    4. To get more practice with different kinds of exposure and lighting situation I enrolled in a Nature Photoclub so we go in wonderful places in the prefectures next to Tokyo once a month. I really love it.
    5. Get my exposure as correct as possible so as to have a result that doesn’t need lots of editing besides cropping. All pictures published on my photostream are not edited just cropped and signed so far!

    The other goals for the end of the year are :
    1. Always have my camera with me as I used to do in the past.
    2. Continue the Project 365 I started on June 1st. I am on day 45 and I didn’t miss a day up to now but 365 is a long way.
    3. I decided to do photobooks with the pictures of my Project 365 so I am also adding the settings for later reviews and a self-criticism for each shots. The first issue is on its way.
    4. Stop snapping or else my computer will not cope with it!!! Lol So I have to improve my composition and exposure skills.
    5. Take nice shots (telling something) & more creative with only DIYS tools. First I have to build these! More creative also implies editing so I have to buy a tool like LR too.
    6. Give Black & White (Nature & Flowers only) shots a try.
    7. Get explored once on flickr!
    8. Resist to buy a DSLR this year (or at least before Christmas lol)!!! This goal is kind of hard knowing that I already found out the limits of my actual powershot. However, I want to get the best of it because some people with the same camera do some amazing shots I want to be able to do the same with different kind of subjects before changing.

    It is about this for the upcoming 5 months. This will keep me kind of busy!!!

    Thank you again very much for this very helpful article you published at the beginning of the year!!!

  • Jack Fussell July 14, 2010 11:19 pm

    Doing great so far...here are a few goals and how I've done....
    1. Upgrade cameras....did it in April...shooting with a Nikon D300s.
    2. Education. Participated in an online workshop with Marta Locklear. Also did an internship for an Atlanta based commercial/lifestyle photographer.
    3. Studio. Launched my new studio website today.... http://www.flyinghousestudios.com

    Can't wait to work on more!
    Jack

  • Maximo Almonte July 14, 2010 04:59 am

    My Goals for this year is to get my hands on a Canon 50D. I took a photography course in school and loved it. I borrowed my friends Sony a350, but my passion is to first make that 50D purchase, and then follow through with my first born as a starup into baby photography, then improve more on my portrait, landscape, night photography and travel.

  • jmarieg July 14, 2010 12:41 am

    I had resolved to do SOMETHING with some of my best photos and with the urging of friends, started a small line of photo notecards. Initially, I gave them away for free to friends and family and one thing led to another and now they are being sold in some local shops. I still have not opened a Flickr acct.--that's next.--as are improving my lighting skills. There are still almost 6 months left to achieve some goals, but learning new skills and improving on the ones already there is never ending.

  • Paul July 13, 2010 11:12 pm

    my goal is to start my own studio ....not charge the cost of a so called real pro ....i think its just basic photography ....a few lights ...ask the person what they want ...shoot what they want and then give them all the pics on a usb key ....if they want prints ...then i charge the price of printing ...no biggy ...easy ...time saving ...its all good ...i will have people lined up at my door ...its like that now ...i do it in my appartment for the moment ....but in the next year i will be in a studio ...or will die trying ...so there ...thats my goal for the end of the year .

  • Sandy July 13, 2010 09:57 pm

    I never had a goal for the last couple of months or in the beginning the year... but now i have decided what my goal for the future should be. My goal for the next 6 months comprises of many small goals such as the following:

    1. Take time out on a regular basis to click
    2. Upgrade my photography skills
    3. Travel often
    4. Arrive at themes, focus on them and click
    5. Identify someone who can gift me a DSLR ;-)
    5. Lastly the major one - SET UP A HOME BASED STUDIO .............

  • kate July 13, 2010 09:28 pm

    HORRIBLY!! I'm so far behind on sorting through, let alone editing, all the pictures I've taken it's ridiculous. My only goal is to get through them faster and I am probably at least 3000 pictures behind.

