2013: A Year In Review

2013: A Year In Review

It is time to look back at 2013 and do A Year In Review post, analyzing a bit my year in photography. I set out in early 2013 with several goals that I shared in a Google+ post, so you could hold me accountable. I will start by going through the list to tell you how it went. The slideshow above shows my 12 favorite images shot in 2013 (I’m re-sharing those on Social Media in a Best of 2013 series).

I will be launching a website for my photography (as well as a Facebook page): I (obviously) launched my website, as well as my Facebook page. I even made a big update to the site recently. So the objective is completed 100%.

I will do everything I can to start selling some of my images: I did sell one print and I have been approached  by three different people regarding licensing but it didn’t come through. Since I still struggle to sell prints, I would say this one is only 50%.

I will finish a project in my city and publish it on the web (at least): I almost finished shooting the images (I have enough, but missed a few places) before I left to Canada. However I did not publish it at all. My goal was to make a Blurb book (which is still in the works) and maybe try to publish it in print, but that did not work out. So let’s say 50% completed, but stay tuned for more information!

I will go back to live in Canada and travel more in North America: definitely 100% completed since I moved to Toronto in October and then spent a whole month in the South West of the U.S. on a photography road trip.

I will improve my photography workflow: I’ve made some significant progress in the way I sort images and in my storage arrangements. However I’m pretty sure I could have done better, so it will only be 50%.

I will improve my post-processing: I’m quite happy with this one! I’ve learned many new tools and ways to process my images in 2013. I don’t use HDR as much as before and when I do, the results are much better. I now use blending in Photoshop to create images with a wide dynamic range. I have no doubt I succeeded 100% for this one.

I will work on architecture photography and B&W photography: I’m a bit sad about this one because I did not shoot enough architecture images. I however learned a great deal, especially from Joel Tjintjelaar’s B&W Masterclass. I’m ready to shoot architecture, but I’m not there yet, so it’s a 50%.

Rebirth | Part-Dieu - Lyon, France

Rebirth | Part-Dieu – Lyon, France

The outcome of this little experiment is not too bad: I managed to reach roughly 3/4 of my goals, which is not perfect, but it makes 2013 a pretty good year. I got to shoot in France, Switzerland, Italy, Canada and the U.S which is awesome. I’ve learned many new things and I’m still learning more every day.

But more importantly I think I changed how I approach photography. I used to just go somewhere when it was convenient and then snap away. I now prepare my shots: I study where to go depending on light conditions, I track sunset & sunrise times, etc… I know where, when and why I want to shoot, which makes a big difference. I’m thinking about my image from start to finish before I press the shutter, knowing what kind of processing I may apply to obtain the final image I want.

Spirit of Christmas | Rideau Canal - Ottawa, ON

Spirit of Christmas | Rideau Canal – Ottawa, ON

2013 has been a year of changes. I’ve had a new job and then I quit it. I’ve moved to a different country. I’ve changed my photography. But it also has been a year during which I learnt to focus on what’s important: friends, family on the relationship side. In photography it’s about focusing on what I want to achieve, trying to avoid all the noise around. I will soon write another post on the subject with my goals for 2014, so stay tuned!

That’s it for my Year In Review. What about you? How did 2013 go? Share your best moments of 2013 in the comments!


  • Pam Wolfe January 2, 2014 10:19 pm

    Michael, I am nearly speechless as I look through your favorites from 2013. What an incredible talent you have. Each one is a masterpiece! Thank you for sharing your year in review and goals for 2014. It’s a pleasure reading them and inspires me to get myself more organized.

    • Michael Muraz January 2, 2014 10:24 pm

      Thank you so much Pam! It’s my pleasure to share the moments I’ve experienced with you. I’m touched by your kind words. Thank you again!

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