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What is do you want to learn in the new year?  What do you want to get better at?  What is your NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION as it relates to Photography and/or Photoshop?  Please comment directly on my blog to enter (do not reply to me via email).  One comment will be drawn at random – the WINNING entry will be drawn on January 1st, 2009.

The Prize: MLK Studio’s ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE – $395 value.  This class covers the basics of photography from exposure, stops, lighting and much more.  But the best part is that you can do it from your own home, yet interact with a professional photographer.

Topics include portraiture, journalism,
still life, land and seascapes and the history of photography. You won’t find a
better or more complete course on the web anywhere.  The internationally-renowned author of the program, Matthew L. Kees, a
student of Ansel Adams, has over 20 years of experience teaching professional
photography.

Here is a course outline:

Week 1ISO, Stops, f/stops, Shutter Speeds, Reciprocity and Depth of
Field
Week 2Various Films & Processing, Digital Imaging, Light Balance and Color
Theory
Week 3Prime & Zoom Lenses, Equipment including Meters and
Accessories
Week 4Manual, Automatic & Dedicated Flashes, Sync Speed, Fill Flash and Night
Flash
Week 5Rule of Sun, Back Light, Fine Tuning Exposures
Week 6Composition, Photographic Art and History
Week 7Portraits, Landscapes, Seascapes, Architecture, Still Life and
Journalism
Week 8Printing & Publishing – the Art and Business aspects of Photography
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  1. Katie Slater on December 22, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    My resolution (well I should really say resolutions) is to be better in all aspects of my business from shooting and technical photography stuff to client service, marketing, and blogging. I have some goals but basically it all boils down to constant personal and professional growth to be BETTER person! 🙂 Awesome contest! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  2. leigh on December 22, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    2009 for me is about a commitment to training for me. Perhaps I am the only one who feels so lucky that people pay (unseasoned) me to capture beautiful them in my camera. My resolution is to shed the guilt for feeling untrained, unknowledgeable, unready to tackle any photography situation. I have faith in my mind’s eye and belief in where my style can evolve. I am writing to you because I want to couple some of your knowledge with some of my scrappy fly by the seat of my pants photographic tendencies. My business is under a year old, I am reaching forty and the excuse that I just got my Nikon D300 is no longer remotely palatable. Oh, pick me. I’d be so grateful.Leigh

  3. SandraC on December 22, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Great contest!My first resolution is to finally set up my business, no more stalling. It has to be next year.I also want to get better in Photoshop.Happy Holidays!

  4. Tori Ryan on December 22, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    What I want to learn in the new year is how to use Photoshop more effectively. I would like to get better at the technical aspect of my camera. My resolution is to just take more pictures. I believe that taking more helps you learn more, so I need to get out more.

  5. John on December 22, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    My resolution is to shoot in Manual mode for all professional work for the next year.

  6. Michelle on December 22, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    My resolution is to learn how to shoot in all lighting conditions – it seems like its always to bright outside (full sun and squinty eyes) or so shady that I lose all those fabulous catch lights and warm glows of the sun!

  7. christine.s on December 22, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    My photography resolution is to shoot the little moments that happen every day, not just when a client calls, and not when I want to ‘stage’ a shoot.

  8. Meghan on December 22, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    My biggest goal for this next year is to start second-shooting at weddings. My goal for photoshop is to start learning 5 quick tricks that I will use all the time. This blog has helped me a lot but I need to start practicing!

  9. Amanda on December 22, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I want to learn depth in photography. I know about depth of field, etc. I know the basics. But my pics don’t just jump out at you. I want to know how to get that zing!

  10. Jennifer on December 22, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    I definitely want to learn how to nail exposure and make sharp, crisp pictures. I also want to be able to look at a picture and know exactly what needs to be done in Photoshop. I feel so overwhelmed sometimes just opening up the program!

  11. Barb on December 22, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    My resolution is to make sure that I completely and totally understand exposure. I also want to learn about marketing from one (or some) of the marketing gurus. :DHappy Holidays!

  12. Amy on December 22, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I got a canon rebel for Christmas last year. I still don’t know everything it can do! I lazily use the automatic settings and I REALLY want to learn to do settings on my own, according to my surroundings. My new years resolution is to learn what my camera is capable of and to take better pictures!PS – I LOVE your actions!!!

  13. Valeen on December 22, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    I want to get much better at using my prime lenses and learn more about photoshop, not just the stuff that i use everyday… and just for fun…i gotta learn textures! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  14. MegganB on December 22, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    My resolution is to learn more about setting my white balance to get the perfect color for each setting. In photoshop I’d love to learn more of the uses of the tools that I don’t often use (those little things that I avoid because I don’t know what they do!)

  15. Gayle on December 22, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    My goal for the coming year is to finally master my flash–on camera and off. I have owned it for several years and have used it only occasionally. However, not usually with results that pleased me or were very flattering of the subject. So, I am calling 2009 “The Year of the Flash.” I have been following MLK’s posts and practicing. What a great contest.

  16. Bambi Caldwell on December 22, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I had a great photographer give me a class on how to take my camera to manual. My resolution for the new year was to take this class so I can learn more about the lighting and how to get the beautiful nature I am surrounded by to look as beautiful on camera. I havent’ mastered the lighting with shadows and I need a ton of help with flash. Natural light and your actions have saved my photographs and they look amazing, but I want to be able to take pictures at night when I need the flash and keep it on M. I also want to be able to take photos inside. See, I learned natural light, and now need to know the rest. Even if I don’t win i’ll still sign up for the course! It would just be awesome to win it!

  17. Tyra on December 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    My goal is to learn how to cut a face out of a pic and place it in another, without losing fine details of hair and without taking 4 hours to do it!!!!!!! There must be a better way out there (i am sure there is) and I will find it

  18. Katie Trujillo on December 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    my New Year’s Resolution is to add a 365 project to my blog. This will help me get out of my “box” and shoot things every single day for 1 year. I’m excited!

  19. Kasey on December 22, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    My resolution is to find my own photography ‘style’ and add more variety to my portfolio.

  20. Kayla on December 22, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I’d really love to get at the business at but portraiture and stills would be fun to learn more about. Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Jordan on December 22, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I want to make more time to pick up my camera and shoot JUST because! I also want to play and be more fearless with off camera lighting.

  22. Amy on December 22, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I have two resolutions. First, shoot more. It’s simple, but the worst days are the days when I don’t shoot anything. Second, I want to focus on the business. I just started my business and I want to get it up and running properly…figure out the right pricing, marketing, branding, workflow, etc. It is so important to the success, so I need to get this done. Soon.

  23. Jenn Galloway on December 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    My resolution for the year is to improve my studio lighting technique and to start up the boudoir part of my business.

  24. Catlin Humes on December 22, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    I plan on taking more time to think through the important things in life this year. I tend to just pass them by too quickly.

  25. Lanette on December 22, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    My new year’s resolution is to be blessed to see another year,serving God, and learning and improving my photography skills on the camera and photoshop. I would love to be blessed with a tutor or a photography class. Have a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!!!

  26. Kara on December 22, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I really want to learn to use light creatively! I want to learn off camera flash and also better my business practices.

  27. Sarah Freeman on December 22, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    My resolution this year is to focus on becoming a better person. I know that by being more patient my photography with children will improve. I know by becoming more creative with my designs I will draw more interest in my work. I know that enthusiasm in my learning with increase my knowledge with lighting and design. I know that the things I seek to improve will dramatically improve when I resolve to do my best as a person of character and commitment.

