It’s that time of the year again where all you see are ‘self-improvement’ articles and ‘if there’s one thing you should do in 2018…’, so in an effort to create my own accountability I have written about 5 personal landscape photography goals I have for 2018.
Make at least 2 trips
I already have one booked in March 2018 – Iceland for 3 days. I cannot wait and as it is my first time, I kind of want to take it all in as opposed to rushing around trying to get every image under the sun. There are so many places in the UK I would like to visit. Scotland has a lot to offer, Snowdonia, Peak District…my favourite time of the year to shoot is Autumn so I plan to arrange one of these locations around that time. I have also been doing some research of the best seascape locations in Europe.
Try out astrophotography
I’m sure we’ve all seen truly remarkable images of the Milky Way accompanied with an interesting landscape. The more I see these images the more it inspires me to get out there to try and create these types of images myself. I think North Yorkshire is well suited to astrophotography as it has some of the lowest city and motorway light levels in the UK. Firstly I will invest in some kit I need, but once I have this I am keen to give it a go and with all the tutorials and online info available I should be able to overcome any obstacles.
Build my portfolio
This is kind of a gimme for any photographer; we all are looking to improve our portfolio and put our conscious and subconscious efforts into it every day. However I want to keep first and foremost the enjoyment of getting outdoors and taking images, and from there the chances are I will encounter some magical conditions throughout the year. A lot of the time it is just a case of putting yourself in front of majestic scenes the landscape has to offer, following your instinct and having the technical knowledge to execute the image.
Document my shoots
I try to get out at least once or twice a week at least for a shoot. One shoot takes a considerable amount of time and effort if you intend to get decent results. Weather reports, tide times, sun positions, location scouting all have to be done. Then it’s processing the images and cleaning the kit to do it all again. I think it may be beneficial to document this process and share my experiences (where I went, what I did, what I could of done differently, images I took etc) along the way, which I hope people will find valuable.
Grow my website
For me, although I absolutely love the ‘hobby’ of landscape photography, I would like my photography to have a purpose and share my images. My website should give me this responsibility and hopefully aid my development. Writing articles, showcasing my images, interacting and sharing what I have learned is something I enjoy and if nothing else gives me the opportunity to reflect on where I am going and what I can do better.
So there you go, 5 goals I have set myself for 2018. Let’s see what has happened in 12 months.