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9 Days of New Year’s Resolutions | Number 3

3. Do what it takes to get the shot. The first photograph I took that I remember loving, and even thinking to myself that I was a good photographer, was a bird’s-eye view from a tree of my cousins down below.

The shot was all wrong, of course. This was back in the early 90s, shot on a 35mm film camera with a terrible flash. The leaves around me where lit up like neon lights and the grass below was underexposed. None of that mattered to me at the time — I loved it. I even used it as reason to choose me for the yearbook staff the following school year.

This year I worked hard to be technically correct and master manual shooting, while at the same time focusing on the client. And I admit that sometimes juggling all the different aspects of a shoot and wanting to nail exposure would get in the way of being creative, or time limits would force me to rush or miss the perfect shot.

I resolve in 2012 to not forget that we should be making photographs, not just taking them — a theme that often came up this year during creativeLIVE workshops. And if that involves wading in water or climbing a tree to get the best angle, then I’m still all in.

Tune in tomorrow and every day until New Year’s Day to learn more about 2011’s best lessons and my plans for 2012.

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