Tuesday, January 31, 2012

195 - Competition

And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, 
it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
Andrew Carnegie

USA boat passing in front of the boat from Switzerland in the 2012 Rolex Cup

Monday, January 23, 2012

194 - Happiness

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
William Morris

Thursday, January 19, 2012

193 - Change

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. 
 Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. 
And out of hope, progress.
Bruce Barton

Monday, January 16, 2012

192 - The Mangrove

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
                                                                          John Muir

Monday, January 9, 2012

191 - Moon on Moon

For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, 
but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us.
Richard H. Baker

Friday, January 6, 2012

190 - Good Day

If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one.
Cavett Robert

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

189 - Improve in 2012, 10 ideas

Thinking about how you can improve your photography in the new year I came up with a list of items that might help. If you have any additional ideas please comment.

1. Review 2011 the Good Stuff

What images do you like and why, what images did friends like and why. Is there a common theme you can build on?

2. Review 2011 the Not So Good Stuff

What mistakes did you make. It is easy to ignore or delete bad images, revisit mistakes and make sure you know what you did and have you fixed the problem. Another reason to review mistakes is they can lead to new ideas.

3. Journal

Record findings in 1 and 2 in your journal. If you don’t have a journal start one.

4. Weakness

Vision, capture or post processing which is your weakness, if you don’t know ask a friend, don’t get defensive. This year work on your weakest area the most. Next year reevaluate.

5. Read More

Ten years to get good at anything shorten the time-frame by reading as much as you can about the techniques that interest you. More and more information is now online, but don’t forget about great resource in print. There are numerous books out there pertaining to your area of interest. Talk to photographers you respect and inquire which books they recommend reading. As you read photography blogs keep an eye out for posts on reviews and recommended reading. For example "The Photographer's Eye" by Michael Freeman.

6. Carry a Camera

Oh and use it. Practice techniques you know, practice something new you read about (see 5). Practice around the house, at parties, shopping, etc. Don’t wait for that field trip to pick up the camera.

7. Start a Simple Project

Work on your own or better yet get a friend and work together.

8. Put your Work out There

That doesn’t mean show your spouse or mom. Let friends and fellow photographers see it, ask for comments, don’t get defensive.

9. Look at Others Work

Look for inspiration, analyze why images you like are different than yours. Ask questions figure out how to do what others do.

10. Have FUN!!

If this is truly a passion it should be fun. If you are not having fun, figure out why.  Is there a fear getting in your way?  Examine it, talk about it, remove it.