Research shows that real mastery of any skill requires 10,000 hours of practice. I figure I spent about 1500 hours doing photography between ages 15-47, and have spent about 1500 hours on it in the last 28 months. It’ll take me another ten years do get my photography Ph.D., and that’s only if I continue to push myself.
Did your photography improve from 2008 to 2009? Why or why not? What are you going to do to improve in 2010?
This year I did a lot of studying of famous photographers to learn composition, and I think I got a lot better at doing intense photography road trips. I had fun with Ilford 3200 film, and learned how to do portraits. I don’t think the shots I posted to Flickr were any better in 2009 than 2008; but I took a lot more photos this year (most of which never get posted to Flickr) that I personally like.
Time to plan for 2010…