  • Zack Jones July 13, 2010 08:49 pm

    I'm doing well with my goals for the year. I completed my 365 project (and don't plan to do that again anytime soon). One goal I set was to photograph at least 5 of the 20+ waterfalls in the upstate of South Carolina. So far I've done one and will get the other 4 during the second half of the year.

  • David July 13, 2010 08:34 pm

    I didn't really had a goal for 2010, unless you count "Get better in photography". Since I basicly only started a few years ago with photography, and only this year more often, I really see improvements in my photography.
    But the biggest problem I have is "What to do after shooting".
    So my goal for the next months is to startup a real workflow in Linux (I hardly use Windows). The second coal is to learn how to make corrections in my photographs using Gimp (I have some pictures that are dirty, since my censor was dirty :/
    So enough to do :)

  • Karen Stuebing July 13, 2010 08:30 pm

    My main goal was to do more street photography and overcome my reticence at taking candids of people.. Since I live in WV, it is very easy to get caught up in nature and landscape photography. However, as beautiful as it is, you become used to it and although you want to share it with others, it doesn't take you out of your comfort zone.

    I think I have come a long way at the street photography angle by going into town and shooting people on the main street. I discovered they didn't mind at all. I became such a fixture one woman asked me "Were you born with a camera?" :)

    These photos aren't on my Daily Shoot blog but on my Pbase galleries.

    I get a lot of requests for use of the old building and scenics from there. But I am most proud of my people photos.

    My second goal was to participate in the Daily Shoot which is my blog page. That's been about 75%, I discovered if I had no interest in the assignment or it was something I had already done a lot, I just skipped it.

    I did do the photo a day thing for 2 years picking my own subject matter but when I get told what to shoot, I don't do as well. :)

  • Dave July 13, 2010 07:26 pm

    Hey! I'm sort of new and not in a way. I've been getting the news letters since Feb 09 and in the last couple of weeks I've signed up to the forums, so I've been keeping an eye on the website.

    I missed the first posting for 2010 goals, so I thought I'll add one for half way throu the year.

    I've never really put pen to paper and thought about my goals for my photography because my home life and work have been taking more of my time, which is grinding me abit as I would like to get out and do more. I've managed to set-up a second website as the first I could not afford the domain name and the hosting fees, the one I have found is limited to what I can put up on there but it will work for the time being.

    I'm going to sort out flickr some that I can post some of my work on here but before I'll do that I'm going to make a water mark for my work, as in the past I've had work credited by other people.

    A nice to have would be a new camera because at the start I only got a 400D because looking at what I could realictly

  • Aramalia July 13, 2010 04:09 pm

    I'm a newbie in photography. So my simple goals are to learn more about photography to create images that speak of something. As a first step, I'm doing this Fun Weekend Photography Project by which I force myself to take photos during weekends.

  • Victor Howard July 13, 2010 02:52 pm

    My major goal was to develop a comfort level with my photography so I could shoot manual mode most of the time and not feel like I was always searching for the right settings. Also, I wanted to develop my skills to produce photographs that people enjoyed (not just the snaps of my family). This involved working to develop the ability to "see" the shot.

    Progress: 1) Started by going to a Nikon sponsored seminar/class. 2) Upgraded from D40X to D300S so all my controls are at my finger/thumb tips and not in menu. 3) Have camera with/near me 75% of time. 4) Been shooting a lot 5) post shots on DPS Critique Forum to get feedback.

    Results: I think I am progressing. I feel I am developing the ability to see the "big picture", but still struggle with the ability to see the "small things". Check out my shots on Flickr and let me know what you think: www.flickr.com/photos/victorhoward

  • Susan July 13, 2010 01:49 pm

    I was going to do a 52 (1 self portrait a week) on flickr. Started off well. But around 14-15ish I realized i was posting ones i wasn't proud of rather just something to covered the week with....so i stopped lol

  • Brittany July 13, 2010 01:05 pm

    My main goal is to discover my style and favorite things to shoot! I still don't know.
    I change my mind constantly about editing things and what looks good..I just want to develop a unique style of my own. Of course I would like to improve as well-perhaps start using some models in my pictures. =]
    I am also fascinated by Black & White photography, I want to experiment more with that.

