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Photo goals 2011

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Sam Posten, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
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    - develop more meaningful shots and worry less about technical BS.   - Tell better stories.   - Capture and share genuine emotions.   - Explore more! - surprise myself and others - give back to others who have helped me and continue to pay it forward What are yours? Happy 2011 all!
     
  2. Scott Merryfield

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    1. Work on my long lens technique to capture better wildlife images. We plan to return to Yellowstone this summer, so I plan to take a couple of spring trips to the zoo to practice beforehand.
    2. Improve my use of flash. This is my weakest skill, and the one I use the least.
    3. Improve my people photos -- getting better at capturing candid moments. I started working on this over the holidays at family gatherings.
    4. Look for new photo opportunities in old locations. This will especially be true in Yellowstone, as it will be my fifth trip there. However, I want to find some new takes on events and places around our hometown, too.
     
  3. Sam Posten

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    Awesome Scott, Yellowstone is definitely on my bucket list!
     
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    -Improve my composition


    -Better familiarity with my flash unit


    -Sell some of my existing equipment for upgrades
     
  5. Sam Posten

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    TOP's advice, which I don't think I will follow:

    http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2011/01/looking-for-a-photographic-resolution.html
     
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    Take a portraiture course or two (studio and/or available light).


    Continue to refine my bounce flash technique.


    Maybe sell some stuff. I'll keep you guys posted. :)
     
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    Read the manual for the camera 2 more times

    Familiarize myself with all controls

    And yes, take more pics in RAW.....
     
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    Yellowstone is probably my favorite place to visit. It has so many things to offer -- mountains, thermal areas, canyons, waterfalls, great hiking, and the best wildlife experience in the country. Plus, the Grand Tetons are just a short drive away. We spend an entire week in the park each time we visit, and never come close to running out of things to do.
     
  9. Sam Posten

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    Yeah, but I need to budget the 600mm before I can budget the Yellowstone trip to play with it! =)
     
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    Anti goals:

    http://www.americansuburbx.com/2009/07/theory-paul-graham-photography-is-easy.html


    Just do.
     
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    I know you were just kidding, but although having as much focal reach as you can afford at Yellowstone is ideal, there are a lot of wildlife photo opportunities with a shorter length telephoto. On our last trip 300mm on a crop body was my longest focal length, and I will be going with 400mm maximum on a crop this time. The subjects where focal length matters the most are the wolves and sometimes the grizzlies, but even 600mm would not be enough sometimes with those subjects. Elk, bison, big horn sheep and black bears can be seen quite close by. Here are a few examples from our last trip -- no cropping done:











     
  12. Sam Posten

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    You're killing me here, Smalls!
     
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    My goals for 2011:


    —Take better shots instead of more.


    —Start making more connections with other photographers.


    —Get some monolights.


    —Practice, practice, PRACTICE!


    —Look at more art to inspire me.
     
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    These are all Mouth Watering! Mine is to capture photos like this (nature inspired) either in European Alps or Alaskan wilderness.

     

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