Today I’m feeling inspired by Sunset magazine and their “What to Do in Your Garden” monthly checklist section in the front of the magazine. It occurred to me, why not apply this to photography? We are in limbo between seasons. Winter is slowly slipping away here in Missoula as the snow melts and the longer days bring more and more sun. While I find that the muck and bare trees left by the receding snow don’t capture my creative eye, it is the perfect time to turn inside and work on my technique, print my photographs, and do general photography spring cleaning. Consider assigning yourself the following tasks this month:
- Edit. How long has it been since you went through your image files? Go through your image files and organize them, delete the ones you can confidently categorize as pure garbage.
- Print your favorite images. It’s always a good idea to look at a hard copy of your images. Pick 5-10 images and print them yourself or send them to your favorite print shop. Then hang them up! Tape them to your wall, frame them, whatever you need to do to live with them for a bit. You will find that looking at the images everyday will help you see what you really like and would change the next time around.
- Pull out your flash and play! How often do you use your flash or sit down and refresh your memory on how to use it? If you use your flash all the time then instead choose the piece of equipment that gathers dust in your camera bag and re-familiarize yourself with it.
- Make a photography task list. Make a list of all the things that you would like to learn or accomplish in the next few months to a year. It can be as simple as “Photograph three times a month,” or as involved as “Finally learn Lightroom® in 2010.” Assigning a task list gives your photography more importance and will likely lead you to making it more prominent in your life.