What are some of your goals?

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What are some of your goals?

I'm trying to set myself some goals for the next 3-6 months, so I'm just curious to see what some of everyone else's are. I know we're all on different levels of photography here, so I'll be excited to see everyone grow.
Some of mine are -
*Put together my anniversary post for here! Haha! I guess that's an easy one to be able to cross off my list and get me going with the rest of them. Smile

*Really learn the ins and outs of studio lighting - this is kinda a must for me throughout the winter months. I have a general idea and can produce a nice image, but I would like to take it to the next level by really gaining an understanding of the technical.

*Explore more creativity with poses and locations

*Nail exposure in camera a little more consistently so I don't have to mess with it in PP.

*Get print material designed and printed for my business

*Start to tie in more personal posts in my photography blog so my clients can really get to know me and connect with me as a photographer

*Save enough money to purchase my first L glass

What are some of yours? Feel free to share any tips you may have to help each other reach specific goals. Smile

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hi Erica!!!! Haven't seen you here in ages! Great thread idea, putting my goals in writing definitely is a good thing.

* Decide on where I want to go with my photography - do I get a business license to write off my expenses while I am not bringing in any income? I'm in learning mode, and don't know where I want to go.

* Learn more about OCF, invest in a basic kit that will allow me to use it

* Be more efficient in my PPing, as I need to spend less time editing ... I'm not sure if that means I need to be happier with what comes off the camera or if I just need to refine my style and have the same steps for most photos.

* Become more active in lifestyle photography - I have four kids, I need to capture them in their different modes

* Continue to learn and grow with my photography - rely less on luck and more on skill when it comes to proper exposure

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Yeah, I know I've been scarce around here! I've been trying to post on other people's threads before I start my own. Smile
You have some great goals, Gwen!

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Gwen- LOVE your goals, mine are a lot like yours.

Some of mine are a little dumb, but they are my goals.

** I need to learn how to create a watermark so I feel more comfortable posting online.
**Work on capturing the pic IN the camera, instead of editing.
**Read my manual again, and again.
**Do a LOT more free photo shoots.
**Learn some more poses.

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Sadie, I don't know if you've seen this, but here is a tutorial on how to make a watermark in Photoshop: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showpost.php?p=6191911&postcount=11

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- buy a decent camera...tired of having to rely on my p&s that doesn't allow much room to manipulate

- learn posing

- learn photoshop - although I like a PP that said to get better getting a great shot IN the camera rather than editing a lot.

- getting brave and asking friends/families if I can shoot them for practice. I have a couple of pregnant friends and that would be perfect to go ahead and start now with them!

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Sadie - here's another link that someone posted in an earlier thread of mine that was SO easy for me to follow and create one!

http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=465025&highlight=watermark+tutorial

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"ELeigh" wrote:

Sadie, I don't know if you've seen this, but here is a tutorial on how to make a watermark in Photoshop: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showpost.php?p=6191911&postcount=11

I don't have photoshop. I only have PSP. I printed a tutorial off the other day, but it was for a different version. I need to keep looking. Thanks though!

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Erica, I'm using some of yours since some of mine are the same Wink

*Ask some more friends and family to photo their kids for practice. Start taking way more pics and hopefully for them to not all be of DS Wink

*Explore more creativity with poses and locations

*Nail exposure in camera a little more consistently so I don't have to mess with it in PP.

*Do 2 online classes

*Possibly get up the guts to ask a local photographer to be my mentor, so that I can see first hand if this is something I want to pursue more than just a hobby.

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* Be brave enough to attempt RAW

* Figure out white balance

* Figure out my speedlight that I've had for over a year and still am not good at and research to see if its possible to take it off camera. I dunno if I can...its a canon 430ex.

