This time last year, I posted up some goals and set myself up for success or failure. In the previous post, I mentioned that I was inspired by the initiative that Tim Tebow took at the beginning of his senior year with the Florida Gators.
Accountability. When you enlist others to hold you accountable, you are driven by the fear of failure.
So I held myself accountable.
Here’s a quick recap of those goals.
1. Outgrow. My current camera body is rated for 100K actuations. That’s 100,000 times Canon says I should be able to take a picture before the camera has the potential to start failing. Why should I want my camera to fail? I don’t, but the more times I snap that shutter, the better I get. By setting that milestone, I dedicate myself to picking up the camera more frequently and really using it. Therefore, learning more.
2. Outreach. By attending at least 6 photogroup meetups this year, it will expand my depth of knowledge by collaborating with other experienced photographers. It will also give me the opportunity to pass along what I’ve learned thus far, which I enjoy doing.
3. Out do. Submit to at least 6 photography competitions this year as an incentive to shoot better quality pics.
4. Get legit. File the proper paperwork for a Tax ID number, sales tax, state registration,insurance, and join the PPA (Professional Photographers Association). This establishes me as a legitimate photographer and gives me credibility.
5. Get published. Show up in print in a serious publication. Something along the lines of Rolling Stone, Spin, Tulsa People, etc.
6. Get sponsored. Find a vendor to fund my passion. Something that I can back with a clean conscience. Something that I believe in using.
7. Get frequent. Update my blog at least twice a week. Staying connected, you know.
8. Get the good stuff.
Keep my investments in future lenses to L glass. Pricier, but from what I’ve seen so far, definitely worth the extra money. Don’t buy any lens, if at all possible, unless it’s the pro quality. Because it’s the lens that makes the image.
9. Get specialized. Find a photography genre that plays to my strengths, that I enjoy, and get plugged into that genre. Own that space. Be the (insert) photographer that everyone goes to for (insert) photography.
10. Give back. Find a way to be philanthropic to other photographers and the community as a whole. Give, and it will be given back to you.
All in all, not too bad. I’ll be posting up my 2011 goals before the end of the month.