Saturday, December 31, 2011

My New Year's Resolutions

As my business is still in what I would consider the fledgeling stage even after 5 years (I'm accruing no debt because I buy my equipment outright in cash, rather than on credit: that way the equipment is 100% mine and not on loan to me by a credit card company). I still have "true" wildlife lenses that I need to acquire and thus am in a quandary in terms of not having the range to get the shots that would really be profitable. However that is on the table. And hopefully, I should have in the next two years five acquisitions that will bring a lot more to the table.

  • A 300mm f/4 lens

  • A 105mm f/2.8 VR Macro

  • The set of teleconverters to go with the 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII and the 300mm f/4 lens to bring me a decent range

  • A tripod (the Gitzo SGT GT5561) and the Jobu BWG-Pro2 gimbal head

  • A set of Lee 0.3, 0.6 & 0.9 Graduated Neutral Density filters.

  • This will allow me to expand my ability to create saleable landscape photos and saleable wildlife shots.

    My long term goal is to replace the 300mm f/4 with the 300mm f/2.8 VRII or the 200-400mm f/4 and get an incredibly long super-telephoto with the 600mm f/4.

    So my business resolutions are as follows:

  • I will do my utmost to increase 100-fold the number of images in my saleable inventory, which means getting out to do as much shooting as I can possibly manage to do so given the restrictions with my being a family man.

  • I will take my camera everywhere...

  • I will train my eye to see more opportunities in everything (wildlife or landscape) that I shoot.

  • I resolve that I will start sending out my photos to the magazines this year and try to nail down a few sales (5 sales to start would be the impetus) this year.

  • I resolve to get out to the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival each and every year from now on. This is going to be an annual event with me every year.

  • 5 resolutions that I hope to uphold and take into this 2012 with me. Looking forward to new photographic opportunity and success this year. Happy New Year and May the best come to each and every one of you.

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