May is a great month to start planning for the upcoming summer months. I don’t know about you, but starting June 1st I hit the ground running and don’t stop until the middle of September. Unless I make time for my photography it’s easy to put it on hold. It’s a good idea to take advantage of the calm before the storm and prepare yourself so that you are able to keep photography on your schedule during the busy months ahead.
- Check out the new Photoshop CS5. Adobe just launched their new Photoshop® CS5 as well as the CS5 Creative Suite. The new version of Photoshop has many improvements for making selections and mask. These updates will provide time saving methods for photographers. Its always a good thing to minimize your time behind the computer.
- Reassess your packing system. Do you like your bag? Does it carry well? Can you put the equipment that you need for a day’s shoot. This is a great time to look at your bag and decide if you want to upgrade or just reconfigure your packing system.
- Make a shot list for this summer. Are there places you want to photograph? Are there photographs that you’ve wanted to make but for one reason or another you passed them up? Keep track of them and make sure you go back and capture the images that you want.
- Give yourself a challenge. Make yourself step outside your normal comfort zone and photograph a subject matter you don’t normally. If you shoot landscapes, photograph people. If you shoot people, shoot still lifes, etc. This will help you keep your other photography skills fresh as well as forcing you to think about composition in a whole new way.