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#DC Focused Pic 5: Our New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a new year and the world is our oyster. We’re going to start the year off right by making a few resolutions.

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1. Try to see the familiar in a new way.

Yes, you can and should photograph the MLK Memorial from the front, facing the iconic statue of Martin Luther King Jr. But don’t be satisfied with the shot that everyone gets. Walk around, look at all the angles. Go at a time of the day that you’ve never been before. Find your creativity and strive to be different.

2. Document our changing city

The DC of today is a vastly different place than it was just 10 or even 5 years ago. Take a moment to appreciate those who came before you and leave a record for those who will follow.

3. Tell Stories

New year. New attitude. #centercityphilly

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Great photography tells stories with a single image. It evokes emotions, takes us to places we’ve never been, puts us in someone else’s shoes. The city is filled with interesting stories — find them and show them to us.

4. Make connections

We love candid street photography but we also love the opportunity to use photography to make connections with people we meet on the street. Ask a stranger if you can take their photo but before you snap the shot, find out something about them. Offer to email them the photo. And remember, if you’re going to ask someone for the time to pose, you owe it to them to make the picture great.

5. Have fun

Shoot with friends or make new ones. Join some of the terrific photography Meetup groups and Instagram communities. They’ll inspire you and motivate you to grow as a photographer and artist.

Multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler.