At the start of each year, I feel overwhelmed with the onslaught of self-books and articles, complicated organizational systems and calendars, and never-ending goal setting.
I saw these words on a very cool letterpress card from sapling press. Funny and true.
Dear New Year’s Resolution,
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
I think this is why I’m enjoying Christina Greve’s 7 Things To Do in 2017 To Improve Your Creative Life so much. There are only 7 things on the list, and they are guidelines rather than specific tasks to be accomplished.
Number three on the list, Learn and practice a new creative skill, style or tool.
If you want to be good at something you must practice. If you wish to be the best you must practice a whole lot. You can´t become a great photographer by spending time on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook looking at other people’s photos.
You must set time aside to explore, investigate and experiment to learn something new. As a photographer there´s so much to learn, so many skills to master – it can be overwhelming and frustrating at times.
To help yourself succeed, plan to learn a few new skills this year – but never try to do it all at once. One step at a time is the best way to go. And don´t put pressure on yourself to perform in any specific way, or imitate someone else work – just play and have fun and see how much better you will become.
I stopped to take a picture of trees with bare branches against the sunset sky of blue-orange in the shopping center parking lot. But something more interesting caught my attention. These guys were skateboarding in the road, over the speed bump. Clearly not permitted, and I guess not very smart, but they sure were having fun. I asked permission to take a few photos. The shutter speed wasn’t quite fast enough for sharpness and stop-action at night, but not bad for a first try. I’m planning to practice, learn, improve.