Snow was in the forecast this past weekend here in Southern Colorado. It didn’t snow but instead was very cold, below zero. So I spent lots of time indoors. I cleaned the studio, listened to a podcast about time-lapse photography, edited my January shoot from Capitol Reef, printed some images from Nepal, watched a few episodes of Foyles War, on Netflix, played with my favorite 2 year old, organized my maps and began reading about the Pacific Northwest and the California Redwoods. I love to plan the next adventure, even if I don’t know the dates yet. I also posted a map of the Redwood National Park on my wall and one of the Northwest too. At home I pinned up a map of the Annapurna Range in Nepal, planning for 2014. Wow, what a fun weekend.
And, of course, if it snows, let’s get out and play. With or without the camera!
Here are a few suggestions for things to do in the “shoulder season”:
- Send your camera in for sensor cleaning. Or clean it yourself using Sensor Swabs.
- Organize your image library, delete photos that really don’t hold up to scrutiny.
- Prepare a slideshow of the top 50 images of 2012, backup those files, invite friends to a show at your house, serve popcorn and beverages.
- Print your top 5 images, in house or using your favorite online service.
I like Aspen Creek Photo, great service, love their high gloss photos.
- Sell any gear that you haven’t used in the past 2 years. Or give it away to your local schools.
- Buy a bunch of flowers, set up an indoor still life, practice shallow and deep depth of field, use your smartphone too.
- Take a class. (maybe you always wanted to learn pottery, silversmithing, glass-blowing)
- Read a book. (see my current reading list below)
- Watch some great online videos about artists (see suggestions below)
- Pour over maps to plan your next adventure.
Prepare for your 2013 photo season: Learn a new technique:
- Working with your built-in flash
- Digital Video, recording and editing
- Learn about Audio recording with your Digital SLR
- Spend some time looking at other photographers work, 500px, Kit Frost
- Use your smart phone for photography, download free photo apps
Kit’s reading list:
- Wild Trees, Richard Preston
- Across Many Mountains, Yangzom Brauen
- Blood and Thunder, Hampton Sides
- Married to Bhutan, Linda Learning
- Coming into the Country, John McFee
- The Golden Spruce, John Vaillant
- Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner
- From the Redwood Forest, Joan Dunning
Suggested videos about artists, DVD, online and Netflix
- Dale Chihuly, my favorite glass artist
- Time Lapse Tutorials on Vimeo
- Chasing the Light on Vimeo
- PBS Craft in America Series
- PBS American Masters Series, John Muir, Jeff Bridges, David Geffen
- Stunning Time-Lapse Photography of Yosemite (sierraclub.typepad.com)