However, I miss the tangibility of measuring a goal, and I have a specific one that I've decided to tackle this year: improving my photography.
While I was encouraged by all your kind words about the wedding photos I shared with you in my last post, shooting that wedding really opened my eyes to all the things I don't know how to do with my camera.
Someone once told me, "If you're ever unhappy with something, there are two options: change your expectation or change something you are doing. That's all you can control."
So, I'm taking control of my photography and changing my actions.
I'm embarking on a photo a day challenge for the year. I will take at least one photo each day, preferably with my nice camera but my phone camera still counts, and I'll post them weekly (I hope) on my blog to keep myself accountable. I'm also going to try to tackle a different skill each month (nailing crisp focus, setting custom white balance, improving shots in low light scenarios, etc.). My goal is two-fold: first, to improve my photography skills, and second, to document the sometimes overlooked aspects of my daily life.
January's skill to improve: learn to manipulate focus better so that the subject is tack sharp.
Here's the first batch of pictures. Enjoy!
January 1: Choo Choo!
January 2: Book Lover
January 3: Serious Science
January 4: Making Sunday Dessert...Like Father Like Son
January 5: Nom Nom
January 6: The Tallest Tower in the World!
January 7: Puddle Stomping
Would you believe this game kept my crazy son occupied for an entire hour?!
January 10: Wild Man
Walks in January? Yes, please! Especially if there is a stick involved.
January 11: Six Months Old! (Okay, the photo shoot was a few days late)
January 12: Brotherly Love
January 13: Food, Glorious (Solid) Food!