Happy New Year! Like every beginning of the year, it is normal to consider new purposes. This year I have it clear, I have been dragging some photographic errors for some time that I am going to avoid.
I know that every year we gorge ourselves on purpose and then we don’t fulfill most. The problem is usually that they don’t end up being realistic targets. That is the rule, it is better to mark few, and that you know that you can fulfill them, that to cover too much. Of the list of eleven exercises that I proposed to myself last year , I have only missed two. The self-portrait and the photographic escape. I have this already planned for this year, the self-portrait is still my pending subject. I do not despair 😉.
Following the premise of last year, to set myself challenges that I can meet, I am clear about what I am going to do this year. I want to share them with you in case you agree to join my crusade against them.
PHOTOGRAPHIC MISTAKES THAT I WILL AVOID THIS NEW YEAR
- Do not print
- Not having a well-defined workflow
- Let myself be carried away by the likes
I am going to explain each of these photographic errors that I want to avoid. It may seem that they are not very photographic, but they are. Not all the mistakes that one makes in this art have to do with focus , exhibition and other technical aspects 😉
1. DO NOT PRINT
Although this year I printed one of my favorite photos of the year as I had proposed, the truth is that I still have many to print, especially family and a long time. And the more time passes the more it costs me, so this year I have proposed to start from scratch, that is, I will not wait to print 2016 to print 2020 because if I am not going to reach 2050 as I am. And no, it is not the way, because a photo that you do not print, a photo that does not exist.
It has accumulated thousands of images on the hard disk that will not see the light. This is like the purpose, better to print fewer photos than many on the hard drive.
2. NOT HAVING A WELL-DEFINED WORKFLOW
When I discovered the benefits of downloading all photos in the Lightroom catalog, adding keywords, creating collections, etc., I realized the time I have wasted searching for photos, duplicating, and so on.
But until now (at the blacksmith’s wooden spoon house) I have followed with a somewhat chaotic method, everything ordered that I try to be in my photos I think is to compensate for how messy I am in the rest of things. I am aware that this is the mistake that will cost me the most to avoid, but it is my personal challenge. I know I will make it. So it’s over with not having a well-defined workflow.
3. LET MYSELF BE CARRIED AWAY BY THE LIKES
I admit that this year has been a bit of love-hate with Instagram. I love everything it offers me but I also hate what it takes away from me. Sometimes it has robbed me of energy, other times and other self-esteem. I am aware that, above all, the latter is my responsibility. I have taken a distance and from there I have learned a lot, seeing things from the outside clears a lot.
There was a time when I felt the need to take photos to upload them to social networks and receive the expected and desired likes . Luckily, I’m overcoming that fever, I hardly upload photos. No, I know that is not the solution. The solution is that I will avoid uploading photos out of obligation or thinking of others. I’m only going to upload what I feel like, when I feel like it and thinking that I like it, if it receives likes like not, but before I will print it 😉. If I think that it is worth sharing something, I am clear that it should be printed first.