This is one of those year end, looking towards the future kind of a post. It was "born" after watching the Ted Forbes Christmas Eve video post over at The Art of Photography.
Here it is:
Videos aren't pushed through to subscribers, so you folks can find the video at this link.
Ted talks about being "remarkable" but it's not uncommon to get in a "rut" for many reasons, the holidays cut in on your photography time, if you live in paces like here in the northeast where the weather restricts your mobility as well as your ability to go outside and shoot. So you might need to put in some extra effort to break out of that rut, so I want to give you just a few resources that might help.
The first resources is from Ted himself, if you head over to The Art of Photography you'll find some wonderful learning opportunities, like his Master Class Live and his podcast.
Another resource worth investing some of your time into is Adorama TV, where you will find folks like Joe McNally, Chase Jarvice, Kevin Kubota, and David duChemin covering gear, techniques, and lighting. You name it and chances are really good you'll find it there. In their latest video offering you will find Bryan Peterson in a junk yard making the point that you can take pictures anywhere.
This next resource is not specifically photography related, but it is all about doing something everyday that will allow you to move closer to your dream, it's the 30 day challenge. It will give you everything you need to run a successful online business, teaching you about social media, keywords, market research, tracking visitors, and more. And it's broken into 30 days so that it comes in small easily digestible bites and it will help you create the positive habit of doing something everyday to "make it happen". You can download it for your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, and yes, it's free.
Lastly, if you want to be inspired by the work of others and get your own creative juices flowing I don't think there is anyplace better than 500px. You will see some pretty stunning work.
From their website: "500px is a photographic community powered by creative people from all over the world that lets you share and discover inspiring photographs."
You can signup for a free account which will give you a portfolio, a photo blog, and will also make your portfolio iPod and iPad ready so you can share it with clients (you can get the free app here). The paid version gives you this and soooooo much more.
So, I hope this is enough to spark you to move forward, to be remarkable.