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Photo Goals 2009

I really like this short set of new year Lightroom resolutions over at the O’Reilly Lightroom Blog. I have lots of room to improve my own use of Lightroom specifically, and my approach to my photography in general. I do think I have a good start at some of it, and I’ve really enjoyed writing about my experiences with Lightroom: Specifically apropos of Gene’s article, I’ve written a bit about my approaches to Lightroom file organization, cleaning up duplicate keywords, and adopting a backup routine. It has also been very rewarding to get nice feedback from other LR users on those articles. I’m looking forward to continuing my Lightroom writing projects in 2009.

Beyond the software/organizational side of things, I’ve been thinking the past few days about other elements of my photography that I want to develop [aargh] in the coming months. I’m hesitating to call these “resolutions,” but perhaps that’s what they are. In no particular order, here are a few of them.

  • I’d like to take more photos of people. There’s a vibrance to portraits that I love to encounter in other peoples’ photostreams, and I don’t get much practice at it. H tolerates my saying “just a couple more” for only so long, after all.
  • Related to the above, I would love to make my photography a more social endeavor. Flagsbürgtown should offer lots of possibilities for this, but I haven’t really taken advantage of them. My first attempt at generating some interest in a photowalk via the local flickr group garnered exactly zero responses, but I’ll try, try again.
  • Seems like as good a year as any to start learning lighting and flash, doesn’t it?
  • Creative vision, etc, etc.

I kind of yadda-d that last one, but it’s probably the most important one to me. I’d really like to start turn my photography into something more personally expressive. To tell the truth, I’m not sure what that means, but I do think it’s time. This may mean I shoot more but post fewer photos, or identify some projects to take on — who knows? I’ll keep you posted.

To closeout, here’s a set of a few of my own favorite photos from 2008. No particular criteria, just a couple (or so) per month that I particularly liked. Click through to the flickr page for the full sized version and links to the individual photos.

A few faves from 2008

Happy new year!