A couple of days ago, we published the “Top 10 Underwater Photographer’s Resolutions for 2018.” Along with this, we asked fellow underwater photographers to share their own resolutions for the new year. The response was overwhelming.
We received dozens and dozens of resolutions—from seasoned Emmy-winning pros to those picking up an underwater camera for the first time. We included a bunch in that “Top 10” article, but there were so many more that deserved attention and—perhaps most importantly—support!
So, here’s the complete list of resolutions from members of the underwater imaging community. In no particular order…
I’m trying to focus on shooting locally and in my home state instead of traveling abroad. And luckily with all the jelly action recently it’s been easy so far!
To dive with DPG’s Joe Tepper sometime this year
Photograph a jaguar shark
To not use straws either in our home and out at restaurants
Lorraine Arnott Riscinti
To organize my photos
2018 will be my return to serious diving after being limited to 90% of snorkel activities because of health reasons. I’ll start from scratch with RAID agency to review all skills and become a more confident diver in the extreme environments I visit. I hope to add side mount and cave training by the end of this year which will open up more possibilities to study light and natural beauty! Of course I’ll continue my ongoing conservation work and get involved with Blue Ocean Watch and Oceans Eye and hope to contribute to make the United Nations World Oceans day bigger and better and every day instead of once a year! We have no time to loose to protect what we love.
Shoot a tiger shark or great white mating (good luck with that Jerome!)
Take more underwater photos in 2017
To take a photograph that gets likes from my friends that are real underwater photographers
Tilou des Bois
Keep on shark diving with great photographers to improve my skills, both with shark diving and underwater photography in general
Keep knowing myself and try to give an explanation for be to be on this planet—looking for my oneness of being.
A brooding jawfish shot, with the babies’ eyes in focus!
To take a picture underwater. This whole parenthood ordeal is cramping my shooting style
Photograph a Greenland shark (and once that’s done) photograph a green anaconda
Becky Kagan Schott
Scratch less dome ports this year
It’s a catch 22: Have money to dive, but no time to dive because of work. Or, have all the time to dive, but no money because lack of work.
Stop forgetting the lens cap
Scott Gutsy Tuason
Shoot more wrasse
Shoot saltwater crocodiles as well as blue and mako sharks
Anne Grace Brown
To look in the mouths of more creatures when I am diving to see if eggs or a parasite is inside and get photos of that. Last year was the year of “is that male or female”? This year is the year of “open up wide and show me what’s inside”!
Don’t delete all images from a two week trip without a backup
Abi Smigel Mullens
To take more creative underwater photos.
Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
I’m working toward trying out new techniques—I have a running list of creative and experimental shots I want to try! And I really want to see whales and/or travel to SE Asia this year.
My answer to that would be shoot more and get away from my desk!
To educate non divers, including children about how mesmerizing and fragile underwater environment is through sharing my images and presentations. I would like to explore new remote destinations that I have not been to and few people have.
Steven Creech Anderson
Diversified subject matter!
To be more creative and focused (no pun intended) on my goals for specific images.
To finally get around to editing images and video from 2017!!!
Change the world!
Alison Vitsky Sallmon
Consistency, consistency, consistency. Being able to nail shot after shot is the mark of a true professional.
In 2018 my resolution is to shoot outside my comfort zone. I plan on trying new techniques including multiple lights, shoots and painting with lights in overhead environments.
My goal is to be published on DivePhotoGuide in 2018 :)
@Mike Veitch: That’s actually my goal too!!
To do the first annual nude but tasteful underwater “Merman Calendar” of Joseph Tepper and Keri Wilk: Twelve tantalizing months guaranteed to make you say “WTF” or “damn, is it hot in here?” All proceeds will go to the “Pokey Little Turtles” foundation. I will set up the GoFundMe very soon! Please support my goal
A major goal of mine this year is to share our wonderful underwater world with more people than ever. With my images, writing, dive trips, and conservation work, I hope to introduce as many people as possible to the beauty of our precious marine habitats in an effort to instill in them the love and appreciation I have always felt for the sea. Protection comes with understanding and caring, and the oceans need our help. Facilitating honest and powerful connections with nature is my goal for 2018.
To improve my wreck shots
My desire this year is to learn to fly a drone and take aerial shots of the places I dive. Not having grown up on video games, I have a mortal fear that I can't handle the controls and it'll fall in the water like Keri Wilk's did on one of our sperm whale trips!
Fantasea FG7X II
Ikelite Housing for Nikon D500
I-DiveSite Venom 35s
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