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Photographer
intense_puppy
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  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ArtistryImage
Posts: 2,712
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  Quote 
Photographer
ELiffmann
Posts: 1,396
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  Quote 
Photographer
Untitled Photographer
Posts: 1,179
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  Quote 
Photographer
Select Models
Posts: 35,561
Upland, 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  Quote 
Photographer
DAN CRUIKSHANK
Posts: 1,786
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  Quote 
Photographer
HO Photo
Posts: 515
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Supermodel Photographer
Posts: 3,309
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  Quote 
Photographer
Marciofs
Posts: 1,936
Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany


My go is leaving my life photographing and selling my traditional prints.
Jan 15 13 04:56 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Art Silva
Posts: 9,043
Santa Barbara, California, US


World Peace.
Jan 15 13 05:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Andrew Thomas Evans
Posts: 24,078
Toulon, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, France


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  Quote 
Photographer
AG Media 13
Posts: 227
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 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  Quote 
Photographer
Neil Snape
Posts: 9,449
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Ken D Photography
Posts: 672
Marietta, Ohio, US


Simple, to become a better photographer.
Jan 16 13 04:52 am  Link  Quote 
Artist/Painter
MainePaintah
Posts: 1,701
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  Quote 
Photographer
Hat and Camera
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  Quote 
Photographer
PhillipM
Posts: 6,305
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  Quote 
Photographer
KA Style
Posts: 1,577
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Raphael Baker
Posts: 11
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Shoot more often
Jan 16 13 10:11 am  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
dd photography
Posts: 862
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  Quote 
Photographer
FBY1K
Posts: 900
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  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,262
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  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,262
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  Quote 
Photographer
Erik Ballew
Posts: 714
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  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,262
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  Quote 
Photographer
dd photography
Posts: 862
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  Quote 
Photographer
AgX
Posts: 1,210
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


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

Repeat.
Jan 18 13 01:56 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,999
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Model
allison mindy
Posts: 1,495
New York, New York, US


My goal is to make beautiful art smile
Jan 18 13 02:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
- BP Photo -
Posts: 208
Cincinnati, Ohio, US


I think my goal is to quit doing this and find a cheaper hobby.
Jan 18 13 06:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
R Michael Walker
Posts: 11,974
Costa Mesa, California, US


Immortality
Jan 18 13 06:56 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Solas
Posts: 9,486
Toronto, Ontario, 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  Quote 
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