Taking a photo a day, every day for a year, can be a big undertaking. It can also have big payoffs.
Taking a photo every day will make you a better photographer. You’ll learn your camera’s limits, you’ll get better at composing your shots, you’ll think about the lighting, and you’ll become more creative with every photo.
Paul and I have joined a group called 365Project. You simply take at least one photo every day and upload it to www.365project.org. We have just started this so it will be quite interesting to see our improvement and changes over the next year.
Below are a few tips to help you with your own 365 Project:
1) Always have your camera ready and take it everywhere with you. If you can’t take your big camera, your phone camera is a good substitute.
2) Think about a theme. On the 365Project website, there is a different theme posted every week; ie. yellow, sound, smiles, textures, etc. Or just take a photo of someone new you met, something you ate for the first time, something that made you smile, something you found interesting, etc…you get the idea.
3) Tell a story with your photo. Think about why you are taking the photo. What will the photo mean to you? And will your friends appreciate why you took the photo?
4) Keep going…don’t ever stop. You’ll probably get tired of taking a photo every single day but keep doing it. There will be times you don’t think there is anything interesting to shoot or you don’t think you have the time. There’s always a great photo to be made. Take a walk, go to the park, take a photo of anything but just don’t stop.
5) Post your photos. You don’t have to post photos everyday but try to post them at least a twice a week. Don’t let the photos stack up…get them posted as quickly as you can.
There are a multitude of websites where you can blog and/or post your photos. We are using the website www.365Project.org. Check it out as you have some free time and we hope you’ll choose to join us in this endeavor.
Below are my first two photos I have posted.