  28. JennK on December 22, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I have spent this year getting off of auto and shooting manual. I feel much more confident. In the coming year I hope to hone my photography skills- as in capturing the best shot I can in the camera AND I want to focus on creating an efficient workflow. I am shooting RAW but often feel like I fly by the seat of my pants when I am processing the picture. I want to have a better understanding of how all those sliders and tools work separately and together to create the stunning pictures that I see from others. I think that class would really help me with the first part of my goals and I know hanging out here around MCP will help me with my second one! Merry Christmas everyone!

  29. Kara on December 22, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I would love to nail exposure – I hate blurry pictures or bad lighting! And better tricks on portrait shooting especially with young children.

  30. Casey Cooper on December 22, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    I’d like to learn how to take better pictures with the light available (natural light). I have a hard time figuring out where to place the subject relative to different light sources.Casey

  31. Shelby on December 22, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    My photography resolution is to practice, practice, practice! I’m not disciplined enough to commit to a 365 project – maybe a 52 project (a pic a week)!

  32. Debbie G on December 22, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I want to get better!!! I hope I win it’s just what I need.

  33. Laura on December 22, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    My resolution is to learn how to deal with color cast. I would like to take the photo SOOC and be spot on would be great also:)

  34. Melissa on December 22, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    My resolution is to be able to improve my photography in various lighting conditions. I want to be able to nail the exposure more consistently. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and offering contests. You’re the best!

  35. The Arthur Clan on December 22, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    I want to learn every single thing he is planning to do in that class…wow! I have learned some of it on my own, but I know I am missing out on so much of the basics. Thanks so much for offering this giveaway ~ it’s a great one!~Angie in OH

  36. Kevin Halliburton on December 22, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    I resolve to become a better poser… er, I mean… not a “POSER,” as in pretender, but a photographer who knows instinctively how to help every subject I shoot this year look better than they have ever looked in a photo in their life.

  37. Michele on December 22, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    What a great contest! Not only would I love to win the class, but you made me think of what my goal(s) are for 2009. I have had a Canon Rebel for 4 years, I haven’t shot manual since the first year, but I’m ready to move up. So goal 1 is to learn all my new camera (probably a 40D) can do, and goal 2 to go farther with Photoshop….. including adding some MCP actions.And I love the 365 day blog….I just may have to try that….only a few days to get my act together.Thank you for this mind-expanding contest!

  38. Gary on December 22, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    I’m really looking forward to the new year. I have sooooo much to learn. I’m going to start the new year rightWith a color lesson from Jodi. Her past lessons have been great. My main goal is to interact with my clients To make them feel natural and not posed. Laughing and having fun can get some great shots. Lastly key in on photoshop skills to help save those oops shots.

  39. Shaila on December 22, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    My photography resolution is to keep practicing and learn as much as I have this past year. I just want to continue to learn in all aspects so that I can get better pictures. I would also like to take more pictures of people other then family. I always feel so much pressure doing it and I want to be more comfortable behind the camera. I would really love to make photography my “job”, to go along with being a stay at home mom!

  40. Tracy Waldrop on December 22, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    I would love to sink my teeth into every aspect that photography has to offer….. books, workshops, mentors, etc… I absolutely am obsessed with photography and would love to make a career change soon…. I pray my name is picked!!!

  41. Darlene on December 22, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    I want to learn how to effectively use studio lighting. I also want to improve on the focus of my group portraits. And of course more photoshop and photo techniques.

  42. Pattie on December 22, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Each and every week of this online class sounds so exciting. I’ve longed to be able to utilize my camera in the way it should be. I would also like to expand my knowledge of Photoshop (which on a scale of 1 to 100…ummm about a 5) 😉

  43. Heather on December 22, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    I think that we can always resolve to learn more about every aspect. If I have to narrow it down, I would have to say that I would like to improve my interactions with customers during photoshoots. I want to be able to be more confident in posing them and explaining poses and what I am looking for. I know this comes with practice, so I hope I can definitely get in more practice.

  44. angela sackett on December 22, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I want to STUDY MY BUNZ OFF and PRACTICE LIKE I’VE GOT A WEDDING EVERY TOMORROW!!

  45. angela sackett on December 22, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I want to STUDY MY BUNZ OFF and PRACTICE LIKE I’VE GOT A WEDDING EVERY TOMORROW!!

  46. Evie Curley on December 22, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I want to learn how to use the available light better. Right now I’m really only comfortable in certain situations and I would love to be confident no matter what the conditions.

  47. Jack Sugrue on December 23, 2008 at 12:08 am

    My resolution is to become more comfortable when I take my camera off of Auto.

  48. Nancy on December 23, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I hereby resolve to take my camera with me at all possible times to be ready for anything, instead of saying the usual “darn, I wish I had my camera with me!” Along the same subject, I want to figure out a way to feel more comfortable taking pictures of people – be fun and easy going, thereby making others feel good and comfortable. That seems to be my biggest hurdle and if I could overcome that I think everything else would really flow! THERE – thanks for making me say it out loud! ~Nancy

  49. Robyn on December 23, 2008 at 12:13 am

    My goal this year is to get better photos SOOC so I can spend less time in Photoshop and more time with my family.

  50. Larry Green on December 23, 2008 at 12:32 am

    my new year resolutions are to is to spend at least one hour(min.) a day relearning photoshop(cs4). Going thourgh everything Adobe has to offer, and other books on CS4. Over the past few years I’ve gotting in trouble, by just jumping in and then try bailing myself out. The other is to start taking better picture, letting the camera to all the correct work, so I don’t spend more time spinning my wheels in the apartmet.

  51. Bridget Homer on December 23, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Merry Christmas Jodi! In the New Year, I really want to make it a priority to learn the technical aspects of my camera. I have the Canon 40D and absolutely love it! I’ve been taking great pictures and have clients that are very happy with their prints, but I know there is so much more I could be doing. I also want to dive into Photoshop CS2 and learn some more features and fun tricks! 🙂 Thanks – have a fabulous holiday!

  52. Meg on December 23, 2008 at 12:58 am

    I really am hoping to dive into learning how to use the full version of Photoshop. I am just upgrading from Photoshop Elements. I want to learn how to take better pictures (composure and a lot more practice with aperture) and editing photos for the best photo pop! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE (did I say love?) LOVE to win this!

  53. Kirsten on December 23, 2008 at 12:59 am

    I am just beginning to dive into the world of photography. There is so much I would like to learn. However, I would really like to learn about lighting and editing in Photoshop.

  54. Ann on December 23, 2008 at 12:59 am

    I recently upgraded to a dslr camera and CS4. This year I plan to learn to use both. Your class sounds awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  55. Crystal on December 23, 2008 at 1:05 am

    My Resolution for 2009 is to get my Photography business going (which means perfecting my photography as well as Photoshop skills). I’ve been talking about it for a year now, and I’ve let things get in the way of it over and over again.. its time to stop talking about it, and take action for it!! I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza or Solstice.. whatever your season may be… I hope its a great one!

  56. Tina on December 23, 2008 at 1:21 am

    My resolution is to really master exposure. If I can just nail it down it would make things so much easier.

