Setting Goals for 2021 – Part 1


Every now and then it’s good to look at what’s happening in life and to assess our position, skills and desires with our photography. In this episode Tom Wagner and I dive into the topic of setting SMART goals for 2021.

This is Latitude Photography Podcast, Episode 99 for December 17, 2020

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Goals of 2021

Why set goals?

  • Helps you to improve your photography skills
  • Gives you tangible reasons to get out and photograph!
  • Helps to drive your photography towards where you want it to go, who you want to become as photographer

What considerations should go into making goals?

  • Short-term vs. long-term
  • Write down your goals
  • SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Based

Tom’s First Goal

Finish editing photos taken in 2020

Brent’s First Goals

Clear out my backlog of image editing too!

Visit 4+ national parks or other like-minded place to shoot. Also travel twice to international destinations that aren’t Canada. (hopefully one of the national parks I can get to is Banff though!) [connected to a sabbatical I’m applying for] [had a similar goal for 2020, needless to say, it DID NOT happen!]

Tom’s Second Goal

Shoot with the drone for photography/videos 12 times this year

Brent’s Second Goal

Finally roll out my Design and Creativity in Photography online course and my Latitude Photography School membership service which will be a focused program to help photographers experience incredible growth in their photography and creativity.

Tom’s Third Goal

Watch tutorials I have saved

Brent’s Third Goal

To follow Rick Sammon’s advice and “Live the life you want.”

Tom’s Fourth Goal

Continue engagement on social media/website by posting an article on the website about once per month.


I’ve got a few announcements to be sure you’re aware of.

First up, I’m heading to Bruneau Dunes State Park in Idaho and I’d love for you to join me for a meetup. I’ll be there January 1. I’m hoping it’ll be absolutely frozen as the lake will be able to be crossed and there’s lots of waterfowl that are often there as well. I plan to start at about 8:00 a.m. Sunrise is at 8:15 a.m. one of the great benefits of winter photography! I’ll plan to park in the picnic area.

Next up, It’s almost hard to imagine, but the next episode is number 100! Wow, I’ve got such a special episode to end the year with and I hope you’ll enjoy it. I’ll give you a hint. It has to do with a very significant part of history relating to WWI and the photographer who made an important discovery. It will also be released on YouTube.

And finally, the new year will bring some monthly questions or challenges and we’ll use the facebook group for that. Tom and I talked about ways to just get out more and I hope to encourage you to do the same through these things. I did some of these in the past but I’m going to have another go at it, so look for it in episode 102.


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