Take a Photo a Day for a Year

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.

Happy shooting!




4 thoughts on “Take a Photo a Day for a Year

  1. Lynne,
    Neat idea. I have seen similar but never really gave much thought to actually participating. Great tips to use any time I take a photo and pretty terrific start to your adventure.


  2. You are pretty ambitious taking this on. I have not been taking shots for over three weeks due to crazy work except from airplanes and at a charity event I took photos for last Saturday. I look forward to seeing how this progresses. Maybe you can do a small presentation on this later in the year.


  3. Lynne, I love this idea. In fact I’m already doing it, but on a different site. I’m doing on the iphone app called 365iphone. It’s really been fun and at the end of the year I’ll have a journal of my year.

    Great article. thanks for writing it.



  4. Great idea, Lynne. I have seen site that are doing 365 photos, and I admire the commitment. You first photos are wonderful – exciting, too. Have fun, and enjoy the next year’s opportunities!!!!!


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