Photo of the Year

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:31+00:00 December 24th, 2008|0 Comments


A recent article on TWIP inspired me to blog about my own “Photo of the Year”.  This was a photo I took of my husband, who doesn’t really like to be photographed, so I guess in a sense I was lucky to get it!  (He doesn’t really mind when I use long lenses, though … this was taken with my Sigma 70-200 f/2.8, so I was pretty far away.)

I actually took it because I was attempting to do the “Project 365” on Flickr, where you take a photo every day for a year.  I got close, but so many things were going on in my life, and even though I was taking the photos I never had time to process them.  So, I stopped … but it was definitely an experience that was worthwhile!  Not only did I get several amazing photos that I wouldn’t have taken (here’s another example, a photo of my cat) I was really inspired to get out and take more pictures!  I still try to take photos every chance I get, even if it’s just with a Point-and-Shoot.

I live by the philosophy of “practice-makes-perfect”, and even though I will never be a perfect photograher (I don’t think that exists!) I do belive that you can only get better at something by doing it over and over.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,

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  1. jamesbdotcom December 24, 2008 at 11:34 am - Reply

    You said in your blog post that you take photos every chance you get, even if it’s just with a Point-and-Shoot. I’ve been wondering one thing…have your “snapshots” changed since you have been focusing on professional stock photography, or do they still look like snapshots?

    I take a ton of pictures, especially at family activities, but most of them just look like snapshots. I enjoy preserving the memories, but I also want some WOW shots out of it. What is your experience with these everyday moments? Do you take more or less snapshots now? Have your point-and-shot pictures changed?

  2. Chris Pichado December 24, 2008 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I love the chocolate tone post on this. Great photo, and lovely that you respect his wishes to not be photographed up-close (kinda… ;-) )

    Perhaps he knows your telephotos are the best for portrait work. Reverse psychology and all. ;-)

  3. Alvaro December 24, 2008 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Nice one Nicole, I should choose one in the following days. Merry Christmas!

  4. Nicole December 24, 2008 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    @jamesbdotcom I guess that my P&S images have changed a bit. I can only have so much control with my P&S camera, so my favorite thing I do is to play around with long shutter speeds & flash to give them neat effects. I call it my “party trick” since it always evokes “oohs” and “ahhs” from people (usually from non-photographers) who see it! Here’s an example:

    When I use my P&S I am really just try to make memories, since (IMO) not every image needs to be technically correct or a work-of-art if you are just trying to show something fun or silly that happened in your life. :)

  5. jamesbdotcom December 24, 2008 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tip. I’ll try it this holiday season. :) I like your attitude toward photography.

  6. Chris January 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Nicole – just wanted to say THANKS. Long story short, I heard you on TWIP (never miss it) and then saw your post about ‘Project 365’.

    I’m now doing Project 366-1 (this year’s group) and having a ball being part of the Flickr community – so THANKS :-)

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