  • hubman July 13, 2010 01:00 pm

    I got my first DSLR for Christmas and decided to undertake a Project365 for 2010 and post a picture a day on my blog. As of today I haven't missed a day and have moved to shooting almost entirely in manual mode. For the 2nd half of the year I simply hope to continue and complete my project.

    In the interest of full disclosure, if you visit my blog to look at any of my photography, there is quite a bit of other content that is not safe for work and sexual in nature. Don't want anyone to visit and be surprised or anything...

  • johnp July 13, 2010 12:35 pm

    My goal is to fill a very large photo album I was given for Xmas with A4 size quality prints. Sort of a 2010 year book. Only up to page 3 so not achieving at the moment! Visiting my daughter next month who is a teacher in a remote aboriginal school in FNQ so hope to take plenty of her primary school kids and the Daintree rainforest, etc up that way. As well as filling the album hopefully I'll also be able to print some out to give to the kids. Then off to India in December which should top up the album nicely (better buy some more ink!).

  • Erin McLeod July 13, 2010 11:52 am

    Thanks for posing the question. I think it's good to explicitly identify areas where you want to grow. I've recently re-embraced photography and have a skeleton "plan" which is to learn as much as I can how to express my vision in my photographs. That's a huge goal, and involves technical expertise in shooting, post-production knowledge, practice practice practice, and lots of looking at the photography of others. These are all tools that can, if I develop them well enough, allow me to put them to the deeper use of expressing my inner vision. I am learning how to ask myself "what do I want to say?" with this image, and accumulating more tools to give me increasing options and freedom to work within the frame to do this. It's been an amazing journey so far, and in some ways I have surpassed my own expectations. It's passion driving the bus. Your sight has been an important part of my working towards this ultimate goal, and I appreciate all the information, reviews, ideas and technical learning you have shared!

  • Mei Teng July 13, 2010 11:02 am

    I don't set any photographic goals. I like to take things one day at a time. That doesn't mean I don't strive to improve my photography skills. I try to shoot as often as I can.

  • Mei Teng July 13, 2010 10:59 am

    I don't set any photographic goals. I like to take each day as it comes.

  • Tyler July 13, 2010 10:46 am

    1 - My goal for this year has been a Photo 365 project, and not just any picture, but one of somewhat OK quality. I have taken a picture a day and posted it to my website, however, I will admit there have been some where I just took a picture because I had to for the goal and didn't put much thought into it. Having said that though I feel more of the pictures were thought out and planned.

    2 - My goal for the second half of the year is a sub goal of the Photo 365 project. It includes monthly mini goals. For the month of July I have been focusing mainly on iPhone 4 photography. I decided to do this so that I can focus more on composition and available light and subject rather than trying to getting settings right on the dSLR. By doing that I've noticed that I've been paying more attention to my surroundings and evaluating how I would take the picture, even when I can't take a picture at the moment. Next month will be B&W photography. For the rest of the year I will have a monthly goal within the 365 project.

    I have to say, DPS has been a great inspiration to me and has truly been the majority of where I have learned and bettered my photography. Through the articles, references to different ebooks, etc I truly feel I have improved in this field. I visit the site on a daily basis. Thanks for keeping it going.

    http://web.me.com/tjdhulst/Pura_Vida_Photography/Photo_365/Photo_365.html

  • barbara July 13, 2010 10:42 am

    I made 16 goals I wanted to achieve and have achieved all but 4. So I need to get some work displayed somewhere, get published (biggie that one - why did I ever think I could do that so early on), take a workshop & get to grips with Flash lighting.
    Some of the things I have achieved have been to take Monthly photo walks, find a Mentor, plan calenders for next year, compete in competitions, shoot a photo a day - http://lavenderlacephotos.blogspot.com/, follow other peoples Blogs, read a photography book/magazine a month.
    I also started a 101 strangers projects - http://alavenderlady.blogspot.com/ but have stalled in that so maybe for the next 6mths I will concentrate on finishing that

  • Photoboothguy July 13, 2010 10:05 am

    Let's see...

