After my website turned one year last month, I decided that it is time for some reflection. I have done reflections before on this website, but today I will take a closer look at the education I got, that I wasen’t expecting.
In my role as an IT consultant, I try to deliver an additional value to my clients, rather than just the value they expect me to deliver. When clients select us to deliver a project to structure information in order to help business analysts and sales do their jobs, we are always happy if our solutions helps procurement too.
Delivering value for money is my job, but the extra value is what makes a project a great success. In photography I do little projects for myself where I focus on things I want to learn or improve. And often, I find I learned more than I intended to learn, delivering added value to myself.
A while ago, I wrote a blog in which I compared two lenses, a 50 mm and 35 mm lens. My goal was to find out which lens I preferred in what situation. While playing around with these lenses, I also got to know them better. I experienced how the 50 mm compresses the scene more than the 35 mm lens, and I took photos I wouldn’t have taken if it wasn’t for this project.
If it wasn’t for this project, I would not have taken the photo above. As I usually try to shoot a still life at “eye level”, I know decided it would be fun to photograph it from above.
A much bigger project is this blog. My goal is to learn more about photography and share it with you people. The added value? I enjoy photography more than ever, and truly live and breathe photography every day. And not only that, I met some wonderful people to share photos with, and I draw a lot of inspiration from other bloggers I meet here. It added value, to the value I expected. And it is not limited to above. I also learned a little about painting, Improv and other arts too by writing about it. Also very inspiring! And I even topped it off with a publication!
Blogging also improved my English and writing skills. Another lesson learned that was not a primary goal.
One more project I did, were the posts about asking feedback on some of my photos. As a result I got what I wanted, feedback. But when I went back to take some photos and apply you feedback to them, the sky treated me to a light show the way only nature can do! Not necessarily a lesson learned (besides to take your camera everywhere), but a big added value!
So how do you recognize the lessons you did not define? It is all about reflection. Define your goals, chase them, and periodically reflect. Ask yourself, without looking at your goals: What did I learn? Did I get what I wanted? Did I get what I didn’t want? Sometimes you will come to the conclusion you did not reach your goal, but reached another goal. And sometimes you will even come to the conclusion that you didn’t get anything out of your project at all. The lesson you did not expect to learn here is: Never give up!
I would strongly encourage you to blog about your goals and the lessons you have learned, as it helps you to remember them. And also: apply them actively in your life!
Thanks to this blog my photography improved. I wanted to keep track of what I did, but the blog dared me to try new techniques. And because of trying new techniques, my biggest improvement might be post-processing techniques!
My dear readers, please tell me, what are your goals and what are the lessons you learned? If you have written a blog about this, do not hesitate share it in the comments!
Thank you for reading and kind regards,