20/20: Having Vision

I am dedicating the year 2020 and the future decade to “having vision.”

This will be all about clarity and figuring things out as they are sorted naturally in your life.

Testing out a new ring light by using my likeness in an indoor portrait session.

But for now, let’s focus on one day at a time, starting with right now.

What can you do right now that your future self will thank you for?

There’s so much that could be done, but so much more not to. Use this time wisely!

In this blog entry, I will explain 7 tips to help jumpstart a passion (in this case photography) and how to keep it throughout the year.

Devote more time to photography.

Even when not out with the DSLR, I will use any camera possible to take a shot, including my phone.

Working a full-time job or going to school? It can be difficult to find the time (and motivation) to get outside with the camera.

Set aside one day a week, depending on your schedule, to make a trip to a local nature reserve or other place of inspiration.

Many can sympathize when they’re stuck in a rut. Remember the reasons why you started in the first place and stick to them.

Write them down in a place where you can easily see it.

For me, I go out with camera to a very familiar location. No distractions, no expectations. This limitless feeling becomes very freeing.

Devote more time to studying your subjects.

This was my first visit to a local quarry, which helped paved the way to knowing the location better for future visits.

Nature photography rewards the ones who are most patient, which means you will need to spend more time out in the field.

Whether it be studying the best to photograph a landscape or various bird calls, knowledge is truly power in helping achieve the best photos.

I recommend using various field guides to study more about the flora and fauna you wanna capture.

This will allow you to understand more of what you are photographing, thus saving you time by knowing where to be at the right time.

Investing in new gear.

Me explaining how how lenses and flashes work.

Start budgeting, set aside a small amount of money from your day job or weekly income to put towards purchasing new equipment.

Maybe that new lens you’ve been drooling over, or side accessories like filters, a pair of binoculars, etc.

Likewise, purchasing new gear isn’t everything, in fact in my experience it can be better to work with whatever you have at the moment. Only obtain new tech if you absolutely need to solve a special task or achieve something, i.e. an extension tube for macro photography.

Learn something new.

Take up some photography classes, whether your high school offers them, your college, or through online classes. You may consider a paid seminar/lecture style course like at CreativeLive or private and public workshops through your favorite photographer.

There is a wealth of resources out there so you should always be eager to learn. Ask around and do your research!

Participate in a local art fair.

Register a booth at an event that accepts photography and sell prints while generating word-of-mouth.

It is a tried-and-true form of marketing and advertising. And it is still more relevant than ever in our social media-addled world.

Plus by meeting new prospective buyers. you are practicing your message and elevator pitch. This helps share your passion or hobby with others. A good impression on others that you care about your craft will make them more likely to buy something.

Print your work, and create/publish photo books or ebooks.

A framed piece of a waterfall a friend bought from me.

Printing your work is very satisfying. You can even hang and frame on your walls or give to others as gifts. If you are looking to sell, try one of your local festivals..

The art of physical or digital books have many uses, whether to appreciate on a book shelf or coffee table, or as a tool to help teach others.

Find a story to tell, and tell it through your photos.

Keepsakes like this will last a lifetime as well, the print medium is not dead!

Submit a story to a local newspaper or publication.

This got my start in photography with being “published” albeit for free.

This is how I got my start, landing a small little corner in the newspaper with a single photo.

This would be a big deal to land a column in your local news or other publications. Paid or not, it can be the thing to garner more interest in pursuing your craft.

It may even begin a working relationship with a press agent, which would be a worthwhile experience.

Like I said at the beginning, work a small step each day towards what you want in life, and many many steps later you will be at your destination.

Now that 2019 is behind us, what goals and plans do you have for 2020?

Have any other comments or questions? Leave it right down below.

Here’s to seeing clearly in 2020.

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Published by Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor is a 25 year old photographer located in Beavercreek Ohio, United States. Specializing in wildlife and landscapes both big and small, Ryan has sought to capture many different natural locations throughout the Buckeye State and beyond.

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