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My New Year's photography resolutions

My New Year’s photography resolutions

1. Get more organized. I have had this resolution for the last 50 years. I guess change is hard. I could read organization-type books or try one of those nifty apps for my iPhone, but those things only organize organized people. (I have a simple philosophy: PDC — people don’t change.) Also, my computer gets out of control while I work; I need a new system. Maybe I need a better attitude.

2. Keep my compact flash card clear. After an assignment, I always conveniently forget to reformat the cards after moving the images to the computer.  Without fail, the next time I put the cards in the camera, they’re full of photographs, and I’m not sure if I should clear them. This is all in keeping with that “don’t procrastinate” resolution I usually make.

3. Make more photo books. I only made one this year from my iPhone photos. Time to step it up. I’m going to make two. OK, maybe three. Please, no pressure here.

4. Convert and organize old video; it’s Apple TV time. Winning the lottery and quitting my job may be the only way I’d have enough free time to make this happen. But I have video that’s more than 20 years old on tape to convert to digital.  So I’m giving this top priority. Watching video from tape or DVDs is passe. I bought an Apple TV to make it easier to stream video from my computer. Of course, “easier” is a relative term when talking about computer stuff.

5. Backup, backup, backup. That’s what I always hear in the back of my mind somewhere. Steve Stanger from the Mac Attack always says it, so I know I should do it. Best advice you’ll ever get when it comes to computers. See my blog post on backup.

6. EBay. Sell some of my old photo junk on EBay. I dread the thought of this one. Just don’t want the hassle. I need to find boxes, then there’s the post office. Of course, I’ll have to get bubble wrap. Did I mention needing a buyer who will pay and not complain? I may leave this until 2012.

7. Don’t buy a MacBook Air. This is easier said than done. Every time I go into the Apple store, I drool over the new 11-inch-screen MacBook Air. It so small, light and fast. I can’t believe I haven’t gone into hock already buying one of these. The temptation is strong, but I have absolutely no reason to get one. Maybe I will wait for the new iPad. You know, Steve Jobs will have the new one out soon before the current version even cools off.

8. Write faster. Write 52 blog posts for Framework in 2011. That’s once a week, if my math is correct.

9. Learn more. I use, which is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to learn. A monthly fee of $25, or $250 annually, will give you access to a great catalog of video tutorials for most all of the computer software you may ever use, including: Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Elements 9. They have an app for your iPhone and iPad.

10. Get ahead. Somehow, get ahead writing weekly for Framework. I think I need a vacation. See No. 8.

Now, you get started on your list and have happy new year.


  1. December 27, 2010, 11:39 pm

    Wow! Good luck with all of that, maybe your wife will help 🙂

    By: Kellie
  2. December 28, 2010, 9:18 am

    You forgot one thing! Shoot more photos!!! =)

    By: mpark
  3. December 28, 2010, 1:16 pm

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