A quick tip to keep you motivated for years!

The thing about photography is that every day is different

There is no doubt you can enjoy photography for life and not do everything. There is always more to learn. However, it helps to be a little focused. Here’s a tip to help.

Lists help me keep a long view

If you are familiar with my article 50 ways to improve your photography – every day! you may also have read 15 great links for you to see 50 photos a day. You will probably also like One tip to keep your photography improving for ever!.

The one thing these have in common is that they provide a way for you to be exposed to lots of different photographs and images every day. A broad range of input helps you develop a broad outlook for your photography. That will help you take a rounded approach to your interest and lead you to experiment and learn.

The tip for today…

Extending yourself and exposing your ideas to a wide range of photographs will inevitably lead you to want to try some of them, or go to places you have seen in photos. To reach for this goal is one thing. But the idea is quickly lost in the competition for all the other things clambering for your attention.

So, make a “Shoot List”. A shoot list is a list of all the photographs you want to take one day. It is if you like, an ideas list. Set up a list or folder, or some recording method, for you to record the shots you would like to try and get done. Simple.

The beauty of this list is how motivating it is to have it sitting there. So many photographers spend a lot of money on their equipment and then it sits unused. With a shoot list on hand you will always have something you want to achieve in photography.

A shoot list is not like a big list of goals to achieve – lifetime ambitions, or even a life map. It is just something that you can keep around to help you try out some of the things you want to photograph.

When you don’t have time to do a set-up for a shot, your shoot list can help. Spend a little time finding out how to do one of your shots. Read about it here… look in other places on the Internet. Your preparation will help you get your shot later when you do have time.

Simple and easy. Achieving your photographic fun in bite-sized actions. Enjoy!

By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

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Damon Guy (Netkonnexion)

Damon is a writer-photog and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photographers.
See also: Editors ‘Bio’.

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