  57. deborah on December 23, 2008 at 1:23 am

    My goals for 2008 are to be more consistent with my editing (especially skin tones) and work on my collages and templates to blend better. Then photography wise to be my confidence so that I nail each session without being over critical of myself and my work. I also resolve to spend a certain amount of time to study sessions each week to work on a certain aspect I feel that I am weak on.

  58. Suzanne Uthe on December 23, 2008 at 1:39 am

    I would like to get better at studio lighting techniques and working with my Canon 20D and the Studio Lighting I have. Also get better with after the photo shoot. Getting the images processed and put into a slideshow to show my client. Just overall being a digital photographer and marketing to seniors and family photography. Learn posing techniques or find a great book on posing children, people and families.

  59. Joanna on December 23, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I have a canon XTi that I have not given enough attention to. My resolution is to study so I can get out of auto full time and truly understand what it takes to take a picture to be proud of without a ton of editing, which I don’t know how to do well either. Now that the navy has moved us to Japan, there is plenty of photographic material around and I want to do it justice.

  60. Robin Davis on December 23, 2008 at 2:29 am

    I am commited to embracing the journey of photography (as I have longed to do for 18 years). Capturing the beauty in people and being unafraid to do so! To put myself out there and say I can do this!

  61. Stephanie on December 23, 2008 at 2:43 am

    In 2009 I WILL learn to do more graphic design with photoshop, for better marketing my photography business.

  62. Malia on December 23, 2008 at 2:44 am

    My new Years Goal is to get my business started. I have been doing photo shoots for free for people just to get the experience and a portfolio started up… lately everyone has been telling me that I need to start charging. I’d like to figure out what to offer and my prices and get all that information up on my site. As for my photography and photoshop skills… I am always looking to improve it any way I can. I’d like to learn more about photoshop because I just do some pretty basic stuff. As for my shooting… I have so much to learn. I want to get a mentor someone I can have access to all the time who will help me grow. seems like a lot… I LOVE IT!!!

  63. Aimee on December 23, 2008 at 2:59 am

    My resolution is to work with my new 50D, learn it and then register to volunteer with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, in remembrance of my niece.

  64. April Alcorn on December 23, 2008 at 3:04 am

    I would SO love to learn and grow in my photography!!! I would love the opportunity to take this course!!

  65. April Alcorn on December 23, 2008 at 3:06 am

    My resolution pertaining to my photography is to get much better at NAILING exposure to increase my clarity and decrease yucky noise in my work!!

  66. Charisse on December 23, 2008 at 3:15 am

    My new years resolution is to start my photography business and learn saturate myself into my taking my photography to the next level. That includes continuing to learn and work on the basics, photoshop, the business of photography and making people comfortable while I am shooting them to get the best out. I am finally ready to do as my hubby says and go for what I love. It took me 38+ years but I guess it is never too late to do what you love and hopefully get paid at it! Thanks for the contest. Winning would be a great start to my resolution.:)

  67. Nathalie on December 23, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Oh Lord, where do I start? Next year is THE year. Website on the way, beautiful logo halfway designed, business almost registered, but, most importantly, I hope to practise, practise, practise and improve, improve, improve. I want my images to be sharper, more engaging, more memorable. I want to get better at bottling up those beatiful moments and those memorable expressions that my client’s kids make. I want to get Photoshop CS4 and truly understand it, instead of just making do with a a dodgy Photoshop 7 someone gave me at college years ago (it doens’t even have CLIPPING MASKS 🙁 ). I want to continue loving this whole picture-taking picture-processing lark. And I want my images to make people feel. Thanks for running this comp and prompting me to type all these ambitions out loud, so to speak.

  68. Julie McLeod on December 23, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Mainly, I want to take good people pictures and to that end, my 2009 goals are to master my new 580EXii flash attachment, both on and off camera and learn to pose subjects. Thanks for asking the question – it’s good to put it in writing!

  69. Amy Fenner on December 23, 2008 at 6:52 am

    My New Year’s resolution is simply to keep learning. I’m not sure I’ll ever have a year where I don’t need to learn more about photography, hehe, but…………….

  70. Shannon on December 23, 2008 at 6:56 am

    I don’t think you can ever stop learning! My resolution is to better understand photoshop, so that I can take my imagesto the next level.That and getting the white balance figured out (still struggle with creating it on the fly).

  71. Maureen on December 23, 2008 at 7:02 am

    There are so many goals I have yet to accomplish as a photographer. Lighting is number 1 on my priority list for 2009. I have pretty much mastered natural light and with using Jodi’s actions my photos make everyone happy, customers as well as family. Since I am approaching “Senior Citizenship” I feel there is not alot of time left for me to master all of the goals I would like to. However I am dedicated and want to learn as much as my brain will allow me to at this age. Jodi has taught me more than I ever thought I could know with CS3 ( and there is much more to learn) but now that CS4 is out that also will be a goal. Children’s portraits are my favorite photos to snap. Maybe because of the 5 grandchildren I enjoy shooting so much. The two boys will always model for me as long as there is a $20.00 bill in my pocket for them. Jefferson is 8 and lives in Virginia and Drew is 5 and lives in Mississippi about 70 miles from me. The girls, Savannah 6 and Anna Grace 4 , also live in Virginia and Bailey 3 in Mississippi. These 3 little girls will dress-up and model for me all day long. We make it fun with tea parties, adventures, games, golfing, singing, dancing, or whatever their little hearts desire. I guess my goal for 2009 and each year thereafter is to shoot, edit and document all of the important events in their live. It gives me great pleasure and much joy to spend this time with them whenever possible and hopefully one day when I’m gone they will have fond memories of me and our time together and take away a love for photography too. On our trip to the beach this summer I gave them all cameras and even had a contest for the best photos. We had great fun!! Thanks for this contest and please pick me. I need to learn as much as I can while I can still comprehend!!!!!

  72. andrea on December 23, 2008 at 7:18 am

    my photoshop goal will be to move out of elements and into CS3 or now 4… God willing. Photography goals, I want to learn my camera more. I have a beautiful SLR and still thinking in point & shoot. I want to finally be able to “get” what an Fstop is and not just nod my head with vacant eyes… I want to know how to adjust my settings without losing my shot… wow! I have a lot to accomplish in 09!

  73. Guera on December 23, 2008 at 7:20 am

    My photography resolution for 2009 is to stop and think about my settings every time I take a photo, so that eventually I get good enough that it becomes second nature!

  74. Kim on December 23, 2008 at 7:35 am

    I would like to get more experience in the things I already know (somewhat) in photoshop and learn more creative things.I also want to add I am very thankful to all of those that do help me with the questions I have now.Merry Christmas

  75. Dina on December 23, 2008 at 7:40 am

    My resolution for 2009 is to practice, practice, practice. I wan’t to really learn how to nail exposure every single time!

  76. Aimee on December 23, 2008 at 7:48 am

    My resolution for 2009 as it relates to photography is to get out and take more pics!!! I need to learn more about my (new) camera and since I no longer have “auto” as a crutch, I want to know how to make my camera work for me every time. I am working towards a business and I really want to have everything in place next year. As for photoshop, I just want to learn more!!!Thanks for the fantastic contest, Jodi!!!

  77. Sharon on December 23, 2008 at 7:56 am

    My foremost photography resolution for 2009 is to become better at elevating a photo situation and having a better idea of what lens I should use and what camera settings (in manual) I should begin with and not waste the first 10 minutes with trial and error.Happy Holidiays everyone!

