6 Actions Steps to Achieve Your Photography Goals

April 07, 2018 2 Comments

6 Actions Steps to Achieve Your Photography Goals

Let’s face it - learning any new skill can be a time-consuming and laborious task, and photography is no exception.

Often, people will tell you that to become skilled at something, you need to first set goals. The problem is, sometimes it’s hard to stick to your goals because life gets in the way. If you’re tired of making resolutions and goals that you never meet, a new approach may help.

Conventional goals can fall apart for several reasons, not the least of which is that sometimes they aren’t realistic. Other times, they’re just not actionable, or if they are, there’s no easy way to measure your progress.

Once you’re aware of problems like these, you can work to prevent them or fix them so you can be on your way to achieving your what you want with your camera.

Try these techniques to achieve your photography goals:

  • Pick realistic goals. One of the most frequent problems with goal-setting is that you may pick goals that aren’t realistic. Perhaps you want to work with big commercial clients, get published more in magazines, or just be a top-notch photographer. However, many of these goals are simply not possible when you’re just starting out. You may not understand to reach big clients or have the time to find out what every magazine wants. Besides, the competition in the photography industry is fierce!
  • It’s important to make your goals tangible. One way to keep on track with your plan to be a better photographer is to have tangible goals that encourage you to keep pursuing the larger dream. So, rather than saying, “I want to be a better photographer,” be more specific: “I want to learn how to use aperture priority mode.” This gives you something specific to work towards, and when you achieve that goal, you’ve got a tangible, identifiable skill to show for it.
  • Break goals into a journey. It’s easy to set a goal, miss it, and get upset. Instead of doing this to yourself with each goal, try breaking your long-term goals into multiple short-term goals. That enables you to view your goal as a journey, where each leg of the journey leads up to where you’ll finally arrive. Set milestones and rewards along the way. For example, if the ultimate goal is to understand the exposure triangle, set smaller goals to learn about its individual components - aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Not only are these smaller goals realistic, but they’re also tangible, too.
  • Measure your progress. In some cases, you may be close to achieving your goal, but you give up too soon. By measuring your progress, you’ll be able to see what you’re doing more clearly. When it comes to photography, it’s easy to track your progress by comparing before and after photos. So, when you set out to learn something new, like how to manipulate depth of field, take a practice photo. Then, once you’ve learned the factors that influence depth of field and how to manipulate them, take another photo of the same subject and compare your progress. You’ll be more motivated to stay on the journey and keep pushing toward your resolution if you can see your progress.
  • Ask for help. Sometimes you might fail simply because you don’t ask for help and try to do everything by yourself. Perhaps a little help will bring you success! It’s normal to need help along your journey. The great thing about photography is that there are so many talented photographers that are willing to help others out with tips, pointers, and advice. Instead of getting frustrated because you can’t figure out why your photos are blurry, asking for help can help you resolve the problem faster and make progress toward your long-term photography goals.
  • Feel free to adjust goals. You don’t have to stick with an old goal if the shoe no longer fits. Sometimes goals need to be changed and modified to better suit where you are right here and now with your photography skills or, for that matter, your desires for photography. If you started on this journey thinking that portraiture was your thing, but now you enjoy landscapes much more, sit down and change your goals to fit your present situation.

It’s important to remember that just because you don’t reach a goal doesn’t mean you haven’t achieved something. You will continue to grow even if you don’t reach your goals.

In some cases, failure may be a blessing because it teaches you valuable lessons you might not have realized before. Besides, failure isn’t the end - you can always set new goals! It’s more important to grow and become stronger than to reach every goal on your list.

In the end, if you want to achieve your goals with photography, you need to proactive! Take effective actions that support you and your goals, and you’ll find that achieving your dreams becomes much easier.




2 Responses

Patricia Dias Bretas
Patricia Dias Bretas

November 11, 2018

Perseguir, sem cessar, uma meta: Este é o segredo do sucesso.

Johnatan Pires de Souza
Johnatan Pires de Souza

April 22, 2018

Top, as metas são o combustivél para nossas vidas

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