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Photographer

kitty_empire

Posts: 864

Brighton, England, United Kingdom

I've been thinking a lot about where I want to take my photography.
Right now I'm just shooting random stuff that appears in my brain for fun.

Thinking I should set some goals and maybe get published, do an exhibit, make a book, I don't know.

So just wondering - do you guys have any specific photography goals or do you just shoot stuff for fun and/or a living?

Jan 15 13 11:57 am Link

Makeup Artist

ArtistryImage

Posts: 3010

Washington, District of Columbia, US

intense_puppy wrote:
...do you just shoot stuff for fun and/or a living?

When your work is your play and your play is your work then you have arrived...

I love my work with considerable passion... and yes working commercially for recompense is an important attribute in the equation of life's responsibilities...

all the best on your journey...

Jan 15 13 02:29 pm Link

Photographer

ELiffmann

Posts: 1417

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US

intense_puppy wrote:
I've been thinking a lot about where I want to take my photography.
Right now I'm just shooting random stuff that appears in my brain for fun.

Thinking I should set some goals and maybe get published, do an exhibit, make a book, I don't know.

So just wondering - do you guys have any specific photography goals or do you just shoot stuff for fun and/or a living?

I'd eventually like to join the local juried gallery and pay for a fancy super-telephoto through my photography.  Wife is preggers so the latter might change to diapers.

Jan 15 13 02:54 pm Link

Photographer

Untitled Photographer

Posts: 1207

Dallas, Texas, US

I shoot for fun but I still have goals (and take things seriously).  On my road map for 2013 I plan to

1) learn the art of printing
2) Learn how to incorporate layers

Yep.

Jan 15 13 02:57 pm Link

Photographer

Select Models

Posts: 36284

Rancho Cucamonga, California, US

What are your goals

To host even better and more fun photoshoots this year than I did last year... and with over 60 models and photographers on last years Sept 2nd 'Cruiseboat Photoshoot'... it's gonna be a pretty hard act to follow... wink

Jan 15 13 02:58 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

My goals for this year:

Shoot more
Launch my website
Move to a bigger market
Shoot more
Find a printer
Register my business
Shoot more
Enter some photography contests
Start selling prints (or at least make them available for sale)
Shoot more
Get into a group gallery show
Shoot more

smile

Jan 15 13 03:05 pm Link

Photographer

HO Photo

Posts: 522

Los Angeles, California, US

In order of importance:

1) Get better, produce better, more polished, more creative work.
2) Improve my artistic process. I'm thinking an art comp class.
3) Get published.
3a) Make a little money from this thing.

Jan 15 13 03:14 pm Link

Photographer

Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

The Brain: We're going to a place where the sun never sets, the size of your wallet matters, and actors and actresses slave all day.

Pinky: We're going to Denny's?

Jan 15 13 03:20 pm Link

Photographer

Supermodel Photographer

Posts: 3309

Oyster Bay, New York, US

intense_puppy wrote:
I'm just shooting random stuff that appears in my brain

Do you need a special lens for that?

Jan 15 13 03:27 pm Link

Photographer

Marcio Faustino

Posts: 2199

Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

My go is leaving my life photographing and selling my traditional prints.

Jan 15 13 04:56 pm Link

Photographer

Art Silva

Posts: 9709

Santa Barbara, California, US

World Peace.

Jan 15 13 05:19 pm Link

Photographer

Andrew Thomas Evans

Posts: 24078

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

intense_puppy wrote:
So just wondering - do you guys have any specific photography goals or do you just shoot stuff for fun and/or a living?

I want to be the go to person for higher end actor headshots here in town.

big_smile



Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

Jan 15 13 05:22 pm Link

Photographer

Xperience Media

Posts: 308

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

For me developing a personal style was intensly satisfying. My style is  environmental - where the setting becomes integral to the image whether on video or stills.  It works for me and makes me happy - as I'm not a commercial photographer personal satisfaction from the creative process is all that matters.

Jan 16 13 03:36 am Link

Photographer

Neil Snape

Posts: 9474

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Goals are to regain the momentum I had when doing still life, yet in a more touching personal way in beauty and portraits. No barriers on where or for what.

Havng a hard time making that happen where I live so some radical changes are coming.

Jan 16 13 03:43 am Link

Photographer

Matthew Abbott

Posts: 6

Annapolis, Maryland, US

My goal is just to have fun and to get beautiful ladies photos that make them happy. I seem to have arrived.

I still have room for improvement and try to make every shoot better than the last, but I've been busy enough that I have stopped looking for new models for the moment.

Jan 16 13 04:40 am Link

Photographer

Ken D Photography

Posts: 690

Marietta, Ohio, US

Simple, to become a better photographer.

Jan 16 13 04:52 am Link

Artist/Painter

MainePaintah

Posts: 1835

Saco, Maine, US

Goals for 2013:

To learn how to market myself better online.

Buy a Mercedes-Benz "Sprinter" Van so I can travel and paint more outside!

