Last night was the end of 2013 and I had all these great plans to go up to a hill near us and see if I could get some images of the fireworks in the city, but I couldn’t stay awake. I’m getting to old. Though I had an idea of what I wanted to do today, I couldn’t think of any images, then I remembered some I had and I know if my daughters see these I will probably get into trouble.
Here are my daughters on one of their last days of high school. They get to dress up, so Briony went as Madeline and Klara went as our cat Tiddles. Seems appropriate for Klara. They both made their own costumes and I think they should both be proud of what they did.
We are in a transition period here at our house. They both finished high school at the same time and now they are waiting to find out what happens next. They are both off to University, but we are not sure what courses they will be accepted into yet. Big changes for all of us.
This post was not intended to be about them, but about where I want to go in 2014. What my plans are. I don’t have a lot, but there are some things I really want to achieve in the next year.
In the image above I have started learning some new techniques for skin retouching. I thought I would start the year off by trying something new. It wasn’t a great photo to try it with.
I think the technique worked a lot better with this one of Briony. I am trying out a technique I learned from Joel Grimes when he was on creativeLIVE recently. I think I like it, but I need to practice it a lot more.
The image above was also taken with my wide angle, something I picked up from Joel. I quite like it and this year I hope to experiment a lot more with portraits and try using difference lenses to see what I can achieve.
One of my biggest plans this year is to really do more of the portraits. I want to do a lot more and experiment a lot more. I like where I began, but I want to make them my own and the artist in me is crying out to do more.
I would also like to master compositing this year. I want to get a lot better at it, that way my portraits can be exactly what I want. It will also mean building libraries of textures, and backgrounds. I have the portable studio set up now, so now I just need to go for the Leanne Cole Look.
A friend and I are going to be working on a project together, I don’t want to go into too much just yet, but we are hoping to do a project with her textile background and my photography and end up with something we can show in a gallery. I also want to try and get more of my own work into some galleries as well.
Architecture is something I love doing, but doing the fine art images of it kind of got sidelined last year, so I want to get into that a lot more. I miss working on the building images that I take. I have tended to just take them, process them quickly and put them into the a Weekend Wandering post, which I will probably still do a lot, but I would like to start picking some images and seeing what else I can do with them.
I have already spoken about my weekend wandering posts and what I want to do with them, so if you missed that, go back a couple of days.
I have enjoyed writing for Photographers.com.au and I really want to continue doing that. It would be good to get some work into some magazines, though not really sure how possible that is, but will continue trying.
The last thing that I want to achieve this year is to build my business a lot more. I did okay last year, considering I was transitioning from the cycling photography to other things, but I would like to do a lot better this year. I am going to have to learn how to market myself better.
So I don’t think there is anything there that isn’t really achievable, I need to stay focused and to be positive about where I am going. This blog is, of course, an integral part of all of the above and you will see it all happening.
I hope you have some great plans for the year ahead and hopefully we can all achieve them. Good Luck.