A new year always brings new opportunities and a clean start to new experiences. The beginning of new year is the perfect time to set some new goals. If your goal is to improve your photography, you should definitely start a personal photography project.
A photography project will make you a better photographer, as it will force you to get out there with your camera. You will always have something to shoot and concentrate on. A photography project is one of the best ways to learn to see, as you will be focusing on one subject over and over again. A project will also keep you motivated, improve your portfolio and give you a chance to share your passion with the world.
While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half are still on target six months later. It’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm, especially when you feel that your creative spirit has left you. Here are some points for you to consider in order to significantly exceed your chances of starting a successful photography project.
Choose a subject. This is a very personal choice, but it should be something which really excites you or you really care about, as this will increase your chances to stick to your project.
Set a Timeline. Without a timeline you may never complete your project, so set a deadline for yourself. This can be a month, three months or a year. Keep your work schedule in mind so that you do not overwhelm yourself with work.
Set a Goal. Decide what you are trying to achieve with your photography project. Do you want to print a calendar, publish a book, or perhaps display your work in an exhibition? Having a greater purpose will keep you motivated.
To Share or not to Share. Decide who you will share your project with. Are you going to post your progress on Facebook, Instagram or Flickr? Perhaps you would like to set up a blog on Tumblr or WordPress. This will add commitment and accountability to your project.
Create a plan that you can easy follow. Make it simple. Keep practising. Remember that making mistakes is one of the best ways to learn. Don’t give up, even when it feels that you are not making any progress. Stick to your project, and in a few months you will be amazed how much you will achieve!.
What kind of project are you planning to undertake, and how are you going to show off all your hard work?
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