Jan 16 13 05:03 am Link

Photographer

Austin D

Posts: 16

Cary, North Carolina, US

MainePaintah wrote:
To learn how to market myself better online.

^This

Plus, make more money, aquire new gear.

I know it's shallow, but I'm really getting tired of some of my gear related limitations.

Jan 16 13 06:12 am Link

Photographer

PhillipM

Posts: 6890

Martin, Tennessee, US

intense_puppy wrote:
do you just shoot stuff for fun and/or a living?

Yep....

Jan 16 13 06:14 am Link

Photographer

KA Style

Posts: 1583

Syracuse, New York, US

Get on some of my creative type projects Ive slacked on and book more wedding/events.

Hat and Camera wrote:

^This

Plus, make more money, aquire new gear.

I know it's shallow, but I'm really getting tired of some of my gear related limitations.

IMO its no shallow its your reality. Sometimes gear Does limit you and its very real.

Jan 16 13 07:13 am Link

Photographer

Caveman Creations

Posts: 580

Fort Worth, Texas, US

My goal is to polish my style more, get a few things repaired that have been needing it for a while! Both of my WLU 600's are not working at the moment. I want to get more creative, and re-learn why I loved this so much before. Now that it's a job, I worry more about paying bills than what and how I shoot.

Jan 16 13 08:39 am Link

Photographer

Raphael Baker

Posts: 11

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Shoot more often

Jan 16 13 10:11 am Link

Photographer

Bruce Merwin

Posts: 3

Saint Augustine, Florida, US

My goals are to provide a comfortable, safe, fun, easy set for artists to work before the lens.

Jan 18 13 11:03 am Link

Photographer

dd photography

Posts: 944

San Diego, California, US

Great question. Where to go from here? What's the point of all this?

Jan 18 13 11:13 am Link

Photographer

FBY1K

Posts: 929

Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Short term: Find a job (I'll be a military retiree soon)

Mid term: "Sponge" as much knowledge as I can.

Long Term: Become great fetish photographer.

Starkey

Jan 18 13 11:17 am Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 23085

Salem, Oregon, US

regarding the work i do for pay my goal is to keep getting better at my craft (which sometimes involves more gear). also ever more efficient and profitable (which means less gear. lol). the goal is to do the least work for the most money while still making customers happy. but i'm not a non-profit organization or something offered as a free service to the community by the government or bored rich people.

regarding models, i just enjoy meeting new people and sometimes even make a friend or two.

Jan 18 13 11:47 am Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 23085

Salem, Oregon, US

unless you're french, maybe better not to ask such questions.

watched prometheus last night and for me the whole thing with the robot was the most interesting part (well, aside from watching charlize get flattened). a robot with a survival instinct? that wants to kill its parents (shades of cylons). interesting.

dd photography wrote:
What's the point of all this?

Jan 18 13 11:49 am Link

Photographer

FEN RIR Photo

Posts: 720

Westminster, Colorado, US

I would at least like this year, to get this hobby to pay for it's self.

Jan 18 13 11:56 am Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 23085

Salem, Oregon, US

the key is to stop spending on gear and start collecting money from clients. don't ask me how i know this. lol.

the problem is some things like weddings require a lot of gear. and every few years that gear starts to become somewhat obsolete.

Erik Ballew wrote:
I would at least like this year, to get this hobby to pay for it's self.

Jan 18 13 11:57 am Link

Photographer

dd photography

Posts: 944

San Diego, California, US

twoharts wrote:
the key is to stop spending on gear and start collecting money from clients. don't ask me how i know this. lol.

the problem is some things like weddings require a lot of gear. and every few years that gear starts to become somewhat obsolete.


I'd be careful of that. You make $$, then you have to manage that $$ and then it begins to turn into business/work.

I've got a business that fuels all this for me, keeps me free from working it.

Jan 18 13 01:44 pm Link

Photographer

AgX

Posts: 1472

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Specific goals: shoot, print, put it on the wall, improve.

Repeat.

Jan 18 13 01:56 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7319

New York, New York, US

Goals for 2013, shoot more! I am just greedy that way. Find new ways to be more creative in cs6 and develop a more diverse portfolio.

Jan 18 13 01:59 pm Link

Photographer

Sand Angel Photography

Posts: 569

Phoenix, Arizona, US

To get all the models and makeup artists to pay me instead.

/ducks

Jan 18 13 02:07 pm Link

Model

allison mindy

Posts: 1495

New York, New York, US

My goal is to make beautiful art smile

Jan 18 13 02:13 pm Link

Photographer

- BP Photo -

Posts: 236

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

I think my goal is to quit doing this and find a cheaper hobby.

Jan 18 13 06:52 pm Link

Photographer

R Michael Walker

Posts: 11987

Costa Mesa, California, US

Immortality

Jan 18 13 06:56 pm Link

Photographer

Solas

Posts: 10291

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I hope to hit 3 more regions of the Canadian Arctic this year, photographing and filming with a team. I'm planning to start in the Yukon and then explore all the way up to Inuvik and back. Perhaps August.

Jan 19 13 01:00 am Link