I don’t typically make New Year resolutions, but this year, I’ve decided to set quite a few goals. After sifting through hundreds of photos I took over the holidays, and not knowing how to even begin tackling them, I realized that “becoming a better photographer” needs to be one of my goals.
My “Be a Better Photographer” plan is threefold.
- Take better pictures. I have a great camera, but I only know the basics of using it. I want to become more familiar with it, so I need to take time to read its manual. I’m also interested in taking photography classes. I’m game for some online classes, but I’d really like to find a local class so I can get hands-on help. I’m going to look into some resources for that, but I’d also love to hear your tips for learning photography skills. Is there a book, website or online course you recommend?
- Become a better editor. I used to never edit photos, but once I tried it, I realized what a huge difference it makes. I use Picmonkey for most of my basic editing, but I will use Photoshop at times for more complicated work. But I am by no means well-versed in the language of photo editing. The next thing I want to learn about is actions — what they are, how I use them, etc. Again, I’d love to know what resources you love for learning more about photo editing.
- Tackle the storage mess. Once my photos are taken and edited and turned into beautiful works of art that will someday grace gallery walls (a girl can dream), I want to store and share them properly. Right now, I store them in iPhoto and various folders on my desktop, and I back them up to an external hard drive. I have a Flickr Pro account, and I want to store and share them there, but honestly, I get confused by all the sets and groups and whatnot. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t find Flickr to be very user-friendly and easy to navigate. I want to get better with that. I’m sure there are probably some other online photo storage options available, but I’m not familiar with any of them. I also want to take the time to print and frame some of my pictures, because I want my home to be filled with photographic memories.
So help me out here. Give me your tips for tackling any of those three items. I’m all ears!Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by YesVideo, a fantastic photo and video preservation service. I am compensated for my work with YesVideo. All thoughts and opinions are my own.