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by Stephanie Hyde December. 28, 2017 738 views

With the new year upon us let's talk photography goals for 2018. I haven't landed on a certain goal for the new year yet. I'd like to work on mastering flash as well as studio lighting in case I'd like to start doing mini sessions. I need to learn head swaps. I'd also like to dip my toe into real estate photography but that would require a new lens which I don't have the $$ for at the moment.

I'm at the point where I'm still experimenting with all kinds of different forms of photography to see if any of them I like enough to lead to some income for my family. My personality is such that I want all the fancy things for each of these endeavors but the reality is I have to do pretty much all my photography on a shoe string budget. I'm pretty sure my husband was relieved that I didn't ask for any major photography equipment for Christmas. I'm currently fantasizing about a full frame camera but that would mean more lenses...must make due with what I have. So, tell me what your photography goals are for 2018.

Salvia frozen in time

Salvia frozen in time

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Helen Hooker 2 years, 11 months ago

It sounds like you have lots of plans! I'm going to continue my ongoing 365 (I'm now at the start of my tenth year!) and hope my photography will continue to improve. I'm trying to be more deliberate and thoughtful in the way I shoot - more consideration and less 'spray and pray' but it does depend on what I'm shooting. Perhaps I should use my film camera more often - the cost involved certainly focuses my mind! That said, I have just ordered a new camera so that should provide me with plenty of inspiration too. grinning

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Lisa Britton 2 years, 11 months ago

This is an awesome shot. The blue is a perfect background.
My goals this year are to continue with the 365 and continue to learn about my photography. Since I now have an actual camera I need to learn how to use it, and all of the lens that came with it. I would like to get Photoshop to help with my editing. Do you have a recommendation between Photoshop and Light Room? I am very excited about the new year and everything there is to learn. I would love for you to maybe pick a subject a month or for 2 months and work that aspect of photography for that time frame to see what area you really do enjoy the most, Say you pick Family photos for 60 days get friends and of course your family and take those shots during that time, then move to professional head shots, real estate, nature, etc. Never give in, make it work with what you have for now and eventually the right pieces will fall in place. I just did an entire year of photos with no experience and an IPhone and have learned soooo much. You can do whatever you set your mind to!

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Stephanie Hyde Replied to Lisa Britton 2 years, 11 months ago

I love Lightroom and would recommend it over Photoshop.  Photoshop is more for heavy editing and photo manipulation.  I'm also trying out Luminar 2018 which is sort of a Lightroom/Photoshop combo the has a Lightroom feel.Luminar2018 you buy outright (I paid $59) but Lightroom and Photoshop is a monthly subscription.  I bought the stand alone version of Lightroom 6 but sadly they have done away with that option.  Now you just pay monthly.  I don't like monthly subscriptions personally which is what is prompting me to learn Luminar.  Others here are using other free software. I like your suggestions for dipping my feet in....thank you!

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Lisa Britton Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 11 months ago

Thank you, Stephanie.
Can't wait to see what your first subject trial will be - Good luck!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 11 months ago

Frozen blue and white bubbles - I love this picture!
Real estate photography? A new lense will be helpful, but don't forget in the end not lense makes the picture - you will do it! Think about what you don't like about the usual pictures. Think as a cusomer/buyer, try to make it better as the other photgraphers. Therefore: Don't wait for the lense!

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Stephanie Hyde Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 11 months ago

True Sigrid!  I only have a crop sensor camera so my 35 mms lens is my widest lens and still probably wouldn't be able to photograph an entire room wall to wall since the cropping really makes it more like a 50mm.  Thanks so much for your wonderful advice and support!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 11 months ago

OMG, sorry I forgot, I always thinking in typical European room sizes, which are lot smaller as a usual Amercian house. Maybe my dream kitchen would fit easily in your cupboard and the rest of our flat in your garage! joy Indeed, a  nmuch "bigger" lens would be very useful
I'm always pissed off by Austrian real estate photography, which is completely unprofessional and not very informative! They are capable to photograph right into a loo, but not smart enough to step back to photograph the entire 2 m² room ...

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 11 months ago

I know what you mean ,  am on a budget to for mu photo equipment. Goals mmmmh....... Would like to get some photos out there, in a culturel centre hanging in a cafetaria, get in a small exhibition or get one published. But the main goal is still learning to get the most out of my Fuji ( not have the money for a better one ). Not want to live from them, just a bit of recognizion would be nice.
So get stuck in it mom , you can do it

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Stephanie Hyde Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 11 months ago

I love your goals Peter...there is no doubt in my mind that you can achieve them!  If only we had unlimited amounts of money to throw at our joy of Photography.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 11 months ago

We can wish

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 11 months ago

First of all I love this shot. The blue really enhances the ice and the cold. Unlike you, I did ask for photography equipment this year (again) specifically a full frame camera, which my husband graciously bought for me, of course that was after an extensive search, reading, and soliciting suggestions from one of the photography groups I belong to. I opened the box, played with the camera for a couple of days and then realized that this particular model was not the one that I really wanted, (a woman's mind is always proned to change). So packed up the camera and shipped it back. Now waiting for the replacement. So I would say, one of my goals for 2018 is to learn to use the full frame camera, second goal is to continue the 365 challenge. I have learned a ton from this challenge and hope to learn even more.

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Stephanie Hyde Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 11 months ago

Which camera was this and what camera did you ultimately decide on?  I'm insanely jealous!  Regardless, it's a big jump in performance from the Nikon 3xxx series to a full frame.  You are going to have so much fun!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 11 months ago

Initially it was the D610, but I switched to the D750.  I only have one lens that is not a DX and that is the 50mm.  But I figured I will still use the D3300 with my 18-300 lens (it is the best lens ever, I truly love it because of its versatility, and  I have to force myself to use the 50mm). BTW the price on the 750 dropped hence how I was able to switch.

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Stephanie Hyde Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 11 months ago

Excellent choice...I've heard the 750 is a total workhorse.  Waaaaahhhh...I want one too, lol!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 11 months ago

Favs. My goal is just to have fun with life and photography. Good luck to your endeavour my friend

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Stephanie Hyde Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 11 months ago

Excellent goal my friend!

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