  78. Sharon on December 23, 2008 at 7:58 am

    My foremost photography resolution for 2009 is to become better at elevating a photo situation. I want to be better at determining what lens I should use and what camera settings (in manual) I should begin with, not waste the first 10 minutes with trial and error.Happy Holidiays everyone!

  79. Alisa Conn on December 23, 2008 at 8:02 am

    I want to take my time and not rush to take the picture. I want to see the subject check out the rule of thirds, check for clutter and concentrate.

  80. Arlene on December 23, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I want to learn more about shooting with natural light…and of course, getting comfortable with my camera off of the auto setting. I also want to not feel guilty about sitting at the computer to learn photoshop. (Just this mental thing I have about sitting being unproductive).

  81. Laurel on December 23, 2008 at 8:03 am

    My goal for 2009 is to better myself as a photographer. I have the “basics” down, but now I want to learn how to make them sharp and snappy. My oldest is a Freshman in high school and I want to make sure I don’t miss any memories I have left with him living under my roof. No only do I want to improve my skills as a photographer but also learn more than the basics in photoshop. I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  82. Donna on December 23, 2008 at 8:05 am

    I’m taking the Spring 2009 semester off from my degree pursuit, in order to “force” myself to learn to use my camera! I know I can learn to take beautiful photographs if I just focus on the fundamentals of using the manual settings. As a person who began taking photos 25+ years ago, I have become dependent upon the automatic settings that are created to make things easy. It’s time for me to learn the tuff stuff. This course would be perfect for me – I’m crossing my fingers :-). This blog has been a real inspiration for me. Thanks for a great year of ideas, and thanks for your generosity!

  83. LaurieF on December 23, 2008 at 8:07 am

    I would love to figure out white balance, using gray cards for metering/WB, get a perfect exposure every time, learn to use photoshop to be more creative in my photos…I think that is enough for January, I think??

  84. Megan on December 23, 2008 at 8:26 am

    My resolution for 2009 is to, for once and for all, stop procrastinating, kick my fears of failure, and get my business up and running. I owe that to myself. This would be a great way to kick-start it!

  85. Brendan on December 23, 2008 at 8:36 am

    If my photos looked half as good as yours, I’d be pretty happy. Keep up the good work. Enjoy the holidays & have a great New Year !

  86. Kris on December 23, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I agree with Megan – I need to conquer my fear and self doubt and believe in myself. Take the chance and start charging instead of giving my photos away.

  87. Pam Breese on December 23, 2008 at 8:40 am

    White Balance!

  88. Irene on December 23, 2008 at 8:41 am

    I am not a big resolution person… but my goal for 2009 is to actually have the guts to get my tiny little photography business up and running. I am doing free shoots right now to gain experience, but am scared to death to start asking for money. I guess my fear lies in the possibility that no one will want me if they actually have to pay for my services. But if I don’t get the confidence and act like I am worth it, this dream of mine will sadly fizzle out…Oh, this sounds like an amazing course! I am completely self taught, and have learned a LOT, but a real official course would be SO incredible and I am sure will help my confidence immensely!Merry Christmas!

  89. Emily on December 23, 2008 at 8:51 am

    My resolution is to become the best photographer I can be. I want to learn more about the natural, photojournalistic look that I aim for in my work; I want to feel completely in control with lighting. I want to be able to use natural lighting inside by windows without shadows, etc. Most of my photography is outdoor photography, and I tend to freeze up when I am shooting a subject inside. I want to feel confident with indoor and outdoor photography. I want to learn more about —-well basically everything listed in the workshop! I sure hope I get this opportunity! 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas!!Emily

  90. Gina Fensterer on December 23, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I actually have two resolutions–to practice much more, and to organize my photos!! I have Lightroom but still haven’t used it for the organizing I can do with it!

  91. Lori S. on December 23, 2008 at 9:07 am

    My resolution for 2009, is to become a better photographer. I would like to learn how to shoot in all lighting situations. I would also like to learn how to work with diff. ISO’s and shutter speeds. I would love to win this course, I truly need to improve my photography skills in every aspect. Everything I know has been self taught, but to learn from an official course would be so helpful to me. Thank you for this opportunity! Merry Christmas Jodi!

  92. Adam on December 23, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Shoot more. Learn more Photoshop techinques. Be more creative in the images I take. Take a course or two. 🙂

  93. Ericha Farrington on December 23, 2008 at 9:23 am

    My resolution is to shoot entirely in manual. I’ve learned that in most situations – especially in bright sunlight, auto just ruins my pictures! I’d also like to learn more about photoshop and make the best of my photos!

  94. Christy on December 23, 2008 at 9:41 am

    My new years photography resolution is to figure out how to REALLY use my new dSLR proficiently. I don’t want to have to sit and think about what I should do to take a great picture, I just want to KNOW instinctively because I’ve gotten to know my camera.

  95. Jodi on December 23, 2008 at 9:42 am

    My resolution is to learn my camera fully. I need to learn to trust my feelings and go from there. I want to become more proficient in everything with my camera. I want to be more comfortable in shooting on manuel. Photoshop is awesome for post-processing but would really like to do more with my camera so there is less work after the picture is taken.Merry Christmas and wishing you the best!

  96. Karen on December 23, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I have been putting off starting my own web development business. I have the degree, lots of knowledge…..but I know I have more to learn. Photography is one area where I need to improve. I have Photoshop and I am constantly playing with new tutorials to improve photographs. My resolution is to learn to take better photos for the web sites of the customers that I hope to get when I start my new business.I would also like to take this time to thank you for sharing your time, wealth of information, actions and your beautiful family with us. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  97. Nish on December 23, 2008 at 9:43 am

    My Goal is to step up the marketing on my photography business so that I can spread awareness of the work I do and grow my business. At the same time I want to continue sharpening my photo skills.

  98. gina on December 23, 2008 at 9:44 am

    To be BOLD!! 2009 is going to be the year I get crazy with color and to be a little more daring with location and posing!

  99. Tori on December 23, 2008 at 9:49 am

    My resolution is to practice more. Definitely be more assertive! And learn from my mistakes.. Happy Holidays everyone!

  100. Meg on December 23, 2008 at 9:57 am

    My goal is to do anything/everything I can to improve in both my taking and editing of pictures. 🙂

  101. Laura M on December 23, 2008 at 10:11 am

    My resolution is to practice more and really experiment with my DSLR. I only bought it a few month ago, and I really hope to learn more about it this year.

  102. Kellie on December 23, 2008 at 10:20 am

    My resolution is to be the best I can possibly be! 2008 exploded before my eyes and I want to focus on my technical skills and be more confident in myself! I also would love to find my grove in my work flow to be more efficient AND faster!Love your website … love your actions … love your tips! You have been a huge influence in my work!!Thank You!!

  103. Andrea on December 23, 2008 at 10:26 am

    My resolution is to finally focus a bit on learning the basics of digital photograph, so I can get away from the dummy stage, where I just click and be done with it! Still a great thing, since I can take decent enough photos, but I want to do better!

  104. Tamara Stiles on December 23, 2008 at 10:39 am

    My resolution is to get all the training that I can. I am farely new to photography so I want to excel in every aspect of it. I really need some photoshop training considering I only really now basics. I have bought a few of your actions and love them. So weather I win it or not I will probably sooner or later be taking your course. Thank you and Happy Holidays!!!