* Attempt studio lighting (just found a local store near me that RENTS studio equipment, need to block off a weekend and give that a try)

* Continue learning photoshop elements and really aiming for "clean pp"

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Jess, I remember needing bravery for RAW. I shot in RAW+jpg for a while, until I was comfortable. But then two months ago when I was shooting my cousin's wedding, I filled my card really fast (4GB - luckily I have two of them) and as I was changing the card I went RAW only and haven't gone back. Just make the leap, you'll be glad you did. And I'm in the same boat with the 430EX - you can do OCF, but you have to buy all sorts of stuff to do it. I've been researching it a little, and know what I need to buy. But I have to decide if I want to spend money on that or on CS3 (which I can get more easily than CS4).

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-continue reading and then applying what I learn from Kelby CS4 for photographers
-work on focus
-decide on what I want for xmas (thinking sb600 but flash scares me, I like natural light but am lacking light to practice)

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Good thread!!

- find my "style"
- really understand my speedlight, rather than just guessing and getting lucky
- find another course to do, more advanced than the last one.
- get to grips with consistent PP
- decide what lens I want next!
- get calibrated!

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GREAT Idea

* try to get out there more.... find some new places to shoot.

* work up the courage to ask some local plant nurseries to let me shoot their flowers.

* work on perception and try to see things differently, cityscapes and street scenes, beach shots, local landmarks, reflections etc

*Get that 100mm 2.8 macro lens I have been drooling over :drool:

*try new things.... two babies being born very soon(hopefully my nephew tonight) so I can't wait till I can have a go at that Biggrin And my friend is getting married in march next year so I am hoping for some good opportunities there.

* definitely work with my speedlight.

* Tackle night time photography.

Wow all that hmmm...

Cazz

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- Nail exposure, just like everyone else!
- Take the MLK online course, dying to do that!
- Learn more about my speedlight and possibly upgrade
- Learn how to pose people. I am not big on poses, but hello, I am going to have to add it to my bag of tricks to SOME extent!
- Take a family picture of MY family
- Learn how to fix colors in photoshop as best I can, I hate when I get color cast from environment
- This might sound sooo bad but, I really need to learn how it is that you know how close you can stand (or how far) to get optimal use out of your lenses. I know it obviously varies, but I don't know the distances for any of them. Too close is pretty easy to figure out, and 10 miles is too far...but in between? Ugh...

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Melanie, there was a recent thread on ILP about how to fix both localized and all over color casts if you couldn't avoid them all together.
http://ilovephotography.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=395855

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Melanie, I am DYING to take the MLK course too. I've asked for it for Christmas, so we'll see what happens.

Here are some of mine:

*Learn to shoot in manual instead of AP mode all of the time

*Get more familiar/comfortable shooting in full sun

*Nail exposure in camera so I don't have to fix so much in PS

*Get more creative with posing

*figure out how to scrape up the money for either the 28-75 or 85mm (or both Lol

*figure out speedlight/indoor lighting

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Hmm, I haven't really thought much about it, but should!
A few things off the top of my head...

- Master OCF and decide what kind of lights I want for my studio set up.
- Set up a more permanent studio in my basement.
- Get more comfortable posing large groups and families. (Taking the Sandy Puc seminar in January - YAY!)
- Faster turnaround time for clients. I want to get their photos done within 1 week.
- Get the 27" iMac (and relearn Mac). I have been editing on my laptop which is fine, but 27" inches of screen is 10 more than I have now!
-Organize, organize, organize!

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This is a great thread. I love hearing everyones goals. For now by biggest goal is to ask people if I can take their picture. I'm having difficulty progressing at all because my son refuses to cooperate, and I am far too shy to ask anyone if I can practice on them. I really need to just get over it! Smile

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"coolmama72" wrote:

And I'm in the same boat with the 430EX - you can do OCF, but you have to buy all sorts of stuff to do it. I've been researching it a little, and know what I need to buy.

Don't want to hijack this thread, but Gwen, I did some research tonight and will it really be over $300 for OCF with the 430ex? I'd love to hear what you came up with.