You picked up a camera for a reason. You had seen a photo that inspired you to pick up a camera. The photo made you feel that you wanted to learn more about photography. So you bought yourself a camera and began this journey into creativity. But now you feel stagnant, like your photography is not improving to the level of quality you saw in that first picture.
What you need is direction, some specific task to work on. Therefore, every year I create a photo bucket list.
If you want to be like the photographer who took that photo that first inspired you, continue learning. No one ever masters photography. It’s a process that’s constantly evolving.
Writing a list of techniques you want to learn will help you focus and improve how you think about making photos.
However, before you can move forward, look back at what you have already learned. What did you accomplish this year? What techniques have you already mastered that you can build on?
Maybe you want to improve your landscapes. Look over your photos of landscapes and ask yourself how can I make this better?
Or maybe you are already past that stage and looking for your photographic style in outdoor photography.
Always keep in mind what the current climate of society is when planning your bucket list for 2021. International travel might not be workable in the next year. So what can you do, close to home, while still achieving your list?
I like to create bucket lists instead of goals. Goals sound so boring and if you don’t achieve them you become disappointed with a bucket list, your ideas don’t seem so daunting.
Also, bucket lists don’t have to be long. The list only has to be a few points that you really want to perfect.
So go out in 2021 with some motivation and happiness. Make photography your cheerful place in this insane world.
Need some ideas for your bucket list? Take a peek at mine below.
My 2021 Photo Bucket List:
1. Learn and Play with Neutral Density Filters
This year I really want to try a neutral density filter on landscapes with water. It’s a technique I have always wanted to learn, and there is no time better than the present. Don’t know what neutral density filters are? Look at these examples.
2. Morning Forest Light
I want to spend more of my life in local forests capturing early morning sunbeams through the trees. It just seems like a good way to wake up in the morning.
3. Creative Self Portrait in Nature
Like most people, I don’t really enjoy having my picture taken, but as a part of a business, brand or whatever, others like to know who is behind the camera. There’s no better portrait than in a place you love!
4. Get my Work Into Local Galleries
Last year I had my first gallery show. I loved every minute of the process. I thought 2020 was going to be my year to get my work on more walls. Of course, that didn’t happen. So we’ll see how 2021 goes.
Ask yourself, “What do I really want to achieve with my photography?” Write it down, tell it to the world (for accountability) and go for it! I know you can do it.
Concentrating on a few things in a long timeframe will build your skills. You’ll become an expert in your area in no time.
So go make a bucket list and let me know some things from the list in the comments below.