  105. Kathy on December 23, 2008 at 10:42 am

    My resolution is to get better at using the natural light to really capture life in my subject’s eyes. It seems that I usually have too bright light & they have to squint, or to get out of the blinding light, we wind up with no light at all. I want to find the best places to use the light correctly.

  106. NorthGeorgiaGal on December 23, 2008 at 10:48 am

    I would like to get better with lighting.. I specifically would like to start using reflectors with natural or existing artificial light – I have to say – the more I learn – the more I realize how many tools can go into the photography toolbox.. sometimes I get overwhelmed!Merry Christmas and Happy New Year..NGG

  107. Lindsie on December 23, 2008 at 10:49 am

    I just started doing photography seriously a couple months ago. I still have SO much to learn… lighting, flash, posing, photoshop, camera, everything!!!

  108. Tiffany on December 23, 2008 at 10:51 am

    My resolution is to find a way to get better at exposure and lighting. I have had no “formal” training and am fully self taught. I love making people happy and feeling good about themselves but feel bad knowing that I’m not producing the best product. Reading online can only take you so far. Thanks for all the help that YOU have provided me. Merry Christmas!!!

  109. Leesa on December 23, 2008 at 11:02 am

    I just bought a new dslr for Christmas and I really really need to learn how to use it!!! I can’t think of a better way to learn everything I need to know! What a great prize!

  110. Laser on December 23, 2008 at 11:02 am

    My resolution is to diligently learn how to take the best photos under the circumstances facing me at the time. Learning all about ISO

  111. Nicole on December 23, 2008 at 11:08 am

    My resolution is to get better at metering in camera. There are times I think I’ve really nailed a shot, but then I look at it in Lightroom and it’s a little more underexposed than I thought. Also, I want to improve on the business side of it all…I want to raise my prices and learn how to sell myself to higher-end brides. That’s for my ultimate goal of going FULL TIME! : )

  112. Pam on December 23, 2008 at 11:10 am

    My resolution for photography is to learn more lighting techniques. Photoshop – I would love to get PS4 and continue to learn new techniques, I would love to learn how to make my own actions and how to make templates.Merry Christmas, Jodi!

  113. Sarah D on December 23, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I would like to become confident in my picture taking to the point where I can look at a set up and know what my settings should be and know the picture will turn out the way I want it to. I want to learn my flash and use it to my advantage and not worry about shadows. I want to be the best I can be!

  114. koehmstedt on December 23, 2008 at 11:27 am

    My resolution is to learn all of the functionality of my camera. I have a Canon D60, I got it in July and have only used it as a point and shoot camera.

  115. Tina Blum on December 23, 2008 at 11:27 am

    My New Year’s resolution is to continue learning Photoshop. I’m starting with CS2 (because that’s what’s installed on my machine and I have all the Kelby books for) but after attaining a decent level of proficiency, I’ll allow myself to upgrade to CS4. Also, have installed Lightroom trial and want to work that in to my lesson plans. And, start taking better and more pictures. (I hope no one around here needs me to cook dinner or do any laundry in 2009!)

  116. Dale on December 23, 2008 at 11:35 am

    My goal is to get better at off-camera flash using the SB-800s and the Quantum Qflash. I’ve seen the benefits of using flash off camera and they are great!

  117. Kori on December 23, 2008 at 11:36 am

    My resolution is to learn everything possible, especially what is taught in that class. I just got Photoshop a few months ago and love learning new things every day. I am embarassed to admit that I don’t even know what ISO and aperture mean. But I would LOVE to find out! 🙂 Merry Christmas!!!

  118. Lisa Lukas on December 23, 2008 at 11:47 am

    My goal this year is to learn to be a better photographer…get it right in the camera and edit,not save, my images in photoshop so that I can spend more time with my children and capture those moments with them that I am so busy capturing for other families.

  119. Darcy @ lwm3b on December 23, 2008 at 11:52 am

    First – thanks! What a cool contest. I’d love to win!I am upgrading this holiday to a respectable new Nikon, and I’d like to to get a better handle on lighting. I feel like I do great outdoors, I do pretty well indoors on a sunny day. After that, I struggle to know which settings allow me to capture my very not-able-to-hold-still subjects without reverting back to the ugly, blown-out pics using my flash. I rely too much on post-production in PS because all too often, my SOOC shots aren’t good enough. I invested in a detached light-source, and I’m saving my pennies for a VR lens… beyond that… I just need to learn a little more about capturing low-lighting and poor-lighting situations (aka real life).Thanks for this generous contest.Have a great holiday season!

  120. Tisa on December 23, 2008 at 11:55 am

    What an amazing prize! My goal is to become more confident with editing photos in photoshop! I’m still learning the basics but want to be able to do what I envision in my head with the photos! Thanks!!! ~ 🙂

  121. Wendy Mayo on December 23, 2008 at 11:59 am

    My New Year’s goal is to become an expert marketer with regards to my photography.

  122. Susan on December 23, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I really, really, really want to be able to shoot in RAW and then edit the pictures to come out clear and crisp with great lighting. Not a big deal-right? =)Susan

  123. Sue Cooper on December 23, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I want to learn how to spot meter so that I could meter on someone’s face and not on the whole scene.

  124. Juliette on December 23, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    My goal for the new year is to find my style. I know there are other things to work on as well, but I am getting to the point where I feel like I am doing what everyone else is doing, and not what I have come up with out of my own creativity. I love photography, and I want to get to the point where it is always fun, and yet still challenging.

  125. Amie on December 23, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I would like to learn how to expose correctly. I would also like to learn more about correcting photos in photoshop.

  126. Amy Dungan on December 23, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    My resolutions is to understand how to get the most from my camera to create stunning and emotional photos that the recipient or viewer will love. I also resolve to learn as much as I can about photoshop so that I can enhance my photos and bring out their greatest potential. I want to learn how to move someone with my work!

  127. Flo on December 23, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I want to be able to know the tecnical side of photography so it is second naturre to me and I don’t have to think about what to do so much. I LOVE the artistic side of photography but feel I need to know the tec. side to get better at it. Photoshop is another place I want to grow in. I need it ALL LOL…….

  128. Claire on December 23, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I would like to really master custom white balance settings, and become more dynamic with posing subjects. Thanks for offering up such great competitions!

  129. Vanessa on December 23, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    My 2009 resolution as it relates to photography is to find my own style and shoot every day. Thanks for the contest… 🙂

  130. Jodie on December 23, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    My goal for 2009 is to work on exposure and seeing the light. I am also challanging myself to learn to adjust a raw image as well as learn studio lighting.

  131. Teresa on December 23, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    My photography resolution is to be able to use light in different ways. I’d like to feel that I can use whatever type of light is available and know how to take advantage of it…backlighting, sun, flash, etc. I want to be excited about light instead of afraid.

  132. Navy Sou on December 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Flash!!! I have no clue when it comes to that!!!!

  133. Jennie M on December 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I really want to learn flash and beach photos!

  134. Sharon on December 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    I am still relatively new to photography so at this point I’m wanting to learn everything to do with taking better pictures and Photoshop as well. I am sucking up everything that I can learn right now!

  135. Trisha on December 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I say ditto to the “practice, practice, PRACTICE!!!” I am still not as proficient with my camera and Photoshop as I need to be or want to be. I resolve to shut my mouth and let my photos speak for me.