    I wanted to get up to at least 500,000 views on my flickr site. Thanks to being blogged on Flickr, I'm now up to 600,000.

    I wanted to perfect my sound trigger design. Instead, the creators of StopShot were nice enough to send me one :)

    I wanted to make enough money to buy a 5D Mark II. I got it last month.

    I got published in Popular Photography magazine. Not on the list, but I'm happy :)

  • Adam Silva July 13, 2010 09:01 am

    Having invested in a G10 (my first step in to photography) at the end of last year i vowed to complete a 365 Project. You can check out my pictures at http://www.facebook.com/silva.adam i am just over half way through and it has been a struggle at times.

    I have also started my own little blog at http://talltalesofashortman.blogspot.com/

    Future goals are to invest in a DSLR, but am badly torn between the Nikkon D90 and the Canon 550d at the moment so it could still be a few months off

  • dcclark July 13, 2010 08:23 am

    I set one big goal: Take a photo every single day this year. So far, so good! (check it out!).

    But, what was the point? Not to take a photo each day, so much as to get used to really seeing the things all around me. To that extent, I've been moderately successful. I have my fallbacks -- no inspiration? Walk up the hill to the Quincy mine and see what I can find. But I've definitely found some cool stuff. (Hint: try photographing a CF lightbulb. Way too much fun.)

    For the rest of the year, I want to focus on types of photography which I still haven't explored. A big one is portraits -- get over being scared of portraits, and just try it a lot. Maybe even try a formal portrait, which I've really never done.

  • Henny van Roomen July 13, 2010 07:32 am

    Hmm didn't have specific goals for the beginning of the year. Maybe making a living of photography(near my study).

    Did not really achieved that already, but I am having more plans and goals to focus and achieve that. Like building a decent portrait and promoportfolio which is going well so far! And for purchases a 50mm 1.8 prime and an extra light:)

  • Marco García July 13, 2010 07:25 am

    my first goal for this year was "buying a Camera"...

    in the 2009 i had a point and shoot.. and just when i started liking photography.. my point and shooot broke D=...

    so i decided to start "strong"...

    so i put my first goal to guy a camera during the 2010..

    when i began to work.. and with my first 2 salaries i got a Canon XSi on april =D

    just love it..

    now i have to lear "how to take pictures"

    that was my second goal.. and think it will take all my life.. because we never stop learning =D

  • Hayley July 13, 2010 07:19 am

    Hmm. I'm not sure if I actually remember formally making any goals other than a generic "Let's just go be super cool!!11!!".

    The last six months haven't been great. I was writing something about mid February and all of a sudden found that it really hurt to hold the pen. Hello, carpal tunnel syndrome! It's now July and the pain's still pretty bad. Medical treatment is a little slow coming (I think everybody is a bit amazed I've managed to cause this much damage to my muscles this side of 40!) but we're getting there. Obviously, it's a had an impact on photography.

    However, I have managed to achieve one or two things I'm pretty proud of. I re-vamped my website and started blogging. Events-wise, I was lucky enough to shoot at Graduate Fashion Week, which was really cool. London Fashion Week next maybe? (I can dream!). I also got to assist on a magazine editorial (I've done minor assisting jobs before but this was definitely my biggest to date) and would love to assist some more - maybe not this year but definitely before 2011 is over and done with. I'd quite like to place/be shortlisted in a competition before the year is over.

  • Andres Calle July 13, 2010 06:11 am

    Amazingly blessed... I've been working in stock photography since 2009 and this year I have been refocusing in many areas.... also doing lots of weddings and portraits! Loving the 2010! Im way ahead of what i've planned 6 months ago

  • DeepBlueRo July 13, 2010 06:09 am

    Very cool article ! I didn't set any photo goals for 2010 but until now it's a great (photographic) year! :)

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