I’ll try to write down a short list of good intentions for us photographers, actually two.
5 good intentions for those who have just started
SET AN INTENT
Ask yourself why you want to shoot and only shoot when you have answered.
The first step is to abandon the mass of those who take photographs and start being a little more photographers.
OVERCOME THE TERROR OF THE “MANUAL”
Try it! Go beyond the usual automatic mode, experience the thrill of the “manual” and savor the feeling of being in control of every decision.
Buy yourself a good photography manual and try to read it all the way through. Sign up for an online course. Watch tutorials on YouTube (as long as it’s not your usual last-minute impromptu mentor).
Do not rely only on good luck and the “CANC” key, capable of making your mistakes disappear forever. Understanding the theory behind photography and putting it into practice consciously will be able to free your creativity and photographs will give you a lot more satisfaction.
GO OUT AT LEAST SIX TIMES ONLY TO TRIP
This is a recent commitment, practically once every two months, but try to honor it. Try to go out at least six times a year with the sole purpose of taking pictures and focus only on this, on what to shoot, on how to frame it, on how to expose it correctly. Six days out of three hundred and sixty-five to be dedicated only to photography.
GIVE YOURSELF A PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK
Go to the bookshop, wander around for a few tens of minutes and then choose one. Observing the works of great photographers helps to grow, is a source of inspiration and makes you want to go out and take pictures. Turning the pages of a photo book has many benefits.
5 good resolutions for those who already have experience
LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Are landscapes your forte? Take portraits. Is still life your bread? Go out and shoot on the street. Are portraits your passion? Shoot landscapes.
Do it! Strive to let go of what you feel most familiar and within which you move at your complete ease. Try your hand at lesser-known areas. Accept the challenge, overcoming natural resistances. The prize will be to photograph at a higher level.
CREATE A PERSONAL PROJECT
Assign yourself a photographic project and complete it. Choose the theme that interests you most and create a photographic project that has no less than ten shots and that knows how to tell the different aspects of your theme.
GIVE YOURSELF AN ACCESSORY It
doesn’t matter if you choose to give yourself a hotshoe flash or a tripod, a fixed 50mm, or a set of filters. What matters is that, whatever accessory you choose, you will make a promise to use it and you will keep it.
ARRANGE YOUR ARCHIVE
Make backups, tag archived shots, organize them carefully, clean up, look at your work with a more detached eye and focus on the path you have taken over time, in terms of style, language and technique.
ORGANIZE A PORTFOLIO
Choose up to twenty-five photos that you think best describe your photograph, print them and keep them in a portfolio. Replace the shots that you will gradually feel less yours with others more in tune.
Of course, these two shortlists just want to be the starting point to push you to always keep alive the desire to take pictures with the main goal of improving, click by click.