  136. Jennifer B on December 23, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    My resolution would be to get more prepared before a photo shoot, and be more confident in the role of a photographer. Or at least be able to appear that way! I’m also going to figure out this whole mask thing in Photoshop. And I LOVE how this photography course looks!

  137. Jenn H. on December 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I want to get comfortable in all types of light, I want to feel confident in my photography. I want to continue to learn photoshop and to keep practicing!

  138. Catherine on December 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    My new years goal is to become so proficient at photography (lighting, composition, etc…) that people will believe that I didn’t have to use Photoshop.

  139. Beth on December 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I want to learn how to get more catchlights in the eyes – and to help my subjects laugh and give me natural smiles!

  140. Pete on December 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I would love to learn more about lighting and find different ways to be creative. And Photoshop, man where to begin with that program. So much to do and so much to learn. Thanks for the chance.

  141. Mikkel on December 23, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I definitely want to get to “know” my Nikon D80 thoroughly in the new year. I really want to get into photography. I’ve had it for 2 months and LOVE it already!

  142. Emily on December 23, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    I am a novice that just got into photography, and I really want to learn how to use my camera and Photoshop! Right now I am slow and fumbling with my camera, and by the time I get everything right, the moment to take a good pic has passed! (like my subject has moved)

  143. Jennifer on December 23, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I want to perfect my posing. I’m a little dissapointed with my family posing and angles. I also am going to try new and different lighting techniques now that I have the basics mastered. I got new wireless equipment so I am going to practice with off camera flash using my two 580s. Happy 2009 everyone! And keep learning!

  144. desi on December 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    merry xmas you all!my goal is to do something more creative when it comes to posing and composition.

  145. Tara Pugmire on December 23, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    My resolution is to learn photoshop better. Curves and layer masks are my first focus. Then to master studio lighting. Thanks for the contest!

  146. Jenna on December 23, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I’m not a big New Year’s resolution person, as I seek to be better throughout the year (it’s less depressing when something interrupts life). So for me the things that I’m going to kick up a notch are my editing workflow. I need to streamline my process so that I can effectively keep it in-house. As a photographer, I’d like to strengthen my manual shooting skills so that I’m more satisfied SOOC.

  147. Kimi Boustany on December 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    What I need is to have my decent pictures where they are not just hit and miss. I have started thinking I need a new and more expensive camera. LOL! I know it is not the camera. It is me! I need to go back to the basics. So my resolution for next year is to do just that. Have a Merry Christmas!

  148. Kathy on December 23, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Composition…lighting…manual settings…these are a must that I need to learn!

  149. Melissa C on December 23, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    WOW! This would be the best FREE prize ever! I would love to WIN this and sure hope that I do. Thank you for offering such a wonderful gift 🙂

  150. Niccole K on December 23, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    My resolution is to master natural lighting. I can hold my own but I know that I can do so much more. Happy Holidays everyone

  151. Jeanine on December 23, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    My resolution is to better my photography skills and practice more so they become second nature. I need to become comfortable in more situations. I also need to improve my photoshop skills. I really need this all to come together for me this year!! Thanks for all you do MCP!

  152. Rebecca on December 23, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I am just lost with manual mode. We have a good camera, but I am still lost. Goal=practice and take a class.

  153. Linda Holmes on December 23, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    My resolution is to LEARN my camera and to LEARN photoshop (I just got CS4)!

  154. tracy on December 23, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    i want to learn how to shoot manually while running around chasing kids (i usually just set the aperture and let the camera do the rest). i want to shoot more in raw!

  155. Alana Jo on December 23, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    My resolution is to practice more on people other than my children. I would love to someday have my own business.

  156. Laurel on December 23, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    My resolution?…I would love to master the manual mode of my camera AND learn more about flash.

  157. Jonni on December 23, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Great contest Jodi! I would love to really work on shooting with different types of lighting and receiving advice for that. For instance, I recently bought a speedlite flash but have a hard time using it correctly. Outdoor photos are much easier than indoor photos for me. I would also like to learn more about how to start a photography business. Thanks a bunch.Hugs,Jonni:)

  158. Melissa Langley on December 23, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    This year I want to leanr to use the new camera that I got for Christmas. So, this would be the perfect thing. Pick me. Pick me.

  159. Craig Hewitt on December 23, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    AWESOME contest! My resolution is to become more proficient in using my flash in low light situations as well as marketing my photography business more effectively…sounds pretty simple huh… 🙂 Hope I win!!!

  160. Jennifer on December 23, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    My photography resolution is to be able to read the light better & know the lighting patterns. I want to become comfortable with my flash as well. I also want to improve my processing in photoshop.

  161. Annie on December 23, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    My resolutions for my photography business are to learn to shoot in any lighting condition, get better & more daring with backlighting, figure out what the ultimate lens is for my style, & improve my marketing plan! 🙂

  162. Lindy on December 24, 2008 at 12:23 am

    I have gotten better at taking photos, and adjusting them in Lightroom and Photoshop, now I want to get to be expert in printing my own photos. The art of printing is just as important as the taking, and just as much fun.Merry Christmas from New Zealand

  163. Heather on December 24, 2008 at 7:20 am

    My biggest New Year’s Resolution is to shoot manual with more confidence. I would also like to second shoot a few weddings. Awesome contest, thanks for the opportunity to win such an amazing price. Merry Christmas!

  164. Paula Wolf on December 24, 2008 at 9:19 am

    My New Years’ Resolution is to work toward becoming the best photographer I can be! I am 55 years old and I feel like my time to learn photography is passing in a hurry. I would love to learn how to really USE my camera off of AUTO or Program Mode. My children and grandchildren are my favorite subjects of study and I want them to be able to look back at their best photos and say with pride… My Mimi, or my mom, took this! My friends and their children and grandchildren have also been in front of my camera on important occasions, which warms my heart that they entrust me with such an important task. By the end of this year, I resolve to get my small business running so that my photography can be a part of some the most magical moments in my community, like weddings and children’s’ milestones. This class would be an integral part of my work toward becoming the best photographer I can be.

  165. Lina P on December 24, 2008 at 11:27 am

    My resolution is to practice, practice, practice and to be done with “auto”!

  166. shannon on December 24, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    my resolution: to understand exposure better and be able to handle manual and have confidence to shoot in any situation:) Thanks for the awesome contest!

  167. Pam on December 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    My New Year’s Photography resolution is to get out and shoot more often – I need to quit waiting for a good reason! One of my specific goals is to work on flash photography. I’ve already signed up for a class on that at my local Calumet, so I think it will be an acheivable goal! Merry Christmas!

  168. Allison on December 24, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    My resolution is to learn to trust myself when I shoot manual. I know this will take practice, practice, practice. I would also like to attend a workshop this year.

  169. LaRell on December 25, 2008 at 12:24 am

    I want to improve my “natural light” photography. I just love the natural light, narrow plane of focus look. Just today I was shooting for fun with my Christmas lights as subjects.

  170. Brittany on December 25, 2008 at 1:29 am

    I just opened my first dSLR (a present from my husband) and have probably taken 200 pictures in the last two hours. I’m so excited to learn the ins and outs of manual shooting, but am extremely intimidated. My new year’s resolution is to not only read as much as I can, but shoot as much as I can. Take my camera everywhere and practice, practice, practice!!

