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Belated Happy New Year

A belated Happy New Year to everyone.

I hope your end of year celebrations went as planned. We had a busy start to the year, some personal and website issues needed sorting and I think were now back on track.

This year I hope to indulge in more macro photography, we will see how that goes.

The camera manufacturers won’t want to hear this but…. I can’t really see me making any big purchases in 2017. I’m not replacing any bodies (unless something unforeseen happens) and the same probably goes for the lenses. What I have does the job for now. Although I don’t consider myself a gear head I might do an article on my current gear bag soon. For the time being I have other things to spend the hard earned on.

Anniversary year.

I will be watching to see how Nikon celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Some are hoping for a new model or two maybe even a mirrorless DX or FX. On Nikons past experience they are probably trying to figure out how to release a mirrorless without losing sales of their other models. Perhaps they will surprise us, more likely they will do the  same old, same old.

If you added to your equipment list most of all don’t forget to get out and use it.

Sometimes the period after Christmas into the New Year can be a bit …. meh.

Resolution time…..or not

Resolution time ….or not.

Many people make New Year resolutions. As I have posted before…. I dont.

You can commit yourself to anything you want….anytime you want. It doesn’t have to be New Year. Most resolutions probably dont make it to the end of January anyway.

As a photographer should I commit to anything?

Well that’s entirely up to you! Don’t do it because you read it somewhere. Do it because you want too.

I’ve tried various projects. Picture a month, picture a week and a 365 project, attempting to take a picture a day for a year. In my experience the picture a week proved challenging. I found myself on certain weeks just taking a picture of anything. Yep, it ticked the box but wasn’t particularly creative. That was when I realised a 365 project would be a chore for me. I would put myself under pressure to take photos, at the expense of creativity. Lets face it most us have enough going on in our lives without adding unnecessary complications.

Your mileage may vary, as they say.

What about some new kit in the new year?

Nothing wrong with something new and shiny, right? Well, yes and no. If your kit is missing something you will find useful and will add value to your photography then go for it. If that new bit of gear is satisfying your GAS then maybe think twice.

Well this is getting boring!!

I’m not saying don’t do anything or don’t buy anything. I’m suggesting you think about it first. Pick a project that you will be interested in and develop your creative side.

Instead of buying kit would your photography benefit more from a workshop? If workshops aren’t your thing how about using the money to go travelling? You could even take the other half 🙂

Why not downgrade?

Instead of using something more complicated try going the other way. Downgrade. Say what now? How about using that old DSLR or that point and shoot lurking in the back of the unofficial gear cupboard.

Free yourself from choosing exposure and autofocus settings and use your smartphone for a month or two. Chances are you don’t even know what your smartphone camera is capable of.

 

Make a list.

OK this one is basically free. My wife loves lists. Any chance for a list and she will make one. Sometimes even lists of lists. See where this is going? This habit (good or bad depending on your opinion) has rubbed off on me.

When i’m out and about I will make notes of potential locations if i’m somewhere and the light / weather / time of day isn’t right.  Did I mention here in Wales it can be overcast and rains a lot? We also get some glorious sunsets now and again 🙂

Whatever and however you decide to take your images have a fun photographic 2017.

Happy New Year.