Yes, it's that time of year and besides, can you think of a better idea for a January 1st post? So as you may expect, by "photo resolutions" I'm not talking pixels-per-inch here, I mean photographic goals that I resolve to achieve during the course of the year to come. Here they are in no particular of priority:
- Back up my digital photo files, often and redundantly. Storage media such as external hard drives and optical disks are so affordable these days that there's no good reason no to.
- Scan more of my archival of photos on film. Some of my best work was shot on film and how else can I show it to you as an example of what I'm writing about?
- Make sure my best photos are identified and easy to find. By "easy to find" I mean within a minute or two. Surely I don't need to explain the reasoning behind this.
- Upgrade my printer. My Epson Stylus Photo R800 simply can't do what it need it to. I've got my eyes on a printer that can print up to 13x19-inches, has true gray inks for neutral black and white photos, and takes its time about draining its ink cartridges.
- Go on photo excursions more often, especially when the weather is good. That's the only way I'll get photos of something other than my home and kids (as much as I appreciate them both).
- Spend less time in front of my computer. This might sound odd coming from a blogger, but in my day job I design and script web-based training for large corporations. After six to eight hours of typing on a computer, the last thing I want to do is spend one or two more editing photos or scanning web sites. (And if you've ever wondered why I don't post more often, this is your answer.)
So that's my list, ladies and gentlemen. Care to share a few of yours? I'm particularly interested in anything that doesn't duplicate any of mine. If there's good reason to believe that your resolution needs explanation, please feel free to provide one.
One more thing: I've got lots of ideas for the year ahead, including equipment reviews, photo projects, tips and techniques. I may even start adding ads as a way to support my research and development efforts. If you have any strong feelings about this, pro or con, let me know. In the meantime, if you'd like to be a part of subsidizing this endeavor, feel free to drop a few bucks in the tip jar. You'll feel much better and so will I.
Happy New Year, my friends. Thanks for sticking with me. I promise to do my best to make Shutterfinger worth your return visits.