  171. Tami Chrostowski on December 25, 2008 at 8:43 am

    I am determined to learn my external flash this year. I have a love hate relationship with it now! I need to read up on it, practice, practice, practice. I intend to master the darn thing.I also am going to try to put myself out there for some portfolio building, I am ready to take on some challenges.Tami~

  172. Brooke on December 25, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    My NYR is to hone my skills as a photographer (stop using the AUTOMATIC FUNCTION!!), become a better employee (turn off the computer more often), live a fuller life (don’t just think of things I want to do and see…DO THEM and SEE THEM), be a better daughter and sister. My biggest goal is to put myself out there. I know I have the skills to be a portrait photographer, I just need to lose the nervousness of interacting with new clients. And don’t even get me started on what I need to learn with Photoshop…that may be a two year goal!!! Thanks, Jodi!!!

  173. Angie on December 25, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    My resolution is to shoot my own family more frequently and make some time just to shoot things for fun.

  174. Elizabeth on December 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Cool idea for a class, I would love to do it.

  175. Tonya Dreher on December 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    My resolution is to totally RAMP UP my marketing!! I plan to incorporate email marketing and hopefully watch my business grow!

  176. Kerri Tindle on December 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    I just hope to learn more about those things which I feel could be studied more in-depth. Specifically, lighting and Photoshop! Do you ever feel like you know everything there is to know?

  177. Kim on December 25, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    My 2009 resolution is to shoot consistently and to become proficient with my flash. I have too many throw away shots and I want to learn to shoot more methodically and consistently so I am surprised when a shot doesn’t come out, instead of the other way around! Also I live in a northern climate with very short days so I need to spend more time with my flash and learn how to use it to my advantage!! I’ve not had any training yet and it would be amazing to have something like this to give me a strong skill base.

  178. Nichole Wallace on December 25, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    I want to learn more about creative ideas for photo composition. I am planning to do a photo-a-day project for 2009 to give me more opportunities to use my camera.

  179. Kortney on December 25, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    My resolution is to continue to build my photography business and to shoot on a daily basis for myself.

  180. Kristen Soderquist on December 25, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    My New Years Resolution is to master my exposure and hopefully start taking pictures on the professional level. Also I would like to learn a lot more about photoshop and hopefully be able to master my pictures SOOC and edit to profection!!!! This class would help me tremedously in learning my exposures and how to nail them. This is my biggest challenge in my photography right now!!!

  181. Julie on December 25, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    My goal this year is to take pics that pop, that make me say “Wow.” Some of my photos are good, but most are NOT! I would love for a photo to come SOOC and be a great shot.

  182. Karen Nelson on December 26, 2008 at 12:47 am

    My New Years Resolution is to carry my camera with me 24/7 and to finally master my speedlite 430EX !

  183. Kitty on December 26, 2008 at 2:39 am

    i hope to take more pictures. ie try.

  184. Tammy Wagner on December 26, 2008 at 6:53 am

    My resolution is to get to know my camera and it’s capabilities so that I may start to use it professionally as well as for my passionate hobby, also to keep up with my photo editing interests using Photoshop while fine tuning my knowledge and mastering this program.

  185. Taryn on December 26, 2008 at 7:31 am

    My new years resolution is to really start focusing on my photography. I just love photography and it is what I want to do as a career. I just need to get serious about getting good. 🙂

  186. Sarah on December 26, 2008 at 10:45 am

    I have a few resolutions this year when it comes to my photography but first and foremost, I want to take more photos so that shooting manually is second nature. I have a tendency to shoot manually and then take another couple shots in program mode “just in case.” I want that to be a thing of the past.

  187. Abby on December 26, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    My resolution is to increase my understanding of lighting techniques and to improve the skin tone in my portraits.

  188. Sandy on December 26, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    My New Years resolution is to learn how to market my business. I’ve seen great photographers who never sell their work, and so-so photographers who sell like crazy. It all seems to come down to marketing.

  189. Vanessa on December 26, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    My resolution is to learn my camera inside and out and work on lighting 🙂

  190. Richard Caldwell on December 26, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I would love to learn more about the camera than my wife does. A class like this is out of my military budget for the time being, but it would be a huge blessing to take! I’m looking to learn to use my camera so I can take awesome pictures and use it for my career when I retire from the military! 2009 sounds like a good year to take this and make it a reality!

  191. Joanne Lee on December 26, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    My goal for 2009 is to streamline my workflow. As continue my quest for ‘getting it right in the camera’, I now want to streamline the process for proofing and then for the final retouching. Using Lightroom 2 has greatly improved my workflow, and I want to make it even better! So, here’s to being more efficient in 2009!Thanks,Joanne

  192. Alison Jinerson on December 26, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    My resolutions are to learn how to do more than just basics on cs3, and to concentrate on my lighting, and to get to know my new nikon D300.

  193. Lynda Farabee on December 27, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I understand the principles of photography pretty well, but the new digital set of “buttons” throws me. I miss shots trying to come up with correct setting (guess I should do that first thing, huh?). That’s my biggest problem….getting ready on “manual.”

  194. Katherine on December 27, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I want to learn about light. How to nail exposures in manual and use my metering to get it right.

  195. jen on December 27, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    my 2009 photography resolution is to slow down and focus on really learning the technical aspects of photography. i realize now that there is no quick way to learn photography. i want to learn some quick editing in photoshop elements to improve what i am taking.

  196. Kinsey L. on December 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I want to learn how to rock any lighting situation. I want to be able to use soft light, hard light, bright light, and even low light. I also want to study a lot about photography so I can be more confident in my shooting.

  197. Karen M. on December 27, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    My New Years resolutions are to learn more about my camera (I’d like to shoot more in manual mode) and lighting and how to use them more effectively. To take more pictures esp. portraits of my kids that don’t suck lol, and to get better at photoshop so I can try to salvage pictures that do suck. ^_^;

  198. JenG on December 27, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I would like to get a better handle on my cameras controls and also improve my Photoshops skills. I can use actions, but would really like to understand more of the manual steps. A big part of me advancing in photoraphy is finding my own style and groove. To really enjoy it! I would be so blessed to win this!!

  199. terri on December 27, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    My New Years resolution is to be come a professional photographer. I have minimal training but I am very eager. I am new to photoshop. I want to learn it all. thanks for your consideration.

  200. Lysha on December 27, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Well since starting my business in October, I have learned so many things, but have tons more to learn. I just want to concentrate on growing my business, getting more clients, getting more equipment, and learning as much as I can to produce better pictures. That sounds like plenty! haha…just found your site and LOVE it. Thanks

  201. Stacy on December 27, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    My wish is to win this prize! My goal is to better my photography skills before baby number 2, so that I don’t have to pay for professional photos!

  202. A. Schweitzer on December 28, 2008 at 1:16 am

    I am going to try to figure out how to get exposures right in camera. I also want to improve with off camera flash.

  203. Maureen Leary on December 28, 2008 at 8:35 am

    My New Year’s resolution is to buck up and finally start making some money with my photography!

  204. Shell on December 28, 2008 at 11:48 am

    My resolution for 2009 is to take more photos. I would like to learn the ins & outs of post production & along with how to take a properly exposed photo each & every time or as close to it as possible. Thanks

  205. Iris H on December 28, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I want to develop a streamlined workflow from camera through post processing to print output that reflects my photography style. Everything now feels way to scattered and unfocused.

  206. Peyton on December 28, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    My resolution is to get my Web site up and going. I have waited long enough and would really like to accomplish this goal by the end of Jan. In general, I want to just better myself in regards to photography, my workflow, and Photoshop.

