Deciding What You Want From Photography

Do you have photography goals?

Do you use your camera primarily in the role of family historian?

Do you use your camera to capture travel memories?

Are “nice photos” good enough?

(There’s nothing wrong with that, by the way.)

Is your biggest goal “just to have your photos turn out?”

Or do you use your camera as a form of creative expression?

Do you strive for better photos?

Do you look at professional photos and wonder how the photographer captured such magic?

Like many people, I use my camera in different ways at different times.

Sometimes I’m documenting life as I see it.

(This can be for personal reasons or perhaps to share with my readers.)

I took the above photo of a Shave Ice shack in Kauai.  It was different from anything I’d ever see where I live.

I wanted to remember it, the way it was.

Sometimes I’m expressing my creativity with my camera.

I took the above photo in San Francisco.  I was with a photographer friend and we were out having fun with our cameras.

Wandering around a city with a friend and a camera can be a lot of fun.

Other times I’m just working.

I find myself being hired more and more to cover “events” of one kind or another.

I enjoy the challenges created by event photography .

I find it fun to be in unique situations with my camera.

I may not be able to control the lighting or predict the photo opps at a live event –

But that’s also what makes photographing functions exciting and challenging.

What you want from photography can change over time, but I suggest you make goals.

Try deciding on three photography goals you’d like to achieve over the next six months.

Maybe you’d like to better understand a technical aspect of photography.

Perhaps you’d like to learn to shoot close-ups, or sunsets, or people, or monochromes.

What your goals are isn’t as important as defining them.

You will become more focused and more likely to succeed once you have something concrete to strive for.

Your photography will benefit once you decide, “I am learning XXXXXX over the next few months,”

Or, “I am working on improving my XXXXX shots.”

Big goals are easier to achieve when they’re broken into more manageable pieces.

There’s always more to learn, and ways to improve, your photography.

Begin by deciding what you’d like to learn or improve on with short term goals.

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