My 5 New Years Resolutions for 2014

my-5-new-years-resolutions-for-2014.pngIt’s that time of year just before the gym is packed and schools fill due to folks making and breaking their New Year’s resolutions in hopes of improving themselves. I’ve never really done the New Year’s resolutions thing. This article should more be titled “My 5 Goals for 2014”. It sounds more positive as resolutions are known for being failed. As my goals are set year-round and not just once at the beginning of the year… I believe in setting goals and reassessing throughout the year, setting even more goals throughout the year. My 5 starter goals for the year are:


1. To attend more NYCDPW Workshops in a student capacity. I tend to spend any Workshops that I am at because I have to be in the location for the instructors, working on my laptop. I can always learn more and even if I have sat through a Workshop before, a) repetition makes for better learning and b) every instructor will teach you in their own way and what you may not have gotten from one instructor, you may have the “ah-ha” moment with another instructor.


2. To lead more Photo Walks for NYCDPW in 2014. Practice makes “almost” perfect and leading and guiding Photo Walks for the group will help students practice shooting outside of the classroom.


3. To teach a new topic or two that I’ve never taught before. I have been shooting for over 10 years and have learned so much since inception of this group through sitting through countless Workshops from our great instructors. I teach a few Workshops already but I’d like to try a few new topics.


4. To master photo editing in both Lightroom and Photoshop. I am familiar with and use both programs but I would like to be able to do more complicated manipulation. Through the two 6-hour Lightroom Intensive series and upcoming Photoshop mini-series, then subsequently two Photoshop Intensive series, I should be able to do more with my photos both past and present.


5. To shoot more! I spend so much time planning for NYCDPW that I rarely have the time to shoot for fun. In guiding more photo walks and taking more personal time for myself, I hope to shoot more to build up my portfolio.


Make your photography new years resolutions. We hope that we will be a part of your plans. Our goal is to take your photography skills to the next level and to do so through very intense specific Workshops. Take a look at our Study Tracks programs and plan from there. Here’s to 2014…Happy New Year!


– by Dawn M. Wayand


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