  207. JoAnne on December 28, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    My goal for the next year is to fully understand my camera’s manual settings (nailing focus and correct exposure) and to be proficient enough in lightroom and cs4 that I have an effecient workflow. That and to get out and shoot more pictures (LOL). Happy New Year!

  208. Molly on December 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    My photography goals for 09 are to continue to learn (manual, manual, manual). I want to continue learning CS4 and begin Lightroom. Taking this class would be amazing!Thanks for the contest, Jodi. 🙂

  209. maggie on December 29, 2008 at 1:45 am

    I have several…my New Year’s Goals are: to be more efficient at photo editing (which in turn gives me more time with my family).to perfect my lighting & exposure.to stay true to myself & keep the creativity high.

  210. Jolie on December 29, 2008 at 2:07 am

    My new years resolution is to become organized so that I can market myself better and to really KNOW my speedlight!

  211. Stephanie H on December 29, 2008 at 10:06 am

    For 2008 my goal for photography is to not get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way they should. I am just starting out and I have set a goal to learn something from each time I fail instead of just getting down!! Also another goal is to learn how curves work in photoshop. Happy New Year!

  212. Julie Hagglund on December 29, 2008 at 10:37 am

    My resolution for 2009 is just to be less lazy! In other words make an every day choice/effort to eat healthier, move my body more, pick up my camera and shoot more, etc etc!Great contest!!

  213. Christina on December 29, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I want to go back and work on the basics — the technical end of shooting. Its been almost 13 years since I first took that class, so a little refreshing would help!

  214. Ann on December 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    flash, flash, flash! …gotta learn the physics behind artificial light.

  215. lucy on December 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Lighting! I need to get better at lighting…studio,outdoor,shadows..but specifically flash..

  216. Brooke Lowther on December 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    In 2009 – I really want to learn how to work with my camera better. I am happy with the shots I am taking but know they could be so much better. I have such a hard time not getting flustered with the settings on my camera – I want to know them like the back of my hand and be able to take time to stop and breath.

  217. Kirstin on December 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    My goal is to immerse myself in photography. starting with the basics, to position your subjects and lastly working in photoshop.

  218. Jamie on December 29, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    I have been taking photography classes for over 10 years but finally started my photography business a few months ago. I LOVE photography, but I really need to learn more about the marketing/business aspect of it. I don’t want the business “stuff” to ruin the joy that I get from photography. I just purchased my Canon 5D September and so I want to learn more about what my camera’s capabilities are as well as my own capabilities are. Also, most of my shoots take place outdoors and I want to learn more about lighting and focusing tips.

  219. Dawn S on December 29, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    I just happened upon you website and am so excited. I finally got my Cannon Rebel Xti after my 35mm bit the dust a few years back. I am excited to re-learn how to use a more sophiticated camera. So that’s my resolution.

  220. Teri Fitzgerald on December 29, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    I want to learn how to manipulate curves in photoshop and how to always get sharp images in any lighting situation.

  221. Brandi on December 30, 2008 at 2:20 am

    I could probably list a million things that I need or want to learn in the next year, but really, most of those boil down to one simple concept: take it slow, take a deep breath, and remember the basics.

  222. Heather Willden on December 30, 2008 at 9:47 am

    I got a Nikon D50 two years ago for Christmas. I took a digital photography class at school – which turned out to be using photoshop – not using the camera. I REALLY want to learn how to use my camera AND photoshop. I look at all the great pictures people take and I just have an urge to learn how to do it like the “pro’s”. I am a single mom and a full time college student with a very limited budget and would LOVE To have the opportunity to take this online class to better my photography and photoshop skills. I devour everything I can find on photography and photoshop, but it still doesn’t quite click. Having a personal coach to help me through the process would help so much. Thanks for providing all of these awesome contests and wonderful tips.

  223. Patrick B on December 30, 2008 at 11:21 am

    My resolution for 2009 is to become better with lighting – both natural and artificial lighting sources. I want to better use natural light and properly positioning subjects in natural light as well as start to experiment with off-camera flash to enhance my images and creatively experiment with my images. That will require me to pick up my camera and shoot more – and to take the time to experiment.

  224. ellen s on December 30, 2008 at 11:41 am

    i got a Nikon D60 a month ago and it is a lot of camera for a good ole P&S girl! so my resolution for the new year is to designate time to my camera every week, just like i do for my family, work and other hobbies. and to make a notebook of notes and print outs to keep in my camera bag as a quick point of reference. i hvae learned a lot the past few weeks and thank goodness to my good friend that pointed me to your blog b/c i have learned a lot! i am going to spread the word as well!

  225. Melanie L. on December 30, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I resolve to be better technically (shooting and editing). I am new to the biz, so I am constantly reading and researching things. I think that this is even an resolution that I can keep! 🙂

  226. EV G on December 30, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    My resolutions for 2009, is to learn how to use my digital dslr camera, out of auto mode! I want to learn how to take better pictures, I also want to learn how to use Photoshop Elements, I soooo need help in both these areas! I just need some clarity. I’ve been reading all kinds of things online & trying to practice. I read about these “self taught” photographers, I hope I can do it! I’ve had point & shoots for years, but this is the first dslr. I need help!. At least I found your website!!!

  227. Meg on December 31, 2008 at 2:12 am

    One of my main resolutions is to learn how to edit in Photoshop and Lightroom. (I just got them both for Christmas! YAY.) I felt confident in Photoshop Elements but I don’t have the hang on my new programs yet. I want to learn how to fix one spot that was too overexposed (too much flash in one area), use the clone stamp feature, and get a better feel for the best edit on all my photos. I really hope I win!!! äÖ_

  228. Michelle on December 31, 2008 at 9:38 am

    In 2009, I resolve to get my business up and running and to be more confident in my work. I could go on and on, so I’ll leave it at that. Thanks, Jodi.

  229. Kayla on December 31, 2008 at 11:47 am

    My New Year’s Resolutions: Become a better business woman by being more organized, quicker on my responses to clients and my post-processing, learn how to advertise myself better and better SEO for my new website. I plan to raise my prices to what I’m really worth and finish my website as well as design the new blog finally. I need to be organized in my personal life and learn a better balance between business and home. My other goal is to expand my family one more time!

  230. heatherK on December 31, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    My resolution is to go through all the Photoshop Tutorials I’ve bookmarked over the past couple years and do one at least once a week. I also resolve to go through my Tutorial book again by doing at least one chapter once a week.

  231. Missy on December 31, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    My goal this year is to get some kind of flash. Therefore, I need to learn more about lighting. That’s what I’d like to learn!

  232. Kimberly Bourne on December 31, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    My goal is to become more efficient and accurate at determining the best Aperture.

  233. Brenda on December 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    This next year I would like to learn about photography in general. My brother is a professional photographer and I would like to be able to go on shoots with him and actually know what I am doing. I also want to take lots of awesome pictures of my children. They are only young once and I would like to capture these precious moments in the best light. I love what I have seen of your work.

  234. laurel on December 31, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I would love to learn more about getting the exposure dead-on, so in photoshop I only have to run the fun actions…not color correct, correct exposure, etc.

  235. Maida on January 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    My resolution is to learn as much as I can so I can start a photography business on the side. I love it when I take fantastic pictures of my daughter and I would like to give that feeling to other parents.

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