|Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 500, ƒ/14, 1/500|
|Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM S, Sigma 2X, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/160|
Aeneas said that his strength is the ability to forget about a bad play and focus on what is going on right now. He can move on where many players go down a spiral of bad plays because their head is on what they screwed up and not on what they are needing to do.
That is a great message for all of us in the beginning of a New Year. This is a time for a new beginning and the reality is we should always be looking at what we can do rather than what we could have done.
|Nikon D4, 14-24mm, ISO 100, ƒ/8, 1/500|
|Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 800, ƒ/9, 1.3 sec|
Take a moment and look around you and be realistic. What are some places where you see the potential for growth that the community needs–not just what you want to do. Bounce these ideas off a few people for their perspective and listen.
What is missing in the portfolio?
Once you have an idea of some things you want to pursue, take a moment and review your portfolio. Does your portfolio show you have done what you want to propose to clients and potential customers?
Find the personal project
Take the time to create a portfolio of work and specifically show what you can do if given the chance. Very few clients if any will give you the opportunity to shoot something for them that you haven't done before. Go and create a package of work that shows when you are given complete creative control this is what you can produce.
A couple of things happen once you have created a package that will be in your portfolio that shows all you can do. First you may just get the attentions of people to want you to do this for them. Since you have done this before they may give you more creative control since they haven't managed a project like this before.
Create a plan and timeline
Once you have an idea then execute the idea. You need to get that special project on the calendar now and not in a couple of months or you are losing time to show clients. Find a way that you can execute your creative concept easily. Try and minimize all the variables that you will not have control over.
You may want to shoot something in your hometown or even backyard as opposed to traveling around the world.
Make 2015 a Remarkable Year!
This time next year you want to be able to say that you did something new and different this year to stretch and grow.