At the end of every year I start to think about doing a photography project for the next year. Most common is 365 days of X and / or 52 weeks of X. A few years back I decided I wanted to work on my food photography so I did a 365 project. It was everything I'd eaten for dinner for a whole year. It was a fun project, though cumbersome at times. I had a smaller point-and-shoot digital camera then, so it was easier to snap a real quick picture, but I had less creative flexibility with that camera than I do with my DSLR. So, I think that year taught me a lot about food photography -- angles, lighting, positioning, even plating. But this year, I've decided that a 365 project is a little bit of a bear to take on, what with everything else I've got going on. So I'm going to do a 52 project. 52 weeks of Maraea. Fitting, right? I mean, who doesn't want to see my kid's face every day? At the end of the year I'm going to put all 52 photos into a book in order so we can see how she's changed over the year. That should be kind of cool.
Going hand-in-hand with that project is my New Year's resolution to improve my photography. I was reading a photography blog over the weekend and picked up a lot of good information and tricks that I'm really excited to put to use. I haven't been on a photo shoot in ages and really need to get out there with my camera. I'm also resolving to fall back in love with my film camera this year. I just ordered a bunch of film and equipment from Adorama Camera that I am hoping will bring my old 35mm Rebel back to life. I'm really excited to get it and put it to use. I also have some existing equipment at home collecting dust that I need an excuse to use. So, with all of this motivation, I should have no problems completing a 52 project for 2012. :)
Over the holiday weekend, my husband and I went to Annapolis overnight for a little weekend getaway. It's a gorgeous little town. I took the opportunity to try out some new techniques and settings that I read about online. I'm particularly happy with the way my fireworks pictures turned out. Some of the colors might look off in these photos but that's just because I was messing around with settings. But here you go, some eye candy for the day:
I shall be back later this week with Maraea's first of 52 photographs of the year. :)