Yet another of my short term goals is to become a better photographer. In the long term, I hope to have the knowledge and skills that will help me become the art photographer I've been dreaming of for years. On the bucket list is actually selling at least one art portrait for profit (and not to my mother or grandmother), becoming a professional!
The types of photography I'm interested in run the gamut from somewhat dark and romantic/erotic black and white portrait photography to the quirky and unfocused photo art created with various lens attachments and post processes (Lensbaby, HDR). Of course, I also love taking fashion mag type photos of the kids. I am obsessed with costuming and staging photos to look completely natural and unstaged. LOL This part gets expensive (thank God for H&M kids - great crazy fashions for kids, cheap)! Driving around town, I am always on the look out for great locations to stage a shoot and have to pull over to jot it down along with photo ideas. Drives my family nuts! Just wait until I actually start shooting. They will love spending their Saturday at the train yard changing in and out of three different outfits so mommy can "practice". There will be bribes a plenty I'm sure.
As for equipment, here is what I am working with right now. Nikon D80 DSLR with kit 18-135mm lens, a 50mm 1:1.8 prime lens (love, love, love), Dolica Proline tripod, Nikon SB-600 speedlight and a Nikon wireless remote. Not a whole heck of a lot, but enough to learn the art without becoming overwhelmed by too much new equipment. Learn the basics first. :)
My wish list is much, much longer than my equipment list unfortunately. Ain't that always the way? It consists of, for the time being and for the sake of being somewhat realistic:
Three backdrops (black and red velvet, cream color canvas)
Couple of light boxes
Additional camera body (Nikon D90 perhaps)
Any and all of the Lensbaby lenses and aperture kits
TIME to learn and practice
If anybody else is interested in broadening their horizons and learning more about photography, below are links to some interesting resources (technical and inspirational) I've found. I would LOVE to hear about others you may know of and thank you in advance for any info.
Wolfe189 Photography (adult natured/nude photos so move the kids out of the room)
Mpix Forums (also a really great lab)
Lensbaby Studio Forum (extremely cool stuff)
The Photo Forum
Strobist (a blog about lighting)
Flickr (for inspiration)
HDR Photography Blog
All Things Photography (tips and product reviews)
I've got a few great books about digital photography in general, black and white conversion and HDR that were referred to me by my super fabulous camera shop (a/k/a my crack dealer, the money pit, my second mortgage...) if anybody wants the names of those as well.
For the other makeup and fashion obsessed, Flickr has many photography groups dedicated to those subjects as well. Great stuff, lots o' eye candy!
Anybody else have resolutions, hopes, a bucket list?